This week has been quite a challenge for me. While am loving Shimelle’s class and truly enjoying all aspects of it, this week’s photo prompts threw me for a loop. Monday we were asked to answer some questions that would help us identify our “photo zone”–that place/subject/camera/environment in which we are comfortable shooting; the place that helps us reset our ‘photo button’ when things get mundane, boring. I didn’t even know I had one. But after much prompting by Dear Knight I think I’ve identified my personal “photography zone”: our own backyard. More specifically, the garden area on one side of our house. I have four raised beds. One with veggies, one with herbs, one with strawberries and one that started as a science experiment but has become my favorite; it is filled with wildflowers that bloom with abandon. I sit on the bench and just look at the flowers. I hunt through the herbs and blossoms for praying mantids. I let my thyme and marjoram get unruly because the bees love them. I am consistently drawn to this part of our yard with my camera in hand. I have folders upon folders of photos of the flowers, bees, grasshoppers other critters that visit this space. This is my zone.

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