Sunday, November 2, 2008


This week's Two Things Challenge is Texture/ Shapes.  My top photo is obviously TEXTURE, a shag bark tree common in Birmingham. Isn't it just great?  You want to run your hands all over it don't you!  SHAPES, well again I am really stretching for this one.   The shapes of these crape myrtles at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens formed such a graceful ailee ( yes I know it needs an accent mark but i couldn't find it when I changed to French!) in the late afternoon sun.  For more interpretations of the Challenge this week click here.

100 Stranger Challenge
Several days ago I featured a street portrait that is part of my 100 Strangers Challenge.   Some of you expressed an interest in finding out the specifics.  I am including Flickr's official site so that you can read all about it.  As I stated, I decided I had enough on my plate so opted to just do a personal challenge and not actually join the Flickr group.  D.C. Confidential has jumped in and is getting her toes wet with some fine examples.  We simply share our latest efforts from time to time.  I have been keeping track of mine in a Web Album,  and have now added them to my Photography Web Site as well.  Let me know if I can help in any way.  The more the merrier!

The Tune du Jour is...."Autumn" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons

PARIS COUNTDOWN....14 DAYS! ( That's just TWO weeks!)


Blognote said...

That is a beautiful texture and Vivaldi's Autumn is a great start for the sunday morning! A merry sunday to you as well, Virginia!

JM said...

Amazing texture! Do those trees allways look like that this time of the year?

Kitty said...

what a funny tree? You have to wonder why a tree would want to do that?

Take tons of photos in Paris! What a photogenic and fun city.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's an incredible tree. I've never seen it. We have the gumbo limbo down here that similarly sheds its skin, ... but nothing like that tree.

The Life and Times of a Southern Foody said...

I think that both or the pictures are great.

I bet they would look great in blacK and white.

So let me guess the second one was photographed at the Botanical Gardens.

The first one?

Virginia said...

Yep and the second one on Greenwood St. in Hollywood!

Robert, I can't believe I found one you didn't know!

Webradio said...

Vivaldi's autumn is "accompagné" by beautiful photo, Virginia...

Have a good day !

Rambling Round said...

Crapes myrtles are a wonderful work of art!

The Artful Eye said...

Lovely Crape Myrtle image and textural bark. Vivaldi's Autumn is perfect.

Chuck Pefley said...

I've never heard of the shag bark tree. I would have misidentified it as a birch, probably. I really like trees like this that shed their skin.

Virginia said...

Ooohhh Chuck, you may be right! Anyone want to help me here? Should have done more homework on this one I think.

ken mac said...

Virginia takes Manhattan: eat at Eisie's and drink at White Horse...but only if you send a million shots of Paris!

ken mac said...

shoot strangers in Manhattan? They might shoot back!
Maybe you can make a cool photo stitch of your 1000 Paris shots and make a banner? cool!

Louis la Vache said...

Virginia, on your Mac, the accent 'e' is option -e, followed by the vowel needing the accent. For example: é

Or option-shift-`, followed by the vowel:

For the umlaut, it's option-u, followed by the vowel

For the circumflex, it's option-i, followed by the vowel

For the way the French use quotes, it's option -\ for «
and option-shift-\ for »


Kris said...

This one looks like the Australian melaleuca, or paper bark tree.

Virginia said...

OH KM, You know I don't know anything about stichin/ I will have a web album that is so full you will want to poke your eye out with a sharp stick. Oh and we will have to do some night shots in Manhattan or your neck of the woods for sure.

Louis, oh my, I will have to print this off and learn it. Merci. Oh and I need your friend's name in B'ham again.
Kris, I appreciate you coming by!

Bibi said...

Love your trees. The first one needs a good cleansing, an exFOLIATION, ha, ha. They could be a tree cosmetician's before and after shots!

Dusty Lens said...

Paper birch? Perfect for textures, and sht shapely treem, very nice.

ken mac said...

shag bark? Bet that is good kindling for the fireplace..

Anonymous said...

I love your bark photo. It's amazing how nature can change forms so often and yet often we don't even notice.
I also totally indentified with what you said about the instant 'drawing' nature of photography and being a frustrated painter. I love the quick results you can get with photoraphy, especially digital.