This week’s Sunday Stills theme is all about numbers and how we can incorporate them into our photographic images. Sure there are challenges with numbers of objects within an image, number combinations, etc, so this week, we will try to capture actual numbers. Images with a particular number of items are also fine to use. Numbers that are implied also work. I’m sure you will show us your creative side and I can’t wait to see what you share!
I admit that these are not the most spectacular images you’ll ever see, but it’s just for fun this week.
Have you ever heard this expression… ”it’s a numbers game”? Years ago, when I was explaining the hiring process to summer swimming pool management candidates, I used this expression when asked how many pool managers and assistant managers we would be hiring. It sort of became a joke with the summer staff once our entire lifeguard staff was hired. But it was true… the number of management staff depended on the number of public pools that would be opened and how many qualified staff we had to fill the positions. Truly a numbers game.
“You have to be odd to be number one.” ~ Dr. Seuss
Playing by the Numbers During Vacation and Travel
“It is a great privilege to travel alone on the right path knowing at heart that one day millions too will travel on that same road!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
We saw this rock formation near Wenatchee, Washington, on our short vacation to Leavenworth in April. You can see people used their Billy goat skills and spray paint to commemorate their favorite number.
Over the years, I’ve visited many places on our vacations. Sometimes the numbers beg to be photographed to tell a story:
This is a sign near my father’s home in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California. This is part of the trail of the 100-Mile run.
Then there are the fun numbers commemorating a visit to San Diego:
The featured image shows how we celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday in 2016. We will all see him again in July in Reno Nevada to celebrate his 86th! Stay tuned. Last weekend over Memorial Day my brother traveled from Phoenix to visit us here. We even celebrated his June birthday with the Spokane family a few days early while he was here. Want to guess how many candles? It’s 50-something…
Can images of numbers be artsy or something we even want to see? Many of us create images/graphics for our blogs for how-to posts, and I was no exception. I used pictochart a few years ago when infographics were all the rage to create this fitness information chart. On the right, I styled items to create an image for creating editorial calendars for blogging.
“Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind.” ~ Honore de Balzac
Sometimes I photograph random numbers that may commemorate an idea or place.
Now that I live in the community of Nine Mile Falls, I see vehicles driving by with the window decal “9 Mile Proud.” I am jonesing for one of my own, but no one seems to know who made them originally. At least I caught this stylized version (with Painnt app) on a truck window in the Middle School parking lot recently.
I also notice other types of numbers, this one when my Toyota Rav4 hit 100,000 miles.
Clock Numbers and Symbolism
What would we do without clocks and time/temperature-measuring devices?
Are you a person who sees numbers frequently on clocks and digital time-pieces? Are you someone who sees 11:11, 12:34, and 4:20 daily? You are not alone. And I really don’t like numbers…at least not the arithmetic kind. The numbers below pop up nearly every night on my bedside table clock. I woke up, saw them, and with this prompt in mind, took pics with my cell phone. Voila!
Sources indicate that these types of numbers are angel messages. You can believe it or not. Here is a website with more information. I never realized “4-20” was a thing until my hubby joked about it one day. So now I see this number daily. Why? I have no idea and zero interest in marijuana or cannabis.
“The most credible story traces 4/20 to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. This group — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.”Time Magazine
I recently saved this notification on the Duolingo app as I continue to struggle to learn German. “Ich lerne sehr langsam.” As of today’s post, I’m at 915 days in a row. Truly a numbers game and great external motivation.
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
Sunday Stills weekly challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post.
- Remember to title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
- Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
- Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post.
- I also recommend adding your post’s URL to the comments.
Photo Challenges this Week
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Dawn’s Spring Festival
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday: Travel/Vacation
- XingFu Mama’s Whatsoever is Lovely
And just for fun … how many sunflowers are in the picture?
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than in miles.” ~ Tim Cahill
This Week’s Featured Bloggers
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are this week’s links from bloggers who shared their number-themed photos. I edit these all week as new links are added.
- YOUR NAME HERE
- Always Write
- Bay Photos By Donna
- Between the Lines
- Bushboys World
- Cath’s Camera
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- Deb’s World
- Easin’ Along Image shared in comments
- Equipoise Life Image shared in comments
- Geriatrix Fotogallery
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News
- Loving Life
- Now At Home
- Natalie the Explorer
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Photos By Jez
- This is Another Story
- Travels and Trifles
- Travel with Me
- Wide Eyed Wonderings
- Woolly Muses
- Working on Exploring
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Themes for the rest of June are ready to view on my Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Page. This page is updated monthly and I am open to YOUR theme ideas, too!
What numbers plague you or follow you around, begging to be acknowledged? Have fun with this theme and I’ll be excited to see what you can share.
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