Through The Lens Thursday #6: Flower

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs.

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Flower”.

I over-achieved this week’s prompt. (I never get to say that I over-achieve, so cut me some slack here)

Funnily, this prompt is one I actually dreaded. I rarely get out and about, I don’t have plants in my house, and taking a picture of a flower picture I Googled would be cheating.

As life would have it, I’m in France this week, and flowers jumped out at me everywhere, even in the middle of this blistering cold (to me) winter.

The plastic flowers that greeted us when we arrived at our rented cottage in Normandy.

Plastic flowers

Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/60 , f/5.0, ISO 400

The few straggly daisies dotting the vast surrounding land in our temporary one-week home.


Taken with a Canon Rebel SL 1
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 100


Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/25, f/8.0, ISO 3200

The amazing carved flowers in stone in the Abbey at Mont St Michel, where I nearly fell on my butt, trying to photograph it.

I hesitate to write so much about being in France for many reasons. I don’t want to be seen as bragging/ showing off. I don’t want to be a bore. But this is what’s going on in my life, so I beg you to bear with me. Next week when I’m home, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programing (e.g. stories of my toddler picking his nose, and wiping his boogy finger on my pajama pants).

For now, it’s France, and living in a blissful bubble of no work, no schedules, no cares in the world, except, what fun thing shall we do today? Like photographing flowers of all kinds.

Everyone should have a France.

(What do you think of my ‘flower’ photos? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Dull

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • February 6, 2014 Lady Jennie

    Oh my goodness! You’re not bragging!

    Yay Mont St Michel! So happy you’re seeing all these sights!
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I am too! We really went around a lot.

  • February 6, 2014 Allie

    I have been loving all your France posts and there’s nothing “braggy” about you or this blog. You DID overachieve the flower shoot! I have to admit, I saw the last one and thought “what the hell is that?” Ha ha ha!!! LOVE the first shot. I would kill to see a real freakin flower right now. Just got 13 inches of snow here yesterday. We are so far from flowers so thank you for these!
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, I bet the snow is an absolute drag! I’m glad that although it’s winter here in France, there are still some flora around.

  • February 6, 2014 tracy

    Hon, you’re in France. Show us France. xoxoxo
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      You’re so sweet! I’m taking your advice.

  • February 6, 2014 Sarah

    I’m intrigued by the stone flower & would have loved to see it from another angle, too. Was it big or small? How did it fit into the larger context of the carving?

    Talk, brag, whatever you want to call it — we want to go on vacation vicariously through you! =)
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      It was smallish? And it was on a column. πŸ™‚

  • February 6, 2014 Chai a cup of life

    Iits definitely not bragging. If you went to France and didn’t write about it, then that would be crazy! I really need to catch up on some photography lessons. I have a canon also and no idea how to use it properly. Will run through your old posts. πŸ™‚
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I don’t really have any posts on how to take photos so much as me just um, taking photos πŸ™‚ But do check out my Pinterest board on photography tips!

  • February 6, 2014 Shannon

    It’s not bragging. I would actually be a little upset if you DIDN’T tell us about France. I’ve never been there and enjoy hearing and seeing about it from you. I’m so happy for you, that you are getting to have this time exploring with your family.
    Your flowers are great. I might have a hard time with this prompt as the flowers here are buried under feet if snow.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad no one minds my France posts!

  • February 6, 2014 Galit Breen

    Oh how I love that all of these flowers just jumped out at you!

    And those carved flowers? Amazing!
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, honey! xo

  • February 6, 2014 Tamara

    Wait, you mean your toddler doesn’t wipe boogers in France? Pretty sure mine did in Disney! I felt weird talking about being in Florida during a polar vortex up home, but people do enjoy it, I say. I enjoy yours! And people seemed genuinely happy that my kid was meeting princesses in 80 degrees. We all deserve that at some point.. (not the princesses, but the escape)
    I would shudder at this prompt because I can’t stand flower photos. So I like your take – and you with the slow shutter speeds again. I must have hand shake because I can’t do it.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Um, yes, he did do the booger wipe right here in France, little, er, booger. πŸ™‚
      Yeah, I’m crazy like that with the slow shutter speeds. Heh.

