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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Edward Everett Hale

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart

Today, the Weekly Photo Challenge calls for our All-Time Favorites and there is a bittersweet reason for it. The Daily Post staff who have managed the Photo Challenges are wishing us a fond farewell. In the 6+ years I’ve participated in the WP Photo Challenge, I’ve learned a lot about the depth and breadth of creative photography. It’s been a fantastic ride and, like all rides, they eventually come to a stop. In this case, we were informed that this would be the last assignment in the series. I am saddened but, I feel galvanized to continue creating my own Photo Challenges so I don’t become lazy. I thank the WP DP staffers for guiding us all these years, and I hope they will offer periodic photo challenges to keep us on our toes. That said, I believe that Farewells are never endings… they are the beginning of something new.


“I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” John Keats

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle

When I read the accompanying message today: Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge. In wishing you a fond farewell, we wanted to share our all-time favorite photos with you. We welcome you to share your favorites with us. Happy photographic trails!, it left me feeling wistful about the many years we stepped up to engage in the photo challenges and how much I enjoyed the creativity it inspired in all of us. Please stop by the Photo Challenge page and join me in saying a huge THANK YOU! to:

Jeff Golenski,

Michelle Weber,

Erica Varlese,

Cheri Lucas Rowlands,

Ben Huberman,

Sheri Bigelow,

Donncha Ó Caoimh,

Jen Hooks,

Krista Stevens,

Sara Rosso

They have all been terrific guides and I am grateful for their dedication over the last 6+ years. I do hope to continue in some form and fashion so, join in and lets keep this going. Photography is not just a form of creative expression, it is a repository of memories and personal history. I can look back at my photos and remember when…


“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

Photo Challenge: A Few Farewell Favorites

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frankl

Are you a photography buff? How do you stay connected to your craft? I make it a point of duty to take photos every day. I take a lot of them with my smartphone but, occasionally, I pick up my DSLR and take a lot more. Even though the final installment called for our all time favorites, I decided to go back to my first photography love… nature and flowers. Most of the shots are from the Orchid Exhibition I attended last month at the NY Botanical Garden. I chose to feature them because I used my DSLR and loved the many beautiful orchids I photographed. I threw in a few flowers from gardens in my neighborhood and will upload a few more from my other favorite photography spots: the Croton Aqueduct and the Hudson River. Stay tuned!


This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  –  All Time Favorites  –  In the final edition of the Weekly Photo Challenge, Daily Post staff contributors share their favorite photos and invite you to do the same. When I suggested starting the Weekly Photo Challenge in 2011 (most of the early prompt topics came from me and then I started publishing them directly later that year) I never thought we’d still be doing it each week, more than seven years later! Photography and words are a wonderful way to express ourselves and while we respond to the writing, our eyes crave something visual, too. I hope you continue to express yourselves and reveal the “Layers” you have within. — Sara



Positive Motivation Tip: Farewells are never endings… they are the beginning of something new.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

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

43 Comments leave one →
  1. thegentlemanracer permalink
    30/05/2018 11:54 pm

    Great shots, love the color and depth of field. Sometimes it is nice to get out and shoot non-work related stuff for me as a photographer.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:22 am

      Yes, I hear you… that helps me with the creative aspects of life.

  2. cleverlychanging permalink
    31/05/2018 3:01 am

    In college I was a literary major and John Keats was one of my favorite poets. These words sing to me. “I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” -John Keats All of the flowers shown are really beautiful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:21 am

      Thank yo so much… I love Keats too. 🙂

  3. eliza permalink
    31/05/2018 5:07 am

    I’ve been dreaming to start photography. I started watching video tutorials and stuff. I hope one day to participate and share my craft too.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:21 am

      The Photo Challenge has ended. You can join other internet communities and start today.

  4. sue-Tanya permalink
    31/05/2018 8:42 am

    I love this quote “I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.” by John Keats. I was really enjoying these photo challenges. I am sorry that it has come to an end 🙁

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:20 am

      Yes… I chose it for the sentiment. The photography community felt that way to me… acceptance of all regardless of skill level.

  5. Aditi permalink
    31/05/2018 8:51 am

    Gorgeous photos. Beauty at every turn. Also love the line- ‘The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:19 am

      Good to see you here Aditi. TY!

  6. Emily permalink
    31/05/2018 8:56 am

    Wow, those flowers are incredible! I love all the colors!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:18 am

      They are exotic orchids and I love them too.

