Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

This is my photographic response to this week’s (er…last week’s) photo challenge by The Daily Post. I like taking photos, especially for this type of challenge. I find it leads me to see the world differently. And seeing the world differently is something I always find enriching.

The assignment: “share a photo that means UNEXPECTED to you.”

I’m a little late for this one, but I decided to post anyway after I saw this on my morning walk today:


I usually don’t take my camera on my walks, but this morning it was 12 degrees Fahrenheit, and I had a vague thought that things might look especially interesting in temperatures that cold, so I stuck it in my jacket pocket.

This isn’t the first photo I took of the hot air balloon, but it’s the one I like best. I took this one from my front porch, with my kids in their pjs behind me speculating about the likely fate of the balloon, which was so low, we could hear the whoosh as the pilot fired up the burner.

“I wonder if it’s going to get stuck in those trees?” said my eight-year-old.

“No,” said my four-year-old, “that only happens to kites.”


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