Friday, February 3, 2012

Poetic Winter Photography Challenge: Week 1 Solitude


My interpretation of this week's challenge is a bit random - but these photos were some of my favorites from my photoshoot the other day - and what I had planned for this prompt tanked. We have this one bush in our yard that is kind of depressing to look at - is's brown and wilted but there is some kind of melancholy beauty about it. 

"What good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?" - John Steinbeck


Kristy of Life-n-Reflection is offering an exclusive freebie for the participants of the Poetic Winter photography challenge. You can download it as well as read a tutorial on how to use it at Kristi of Live and Love... Out Loud's blog. I got a sneak-peek of this overlay and it's simply wonderful.
solitude2 copy
with texture

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check out the other blogs hosting this challenge Rebecca of Bumbles and Light, Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of live and love... out loud
photgraphy challenge friends
Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, time commitment and geographic location.
Each Friday, we'll have freebies, discounts to some of the hottest photography resources, photography tips and inspirational quotes or poems to get your creative photography juices flowing.
Share your favorite images inspired by the weekly prompt. The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Link directly to your Poetic Winter blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream.
Feel free to share your photos in our Poetic Winter Flickr Group as well and don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
This time around, we'll be pinning our favorite photos to the Poetic Winter Pinterest Board. Not on Pinterest and need an invite? Let me know in the comments section and I'll be more than happy to send you one.
And last, but not least, don't forget to grab our lovely button.

Next week’s prompt will be warmth. For a complete list of upcoming prompts, head on over to the Photography Challenge page.


  1. Looks like a hydrangea. They are kinda sad this time of year, huh!? It'll be beautiful in no time, tho. Great choice, Faith!

  2. Love the free texture by Kristy! Thanks for hosting ladies. This is a fun challenge. :)

  3. I have yet to try the texture. I'm really loving it though... Sometimes my ideas flop too and then something even better comes along. :)

  4. Love these Faith, especially the moody lighting.

  5. Is that a hydrangea bush? Love the poem and the Steinbeck quote. I also love that third photo. Thanks so much for partnering with us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge.

  6. Hydrangeas are always beautiful in any season!

  7. Those are so lovely...makes me wish I had hydrangeas <3 And, the Emily Brontë poem is perfect for the theme!

  8. I love the warm colors of the dried flowers. So beautiful in it's own way.

  9. Beautiful quote and dried leaves. Love the brown tones.

    Thanks for hosting!

  10. Love your photos, I would love it if you shared your photos here:

  11. I love your shots...and the texture one is really pretty!

  12. Wow, the fine, delicate detail here is so lovely.

  13. You've certainly found the beauty in the dormant bush.

  14. I also believe it to be a hydrangea. One of my summer favorites for sure, but it holds its own special beauty even brown and dried. You captured it beautifully. I also love the texture, really beautiful!! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Hydrangeas are beautiful in any season! Hope all is well, have a great weekend.


  16. You definitely captured the melancholy beauty of winter solitude!

  17. Really like your shot -those leaves look so delicate and I love the muted colours.
    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog - I really appreciate it.

  18. I love that brown is beautiful. Wonderful photos~!

  19. The colors of the leaves are just stunning! Beautiful photos! Thanks for hosting! =)

  20. very wonderful photos! love the warm color.


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