It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to participate in a weekly photo challenge, so I’m happy to have had a few moments today to find these sunset captures to share with you.
In February, I took a few days of quiet retreat in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is a fishing port sitting on the mouth of the Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean. It has a great downtown for shopping as well as a boardwalk right on the river. These pictures were taken at the end of a peaceful and reflective evening walk – with peace and reflection being the essence of “sunset” to me.
This week’s challenge is silence, and this afternoon I was able to find a small window of silence. I was the only one at home, and I was able to savor a few minutes of quiet time with coffee and knitting.
This gull is not as cheeky as the parrot(s) in Michelle Weber’s original WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky post, but it still has its own measure of attitude. At the very least, this gull makes me smile.
The structure of this shell is fascinating to me, and beautiful. It leads me to dream of new knitting designs with cables and ribs and eyelets. Structure, the foundation of a pleasing photograph and a pleasing knit design – no wonder it catches my eye when I find it.
My entry for this week’s photo challenge – taken at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the entire hike, I dawdled with my camera, and the others were always turning corners before me. It’s a beautiful, breathtaking place, so I was really quite okay with taking it in at my own pace.
Merriam-Webster defines “corner” as, among other things, “the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet.” I also like looking at it from the opposite direction: corners are where lines, objects, and people go their separate ways. A corner is literally a turning point, full of tension and potential. ~Ben Huberman, The Daily Post.
Playing around with depth of focus is always a lot of fun. While I would love to take a fabulous landscape photo with everything clear and in sharp focus, more often I enjoy switching to a more shallow depth of focus, with the foreground being the subject and the expected subject being blurred.