“Last Day of Summer” My husband and I swim a minimum of a half mile a day Memorial Day through Labor Day - it's our summer tradition. Today (yes I took this and submitted it on Monday - new record for me) we swam a mile which is also our tradition to close down the pool. It was the perfect day for the pool - temperature, low wind, friendly neighbors, and lots of sun. Since this week's challenge was "Man" I figured this was a good way to capture my husband and the end of summe
“ Last Birthday? ” So my birthday hit me a little hard this week since all the kids forgot it was my birthday, but there was another reason as well - I got into a pattern of thinking about last birthdays. I've had several friends die in the last year and it really makes you think about your own mortality even if you're not that old. You add COVID into the mix and I think we've all thought about mortality quite a bit. I wanted myself faded and blurred out to a good degree beca
“ In the Shadows ” Last year I planted some ornamental kale. Normally this variety is good for only one season, but one of the plants went to seed. Now as we approach December, under a layer of leaves, I found a new plant just a foot from where last year's kale was planted. I loved how the light and shadows were hitting the leaves with the low afternoon sun. I also liked how this reminded me more of sea coral than just a plant. #nature #ornamentalkale #ndbhphotography #nicole
“Octopus Chair at Nonna's” I have a favorite chair at my condo on the shore - it's my round, barrel, cushy "beachy" chair. It became the sea to the octopus that lives at Nonna's (that's me). My grandkids love the chair for two reasons; it looks like waves & it swivels! It goes round & round & round & is great fun when no one but Nonna is around & watching. Because it looks like waves it is where Pinky the Octopus lives & plays when the kids are there & even when they aren't.
“ I spy... an eye, an S, a dragon, or... ” Walking across my yard I happened upon this tree root which I've never noted before. The beauty of the curves, the colors, the holes, and the other organic material grabbed my attention this time. I spy an eye at the top of the S curve, is it a dragon or a tadpole "stuck" in the wood. Looking at this root reminded me of watching the clouds go by as a child and describing what each cloud would look like and how they would change. So w
“ Tulips ” Tulips are my favorite spring flower. Unfortunately, we don't have any tulips blooming yet so I had to make due. I immediately knew that I wanted to do white tulips against a black background in my photo box for this week's challenge. I think this works - the white to black is quite extreme, but the green is a nice contrast as well to both colors. * This photo qualifies for the "Extra Credit" challenge: Studio Lighting #extremecontrast #highcontrast #tulips #nicole
"The Key to My Lock" Pair: a set of two things used together or regarded as a unit. What's a better example of a pair than a key & its lock? Or should that be, a lock & its key? Now a lock can be useful without a key, if it is already locked & its sole purpose is to protect whatever is behind it. But what good is the precious treasure behind the lock if the owner cannot access it? Hence the need for the lock's other half - the key. The key is vital in making the lock truly fu
“The End in Sight? ” I was sick for most of this week, so opportunities for photos really lacked. At the end of last year I had thought about using my chess table for a challenge - this week it was all I really had.
I titled this with a question mark because I've played more than one game with similar layout to only have the queen not be enough for a win - but only a draw. So while the end of the game happens... it's not really the end without a victory - right? Lol *** One
“Marvelous Marbles” I have a fascination with marbles. It may stem from childhood and playing marbles with my friends or maybe it's just the way they capture and reflect light. I always pause when I see a jar of marbles in an antique store and until this week, I have always resisted buying them. This particular jar of shooters caught my eye as I was doing close up photos in antique stores for this week's challenge. I tried buttons, yard sticks, and typewriter keys, but the ma
"The Family Jewel (at least in my mind)" This is Cory - a 1950 Dodge Coronet and she was my maternal great-grandmother's last car. I was fortunate to know my great-grandma because I was 19 when she passed. GrGma never drove in my lifetime, but Cory was well cared for while she was alive. Unfortunately in the last 28 yrs, she hasn't been as well tended as she needed to be. So a little over a year ago I was able to have her make the cross-country trip and join me on the East C
“ Obstructed View ” So I almost forgot that today was Sunday and the challenge ends in less than 90 minutes, I had to think of something fast for this week. My thought with what I have near by on a cold and rainy night... "obstructed view" to the rescue. Having a photo with things in the way, a tree, a car, or in my case a railing is not an ideal photo, it is breaking a rule in photography. Add a hazy focus and a darker composition and it doesn't usually make a good photo. Br
“ Detailed Minimalism ” While this photo may be minimalistic, the Herend rose I bought in Budapest is not minimal at all. The silver detail on the lightest of off white porcelain made this piece perfect for this week's black and white minimalism challenge. ** Here are some other photos I took this week and did not use for the challenge. What do you think? #NicoleBeusHarris #52Frames #Minimalism #BlackandWhitePhotography
My second entry into the 52Frames weekly challenge. I have to admit that I had grand plans to photograph our nation's most iconic buildings while I was in DC last Thursday. The problem occured when I wasn't able to go to DC and so I forgot about the challenge. Thankfully my friend Marco reminded me on Sunday (the last day of each challenge) and then I ran around the house taking photos of different architectural components. This was the photo that jumped out at me the most. M
52Frames is an online photography challenge. I joined late in 2019 and just started posting my photos. I'll be sharing my photos here as well each week. Art, including photography is a necessary part of civilization in my opinion. Art can convey deeper emotions, than words. Art can bring people together in discussion and even debate. It can remind us of a happy occasion and remind us of details we've long forgotten. So please support art in our community and participate howev