Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
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Photo Blogs Speak a Thousand Words

I was reading a post by Om Malik about the preference for long verses short posts.  It started me thinking about what catches my eye when scrolling my blog reader.  Sometimes it’s completely random and based on mood. Sometimes I’m captured by a good title.  But, usually, it’s a great photo that draws me in.  Which makes me wonder, why am I so lazy about adding photo’s to my own posts?

It’s not for a lack of photos, I have thousands; including some terrific shots of Europe. But then, there’s so much that’s photo worthy in Europe, it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture.  I’m dropping a few of my favorites in here…see what you think.

Boats in Ischia, Italy www.eileenslovak.com

Boats in Ischia, Italy
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So…what makes a photo interesting or intriguing?  Is it the mood or feeling it inspires?

Does it invoke curiosity or introspection?

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Band playing for runners in Paris
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Is it unique, artful, skillful or comical?

Self Portrait, Paris, France www.eileenslovak.com

Self Portrait, Paris, France
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The rhyme or reason of my photo ‘likes’ is tricky to define:

I do favor flower photos, not in a Georgia O’Keeffe sort of way, just vibrant close-ups, with the amazing detail nature provides.

I admire animals, but I’m getting bored with cats and dogs anything else is infinitely more interesting, even farm animals.  That might seem common to some.  But for me, they provide a sense of peace in a pastoral setting.

Foal, Matera, Italy www.eileenslovak.com

Foal, Matera, Italy
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Anything shot in black and white gets me every time.

I’m also wild about awesome landscapes, trees, the moon, water and certain insects.  Like I said, it’s hard to narrow it down.  The fascination of a photo may lie in the viewers desire to imagine what the photographer was thinking when he/she took a particular shot and whether or not that translates through the photograph.

Oh and of course…there’s the incredible edibles!

Shop Window in Modena www.eileenslovak.com

Shop Window in Modena
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With so many excellent photo blogs out there, I began to wonder why I’m stingy with the like button?  Can’t I like as many blogs or photos as I would like to?

My new favorites are the nicely paired poem and photo combo, as in these two blogs:  The Source of Inspiration and The Wanderer, check them out if you get a chance.

 

 

You might just want to stop and sit awhile with some photo blogs:

Café in Cetona, Italy www.eileenslovak.com

Café in Cetona, Italy
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Or put on a sweater…

In the very least if an image makes the viewer smile;  that should be enough, now shouldn’t it?

Locks of Love Salerno, Italy www.eileenslovak.com

Locks of Love
Salerno, Italy
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Farm Stand Fresh
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Farm Stand Fresh is Best

If you look carefully, you’ll see signs of summertime, as local farm stands and farmers markets begin a new season. This year, I’ve decided to buy local more often and enjoy fresh, seasonal favorites. The first stop, a quaint little place I’ve driven by countless times on my way to the soccer fields: Spider Hall Farm. I even love the name!

Here are some of the bountiful, delicious treats discovered and sampled: organic meats, all natural ice cream, fresh salad greens, produce, baked goods, butter, yogurt, jams, breads, rolls, cheeses, salad dressings and craft items.

Among the large assortment of natural ice cream by Prigel Family Creamery in Glen Arm, MD, available, I can personally vouch for the cookies & cream and the caramel pretzel.

This weekend, our family will enjoy free range eggs with natural Pork Sausage from Fairfield Farm, Park Hall, MD; just one of the many organic meats from the Spider Hall freezer.

And for a special decadent treat, handmade chocolates by Schafer’s Candy, Meyersdale, PA.

Oh, yes, they are every bit as good as they look. Off you go then, find yourself a local farm and take a stand, or at least sit awhile.

Fresh summer all!