Will the seal roll off the rock and into the sea?

Chair. Window. That's all.

Scott Thomas, whose blog lives just around the block at Views Infinitum has announced another photo assignment for us established or wanna-be photographers.

He wants us to find at least three of our best photos that we are particularly proud of.  Photos must have been taken between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011. 

He suggests:  Maybe it was a new technique you learned, a favorite vacation photo, a unique photo of something/someone or a photo which has a special meaning for you.

Red poinsettia leaf on snow

Of course, I wasn’t going to play.  I have told myself sixteen times sideways that I’m not doing any more photo assignments or challenges.  No.  Unless they jump out from behind a tree with such insistence that it’s not possible to even whimper the word “no”.

And guess what?  This one shanghaied me this morning.  And I’ll bet it will shanghai a lot of you, too, because, gosh darn, isn’t it fun to go back and look at some of our old, forgotten photo-children and make their acquaintances once again?

Lone tree in January along Keweenaw Bay

There is a problem with the word “best”.  You go try to decide which photos you’ve taken that you like the “best”.  It’s like trying to choose a favorite color.  Or a favorite dinner.  Or a favorite child.  Life offers too many magnificent shots to choose “favorites”.

But, OK, I guess it’s possible.  The trouble is I couldn’t limit it to three in 100 years.  I couldn’t limit it to three photos in three months.  So here are eight of my favorite photos from January-March, 2011. 

Before she jumps in a hole in the ice in Portage Canal in January...!

Please don’t trust me, though.  A lot of you said you really really liked the photos from yesterday’s blog about “Somewhere over the Rainbow”.  I mean:  Sing it again, Judy.  Sing it again, Iz… 

I kinda liked those photos, but almost didn’t show you.  Because 1) no story appeared to go with them, and, as you know, I am passionately in love with stories and will sometimes throw photos over the cliff if no stories accompany them, and 2)  They kinda looked like ordinary photos of the bay and canal.  You know how you look at things everyday and they suddenly seem ordinary and–ho hum–why would anyone really want to see them?

But yesterday I thought:  someone will want to see them.  And apparently many of you did!

Delighted little winter girl

There were so many photos in the January-March 2011 blog file that I loved.  Which to choose, which to choose?

I finally let the heart decide.  The heart LOVED the chair and window.  (Never ask the heart why.  It just does.)  It loved the red poinsettia leaf on snow.  It made me gasp last winter, the contrast of deep red against white everlasting snow.

Finding the right magazine (Niece Jillian discovered in local bookstore)

The lone tree overlooking the Keweenaw Bay is gone.  The Road Commission pulled up its old roots and cast it to the swamp during a road construction project in the summer.  (This might not have been in my favorites file…but now it is.  Because it lives no more, except in my heart.  And maybe yours.)

The joy on the faces of the two winter girls thrills me every time.  So much joy!  I want to feel that much joy in the “dead of winter”, don’t you?

A seagull. Just because I love him.

The array of magazines with my modeling niece as a bride has always made my heart flutter, like the pages of a magazine in wind.  (Photos of vegetables in grocery stores amaze me, too, but we couldn’t start including all of those.)

I liked the seagull photo for some reason, too, although right now I can’t remember why.  **grin**  Oh, yes, the light was “perfect” that night, and real photographers think of light as the alchemy of photography.  I am kinda learning this.

A seal. Just because--how could we not love him?

Finally, the seal from our California trip.  Oh what a face!  Oh what posture!  Will the seal roll off the rock and into the sea? 

Do you want to see some of my other faves from April-August?  OK, I’ll stop after that.  Promise.  Will try to post the next batch tomorrow or the next day.

And all you bloggers–you’ll love this challenge, I promise!  Let me know if you have a dire time deciding, or if you can easily and effortlessly choose your three favorite photographs for an entire year.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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46 Responses to Will the seal roll off the rock and into the sea?

  1. holessence says:

    Delighted Little Winter Girl!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Brenda Hardie says:

    Well absolutely yes you should enter photos in the contest! Sorry…had to put my two cents in because I think your photos are all beautiful! Today…I love the red poinsettia leaf, the lone tree and the seal but my heart leaps for joy at the delighted little winter girl! ♥ Can’t wait to see the rest ♥
    Yesterday my favorites were the rainbow shot because the rainbow ends at the glorious golden tree, the picture between earth and sky because it looked calm and peaceful and lastly your serenity picture which brought just that…serenity. ♥ Kathy…I love your work..in words and in pictures, thank you for sharing them with us ♥

    • Kathy says:

      It wasn’t really a contest, Brenda. It was more like an assignment for fun. Thank you for enjoying the photos. I liked that rainbow shot because of the rainbow trees, too. And I like you. 🙂

  3. Wonderful photos! I can’t believe another blogger was able to choose some favorites already! I’m still putting off looking through mine, hoping some freak miracle will happen and they will just choose themselves and wait for me to post them. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Has the freak miracle occurred yet, Michaela? I will have to go visit and see! Or maybe the photos chose themselves. I wouldn’t put it past photos. They’ve done odder things.

  4. I did say a minimum of three and that you could post as many as you wanted to. I see you took that to heart…as you always do, my dear Kathy. One never knows when a photo will become history as your tree photo is now. That is something I need to do more of myself.