  7. 31/05/2018 9:56 am

    It is sad to see it end, the weekly challenge was my main motivation for blogging

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 2:35 am

      Truly sad… it inspired me too. I always looked forward to it and would then start figuring out how to interpret it all. My readers enjoyed them too.

  8. Nicole permalink
    31/05/2018 10:17 am

    These photos are all beautiful! I love the pink, purple, and white flowers that you showed. I’m never good at keeping flowers alive inside very welll, but I’d love to start a garden in the yard one day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:18 am

      Start small… container gardens are a great way to get started.

  9. Brandy (@brandyellen) permalink
    31/05/2018 4:06 pm

    These are certainly some gorgeous favorites. I can see how they made it to your list. Thank you for sharing, I appreciate reading these posts and seeing your lovely photos!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:17 am

      Glad you liked them Brandy. Honestly, I was a bit overwhelmed by the request for all time favorites so this was an easy out.

  10. Cait permalink
    31/05/2018 6:27 pm

    wow what wonderful photos! you’re a great photographer!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:16 am

      You are too kind. TY!

  11. 31/05/2018 7:48 pm

    Such fabulous floral photos. 😀

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 2:34 am

      Thank you for checking in Cee. I love your photos too! Can you believe this is ending?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 2:48 am

      Thank you Cee and I truly love your fabulous Dahlias! Can you believe this is ending?

  12. Polly permalink
    31/05/2018 8:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try photography and even considered enrolling in a class. I might do this time. These are gorgeous pictures and thank you very much for sharing this post!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:16 am

      Take a class… join a photography group. There is a lot on the internet. This was special because it was a community that lasted over 6 years.

  13. Cassie permalink
    31/05/2018 8:16 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! Good luck in the challenge

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:15 am


  14. Alison Rost permalink
    31/05/2018 9:51 pm

    I cannot believe it’s over, it’s been amazing seeing how bloggers would interpret the theme for the week and what they have to say about it. The photos have always been a breath of fresh air!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:14 am

      That was a huge part of it. Even though life’s demands made it hard to visit as many of the others as I used to do in the past, I loved the range I saw on the main page.

  15. The Gypsy Gurl permalink
    31/05/2018 10:06 pm

    I agree that farewells are never endings.. They are the beginnings of something new. Hoping that you continue your creativity through your own inner motivation. Beautiful pictures as usual.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:13 am

      Thank you and yes, I will. 🙂

  16. Melanie permalink
    01/06/2018 12:09 am

    I love taking snaps. These photos look just super stunning. Would make nice canvas prints x

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:13 am

      Thanks Melanie… I was thinking of trying out a new photo friendly template. Might still do.

  17. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    01/06/2018 1:21 am

    Photography is a way of capturing life’s perfect moments. Those little things we take for granted everyday, when photographed takes on a whole new meaning. Thank you for weekly inspiration you’ve provided us all these years. Not saying good bye, just “see you around!”

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:12 am

      Thank you Eileen. yes, see you around. 🙂

  18. Carol Cassara (@ccassara) permalink
    01/06/2018 2:52 am

    I can’t believe it’s goodbye! I’ve always liked the themes and the photos that you post for the weekly theme. It’s been so nice seeing how bloggers interpret the theme for the week.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 3:11 am

      Yes, I will miss the suddenness of it all… Will go back to the year I missed, 2013, and do those

  19. Cia Black permalink
    01/06/2018 6:39 am

    Wow, 6 year and now it’s done. I’m sure another will pick it up as the themes they have chosen to inspire so many are unique and thought provoking. I can’t wait to see though what you have in store. Will you come up with challenges on your own now or finding a new photo challenge to follow?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      01/06/2018 10:41 am

      I will come up with my own and incorporate the themes I missed over the years. Thank you! Stay Tuned!

  20. toastycritic permalink
    03/06/2018 6:01 pm

    I remember coming into this a year and a half ago and seeing all of the amazing pictures you took. Kind of took comfort in seeing all your visuals and how you could use them to make stories. Will definitely be sad to see it all go.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/06/2018 1:59 am

      Me too… I will continue

  21. Joanna permalink
    03/10/2019 5:50 am

    It’s a shame when things that we got used to have to end, especially after so many years. I think the photo challenge was a great idea and made people get out of their houses and enjoy nature, whilst doing something motivational: taking photos.


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