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.
Beautiful! "Found" still life photos are my favorite...and yours are wonderful :)ReplyDelete
It does make for good photo ops, and your hanging bells in particular stand out well.ReplyDelete
The raindrops on the leaf; OMG!ReplyDelete
I find the hanging bells intriguing, do they actually tinkle in a breeze?ReplyDelete
No, I was hoping they would, like our various wind chimes, but they don't. They just look nice.Delete
That's too bad, coz I could hear them tinkle just by looking at them.Delete
These are all beautiful photos but my fav is the river rocks.ReplyDelete
I like the 'found still life' definition. : )ReplyDelete
My favorite are the river rocks too.
Raindrops, and rocks, my favourites, but the hanging bells are so pretty. Every one a real still life winner. Cheers,JeanReplyDelete
Your found still life photos are full of the wonders of Nature and of this autumnal season. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Great pictures. I think that "found still life" is wonderful! And I love the leaves.ReplyDelete
Nature always provides the best ...I like all of these and I think that my favorite is the last one with the mixture of leaves and rocks, textures and tones.ReplyDelete
I think that still life is an art form unto itself and one that I enjoy very much. It's no coincidence that so many artists throughout history painted bowls of fruits.ReplyDelete
I really like this collection of photos - nice job!ReplyDelete
I like all of these photos because they are in nature. The rusty bells is my favourite with the golden background of leaves and I like the single leaf laying on the moss. 'Still life' is all around us really. Great selection!ReplyDelete
These are all very nice; job well done! ;)ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning photos. I would be hard put to choose a favorite so I choose them all.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Mother nature has such pretty colors for us this time of the year. Thank you for sharing your photos, I enjoyed them very much. xxDazeeReplyDelete
I'm so glad that you read the background information, discovered that still life photography can be found outside, and chose to join in the challenge this month! You captured some lovely scenes just a few feed from your door. I am especially keen about the first photo because of the texture and beautiful color contrast. And I really like that last one too, with the mixture of leaves and rocks. Oh, and that birdhouse is absolutely charming. The soft light from the overcast weather really complimented all of your subjects very well!ReplyDelete
Thanks Donna, the înformation you provide as background is one of the best things about this meme! I always learn something new.Delete
It's amazing what one sees when you look with an open mind! Wonderful set of pics!ReplyDelete
Great take on the challenge:)ReplyDelete
Such a golden time of year. Enjoyed reading about the challenge and how you interpreted it in your photos.ReplyDelete
Love the still life in nature especially now in fall.ReplyDelete
I love details shots like those. The bells are very effective.ReplyDelete