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Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Photo Challenge: STRENGTH

Welcome to the first installation of the Friday Photo Challenge!

The Photo Challenge aims to allow creative ways to explore a weekly theme through photography.

Follow these steps and join the fun:

1. Post your photo on your site. You are free to leave an explanation or none at all.
2. Leave your name and the link on this Challenge Post. Please use the PERMA-LINK (the link to your actual post, not the main link to your blog).
3. Share your thoughts about my photo and others on the list by leaving a comment. This is our chance to discuss the theme and how each of us thought to document it. Hopefully, this will be more than just "Nice photo".

While I would LOVE everyone to take a moment to take a photo, I realize that it may not always be possible. So, it is perfectly fine to post a photo you have taken previously, as long as it is representative of the theme and how you want to define it.

Oh, and don’t forget one very important thing… HAVE FUN!

This week's theme: STRENGTH

Dictionary.com has 13 (yes, 13!) basic definitions of the word strength. But it also has this:


4. Strength, power, force, might suggest capacity to do something. Strength is inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist. Power is capacity to do work and to act. Force is the exercise of power: One has the power to do something. He exerts force when he does it. He has sufficient strength to complete it. Might is power or strength in a great or overwhelming degree: the might of an army.
I like the idea that it's about manifesting energy, endurance and rsisitance. Throughout my life I have experienced this one way or another.
I set out this week with an idea of what I wanted to capture with my lens. For me, trees embody strength so simply, as if it were a part of their nature; as if they couldn't be anything but strong. The thing about trees here on the West Coast is that many of them are large, very large. I was trying to get a single large douglas fir tree in my focus but the funny thing about forests is that it's very difficult to isolate one tree from another. At first, it annoyed me. And then I laughed.
Can we get a large chorus of "duh"?
The individual is only as strong as the group. In each other, there is strength.

What do you see in the world around you?

Next week's theme (Feb.5): VARIETY


areyoukiddingme said...

Hello there, tree...part of the forest stopping by to admire your strength picture!

Kristin said...

I love the contrast between the beautiful sky and the dark presence of the trees.

BTW, I left the link but my post will actually be up in a few hours.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Hmmmm... trees like that make me happy. They make me think of home.

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Texture and light, as always...beautiful.

WiseGuy said...

I am so excited to be participating in the challenge, L.

I love your picture...I would possibly use it for both strength as well as vision.

Dave said...

Love the picture, Linds. It's true... trees are stronger in numbers. And I like that I can see the whole forest. Excellent depth of field here too.

Beautiful Mess said...

Beautiful picture! Just by looking at it, I can see strength. Not because of the many trees in the picture or because of their stature, but because of what they endure to get THAT big. They start out so small and get SO big! Nice job!

JamieD said...

I love this pic! It makes me wish I were standing in those trees myself, looking up.

AnnaMarie said...

That is such an important "duh" moment. Your photo is very powerful.

I love the photo challenge you created!

Quiet Dreams said...

I love this photo. It has such a feeling of depth. (I was planning to participate but I had one of those weeks, so, next week!)