August Break Begins


“Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.”

~Deepak Chopra


Last August I participated in a photography challenge called The August Break, the creation of Susannah Conway.  And I was excited when I heard she was doing it again this year.  Each day is a new word, and you decide how to show it.  So for Thursdays in August, I will be showcasing my pictures from the challenge.



I love this challenge because it is simple, and allows me to be in the moment and to be creative.  I thought I would break it up into thirds and show you what I came up with in 10 day chunks.  I am truly a novice with photography still using the auto setting on my point and shoot.  But I am enjoying composing the images daily, and looking for different perspectives.  I have included a few collages of pictures as they make for interesting photos as well.



The first picture above is actually Day 10-Talisman.  This hand-blown glass rabbit has been with me now for about 30 years.  I bought this at our local Renaissance Faire as I was told it was a special animal spirit for me.




bfast collage

Day 1-Breakfast  I took a few different perspectives of my breakfast plate; in more light and then less light.





Day 2-Air  This was a bit challenging to decide what to shoot, but when this dragonfly perched on the tip of this tiny plant right in front of me, I knew this was my shot.





Day 3-Skin  I wanted to find something besides the obvious human skin to shoot.  So when I saw these cucumbers from the garden, I was drawn to their skin which can be smooth or bumpy.  They also make great pickles!  YUM.




numbers collage

Day 4-Numbers  I took this day to go around the house looking for interesting numbers.   And then I thought about how I would compose the photos of these ordinary objects.  The first is of an antique crock.  Next is an antique kitchen timer.  Both antiques belonged to my aunt and uncle.

The last photo is of a ceramic clock we bought on our honeymoon in Italy.  I love this photo because even though the numbers are Roman Numerals, the number 4 is incorrect.  It should read IV as a Roman numeral.  It gives this clock more personality the way it is written as tally marks instead.




citrus views

Day 5-Citrus  There isn’t much to tell here.  Again I was playing with perspective when shooting the lemon next to this vase of flowers from my garden.





Day 6-Notebook  My notebook is my journal.  I opened to the next blank page and took a picture.  I liked working with the perspective and angle of this shot.




5 things

Day 7-5 Facts About Me  I had no idea what I was going to use for this day.  As I was sitting on the couch and looking out the window, the sun was streaming through this little display on the windowsill.  The screen was up so the garden in the background was more pronounced.  I loved how the scene glowed and I knew this was the picture.

So what are the 5 things about me:  Love to garden, love to pick flowers and arrange them, love New Mexico where I bought the glass tile (and wanted to move there at one time), my dear friend (who lives now in NM) bought me the 2 figures and the gourd is an inspiration to me for many things including gardening, and I am fascinated with Native American lore, history and archeology.  In another life, I might have studied Native American tribes as my career instead of being an educator.




smooth contrast

Day 8-Smooth  So many choices here, but I decided on the lily pads in the pond that are still occupied by many frogs who love using them as lounge chairs.  When I was leaving the pond area, I caught sight of the native cactus I have growing in the stones on the side of the waterfall.  The contrast struck me, and I added it to the picture.





Day 9-Earth  Again the possibilities were endless, but the sunset that night was too beautiful not to use here.  The atmosphere of the Earth working its magic here and in the last picture below.





I hope you enjoyed these photos from the first 10 days of  The August Break challenge.  I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about courage and creativity.   Feel free to download the photo and share.

aug break creativity

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35 Replies to “August Break Begins”

  1. I do love your selection, particularly your talismanic bunny.
    Beautiful. It is encouraging to hear of some-one else who largely relies on the automatic setting of their point and shoot too.
    Did you know that the tally marks for 4 on a clock face are more common that the more correct !V?

    1. I did find out that tally marks were preferred after we purchased the clock…probably as it is easier to read and make I am surmising. I am happy you enjoyed the pictures and that I am not alone in my auto settings Soosie….I too loved the bunny and had fun creating that picture.

  2. Wonderful photos and so fun to get a glimpse into your editing process.

    It is both instructive and inspiring what you (and all of us hopefully) can achieve when we somehow give ourselves permission to unleash our creativity – even within the confines of a daily “assignment”. That is all it takes some days – a starting point!

  3. This is an interesting photo challenge, Donna. The compositions make one think. When I saw your breakfast collage on facebook I thought it was a hen sitting on yellow eggs at my first glance…it made me look more closely 🙂
    I’ve only been to New Mexico once, on a road trip back from Arizonia, but I enjoyed it’s unique beauty. Since movingto, and living in, the West, I’ve learned much about Native American lore, history and lore …much of it occurring in the very place I live! It is fascinating!

  4. Oh!! This is such a treat! I love that your eyes and heart look beyond the obvious angle…that’s what we do as poets too, I believe…or at least I try. 🙂

    “I was told it was a special animal spirit for me.”

    That gave me goosebumps…I believe that’s true…so special.

    I enjoy the yin and yang perspective of the breakfast and your choice of skin…I had comments for each when I saw them but they escape me now…I’ll have to jot them on paper next time!

    I’ve never participated in a photo challenge before…I’d like to try that sometime. 🙂

    1. I couldn’t agree more Hannah which is why, I think, I am playing more with perspective in my photos….this is the only photo challenge I do and it is fun! I do so appreciate your high praise! I’ll have more photos next week!

  5. Great choices Donna and obviously lots of fun. I especially love those open pages of your journal, blank and waiting for what they will be filled with. Oh, those expectations! 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing the next part…

  6. You keep incredibly busy with blogging. I could never keep up your pace. I know you enjoyed word to picture challenges, it is fun to flex creative muscles.

  7. I think I could totally get into this kind of photographic exercise, Donna. WOW! I’m very inspired by what you’ve done here and how you’ve done it. Believe it or not, I think I may have been a Native American brave in a past life 🙂 …so we have another connecting bridge.

  8. Hello Donna, wonderful choices for the challenge. I love the bunny and the window shot. The sunset is gorgeous. Your post are always lovely! Enjoy and have a happy Monday!

  9. A creative and enlightening post Donna. These post challenges sure make one think, thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  10. Oh, these are wonderful, Donna! I love the colors and textures in the one with the cucumbers, and I ABSOLUTELY love the one with the journal–the light and that little bit of rainbow. And the dragonfly is perfect. It’s fun to see your take on the prompts. Looking forward to the next two batches!

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