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End of Month Potpourri-August Break Highlights 2015

real life

“When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift.”  ― Justina Chen





I am continuing my participation in the photography challenge,  The August Break, the creation of Susannah Conway.  Today I have the next 7 days of words, and my interpretations for you.  This week seemed to be quite a challenge as I tried to capture so many images interpreting the latest words, many which are very common.


The first picture above is Day 21-Real Life.  This is my everyday work area with my laptop front and center.  I liked the picture better in black and white, as color was not an important aspect of the picture.




curves collage

Day 22-Curves  I had many different pictures picked out for this word.  But it was when I was outside sitting, that I noticed the curves in my garden hat.  This hat is a prized possession, and I had a lot of fun capturing the curves.


You can see another picture of my garden hat in the last picture.  This was an impromptu picture taken while I was sitting outside enjoying the garden.




water collage2

Day 23-Water  One of my favorite spots is the pond in our garden.  The sound of the waterfall is relaxing.  I wanted to capture the waterfall as it flows down the rocks.





Day 24-In The Distance  This is the beginning of the wetlands about a couple of miles down the road.  It is acres of cattails that end at the woods edge, in the distance.




green distance

Day 25-Green  The cattails end as the wetlands open up.  And you can see this amazing Chartreuse green algae covering the entire surface of the water.  Isn’t it stunning?  Especially against the pinkish-purple flowers of the purple loosestrife plant that has invaded the wetlands.





Day 16-Door  When I originally was thinking about this word, I wanted to capture our front door.  But then as the day went on, I wanted to look at a few more doors around the house and garden.  I especially love the view through the door on the gazebo.  Isn’t it inviting?




door collage

Our purple front door is bottom right, the door I originally wanted to capture.  And then I experimented with opening the door to a couple of rooms and capturing the view as you enter.




recipe collage

Day 27-Favorite Recipe  During tomato season, we love to make sauce.  This is a special recipe from a garden friend, Kathy@The Violet Fern.  It is called Summer In A Jar, and you can read more about it here.  All the ingredients, basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, were grown in our garden this summer.





So there you have the photos from days 21-27 of  The August Break challenge.  I will have the remainder of the words, for days 28-31, in two weeks.  Next week will be another Wildlife Lesson post, always on the first Thursday of the month.


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.   Feel free to download the photo and share.

creativity artist

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  1. August 27, 2015    

    You have triumphed here. Challenge, shmallenge. You nailed each and every prompt.

    • August 29, 2015    

      Thanks Soosie. Photography is still a new area for me and shooting outside my garden is a challenge and I am stretching outside my comfort zone….glad you enjoyed the shots!

  2. August 27, 2015    

    developing your camera skills I see – some lovely captures for the theme – especially nice to see some personal aspects though love ‘in the distance’ shot

    • August 29, 2015    

      I am and it is wonderful to hear you can see the development Laura! That was a wonderful spot as the sun was setting although the roadside where I was standing was a bit dangerous.

  3. August 27, 2015    

    Interesting prompts and great interpretations!
    Have a lovely weekend!

    • August 29, 2015    

      Thanks Sara…it is fun playing with the camera!

  4. August 27, 2015    

    Boy oh boy, you’re getting better and better as you go along. Though all your first impulses are fine, it is revelatory as you share how your interpretation of each challenge is opening up your thinking. Great photos one and all but the B&W of your work area is especially evocative for me.

    • August 29, 2015    

      Thanks Deb….I do enjoy playing and shooting around without thinking much and processing in black and white.

  5. August 27, 2015    

    I especially LOVE the rocks and water! Great work on the challenge!! 🙂

    • August 29, 2015    

      So happy you enjoyed the pics Hannah! Those water shots took quite a lot of time as I shot the waterfall at different spots and different times of the day….I had fun playing with the prompts.

  6. August 29, 2015    

    Donna, you have really challenged yourself and excelled. I wish I had taken part this year. Somehow it slipped out of my grasp. Typical of me I love your wetland photos. You capture the peace and tranquility of these under-estimated lungs of our world. You are sooooo in the groove!

    • August 29, 2015    

      Thanks so much Catherine…nature is a favorite of mine as you know. I appreciate your kind words my friend.

