Once a month I enjoy participating in Donna's "Personal Photo Challenge", and I always learn something new. This month the challenge was 'still life', and I almost thought I'd skip it. But I read the references that Donna provided, and learned about 'found still life' - photos taken usually outdoors, of things you find just waiting for your camera.
With that in mind, I was onboard, and headed out to our old stone fencerow to see what I could find. Immediately I found lots of leaves sitting on the boulders, in this case a a maple leaf on a mossy boulder.
And a few leaves were still decorated with drops from all the rain we've been getting the last few days.
All the ash leaves on the ground (the first to fall) made an interesting pattern too.
But there were a few other interesting items around waiting for attention. This is a rather fancy birdhouse that a canoeing buddy made and gave to me.
And this is a little set of hanging bells that we picked up, in San Gimignano I think, when we travelled in Italy last year. It's been hanging in the apple tree all summer.
Finally, some rounded river rocks that were put in when we had our patio built this summer, to enhance the drainage around the edge. From starting out skeptical about 'still life' photography, I think I've ended up with some interesting shots. Now I get to read and learn from the other participants.