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27/05/2016
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“Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.” Andrew Marvell

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

 Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time. Pablo Picasso
We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust

One of the reasons I look forward to the weekly photography challenge is the chance to push myself to step out of the comfort of my preferred subjects and try to look through my lens differently. Some weeks the chosen subject is familiar and comfortable and some weeks are far removed from the familiar for me. The unfamiliar subjects are great teachers because they force me to step back and meditate on the subject and then come back to it with a renewed zeal to grasp what is required. Now, if you participate in these weekly, creative exercises, you’d know that the Moderators give us examples and accompanying stories; we have a frame of reference when we choose our own shots. It helps a lot as we can start to imagine our own shots.

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“There’s time enough, but none to spare.” Charles W. Chesnutt

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

 Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE - A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

Weekly Photo Challenge: SPARE – A collage of spare spaces, subjects and scenery

I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live and could not spare any more time for that one. Henry David Thoreau
Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. Thomas Aquinas

 

Whenever I think about the photography topics, a visual usually appears in my mind and then I go take the shot or look for it from shots I’ve already taken. Keeping in mind that the key rule is that we must take our photos ourselves, there are times when I fall short of my ideal shot and I have to go outside and create something or search through my files for a shot or two. That said, this challenge was a tad more difficult for me to do and not for lack of examples; I just couldn’t find the photos in my mind’s eye that really spoke to me on the subject of spare, sparse or even simple. Anyway, I couldn’t get those spare and even spare desert settings out of my head but, I persevered and, gradually, a quiet settled on my spirit and a few photos I took in the last couple of years danced before my eyes … I decided to go with what spoke to me best. Hope you like them!
On another note, since this is Memorial Day weekend, let’s keep our activities safe and simple. Wishing all a restful and safe Memorial Day weekend!

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Photo Challenge: SPARE This week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.” Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration.

Positive Motivation Tip: With effort, even the most spare subjects can come to life and engage us. Did deep!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

55 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy Ingalls permalink
    27/05/2016 3:12 pm

    The pictures are gorgeous. There is something very peaceful about a single object of color or texture standing out in a photo.

  2. momknowsbest15 permalink
    27/05/2016 5:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always. I love the big water and a duck who seems so small.

  3. Liz Mays permalink
    27/05/2016 6:37 pm

    I like the photos you went with. It’s fun to try to imagine how you related each of them to “spare.”

  4. angie permalink
    27/05/2016 7:27 pm

    great captures love the pics you shared

  5. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement permalink
    27/05/2016 8:07 pm

    I’m a visual person too so I can completely understand where you’re coming from with the visuals! I think that’s just how creative peoples’ minds work. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

  6. 27/05/2016 9:53 pm

    Lovely pics. Have a super weekend.

  7. 28/05/2016 1:24 am

    This is a difficult challenge but for me you nailed it with the buds and single red berry!

    • 28/05/2016 11:44 am

      Thank you! It was very difficult to truly visualize anything but what the Moderator shred with us. I could only think of the desert. Hahaha! 🙂

  8. Akhil Sharma permalink
    28/05/2016 3:09 am

    I take photographs whenever I feel lonely and depressed. I know it is an unusual habit, but this allows me to be in a jovial state. Photography is an art.

  9. Rebecca permalink
    28/05/2016 7:21 am

    gorgeous photos. Everything Looks so pretty.

  10. RUSS permalink
    28/05/2016 7:54 am

    Your shots are lovely! Spare is not an easy subject if you ask me. I was thinking just now of what shots I’d do for this challenge. I don’t think there would be much for me since I am in the city. Love all the nature shots & the scenery!

  11. Inspiring Kitchen permalink
    28/05/2016 7:59 am

    I love your take on the theme and the photos you shared with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. milenabarrett permalink
    28/05/2016 8:09 am

    Great photos and thoughts you shared! I love taking part in challenges!

  13. Nicole permalink
    28/05/2016 8:47 am

    I love this photo challenge, I also love taking photos. Photography is a nice hubby, and you never know what you might capture unless you see the bigger picture.

  14. Danne Reed permalink
    28/05/2016 9:54 am

    What a great way to celebrate the memorial day, a day of capturing happy moments. I may never have the professional talent in photography but I can capture special moments too!

  15. Ryan Escat permalink
    28/05/2016 10:32 am

    I love taking photos, it just sad that I have no DSLR but we can still capture good photos without a great camera.

  16. Nikki Jenner permalink
    28/05/2016 10:39 am

    I am not a photographer, but I love taking photos with my Iphone whenever I see something interesting. Good luck with your photography challenge, I can’t wait to see your amazing photos.

  17. uprunforlife permalink
    28/05/2016 11:41 am

    I always love seeing your collection of photos. You do a great job capturing different angles, stories, ect. I need to take a photography course so that I can better capture my own stories.

  18. Bhushavali permalink
    28/05/2016 1:48 pm

    Spare to me would mean to spare something in the sense to leave it alone… In your pictures I guess you’ve taken that very meaning.

  19. Kathy permalink
    28/05/2016 7:13 pm

    Those photos are beautiful. I love taking photos of everything, especially nature.

  20. Allison Lancaster permalink
    28/05/2016 7:32 pm

    Such beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing with us, you are really talented at taking photos!

  21. Alfonzowords permalink
    28/05/2016 8:32 pm

    Motivational genius you are!
    I enjoy your posts ever so much
    Thank you for being a brightest light in the darkness

  22. Amanda Love permalink
    28/05/2016 11:18 pm

    I’m always amazed at your photos and how they relate to your topic. I hope you’re enjoying your memorial weekend!

  23. Kathy Lacuna permalink
    29/05/2016 2:22 am

    These are beautiful pictures that you have taken. Great shots that show nature at its best. I hope you enjoy your memorial weekend to the max!

  24. Rachel Mouton permalink
    29/05/2016 5:10 am

    This is so true! So many people settle for a job they hate so that they can have fun in their spare time. Then they find that the disdain for their job spills over into their personal time.

  25. Fred Hawson permalink
    29/05/2016 7:55 am

    So nice your statement how Spare could mean too many or too little. Very few words can go both ways like this one. The richness of meaning leaves interpretation to the artistry of the photographer.

  26. Ana Fernandez permalink
    31/05/2016 8:02 am

    Lovely pics! They make me feel so relaxed for some reason! Sometimes that is all what we need

  27. duffelbagspouse permalink
    13/04/2017 10:04 pm

    Love the quote, I get irritated when people pick blower buds that haven’t bloomed. Its like picking friends, a mate or business partner. Its cool to look at potential, but you’ve got to bloom first.

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