  7. August 29, 2015    

    More great photos. I especially loved the waterfall (which I swear I could hear as I looked at the image!) and getting to see your work space.

    • August 30, 2015    

      Thanks Jean….the sound of the waterfall is bliss for me…and I’ll tell you a secret. That workspace is the leather ottoman in front of the couch. I work best there. But don’t tell anyone!

  8. August 30, 2015    

    This is one of my favorite memes ever, Donna, because of how well you’re doing it. BRAVA!

    • August 30, 2015    

      Ginnie you kind comment means so much to me! Thank you!!

  9. August 31, 2015    

    Hello, lovely collection of images for your challenge. I love the rock and water images. The view of the cattails and wetlands is pretty. And your tomatoes look delicious. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • September 3, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the images especially those you mentioned. i enjoyed capturing them….Have a lovely long weekend Eileen!

  10. August 31, 2015    

    Very fun and creative, and it gave me a morning smile as well~

    • September 3, 2015    

      Then I am feeling blissful Mary that these brought you joy!

  11. August 31, 2015    

    Your pictures are captivating. They drew me in and there I wanted to stay, especially at your pond. Have a grand day!

    • September 3, 2015    

      Oh Cathy that is high praise indeed…thank you!

  12. August 31, 2015    

    I think you hit the ball out of the park. You made the August Challenge look easy (and it isn’t, I’ve tried it before). Beautiful images. I love the sound of water, too. Loved the doors — all of them … opened and closed. And your hat! Fun post. Happy Monday!

    • September 3, 2015    

      And I had fun working with the prompts…glad you had fun with the post Snap!

  13. August 31, 2015    

    You are really enjoying your camera lately. Having a “competition” to participate in helps you see possibility. Why don’t you join the FB photography/nature groups? It won’t help your blog visits, but the work in those groups is mostly professional. So much more to learn from those images.

    • September 3, 2015    

      I think I belong to one but never find time to participate…I will look into it more Donna! Thanks.

  14. August 31, 2015    

    Your photos are creative and to the point, Donna, well done. I especially love the opening photo, it looks great in monochrome. And I love Chen’s words as they are so true. I guess we need to grow into living them, don’t we?

    • September 3, 2015    

      Indeed Patra… wonderful that you enjoyed them…and thanks for the lovely compliment!

  15. August 31, 2015    

    Oh, these are lovely, Donna! I love your gazebo door, the hat, and the workspace especially.

    • September 3, 2015    

      That gazebo is a special spot and if my garden hat and computer could talk….so glad you enjoyed the post Stacy!

  16. August 31, 2015    

    Not only did you capture the essence of the themes; you’ve inspired me to reach further. Thank you.

    • September 3, 2015    

      Now that is high praise Gayle….thank you so much!

  17. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    August 31, 2015    

    Amazing the things you came up with for the prompt words Donna. – the curves of the hat is my favourite. Well, almost – when I saw your purple door I knew I wouldn’t soon forget it. I’m not allowed to have a purple door. 🙁
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • September 3, 2015    

      Oh I did laugh when I got to the end of your comment Judith as I forgot about the purple door….you would love our door.

  18. August 31, 2015    

    Enjoyed your photos and mosaics. Have a great week.

    • September 3, 2015    

      I am so glad and thank you for your visit and comment!

  19. September 1, 2015    

    You have shared such lovely photos. All of them are fantastic, especially the first one, second one and front door are special. I feel spiritual of them.I am glad to join you again. Happy days!!

    • September 3, 2015    

      I am so glad to have you visit and what beautiful praise…I am so grateful for your kind words!

  20. September 1, 2015    

    I love that very last quote. I’ll send it to my son today. Have a fabulous day my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

    • September 3, 2015    

      Diane I thought that quote was amazing too! I am so very pleased you are sharing it! Sweet hugs to you too!

  21. September 1, 2015    

    Some interesting shots to pair with the prompts. and great focus on each.
    Thank you for linking up at

    • September 3, 2015    

      My pleasure and thanks for visiting!

  22. September 3, 2015    

    There is something so intriguing about looking through a half open door, it feels like an invite to explore and I loved those images you did on that theme


    • September 3, 2015    

      My thoughts exactly Molly which is what i was trying to capture…so happy the images were successful!

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