335: Karma’s August Photo HuntPosted: August 24, 2011
Karma’s August Photo Hunt challenge is to show summer in a rainbow of colors, photos representing the prominent colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I have all the colors covered in the one photo above. Our spinners don’t come out until the summer months, and this one has all the colors of the rainbow included in its design.
I noticed when I was looking over photos I took this summer that the colors of the rainbow are often all represented in one photo. Even those that don’t have them all often have two or three or more.
Green, I think, is best represented by our trip to my favorite miniature golf course: The Village Greens, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Miniature golf is such a summertime activity, and the Village Greens has a wonderfully landscaped Gold course that provides shade from old trees, waterfalls, and plenty of color provided by flowers.
See how green it is?
There are so many greens of summer that it was almost impossible to pick. Here are a few random shots of greens throughout this summer:
Summer blues, it seems to me, are best represented by blueberries which are, in my opinion (yours may vary), the ultimate summer fruit. My first job, when I was nine years old, involved picking blueberries when they were in season. The job didn’t pay much, but as a perk I got to eat some of the ripest, sweetest berries on the bushes.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of blueberries this year so these blue berries will have to do.
The blue gnome pictured above represents all the gardens I visited this summer. You can find a rainbow of colors in that photo, too.
Other blues of summer include the blue-eyed grass and chickory, representing some of the wildflowers I’ve gotten to know on my daily outings. The Crooked Man symbolizes our trip to Pittsburgh and Idlewild with our granddaughters and their parents. The sunset is all about the blue skies of summer, and a nod at how I’ve been learning to use the manual settings, including the white balance (set to tungsten in that sunset photo), on my camera. The dragonfly has become almost an emblem for me of this summer. It seemed like we had more dragonflies than usual around the pond, and they were more than cooperative about having their picture taken. And the hydrangea reminds me of our trip back to Pennsylvania to say goodbye to Jane.
It occurs to me that if I continue on in this vein, I may well post the longest blog post ever. I think it best to go straight to collages to save us all some time and trouble.
I had a difficult time finding purples, with the exception of flowers, most of which bloom in the late summer (the purple coneflower, Joe Pye Weed, Ironweed, and our hydrangea which is more on the purple than blue side of colors). There were purple sunrises and purple reflections on the pond. Not much else, though, in the way of purple which is odd. Purple is my favorite color and I usually take any opportunity I can to capture it.
Red is abundant in the foods and flowers of summer. I also found it in birds at the National Aviary, my granddaughter’s feet, a sculpture at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, and the red fox who doesn’t look so red next to all of these other reds.
The color orange has been showing up in sunrises and sunsets, in the Tiger lilies from earlier in the season, and in the jewelweed which is so prolific right now. Even the sunflowers get an orange glow about them in the early morning and late evening hours.
There has been an abundance of yellow in my life this summer, from fish in a science center aquarium to the flowers in the garden. Late summer means more yellows as the leaves start to change as we turn towards autumn.
It has been a wonderfully colorful summer. Thank you, Karma, for your great photo hunt idea which has given me a chance to see just how beautiful the season has been. 🙂
If you’d like to join the photo hunt, there’s still time. The deadline is Sunday, August 28.
P.S. I thought I’d go for the bonus points. A self-portrait of me in the summertime:
In other news…
Today’s outdoor adventures were pretty tame. Just another walk around the pond, and a brief visit to the garden.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my photo hunt. 🙂