Rebecca’s Helm

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

This week the topic is Wheels. The main focus of your photo should have at least one wheel in it. Wheels come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety you of objects. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.


This wheel is on the Rebecca T Ruark, one of the few remaining Skipjacks sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Her home port is Tilghman Island. The skipjack is a traditional fishing boat used on Chesapeake Bay for oyster dredging. It is a sailboat which succeeded the bugeye as the chief oystering boat on the bay, and it remains in service due to laws restricting the use of powerboats in the Maryland state oyster fishery.

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Will It Fall Down

Each week Sunday Photo Fiction Fiction from Photos challenges us to write a short story.
Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017 surprised me with one of the photos I’d donated for this project. During a walk on a hot afternoon the inspiration hit.

Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in 200 words or less. Careful editing will keep your words within the confines of the 200 word limit. The photo doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo…The main object is to have fun..



My wonderful wife and I were about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and she said she’d find a great place for us to stay. She kept quiet about it for weeks, but I could tell by the smile on her face that something great was up. Thursday before the big weekend she did start with little hints, telling me to get packed for a surprise, and come home from work early. We were going to leave Friday mid-afternoon. I didn’t get much sleep, wondering what she had in mind.

When I got home from work the car was packed, and the tank was topped off, ready to go. Under here directions I drove out into the country to an old town I’d hardly noticed in the past. Heading down Main St. she pointed to one building in particular, “That’s the place! Isn’t it charming?” To my horror it looked like it might collapse in a light breeze.

Following her directions we drove around to the back, a beautifully restored building. The owner of the B&B said the entire building was fully restored, The front was just for show.

The weekend was the best we’d had in years.

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Not a Great Blue

This week, just a trio of photos, that should satisfy two photo challenges, first nancy merrill photographyA Photo A week Challenge – Birds

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF BIRDS.
Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

and then JENNIFER NICHOLE WELLS‘s OWPC (One Word Photo Challenge – Heron

The first two are Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

An adult Black Crowned Night Heron

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Steps – going up

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Dutch’s challenge for this week:

Going for a step or two

This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks… The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language. Merriam Webster showed me 11 definitions, some of which were nuances, whereas others have completely separate definitions. Therefore, it is your choice, whether these steps take you up (or down) or direct your path, or even are performed as part of a ballet!

Some new, some back a few years.

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Another Head-shot


In a relentless quest for the perfect monochrome photo Paula Borkovic challenges us every week. I’ve already answered this challenge with a photo of a Great Blue Heron, but today I found myself surrounded by Canada Geese while I had my camera in hand. So here’s one more, ROTC (Right Out of The Camera) except for some slight cropping. Yes I had the camera set to BnW.

This week’s challenge is BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: HEADSHOT
How do you feel about a headshot as theme for this week’s Black & White Sunday?

You know the drill: post a photo or more on today’s theme before next Sunday, link to this post and leave me your comment bellow. I hope you’ll have fun posting your entries. Wish you all a very good week ahead!

Camera make : NIKON CORPORATION
Camera model : NIKON D7000
Date/Time : 2017:06:23 20:10:41
Resolution : 4928 x 3264
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0012 s (1/800)
Aperture : f/11.0
ISO equiv. : 4000
Metering Mode: center weight

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Shot In The Head


In a relentless quest for the perfect monochrome photo Paula Borkovic challenges us every week.

This week’s challenge is BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: HEADSHOT
How do you feel about a headshot as theme for this week’s Black & White Sunday?

You know the drill: post a photo or more on today’s theme before next Sunday, link to this post and leave me your comment bellow. I hope you’ll have fun posting your entries. Wish you all a very good week ahead!

Camera make : NIKON CORPORATION
Camera model : NIKON D80
Date/Time : 2011:05:05 21:33:51
Resolution : 3872 x 2592
Flash used : No
Focal length : 400.0mm (35mm equivalent: 600mm)
Exposure time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
Aperture : f/5.6
ISO equiv. : 1600
Whitebalance : Manual

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On The Water

This week Nancy Merrill photography issued this challenge A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships

We had the chance to cruise around the Hawaii Islands on this amazing (and way bigger than it looks in this image) cruise ship. When we landed at Kona on the Big Island, we had to take smaller tender boats (the orange crafts on the right) to get to shore. It was a lot of fun. I love being on boats of any size, large cruise liners to small fishing boats.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING CRAFTS THAT MOVE ON THE WATER.

None of these are cruise liners, nor are they as far away as Haiwaii, just some photos from the Chesapeake Bay.

The Sultana under sail off Sandy Point, Md.

The day was misty with a light rain, but I was able to salvage this shot of the Sultana and two geese just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, off Sandy Point, Md.

Aladin, derelict in the West River, Md

Wednesday evening races in Galesville, Md.

Back from a morning’s paddle.

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The Kiss


Haiku Horizons prompt “kiss

Welcome to week 171 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “kiss“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

The Kiss

Golden Retriever
Friendly with a big wet tongue
The kid laughs with joy

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Lock Those Windows

Paula’s challenge this week came just in time.

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: WINDOWS
The theme of today’s photo challenge is WINDOWS. Show me some windows, old or new, selectively coloured , or entirely monochrome it is up to you. Wishing you all a good Sunday and a great week ahead!



It was only a week ago when I spotted this subject, one thing I hadn’t ween in years, and just knew it would come in handy for a challenge real soon. I wish I had spent more time getting photos of the windows themselves, glass from the 1920’s. No pane of glass was flat, leading to interesting distortions in the views.


And two windows out of my archives that don’t have any notes showing where they were taken, just some that I thought needed preserving.



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Tally – Ho

OWPC’s This Week’s Challenges: May 21 – 27

A new week means new challenge themes!

One Word Photo Challenge: Fox

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

Boy do they run fast, especially when they spot a camera. Caught this a while back at Lilyponds Watergardens


Or then again, just something with FOX in it’s name, I’ve always thought of this as Foxtail taken on a cold morning with cold mist.

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