After a long absence, I am back in the The Brenda Photo Challenge! Life got in the way during November because of our packing and moving activities. And then the Challenge took a little vacation during the holiday season. But it's back to business now! Be sure to click on the challenge link above so that you can see the photographs by other participants.
The current theme is The Best of 2009. Of course, the highlight of the year was the sale of rambling country cottage! Though it was our wonderful home for 17 years, it was time to say farewell so that we could get on with our downsizing and retirement plans. The photo was taken at f/9, 1/250 second, and ISO 400.
I have to be honest and confess that I will not remember the year with complete fondness. Much of the time it was difficult for me to amble around. I hobbled the first part of the year with a bum knee and then spent the second part recovering from a total knee replacement. Despite the physical setbacks, we were able to enjoy a few journeys!
The first was a short trip was to the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You know that I am really enamored with altered digital images. So I couldn’t resist making an antique version of a view from the Newfoundland Gap. The camera settings were f/8, 1/80 second, and ISO 200.
The next journey was to Colonial Williamsburg as spring was awakening. I was able to get around thanks to a fresh cortisone shot, LOL, and lots of assistance from my husband. I remember that my knee pretty much went downhill afterwards, but images like this made the trip worthwhile. We hope to go back later on this year! The photo was taken at f/11, 1/80 second, and ISO 200.
In late fall, I was finally recovered enough to attempt a short jaunt to the picturesque area of Franklin, Tennessee. This is “Rusty”, a recycled metal sculpture who stands 20 feet tall at The Factory of Franklin. This fellow weighs in at 6400 pounds and took 2500 hours to build over 6 years! The camera settings were f/11, 1/125 second, and ISO 200.
And finally, we had friends join us this year for a Thanksgiving celebration in middle Kentucky. Here is my sweet baboo, waving to me and holding his camera, in the great halls of the Centre Family Dwelling at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The photo was taken at f/7.1, 1/50 second, and ISO 800.
This picture also serves as a wave "goodbye" to the year that was 2009! We are grateful that it had a happy ending!