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Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected

Try to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner.

Alex Webb

In response to Cheri’s challenge this week, I’ve reached into my portfolio of travel photography to zero in on those unexpected moments–you know, the ones where you’re happy you learned after so many missed opportunities that you should ALWAYS have your camera nearby and ready!  Here then, some of my favorite unexpected moments:

MUTUAL CURIOSITY
MUTUAL CURIOSITY

“Unexpected results are what has most inspired my photography.” 

Harold Edgerton

In the photograph above, which I captured during our African safari, I wonder who is more surprised by the unexpected encounter, the farmer or the giraffe?!  And what about this little fellow, who has decided it’s his job to manage the controls!

IN CONTROL
IN CONTROL

Below, I certainly did not expect to find a violinist practicing her craft from the open trunk of her car in the middle of Mendocino’s beautiful ocean views!

MAKING MUSIC
MAKING MUSIC

I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.

Robert Mapplethorpe

In Southeast Asia there were many things that captured my attention, primary among them were the many colorful monks seen most everywhere.  Certainly I was not alone as most of the photographers I saw were also focused on them.  But for some reason, I did not expect to see them focused on us!

SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!

If photography is about anything it is focusing on the small and the unexpected… reminding us that the world is full of surprise.

John Rosenthal

In one of the most remote areas of South America, deep within the beautiful Los Glacieres National Park, no one would expect to come upon such a lovely drugstore as this:

EL MORRO DRUGSTORE
EL MORRO DRUGSTORE

“In photography, everyday familiar objects must be shown with totally unexpected perspectives and in unexpected situations.

Alexander Rodchenko

And then of course, China 🙂  First, although they are quickly moving into a leadership position in so many areas, perhaps their telecommunications industry needs a bit of a jumpstart?

OLD TIME TALKBOX
OLD TIME TALKBOX

“If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.”

Heraclitus

And with all of the news about their tainted mild products, perhaps it’s not the best idea to keep the milk on your sunny windowsill!

GOT MILK?
GOT MILK?

But for me, the thing that’s been most unexpected is the happiness I’ve found in seeing, shooting and sharing some of the most interesting places in the world.  What could be better than that?!

Interested in more unexpected moments?   To see what other bloggers found, click here.

 

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