I have been very good about taking a new photo for each of our weekly assignments. I want to challenge myself each week and not rely on past work, however, this week it couldn’t be avoided. 

I was scanning through my photos on my computer as I backed up some new ones, wondering why in the world I don’t print these out so everyone can enjoy them. Really the thing that holds me back from having hard copies is the fact that I literally have thousands of photos. Thousands. I don’t know about you, but the idea of printing thousands of backlogged photos even if it’s only some of them, makes my head spin. Anyway, I digress. Back to the point, Melissa.

So, as I was enjoying my photos that have been exiled onto my external hard drive, I came across this gem that fit this week’s assignment better than anything I could have staged.  It was taken last summer on a trip to Myrtle Beach. We had just finished dinner and were heading to our hotel, but decided to take a walk on the beach before turning in for the night. I was pregnant with the twinlets and feeling every bit of it, but that ocean air has a way of relaxing the soul and making me feel lucky to be a part of this world. Nothing like the vastness of an ocean to put you in your place.

Drew, my little beach bum, is drawn to the ocean. His face lights up in a way that I cannot describe in words. That ocean air that relaxes my soul, awakens his, and you can practically feel his energy radiating from those smiles. It’s infectious, and you cannot stop yourself from soaking in his joy.

Charley, who approaches the sand at the same moment as us, somehow is able to contain his emotion. I don’t know if it’s complete relaxation, joy, serenity, or indifference. He is a quiet one, not one who openly expresses his thoughts, and sometimes it seems as though he’s thoroughly bored. I don’t believe that’s the case, it’s just how it may seem to some, even to me at times. I’m forever trying to get him to show more emotion, whether it be to repeatedly question him about how much he’s enjoying the beach, or if I’m trying to get him to join me in the routine cookie dance I can be found doing as my precious Pillsbury goodies bake to perfection. He’s just a quiet one.

As you will see in this week’s photo, opposites in emotion, they are.

Check out Rachael’s opposites here and Marcela’s here.

Below are our other participants’ views of opposites:

A. Candice Fox – North Augusta, SC: Twins Shelbey (blonde hair, blue eyes) and Zoey (brown hair, brown eyes) playing in the sand on Myrtle Beach.

B. Heather Fielder – Evans, GA: This week we headed out of town to Myrtle Beach on our way we stopped in Charleston to see the Angel Oak (thank you Rachael for sharing your pictures of  the tree. I have wanted to see it ever since I looked at your pictures on
facebook). My original idea was to have my kids with the Angel oak to show something old and something young but the park was closed when we got there. So on our way out we drove past this daycare next to a grave yard and I was like why would you have a daycare next to a grave yard and my husband said well something dead and something alive and the little light bulb in my head turned on. So in my picture you can see the play ground of the daycare and the grave yard. The grave yard dates back to 1709. I thought it was funny that I have a ghost spot in the picture. I’m sure it’s just a glare from something but its fun to think it might be a ghost.

Thanks ladies for participating! I’m very proud of all of us for keeping up with our project! It’s really nice, at least for me, to have something to stretch my brain with.


Our next assignment is shadows! Woo hoo! This should be a fun one! As usual please send your picture to me by Sunday if you’d like it included in my next post. Happy shooting!