Turquoise/Splash [Nurture Photography]

Last Sunday I took an early morning trip downtown, part of it was spent wandering slowly through city streets and the other part walking along the shore of Lake Michigan.

The morning was bright and warm, in direct contrast to the dreary days that followed. Light from the low sun bounced off the ripples on the surface of the lake and its breezy waves. The calls of water birds hung in the air, startled by my being there, splashing as they beat their wings and took off into the sky.



As much as I love being in the city, I enjoy the closeness and community of everything, there are still times when the crowded streets and tall buildings can feel overwhelming and oppressive.

When the city structures feel as though they are pushing in on me from every direction I like to put them behind me. I’ll go to the lake and instead feel as though I am entirely covered with water and sky.




*Photos taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic

Don’t forget to stop by at Kristi’s blog, Live and Love Out Loud, this week for an awesome tutorial on Aperture.


I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia for another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through spring with the Nurture Photography Challenge – a seasonal photo challenge series chock full of tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, personal feedback and encouragement.

Just a few details:

All are welcome regardless of skill level, camera equipment or geographic location.

Share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts each Friday and grab our lovely button while you’re at it!


The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.

We’re sharing the photography love and showcasing our talented photographers by pinning some of your lovely photos to our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board.

The Nurture Photography Challenge has taken to Facebook! Stop by, “like” our new Facebook fan page, ask questions and share your work on our wall as well.

We love Instagram just as much as you do! We’ll be on the lookout for your beautiful winter photos, so be sure to use the #nurturephoto hashtag. We’ll share a few favorites on Instagram each week, sending a little bit of love your way.



  1. I love Chicago! I live in NY and work in NYC, so I get what you mean when you need an escape, and water is a great way to get “away” even thought the city looking right over your shoulder. Your photos capture the peace in such a busy city so well.

  2. Rebecca,
    Looks like the shore of Lake Michigan is a great place to relax and is full of photo opportunities. Photography, in it’s self is a great way to spend some me time!
    Robyn´s last post ..A Splash of Mud

    • You’re totally right Robyn, I love that about photography! And then obviously the feeling is doubled when I get to go somewhere pretty and calm like the lake 🙂

    • Oh yes, me too! I didn’t take Mikey this time but he’s dying for it to get warmer so we can go spend a day on the shore!

  3. Beautiful and harmonious photo and I understand why you like your town and lake. Nice colors and objects, the “simple is beautiful” 🙂 It’s fun to read blogs and see photos from the other side of the earth. I live in southern Sweden and spring has just arrived.
    Have a nice weekend 🙂

  4. Sandra Bacon

    These lovely photos have calmed this wintery old sailor’s heart. I long for the day that we can launch our sailboat on Lake Erie…if it ever gets warm enough to ready it for the season! As I mentioned before, you all are invited to come visit my students’ blog: westlandhighschoolphoto2@wordpress.com. We have started to follow the Spring Nurture Photography prompts ourselves, as well as, post some interesting identity and alter ego photos inspired by our fabulous new student teacher. Thanks for your continued inspiration!


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