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Photo scavenger hunt


Karma, over on her blog has challenged people everywhere to a photo scavenger hunt.  I learned about it late while visiting Gerry over at her blog and though it sounded like fun I wasn’t going to do it because I didn’t think I had the time.  Plus I was intimidated by the list of things we needed to photograph:

Body of water







…and for extra credit a clear picture of a cardinal!

Where would I find a train to photograph?  I thought about going to the zoo which I knew had a miniature train.  But that would take all day and I don’t have all day…and who knew if the train was even running so early in the season?

In the end I decided to go for it and just see how many of these things I could find in a couple of hours around here.  Want to see?  Well follow me!

Body of water:  As I was driving I thought about all the hundreds of photos I have of the Great Lakes, the ponds near here, the lake in Alabama where our summer house is.  Lots of beautiful water.  But today I was feeling more quirky and when I saw this body of water out of the corner of my eye I turned around and went back.

I liked how the sign reflected in the big puddle on this dirt road.  While I was taking photos of the mud I was startled by the sound of footsteps coming up behind me.  Turns out it was a guy that owned a business across the street.  He thought I was some sort of surveyor and wanted to know what the plans were for the land.  I have no idea, but we talked about cameras and photography for quite awhile until he had a customer and headed back to work.

Train:.  Well this one is not so easy, and the photo challenge that was the most intimidating.  But I remembered a train yard that I sometimes pass on my way to work.  I figured on a Saturday morning I might be able to get a photo before anyone told me to leave. So I stopped by, crawled through some brush and hopped over some mud filled ditches.  And there were pieces of trains!

I have to say it was a bit creepy in the train yard and I didn’t go far into it or stay more than a minute or two.

Hood:  I really wanted to find some kid on the streets of the city to photograph…but that was way too scary.  So I settled for me.

Scary enough anyway.

Sprout:  I was planning on scouting out the yard as there are lots of things sprouting in the garden.  But when I got back to the house lunch time was looming and I got motivated by this instead:

It was yummy.

Bud:  Driving through town I noticed that one of my favorite stands to buy annuals was open.  There were lots of buds there, colorful buds, pinks and reds and purples.  But I liked the color of this one.

Basket:  I saw a pretty Easter basket in a store but I had the big camera with me and felt sort of goofy taking a picture right there in the aisle.  And I figured I must have some sort of basket at home.  Of course I did, so I dug it out of the back of a cabinet where it had been long forgotten.  Look how nice the light bounces off it’s woven side.

I think it’s much prettier than the gaudy Easter baskets I was almost sucked into shooting.

Bunny:  Well this is a story.  My husband and I have a tradition of giving each other chocolate Easter bunnies each year.  So I was in a store this morning looking for one to buy him.  And of course one to photograph for this project.  I found an elegant bunny that was extravagantly expensive.  But I figured I’d get two commitments out of one bunny…the photo project and the traditional bunny to the husband thing.

But right after I left the store with my $5.00 rabbit I saw, across the street, this:

…which you have to admit is a BUNNY! Though not as elegant.  But definitely bigger!

Extra credit Cardinal:

Well….Mr. Cardinal has been illusive.  He’s been to the feeder a few times this morning, but he’s a shy one and flies off as soon as I try to get a shot.  There’s the opening of the camera, the turning it on, the setting…it’s all so much more time consuming then the point and shoot.  So you’re going to have to wait a bit for the bonus shot.  But if I ever get it, you’ll be the first to know!





Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Photo scavenger hunt

  1. Your photo scavenger hunt went well after all! Cool photos and the mud puddle is very a propos (unfortunately)! Hope you guys have a wonderful Easter!


  2. Wow! What a fun challenge!

    Your photos are always insightful, but I always love the ones you take of food best. You have an eye for food shots. The angles you choose always seem to make the photos interesting.

    Happy Easter!


  3. Hi Dawn! I’m so glad you decided to participate! I think doing this in a short time period helped you end up with some really unique photos. The giant pink bunny gave me a laugh this morning and I love your take on “sprout” – that sandwich does look good.
    You were quite intrepid getting your train shot and I applaud the effort – I’d call that a “photography adventure,” which to me is part of the fun of photography. Most of all, I’m glad you had fun. I’m thinking of doing this every other month, so come check my new list in June! And thanks for the birthday wishes.


  4. Well, I’m too late to do this one myself, but you did a stellar job, Dawn. I think you should get some extra credit for having two bunnies. Maybe not full cardinal credit, but the background in the second bunny shot adds quite a bit. When I saw ‘hood’ in your list, I thought of the hood of a car. I guess that’s how these assignments bring in so many different results. Good work!


  5. Oh good–you did it, too! I like your reflection in the water and smiled at the sprouts in your sandwich. You should post that cardinal picture from your bird book. Glad you played!


  6. Wonderful photos! I love the water photo. And your sense of adventure!


  7. Wait a minute . . . you waited until this morning to get Mr. Dawn’s Easter Bunny? Don’t the stores in your area put that stuff out right after Valentines’ Day?
    You were smart to go with the expensive bunny. The cheap ones are always so disappointing – unless you’re five.


  8. Sounds like fun. When I get my computer disk working again, I may try this. Will have to get creative on “cardinal”–we don’t have the bird here in san jose. 🙂 But I have several ideas for that already. Shhhh!


  9. P.S I enjoyed your selection of shots, especially the hood!


  10. How awesome that you found all the things and great shots they are too.


  11. Awesome pictures! They made me want to learn more about photography as I always just use my point and shoot button : )


  12. Oh, this looks like so much fun! You did a great job, love the creative thinking.


  13. I’m very impressed. I think last-minute scavenger hunts are sort of like plein air painting. They require a special kind of quick-witted creativity. I’m particularly taken with the Dead End Puddle.

    But Dawn . . . you have a summer house in Alabama?????


  14. Gerry…I KNOW….how cool, right? It’s my parent’s house…which now that they’re gone we think of as our ‘summer’ house…though with work and all I haven’t been there since LAST summer…when I was blissfully unemployed.


  15. This looked like a lot of fun! You were very innovative…and a little sneaky!


  16. What fun! Amazed you got them all too. Mm, Lindt is my favourite chocolate, hope hubby enjoyed it!


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  18. Great body of water! I was looking for puddles, too, but the grass was a *bit* too high in our yard for that idea to work.
    Your sprouts are making me hungry… and great choice in EasterBunny, Lindt Chocolate is soo good!


  19. Great collection here Dawn… Especially like the sprout shot, as it does look yummy, and who wouldn’t love your last bunny shot… lol… (but the lindt bunny would taste nicer)… 😉


  20. I know what you mean about the train yard, I asked my husband to drive me there and I didn’t dare stay very long. It’s creepy even during the day time, I can’t imagine at night. Your lunch looks yummy, definitely lots of sprouts. 🙂


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