When Karma posted an invitation to participate in a Photography Scavenger Hunt I immediately thought ‘How fun!’ fully intending to give it a go despite the short time frame. But then, life got away from me (as it tends to do) and before I knew it, the deadline was looming and I had little accomplished.
Turns out, I wasn’t the only one having difficulty so Karma extended the submission deadline to March 6th – hooray!
Right from the get go I planned on posting the images in a collage and when I went to assemble the structure itself, I realized I needed a few more images than the 12 in the hunt to make it visually appealing. (Birgitte, my dear, you do make it look so easy! )
All but TWO images were taken specifically for the scavenger hunt. The two in question are previously un-posted images that just fit the bill (details follow).
So here it goes:
(1). Newspaper Headline - For my generation, the attack on September 11, 2001 has to be themost horrific event to occur on U.S. soil.
A day I will never forget…
(2). Big Round Clockface-Didn’t have to travel far for this one! Here is one of three large clock faces painted in a row on a decorative board in my living room. One clock is set to PST, one to EST and one to GMT (since hubby travels often to the UK).
(3). A Big Lorry/Truck - On our October 2010 trip I spied this large, old-time Chevy truck parked along Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, knowing Disney’s reputation for details, I imagine the license plate must have some significance… anyone know? Anyone??
(4). Bridge – Not one bridge but TWO!
Constructed in 1997, the Veterans Memorial Bridge connects Beverly to Salem and rises high enough over the Danvers River to allow boats to easily pass underneath without the need for a drawbridge (huge improvement over the old bridge).
The lower bridge seen in the background is used by the MBTA commuter trains.
(5).Park Bench - Here’s the first 2-for-1!
(I really couldn’t decide which image I liked better and, with the collage requiring additional images to be balanced, I didn’t have to! )
The first shot is definitely more indicative of my photographic style but, I was actually proud of
myself for the second shot since I am not all that comfortable photographing strangers.
Turns out, the guy on the bench with the headphones and cigarette was completely oblivious of my presence…
(6). Stripes - This image is from February of 2010. While standing on the other side of our chain-link fence I thought the layering of textures and directional lines would make for an interesting photograph. Back then, I never did anything with it. I guess it was simply waiting for the right moment.
(7). Something Heart-shaped - I posted a close-up of this sweet button sampler for Valentine’s Day.
Serving as more than just a decoration in my livingroom, it reminds me that we are all stitched together with the common thread of LOVE.
(8). Eyes – Yeah, I took creative liberty with this one… you gotta problem with that?
(9). Your Shoes - NO closet should be without a pair of Converse sneakers.
These are my broken-in, well-worn, limited-edition, no-lace, slip-on, olive-green Jack Purcell’s.
(10). Musical Instrument - This wooden toy piano from my childhood will always have a special place in my heart.
They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore!
(11). Post Box - Another 2-for-1!
I happened to have my neighbor’s mailbox in my possession as it required refurbishment from all the winter abuse. (I built it for her as a birthday gift oh-so-many years ago). So, while it underwent repairs, I snapped a few stylized images of the front. Can’t get more literal than this, huh?
To make up for it, I went out looking for some real post boxes to photograph. At one time, you’d find post boxes on every corner but these days, they are becoming quite rare.
I risked getting run down by a car to take this shot outside the main branch of the local P.O.
Okay, it was worth it.
(12). Something Red - I struggled for days on this one since the prompt was beyond simple and so very wide open. You see, I have many red items in my home yet, none seemed all that interesting.
Then one morning, there it was, like a slap to the forehead as if to say, ‘Hey! What took you so long?’
So, there ya have it, folks, and just in under the extended deadline. Phew!