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August Break Completed


“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

~ Denis Waitley




I promised I would finish up the photography challenge,  The August Break, the creation of Susannah Conway.  Today I have the last 4 prompts, and my interpretations.  These last few words seemed even more of a challenge, but I practiced patience and waited as the inspiration took hold.  Some came to me days later, and I changed the images that didn’t seem to work for me.  So here we go.


The first picture above is Day 30-Smile.  Yes that is me, or what I was willing to show of me as I wanted to emphasize my everyday smile.  Just a hint of a smile always on my lips as my mouth upturns and my cheeks puff out.  This photo was actually taken on my Mac computer using the application, Photo Booth.  The camera on my Mac is easier to use for taking self portraits.  And I love some of the effects that this application has.  The effect I used for this was picture is called, Color Pencil.




In The Bag collage

Day 28-In My Bag  This particular prompt had me stumped.  I had many ideas none of which I liked.  As I was going by the pond, I noticed the yellow waterlily finally blooming at the end of summer, which was late.  And I remembered it grows in a cloth bag at the bottom of our pond.  The cattails have all but crushed this waterlily, but I was happy to see it was not going to be pushed out.




in my bag collage2

Then the next day, I saw the new bag of my favorite coffee waiting to be opened and ground.  And it hit me!  I opened the bag on our kitchen table and let it spill out.  And here are 3 views of the coffee beans (that was in my bag of coffee) spilled on the table.  I love these images and can still smell the coffee.





Day 29-Listening  I knew I wanted to take a picture of our, almost antique, receiver.  My husband has had this receiver for a long time, even though we no longer have the turntable.  We have a CD changer still hooked up to it, and we love to use the radio.




tree frog

Day 31-August Was….  Full of Discovery.  Everywhere I looked in my garden, the smallest creatures seemed to bring delight.  And I continued to see more and more special scenes like this one.  This a Gray Tree Frog.  They are more gray when they are living closer to our trees, and green when in the garden.  As I walked by the stalk of a plant, this tiny green blob caught my eye.  Only an inch long, they are hard to see, but they make a mighty song in high summer when mating.  The pictures were processed a bit differently to highlight this little creature.


At the end of the post is another little creature hard to see when they rest in our big ash trees, on tiny branches.  Of course I am talking about the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  This is either a female of juvenile hummer.




So there you have the photos from days 28-31 of  The August Break challenge.  Here are the links for the my other posts from this challenge: Days 1-10, 11-20, and 21-27.


I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday, and with Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) photo linkup party at image-in-ing.




I leave you with a bit more sentiment about creativity and joy.   Feel free to download the photo and share.

create joy

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  1. September 10, 2015    

    You really nailed this challenge.
    Love that tenny frog. And the hummer.

    • September 12, 2015    

      Thanks Soosie….that teeny frog was a great surprise.

  2. September 10, 2015    

    I’d say you had this entire challenge “in the bag”, at least from September’s vantage point. Honestly if you didn’t insist that you struggled with some of your choices I doubt anybody would suspect so. Your posted responses to the prompts seem so well integrated with the themes.

    That tiny frog! We have nocturnal mating frog noise here many evenings but I’ve yet to spot one of the singers. What a special sight….

    • September 12, 2015    

      The tiny frog is a nocturnal mating frog too….I love when we see them occasionally during the day…so glad you enjoyed the challenge Deb…it was great fun!

  3. September 10, 2015    

    Donna, congrats for partaking in this challenge, I enjoyed seeing your interpretation of each prompt. It was quite the commitment to participate the entire time, very impressive!


    • September 12, 2015    

      Thanks Jen! I really enjoyed creating these interpretations.

  4. Christine A Wood Christine A Wood
    September 10, 2015    

    I’m going to give this quote to my oldest son, who just began a new school and schedule. He’s a little down and tired, and missing his past. Thanks, Donna. 🙂

    • September 12, 2015    

      It is a wonderful quote and I hope your son finds it useful Christie!

  5. September 10, 2015    

    More great images. I love the bag of coffee beans spilling out. What kind of lens to you use for your bird and frog close-ups?

    • September 12, 2015    

      I only have one camera with one lens Jean…it is a high end point and shoot; Nikon Coolpix P510. Once I learned its ins and outs, I have mastered the auto and a few other settings with that lens…soon I hope to use some of the manual settings. It has a 42x zoom which is great for critter shots.

  6. September 11, 2015    

    A beautiful smile and inspiring eyes…you should be so proud!! Congratulations on the challenge!

  7. September 11, 2015    

    Some very nice images to fit the challenge 🙂

  8. September 11, 2015    

    What fascinating photos…each so personal. I loved how you tackled the challenge!

    • September 12, 2015    

      Thanks Susie….it was quite a fulfilling challenge!

  9. September 11, 2015    

    Love your little tree frog:)

    • September 12, 2015    

      Isn’t he just such a cutie!. Sometimes we see them along the fence or clinging to the window in mating season at dusk.

  10. September 14, 2015    

    Hello, well done with the prompts and images. I love the yellow waterlily and the mosaic with the coffee beans. The froggie is so cute. Awesome post and images. Have a happy day!

    • September 14, 2015    

      Thanks so much Eileen…that froggy was such a special surprise…enjoy your week!

  11. September 14, 2015    

    Your closing quote is so perfect! Your shares are all wonderful. Happy Week~

    • September 14, 2015    

      When I found that quote, I thought it was perfect too Mary! Have a wonderful week!

  12. September 14, 2015    

    What a beautiful hummingbird. You always make the most beautiful cards with quotes. Enjoy your day sweet lady. Hugs, Diane

    • September 14, 2015    

      I am so pleased you enjoy the cards Diane. Thank you! Big hugs to you too!

  13. September 14, 2015    

    Great interpretations. Love that you thought of the bag in association with the lily.
    The frog is my favorite. The camo affect of the markings is remarkable.
    And the self photo and texture is fantastic.

    • September 14, 2015    

      Thanks so much Gayle…photography can be such great play.

  14. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    September 14, 2015    

    You met the photo challenge very well and I find it interesting that the water lily was planted in a cloth bag. Mine started out in a couple of plastic pots which I know they’ve burst through long ago.
    I’m going to look up the gray tree frogs to see if the sound matches what I’ve heard in our country patch.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • September 15, 2015    

      Those tree frogs make a mighty sound Judith. Amazing really from such a little critter….

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