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!