Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

I enjoy photo challenges because they always make me think.  I don’t usually think about themes.  I was surprised this morning when I was reading Russel Ray’s site that anyone could come up with enough pictures of chimneys, let alone the idea that the chimneys were Santa-unfriendly chimneys, and therefore the cause of undelivered gifts in Southern California.  I am surprised at the creative thinking of others.

Being basically self-centered my first thought was, when have I ever been surprised.  Of course I’ve had surprise parties, but that’s a little too self-centered even for me!  So I just started scouting.  And I found a mutual surprise.  He was as surprised seeing me as I was seeing him hiding in the trees.

V in HI copy

I wanted to at least get my feet wet, so V waited for me while I ran down to get in the warm water for a few minutes.

Surprise1When I got up close, we were talking for a minute when I glanced over, and poof, this guy had sprung up out of nowhere, and looked like he had been comfortably ensconced for a lifetime.  I was surprised I hadn’t noticed him before in his bright red hammock.  Who misses red stuff???

Surprise 2He seemed not to notice me, but I had to ask if I could take his picture. He was surprised, too!

Here are some more blogs to check out so you can also be surprised at the creativity of others.


  1. Weekly Photo Challenge:  Surprise | Patricia Drury 
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise « janna hill
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise | Simply Charming
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! | ranDom muZings
  5. Weekly photo challenge: Surprise « Leanne’s delicious food and travel adventures
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise No. 1 « KnowledgeKnut
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise No. 2 « KnowledgeKnut
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise No. 3 « KnowledgeKnut
  9. A Whale of a Surprise | The Wanderlust Gene
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise | LooknWalk
  11. Surprise? Surprise! | Empire of Lights
  12. Peace, Love, Joy | Ron Mayhew Photography
  13. WPC: Surprise | eljaygee
  14. WordPress Photo Challenge: Surprise! « right in front of me
  15. Another post of ‘Surprise’ birthday | Bams’ Blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge : Surprise! « Cheryl Andrews
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise « To Mother Earth, with Love
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise | En snögummas tankar om livet
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise « Try 2B cool ‘n smart…
  20. Surprise « Stray Thoughts
  21. Weekly photo challenge: surprise | Cloud and Mountain
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Christmas Surprise Triage at Grandma’s | Humbled Pie
  23. Winter Wonderland « Rainbow Bakery
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! | IsobelandCat’s Blog
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise « My Tropical Home
  27. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SURPRISE « Francine In Retirement
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise | Eat, travel, photograph
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise | belgradestreets

Featured Blog

 Featured Blog

Lantern Post http://lanternpost2012.wordpress.com/  Daniela will break your heat and inspire you at the same time.  Although she a native of Zagreb, (Croatia), she writes with a simple, honest elegance in English that few native writers ever achieve.  One of my favorite posts, entitled, Is Blogging Addictive?, haunted me long after I remembered who wrote it.  It continued to inspire me as I thought about the symptoms that I display more and more each day to my husband’s consternation.

This is one blog that doesn’t need a lot of photography and art to draw you in and hold your attention.  This was her only media, and yet, her thoughts lasted in my mind for months. Like a good book, you won’t be able to put her tab down and move to another site or get up and do something in the real world (heaven forbid!).

As soon as I publish this post, I’m going over to her site to surprise her with the news that she’s MY Featured Blog.

Dianne Gray, author, new and dear friend, and one of my Featured Blogs,   recommended my to Robin Coyle the other day.  I was so honored, and I wondered who Robin was. Now I’m following Robin, too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we became friends in the future.  Thank you Dianne for recommending me.  I hope my friend Daniela will feel as honored and surprised as I was.  Yes, Daniela, to answer your question, Blogging IS Addictive!!!!

Do you have people you want to feature, but they are award-shy?  Or you don’t have the right award to give them at the moment.  I have my own criteria which you can read about on my new Featured Blog page.  You have your ideas of what blogs draw you into their personal spidery web.  Talk to me about it.  You might even want to feature someone yourself, or send me a recommendation with a little explanation.  Even though I designed a little seal to give people I feature, I’m still mulling this over in my mind.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

41 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise”

  1. Thank you so MUCH for your kind words and for the nomination … you have indeed surprised me!

    Best Wishes and Happy Blogging in 2013!


  2. You asked who to feature on your post. I suggest a woman who is an insatiable blogger who never rests, who is full of enthusiasm for the sport of bloggy. And gives me a hard time. Yes. Feature yourself Marsha !! What would you say ? Would you be kind or hard on yourself or, perhaps, a little shy and unassuming ………. as you normally are. So quiet, unnoticeable amongst the blogging fraternity / maternity / whatever !! Yes, you should do a piece on yourself. Should be interesting !! 😀 ANON xx


    1. Not I, my friend. I’ll leave that chore to others. My whole Marsha Lee Vanity Blog features me!!! This is my gift to others like you, who don’t do awards, but provide the Blogosphere with some kind of service. You are kind to recommend me, though. 🙂


        1. I thought you said I was shy, unassuming, and unnoticeable in the Blogosphere! That sounds like no more than 3-4 words max! AND, it doesn’t make a very impressive headline. How did u get the idea that I am shy? I was, but I think most people think I’m outgoing now.


  3. Surprise photo attack to the hammock sleeper!! Haha…good capture and love your featured blogs. I just started as well and hope to continue through the new year.
    Wishing you abundant peace and love, Marsha! 🙂
    Thank you!


      1. I love how you made the columns for the featured blogs. Is that something you made via your theme or how did you do that? I would love to organize my features in a neat manner as yours. 🙂


  4. You should have given the hammock sleeper your blog address to find himself there again. He seems to be very laid back otherwise he would not sleep there in the first place. I wonder if there is space for a second hammock?


    1. Hi Ute, I’m sure Hammock Man could have found plenty of room for a beautiful German lady from England!!!! I should have given him my email, but alas and alack I didn’t have any business cards at the time. I do now!!! Hindsight!!! 🙂 Lots of love, Marsha 🙂


    1. It probably wouldn’t have been hard to flip him over, but since I didn’t know him, and I don’t know if he has a sense of humor, I thought it best not to try. It did cross my mind, I have to say!!! 🙂


      1. Now I can’t get the thought of you creeping up on him and simply flipping him with no second thoughts outta my head. I’m laughing like a madwoman with tears streaming down my face. But yeah, doing it in reality might have not been a good choice, I agree. 🙂


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