Photography Challenge: collab with Alicia

Hello, my friends!

For today’s post, I have a collab I am super excited about! A few weeks ago, I asked Alicia @ Alicia Marentette if she wanted to do a collab, and she agreed – We decided on doing a photography challenge where come up with a list of things to photograph, and share the photos! So that’s what I will be sharing today.

To get started, here’s a list of all the things we took photos of.

Time for the real photos now.

1. Spring

To be honest, I had a really hard time finding a photo in this category. Spring is not here yet; it’s been in the 30s all week, and it was hard finding something springy. But then, one of my younger siblings found this little bird’s nest on the ground. I definitely think of seeing birds building their nests as part of spring.

2. fLOWERs

Ooh, I love these flowers! It’s actually an old photo because as I mentioned above, we do not have any flowers blooming yet. It’s so pretty though!

3. Sunset

Mmm, this sunset is gorgeous. Sunsets are some of my favorite things as you have probably already figured out by now – I love the clouds in this one.

4. morning SKY

This is honestly one of my absolute favorite photos ever. ❤ It was such a beautiful (And early) morning to be out on the beach to see the sunrise. And the trees too.

5. Animal

This is from one of trips to Lutsen a few years ago. It was really neat being able to go that close to this seagull so we could get a picture. He was just sitting there on the railing while we were up looking at the view, and I just snapped a photo.

6. Colorful

I wasn’t sure what to use for this one; then my Mom had the idea to take the kids out to our monkey line that we all got our birthdays last summer and get a picture there. I love how it turned out, and it is definitely very colorful.

7. Clouds

I always love looking at clouds – One of my favorite things to do is just to lay down in the grass and stare up at the clouds. (When the grass is dry, and there are no siblings with soccer balls nearby that is.)

8. Books

I just got some new books from the library, and they were perfect to grab a picture of! Have you read any of these books?


I’m not sure if this one counts. . .I realized too late that I didn’t have any photos of rain, so this was the closest I could come. It’s a mud puddle from when all of the snow melted and it rained, so I think it counts?

10. Roads

Ahh, I love this one! These two roads are glorious in the morning when the sun’s shining, and that morning was no different. I love the shadows especially.

12. Peaceful

Kook at water droplets coming off the wave. And even though I’ve said this multiple times about the photos in this post, I love this – Especially the icy/crystal look to the wave.

13. Artsy

I had a really hard time deciding what to use for this – Finally, after coming up with a bunch of ideas, but none of them seeming like they would fit, I decided to look up some inspiration. I found this photo of the ice on our creek melting, and it seemed to the fit the “artsy” look. What do you think? Is it artsy?

14. Water

I have so many favorite pictures of water that it took me a while to decide. But I picked this one because I love the lighthouse and the bridge.

15. Indoor

I LOVE the shadows and the light here.. One afternoon I noticed the hydrangeas shadows from the outside shining through the window, it was so pretty! This is probably my favorite indoor photo I’ve taken.

And that’s it for the day! Did you enjoy seeing all of these different photos? Which one was your favorite?

Before you go, make sure to check out Alicia’s post here.

Have a beautiful day, friends!

Guest Post: 8 Book Recommendations by Rachel

Hello, my friends!

Today, I have the joy of sharing a post that my good friend, and fellow writer, Rachel W. wrote!

In this post, Rachel shares 8 book recommendations from four categories, fantasy/mystery, historical fiction, non-fiction/biography, and picture books, with a summary of each. Let’s get started!

Fantasy / mystery:

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Following a peculiar advertisement in the newspaper, four gifted children pass a series of tests to become members of the Mysterious Benedict Society. They go on a mission as spies at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, and through the ensuing events, they find the value of each other. You can test your wits right along with the characters in this book!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Miri lives in a mountain village, where for generations everyone has quarried stone. The spot is chosen for a princess academy, designed to produce a suitable bride for the prince. Miri is forced to be one of many girls at the academy, and although it’s rough, when bandits attack the village, Miri realizes the mountain dweller’s unique power and must help save her village.

Historical fiction:

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Audra is living in Lithuania during the Russian invasion. When the Cossacks show up at her family’s door, her parents insist she flee, taking with her a mysterious package. On a journey to deliver the package, Audra becomes involved with a resistance movement. Can she have a chance to rescue her parents?

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

Follow the journey of young Miriam Willard as she & her family are captured by Native Americans during the French and Indian War. They are forced to march north to Montreal, where a turn of events change Miriam’s life forever. 

Non-fiction / biography: 

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This book is about the University of Washington rowing team and their journey to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It follows the story of Joe Rantz, a crucial part of the team, and also gives insight into Nazi Germany and the demanding sport of rowing. I really enjoyed the young reader’s edition!

Women at the Edge of Discovery by Kendall Haven

Explore the lives of 40 lesser-known women scientists in this fascinating book. I learned about science careers I didn’t even know existed! Many women have contributed to many aspects of science & discovery, as you will learn in this book.

Picture books:

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Delightfully illustrated narrative following a day in the life of seven kids from around the world. Learn more about daily life in Russia, India, Italy, Japan, Uganda, Peru, and Iran. Great for people of all ages!

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

From the perspective of a mouse, this marvelously illustrated story tells about the mouse’s journey to the moon. He faces several obstacles along the way but ultimately discovers the joy of exploration.

Thank you so much for sharing, Rachel! I am definitely going to have to check out your selections. And if you all want to see more of Rachel’s favorite books, check out her Goodreads!

Thank you so much for reading! What are some of your favorite books?

About Rachel

Rachel is a Midwest gal, total bookworm, and aspiring writer. She enjoys running cross country, swimming, and snowshoeing. Rachel’s favorite genres are historical fiction, fantasy, biography, and middle grade. She is currently working on a fantasy story about two sisters and a secret organization to resist the government.