Week 37 - Storytelling: Seasons

“If an apple blossom or a ripe apple could tell its own story, it would be, still more than its own, the story of the sunshine that smiled upon it, of the winds that whispered to it, of the birds that sang around it, of the storms that visited it, and of the motherly tree that held it and fed it until its petals were unfolded and its form developed.” - Lucy Larcom

“The weather is changing! Find inspiration in the seasons.” - It’s apple season in Wisconsin #dogwoodweek37 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52

“The weather is changing! Find inspiration in the seasons.” - It’s apple season in Wisconsin #dogwoodweek37 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52

Week 36 - Inspiration: Your Habits - Some habits are good and some are bad.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

#dogwoodweek36 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #pinkchampagne #bubbles

#dogwoodweek36 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #pinkchampagne #bubbles

Week 32 - Composition: Symmetry in Portrait

Noted fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier once said, “The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn't pose. He isn't aware of the camera.” I couldn’t disagree more! Piper is constantly posing for my camera and this week’s challenge of symmetry in portrait photography is nearly impossible for the pup with the perpetual head tilt!

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Week 34 - Storytelling: Color Without Color

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” - Claude Monet

I posted too late this week and others had the same ideas I did — sunflowers, butterflies, and carnival rides — typical August images. So instead, here’s my colorless ode to Monet’s waterlilies. #dogwoodweek34 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #waterlilies #monetmoment

I posted too late this week and others had the same ideas I did — sunflowers, butterflies, and carnival rides — typical August images. So instead, here’s my colorless ode to Monet’s waterlilies. #dogwoodweek34 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #waterlilies #monetmoment

Week 33 - Inspiration: Tell a Lie

“Gravity is sinking you down; inspiration is pulling you up.” - Mandy Ingber

It is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong: “Sinking House” in Montmartre #dogwoodweek33 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #lying

It is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong: “Sinking House” in Montmartre #dogwoodweek33 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #lying

Week 32 - Composition: Frame within the Frame

“Frame your world with your words.” - Caroline Leaf

#dogwoodweek32 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #books

#dogwoodweek32 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #books

Week 31 - Storytelling: Friends and Family

“In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.” - Khalil Gibran

#dogwoodweek31 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #friendsandfamily #sharing

#dogwoodweek31 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #friendsandfamily #sharing

Week 30 - Inspiration: Exit

"Every exit is an entry to somewhere else.” - Tom Stoppard

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#dogwoodweek30 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52

Week 29 - Composition: Depth of Field

“Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.” - Marian Wright Edelman

Depth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger. #dogwoodweek29 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #dof

Depth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger. #dogwoodweek29 #dogwood52 #2019dogwood52 #dof

Week 28 - Storytelling: Your Culture

“The role of culture is that it's the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we've been, where we hope to be.” - Wendell Pierce

#dogwoodweek28 #2019dogwoodr52 #dogwood52 #reflection

#dogwoodweek28 #2019dogwoodr52 #dogwood52 #reflection

In reflecting on this week’s prompt, this part of a poem I wrote a few years ago came to mind (You can read the full version here).

For the first year of my life, I didn't have a name: I was Jane Doe. A year later, I was adopted, chosen, given this name: Melinda Marie Larson.

  • Melinda: gentle, sweet

  • Marie: the French variant of Mary "Star of the Sea," A name for a girl who grew up on the water, for a woman still most content upon it. I was named for my maternal grandmother. I was named for the Blessed Mother.

  • Larson: A noble surname, ethnic and geographic, “Son of Lars,” Scandinavian for Lawrence — a laurel, fragrant, ever green, a wreath to adorn the heads of heroes...I am child of noble victors, of Door County Scandinavians.

My name is the gift of my culture.