    • Kathy says:

      Scott, I thought of doing your year-long assignment, but didn’t do it. But guess what my subject was going to be? That tree. So maybe it was a good thing I didn’t do the assignment. Because it would be missing some seasons…

  5. Susan Derozier says:

    When I read your challenge my mind immediately starting reaching back to photos I’d loved. The one you put up of the girl in the purple coat came up and also memory of another little blue-eyed girl you had done at some festival. Then I was remembering trees against sky, reflections in water, human interest ones from festivals, the deer in your yard…. I could go on and on. it would seem an impossible task to pick a favorite from all your beautiful pictures. Good luck in choosing…and yes that red against the snow is truly a stand out! Love em all!

    • Kathy says:

      It is so interesting, Susan. Barry said he would have chosen quite a few different photos. I wonder if there would ever be a consensus of “best” photos with a great number of folks voting? So many of my pics are laced with memories and emotions that others might not have. Unless they read my blog, of course! LOL!

  6. suzen says:

    Oh how could you EVER choose? I am partial to trees, and the seals – but honestly they are all great. Don’t even think of not entering a photo contest! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      SuZen…OK, my new name is Kathryn SuZen Drue. Ha, ha, love your name! This wasn’t really a contest. It was more like a photo-playing assignment. Hugs back, Zen lady!

  7. P.j. grath says:

    I loved both your winter girls, the little bundled-up one and the lithe form in bikini. But three “best” from LAST YEAR? It’s easier to choose when categories are specified or a theme given. I’m daunted by this one.

    • Kathy says:

      I can understand your daunting, Pamela. I refused to let the daunted feelings run the show or no pics would have appeared here. Instead, the heart can decide…that’s easier, don’t you think? I think you should enter.

  8. Marianne says:

    Kathy, I agree with you. Narrowing the choice to three is impossible. I would be proud of them all. They are really great!

  9. The light on the gull is perfect, but the seal just looks so happy lying on his rock with the water splashing about. How to choose, how to choose?

  10. Karma says:

    I have absolutely no idea how I will accomplish Scott’s new assignment. I might have to become a “rule breaker” like you, Kathy, LOL!
    Of these photos you’ve posted here I love your gull and seal. So adorable.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh good! Another rule breaker… **grin** I am glad you liked the seagull, too. Wonder why I thought no one else would like the seagull. Hmmm…

  11. They’re all great pictures, but I love the one tree, a poignant tribute to its memory. And the seagull and the seal are perfect! Choices are so difficult to make when all the choices are so appealing…

    • Kathy says:

      Don’t know, Barbara, if you read that book about how more choices usually shut us down rather than energize us. I would have thought that hundreds of choices would be wonderful, but apparently it’s the opposite. Go figure. (Can’t recall the title of that book.)

      • Don’t know about the book, but I’ve fund that to be true, that too many choices are overwhelming. That does remind me now of some of the lyrics in one of Dave Matthews’ songs, “Typical Situation”:

        “It’s a typical situation
        In these typical times
        Too many choices…
        Six senses keeping
        Five around a sense of self…”

  12. wolfsrosebud says:

    lady bug… dear, lady bug… dear, lady bug… dear; I just can’t make up my mind with picture I liked better. lovely photo’s

  13. Sybil says:

    I think people are under the impression that you are going to have to select one of these eight to enter in a contest.

    THAT would be hard !

    They are all so very different: still life chair, leaf and tree, jumping polar bear woman, happy child and wobbly seal. Different and quite wonderful.

    It’s fun visiting photos we haven’t seen in a while. Viewing them again, for the first time, with fresh eyes.

    I look forward to tomorrow’s batch.

    • Kathy says:

      Tomorrow’s batch is already up, Sybil. I think you may be right. Some of the readers thought I was in a contest…which I’m 90% sure wouldn’t be happening. Glad you enjoyed.

  14. Robin says:

    These are all such wonderful images. The seal looks like he needs his tummy tickled. Or maybe he’s already tickled (with life, the rock, the sea). 😀

    I don’t know if I’ll participate or not. As you wrote, it’s difficult to choose.

  15. You hooked me that first photo of the window and chair–love the simplicity of it. And those animals . . . very nice.

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Petalpusher, I adore you! Thank you for liking that first photo. Don’t think too many others mentioned it, but it was a love of mine, too. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  17. Barbara says:

    I love the variety, and the dialog, and the little peek into your world… and I especially love the seal!

  18. kanniduba says:

    That tree….there’s just something about that tree….it screams for my attention. Beautiful photos all, but that tree grabbed my heart.
    “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…” says The Lorax.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, KD, the tree thanks you so kindly! (It was wondering who might care.) Your have honored trees everywhere by speaking for them, and the Lorax nods in approval, appreciating you.

  19. milkayphoto says:

    Lovely, HAPPY images!! The flower petal and THAT seal! Great job!

  20. Carsten says:

    A fine selection. Why do I prefer the winter girls 🙂 Especially the young one. She is adorable.

    • Kathy says:

      Those winter girls are somethin’, aren’t they Carsten? Really adorable, running about in the snow! Thanks for stopping by to look at some of my favorites.

  21. truels says:

    I love the seagull too – and that photo of the chair and the window! But I wouldn’t love that jump down the hole in the ice !!!

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  23. Nye says:

    Love your photos, as you can see the smile didn’t leave my face yet. 🙂

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