My Quote Challenge for National Photography Month May 2017

A week from today National Photography Month begins. Here’s a blurb from the official website The American Photography Association (sadly, not updated since 2014) –

NPM was officially recognized by Congress in 1987 as a month-long event. It was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 as the ‘American Photography Celebration’ which ran from May 7-14. The American Photography Association (the “Association”) is a primary sponsor of National Photography Month and our goal is to maintain President Reagan’s vision to celebrate photography and photographers.

Two years ago, I did a different photo theme for each Monday in May. Last year, I belatedly came up with the idea of doing a quote challenge, and it was so much fun, I’m doing it again this year. However, unlike last year, I’m not limiting myself to pictures taken during May – I have such a huge library of shots that haven’t seen the light of day, I figured I might as well put them to use.

So here’s my challenge, and I’ll need your help, dear readers – please leave me one of your favorite quotes in the comment section below, and I’ll pair it with a picture I’ve taken. If you’re a blogger, be sure to leave a link as well, so I can give you a shout out. If you can’t think of anything this week, no worries – I’ll post results and ask for more quotes each Monday in May.

To get the ball rolling, here’s one from last year’s Week One

From Mel (check out her blog HERE) –
“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” ~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Phantom Tollbooth quote

National Photography Month May 2017 #MicroblogMondays
“Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is?
Read the inaugural post which explains
the idea and how you can participate too.”
~ Melissa S. Ford, Stirrup Queens

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19 comments for “My Quote Challenge for National Photography Month May 2017

  1. April 24, 2017 at 8:59 am

    That’s a perfect juxtaposition of quotation and picture.

    • April 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Thanks April! That picture was a happy surprise – it was so bright out when I took the picture that I couldn’t see the spider. It wasn’t until I uploaded my camera to my computer that I spotted it. 🙂

      • April 24, 2017 at 9:23 am

        Those are the best kind of surprises.

  2. April 24, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love, love, love that tiny spider in the dandelion with the quote, and I love it more that it didn’t show itself until after you’d uploaded the photo! Amazing. Looked up my last year’s quote choice, strangely ironic given my state this year… still appropriate. Sigh. Here is a new one:

    “Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” – Marianne Williamson

    Can’t wait to see what you pair it with! You are such a gifted photographer.

    • April 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      I just found your quote from last year, Jess – owie! Love your choice for this year, and hope I can do it justice. Oh, and thanks so much for the encouragement and the kind words!

  3. April 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    What a great quote!

  4. noellekelly
    April 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    That’s a beautiful picture! Ok, my quote is ‘Life is too short to finish bad books.’ 🙂

    • April 24, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Noelle – and great choice!

  5. April 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Mel’s selected quote and your picture go so well together!

    How about Rumi: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

    • April 24, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Lori! Oooo, I like that one – I’m thinking I now have an excuse to take a trip to the nearest beach! *grin*

  6. April 25, 2017 at 12:38 am

    This is great! I love that photo, and I’m looking forward to seeing what others you dust off to post. 🙂

    I’ll try to think of a quote for you. Currently, I’m drawing a blank, though!

    • April 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! I’m doing this for the whole month of May, so no rush to figure one out if you’d like. 🙂

  7. April 25, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I love that quote and pic that you have there.
    Mine is “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”. . (It’s the first that came into my head because it’s my favourite at the moment for personal reasons. Is it a real quote – I don’t know, my friend gave it to me….).

    • April 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I did a little Googling, and according to the website Quote Investigator, yes it’s a real quote. Here’s the original (from what they could determine) –

      “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” ~ Jessie Potter (educator and counselor on family relationships and human sexuality), featured speaker at Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Woman to Woman conference in 1981.

      • May 1, 2017 at 11:51 am

        Thanks Traci. I have a friend who says it to me when I’m procrastinating about making changes etc and it is a 100% true statement when you think about it!

  8. angelanoelauthor
    April 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Traci! LOVE this idea.I have two for you: “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein and “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” Conan O’Brien

    • April 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Most excellent, Angela! I already have a couple of ideas. 😀

Feel free to shout out!