Photo Challenges

30 Days of Photos IV: Happily Ever After

Today is Day 30 (FINALLY) of MikeWJ and Ziva‘s 30 day photo challenge. Today’s prompt is Happily Ever After and I was this close to interpreting this prompt as UN-Happily Ever After, after 29 days of pure hell. Ok, so it wasn’t all bad and the despair didn’t really kick in until maybe the second week. And hey, sometimes you feel it by the second day. All I know, is that Happily Ever After is a mind-fuck of a prompt because it’s a phrase that elicits peace and calm and the feeling that everything turned out great. Except, at day 29 (day 30 as I type), you’re not feeling very calm or relaxed after what just felt like an eternity spent in some kind of internet browser purgatory where you’reΒ always feeling like you just missed a good night’s sleep by about 2 hours.

Anyway, there we were the other day, in the park, enjoying a late Indian Summer. The trees are turning, people are out, and you can still wear short sleeves. I took a few pictures without thinking about prompts for a change, but this one ended up fitting for Happily Ever After. It’s a little out of focus and the colours are faded (kind of how I feel right now) but it’s calm and relaxed and feels like an appropriate way to end the challenge.

And with that, thanks to MikeWJ and Ziva for hosting this horribly insane and nasty exercise and thanks to everyone who suffered along.

See you all next time, because you know there will be a next time. Why am I so sure? Because we have crap memories when it comes to torturing ourselves.

beaver lake autumn colours

We’re free! It’s over! Now head on over to Ziva‘s and link up one last time.

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  • Nice park. I’m sure there is lots of treasure in there.

  • Great photo, Mike. I really enjoyed your participation in this go round. I think we have similar senses of humour. And you had some great pics to interpret the prompts. Take care, mon ami.

  • Jackal

    Beautiful ! Would like to be there.

  • ReformingGeek

    What a beautiful day! I love the still water and the carefree birds.

    I can’t wait for the next challenge.

    Did I say that outloud?

  • I love the reflections on the water!!!!

  • Tami Von Zalez

    Makes me want to be there …

    Tell Nicky you want to drive the cheesemobile next time ~

  • That’s a wonderfully peaceful photo that in no way, shape, or form describes 30 Days of Photographs IV. In other words, it’s the perfect photo for the prompt. Thank you so much for participating again this year, Mike, it was a treat to have you. Your photos have become better and better for each challenge, and this time, you really impressed me. You have an amazing eye for photography, and I’m really happy you got that new camera. Use it well and often, my friend. I’ll be checking in on you to make sure you do. πŸ˜‰

  • What a lovely place to be. Our trees are only just turning yellow at the moment, but I can’t wait for all the beautiful red leaves. I love autumn πŸ™‚

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Did you notice that it’s full of fucking birds? I don’t like birds. They peck your eyes out. To me, there’s nothing happy or serene about this photo. It’s filled with angst and doom.

    Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed your company these past 30 days, CheesyMIke. Your pictures and sense of humor are a true joy, and I can only assume that you spend most of your days drunk.

    See you next time around.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Birds aren’t carefree. They’re vicious animals that live to maim. Never forget!

  • That photo is gorgeous! It does say “happily ever after”, but we all know in a few days, all the leaves are going to be dead and on the ground and the lawn will be dusted with snow and dirt. I hate Autumn so much!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    That is very tranquil. Looks a lot like a country park on the other side of our city, which has lakes and paths for dog walking, trees, grass, a little cafe .. lovely place, except that they charge great wads of cash for the parking.

  • Gorgeous fall colors in the tranquil waters of hell. That’s an oxymoron, or rather I’m just a moron.

    Where can I download the Internet Purgatory Browser?

  • What a beautiful way to spend a fall afternoon!

  • That’s not a cheesy photo at all, CheesyMike! It’s actually rather serene and lovely… like a place I’d like to be. Perhaps I’ll go there for a little R & R after the past month.

  • There is tons of it.

  • Thanks, Dufus. It’s been fun and a pleasure. A bientot πŸ™‚

  • It’s truly great. A real gem πŸ™‚

  • Yikes!

  • Not quite mirror like, but it’ll do πŸ™‚

  • Ok, but I may have to renew my license first πŸ˜‰

  • It was perfection πŸ™‚

  • After this past month, it was ideal for head clearing πŸ™‚

  • You can’t. It spontaneously just “happens” when a 30 day photo challenge is announced πŸ˜‰

  • That’s awful. Actually, this park has meters and they ain’t cheap. Since this is in the middle of the city, it’s better to just walk to it.

  • Oh, 2 days. You exaggerate. Give it another week at least πŸ˜‰

  • I agree abut the birds. They’re a metaphor for a month’s worth of anger. And they’re flying away. The rest are drowning. Slowly πŸ˜‰

    It’s been fun as usual, Mike. I hate myself for saying this right now but I will be there for the next challenge.

  • It was gorgeous. There are already a lot of brilliant reds. It’s a great time of year πŸ˜‰

  • Stop it right now. I’m turning the colour of those leaves. That would be red, not green. Ok, maybe a little green πŸ˜‰

  • I love this picture — especially the bird taking flight. I enjoyed getting to know you via the challnge!

  • You’re free for now. Don’t forget the monthly challenge for tomorrow, pal. πŸ˜‰

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Actually I don’t mind too much. They have to maintain it and it takes a lot of work, i know that. You can buy season tickets too, which reduce the cost. But it annoys OH no end!

    We use ours to walk the dogs and it’s too far to walk to, so we have to drive if we want to go there.

  • Done and done.

  • Thanks Traci, and likewise. It’s been fun πŸ™‚

  • Very pretty!!! Perfect picture for the last prompt.

  • Gorgeous shot, Mike! Truly gorgeous! And hooooray we all survived!

  • You say out of focus, I say soft focus. Any photo that has birds floating overhead, early autumn colors, and people in still in shorts is a winner in my book. It’s really been a treat to watch you play with you new camera. See you around after we both recover.

  • Thank you πŸ™‚

  • TY. And yay, we did:)

  • Thanks again. These challenges are pure hell, but they’re great motivators and totally worth it in the end. πŸ™‚


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