weekly photo challenge: merge

Friday, August 17:  The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art.

For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment.   Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!

Here’s a photo of the merging of water and land in the marshland of Suncheon Bay Ecological Park in South Korea.  The bay is a coastal wetland with a large tidal flat, reed beds and salt marshes nestled between mountains and ribboned with rivers.

Suncheon Bay Ecological Park in South Korea

To read about my trip to Suncheon Bay with my son Alex, see: “handsome boy” visits korea: motherhood revisited.

a walk along the youghiogheny river to swallow falls

Friday, August 17:  Sadly today is our last day of vacation at Deep Creek Lake.  We have to check out of our cabin tomorrow and head back home to Virginia.  We have a mostly lazy day, prodded in part by a near-constant drizzle all day, but we did take a little walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls.

the trail along the Youghiogheny River
cantilevered stones holding up the trees
the Youghiogheny River
some waterfalls on the river
Swallow Falls

Adam on the rocks
looking downriver
Alex takes a dip in the river
mossy rocks and flowers
interesting rock formations
blocks of rocks

Fare thee well, Deep Creek Lake!

travel theme: sunset

Friday, August 17:  Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? has created a travel theme challenge for this week:  Sunset.  She writes: Now I know there have been previous photo challenges on sunsets, but I also believe it is a universal truth that we cannot resist reaching for our cameras as the sun puts on its goodnight performance. You’ve probably got a myriad of dazzling sunset shots just waiting to be put online, so if you would like to join in, create your own post titled Travel theme: Sunset.

Here are two sunsets from Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Sunset at Angkor Wat
Looking across the moat away from Angkor Wat
And finally, sunset on Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland

a gallery of mushrooms

Friday, August 17:  Today we go on a walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls in western Maryland, where I encounter a lot of mushrooms.  As I don’t see any of these, ever, in Oman, I thought I would create a little gallery.

little yellow mushroom

You can click on any of the images to see a slide show…. 🙂