  • February 6, 2014 Kerstin

    I want to hear more about France! Your pictures make me happy and your words will as well πŸ™‚
    (and Mont St. Michel? so cool, one of my favourite places in France!)
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Yay, I’m glad! Mont St Michel was cool. Figuratively and literally. (it was WINDY)

  • February 6, 2014 Nicole

    Beautiful pictures! Love the stone flower. PLEASE tell us all about France so we can live vicariously through you. I love reading about other people’s travel adventures, especially when the kiddos are along for the ride.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Ok, you asked for it πŸ˜‰

  • February 7, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Very beautiful photos Alison πŸ™‚ I love the carved flowers, how unique! Happy Thursday -Iva
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      They were stunning, thank you.

  • February 7, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Ha, I am always nearly falling down trying to get a photo! I was kneeling in the snow today trying to get mine!
    As for the France thing, more more more! I love seeing where people are, especially the photos.
    I love the carved flower (worth the peril). Great angle and focus.
    I am just going to check mine now, see if they are in focus.
    Bon Voyage! Clare x
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Fellow klutz πŸ™‚
      And thank you.

  • February 7, 2014 Christine

    You are not bragging one bit. I’m so happy that you have this time for you and your family in such a glorious place. Everyone needs a place and time like that. That’s kind of how I felt about Hawaii over the summer (please take me back). And your flowers? Love them, especially the carved stone flowers.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I know I will miss France when we get home. And talk about it a lot. Sigh.

  • February 7, 2014 Herchel S

    Ooh I had forgotten about the carved flowers at Mont at Michel! It’s been over 20 years since I visited France. I am so jealous. I love tulips. They look do happy to me .
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      The tulips are beautiful, and such a great way to enter a home.

  • February 7, 2014 Elaine A.

    Those tulips make me super happy! And that carved flower is REALLY cool! Nice shot!

    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Thanks so much , Elaine!

  • February 7, 2014 Rorybore

    Daisies are my favourite! I almost posted one that I had taken in the summer too. Because of course I have nothing but snow right now.
    Does your Canon have a macro? Would be beautiful to get up close to those daisies.
    Love the color pop of the tuplips — they do not look plastic at all.

    And France could never be boring — pas du tout! La Belle Vie!!
    Post all the stories! πŸ™‚
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Yes, I have a 50mm macro lens but I didn’t bring it with me to France. Too many things already, and I don’t need one more thing to worry about breaking/ losing πŸ™‚ And thank you, I will write one more post about France (or maybe two).

  • February 7, 2014 Char

    How I would love to travel to France this time of year… only problem would be getting me on a plane to fly to France!! Not bragging at all but instead sharing with us the wonders of your trip to France. Enjoy… Char
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Char!

  • February 7, 2014 Ilene

    You don’t sound braggy or like a bore! You are sharing yourself and your adventures with us! And I love the flowers! all of them but especially the stone one!

    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much, Ilene, I’m glad I’m not boring anyone πŸ™‚

  • February 7, 2014 My Inner Chick

    L O V E L Y.

    btw, you could NEVER be a bore, dear. Xx
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      That is good to know πŸ™‚ xo

  • February 7, 2014 Natalie

    I love the yellow you captured! It just seems to brighten my day!
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      Yellow is my happy color!

  • February 8, 2014 sarah reinhart

    oh, look at all these different flower variations! And how wonderful that you are still in France. Lovely.

    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      It’s our last day! *sob*

  • February 9, 2014 Julia

    The flowers are beautiful and I hope you write a lot about your trip to France. I love to live vicariously through other people’s travels.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I will! πŸ™‚

  • February 9, 2014 Kim

    For the record, I love hearing about France; it makes me want to visit there someday (even more than I already did.)
    I love the flowers! We seem like we are ages away from flowers here – everything is covered in inches and inches of snow – so it is nice to see they are still around somewhere.
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    • February 9, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad I’m able to provide some floral relief πŸ™‚

  • February 10, 2014 Alexa

    I loved ALL of those photos and you can talk to me about France ALL YOU WANT! I love that country, and I miss it so much! I used to live in Paris and near Strasbourg. Mont St Michel is something quite extraordinary! Did you go to any of the WWI and WWII memorials while in Normandy? Did you get to meet Jennie??
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    • February 10, 2014 Alison

      We did not get a chance to see the memorials, unfortunately! We had to find things that would interest the kids, lol. And yes, I did meet Jennie (wrote about the whole meeting in the post before this, heh).

  • February 12, 2014 Maureen

    Those are beautiful, beautiful shots, Alison! πŸ™‚
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    • February 12, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Maureen!

  • February 15, 2014 Andrea

    I’ll take pictures of flowers in France over a boogy finger on my pants anyday. πŸ™‚
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    • February 15, 2014 Alison

      Me too!!

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