Sunday, November 13, 2011

Photo Walk - RED

Although I didn't mention it in the 6 'til 40 list I had in my post, one of the things I've wanted to do for a long time is go on a "photo walk." For me, that meant taking my camera when I went for one of my walks around the neighborhood. I was always concerned that I would look silly or people would think I was weird for walking around with my camera. Or worse - freak out that I had a camera and think I was a weirdo stalker-type taking pictures of their yard/house/sidewalk or canvasing the neighborhood with some evil intent. Yeah, I've got issues. But I have read about a few too many incidents where photographers were harassed or given grief over taking street photos. But I digress.

I decided that a photo walk would go on my list and on October 22, when the weather was just too nice to stay indoors, I decided to grab my camera and go for a walk. Before I did, though, I asked for suggestions on a theme for my walk on Twitter. My friend Barb piped up with "I vote Project Red." I thought, "Why not?" and headed out.  I knew I'd find red leaves since it's autumn, but wasn't sure what else I would see. I needn't have feared. Having "red" running through my mind meant I saw it all around, like when you buy a new car and suddenly see that car everywhere.

I stepped outside my door and found red instantly.

And about five steps later, this:
sm red leaf w-oaks

I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that, hey! This isn't going to be as hard as I thought.
red trailer
red trailer-horiz

In fact, it was fun! Yes, there were plenty of red leaves.
red leaves on tree

But there were every day things I wouldn't have thought about had I not had the prompt.
red mail flag
red door
red tractor
red gas can
red stripe

I even found a theme within a theme - red litter. Kind of depressing, not exactly elegant, but interesting (to me).
coke can
diet coke
apple bee

Dying flowers took on a new life:

Common driveway sights become inspiration:

And when I looked at the temperature, I smiled... for a couple of reasons. *click*

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This is part of my 6 'til 40 list – a list of things all the fun things I want to do but have been putting off. I plan to tick off an many of them as I can before April 2 to celebrate turning the big 4-0.


  1. what a cool idea this was! and great pics!

  2. You made one single element pop out of each picture - very cool. Glad I had some small part in your fun project :)

  3. What a fantastic idea and I love RED! Such beautiful photos Kelly. This project is going along nicely, you are making a great time for yourself!

  4. Beautiful photos Kelly! I feel like I was walking around your neighbourhood with you!

  5. Good shots! You've done well here. I especially like the Coke can & shoes and the Yield sign.

    Ok I looked at your list and I would like pics of you learning to use chopsticks LOL

    Take care - Libby

  6. Hi Kelly, have a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving Day!


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