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:



“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!



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!



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!



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

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?



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


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!



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?!


98 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected

  1. You chose the perfect photos for the unexpected. You’re so right about always have our camera nearby and ready. I don’t always have it with me and sometimes I regret it…
    A great post Tina, with beautiful photos 🙂

  2. I guess the giraffe is thinking – “Wished I had such one too, wonder if I can get it in green or blue”

    In fact not unexpected that your photos are all very well captured… 🙂 🙂

  3. Hi Tina: I am taking a short break from blogging due to my busy work. Just enjoying all your beautiful photos . I browsed around and noticed that you have already published your photos taken in China. Wow, that is fast! I also noticed that you use blurb.com. Did you also use it to publish your books? I just recommended another blogger friend to look at your blog, your websites and publications . He is like you, travels everywhere and takes beautiful pix. Here’s his blog:



    • Thanks Denise! It was a wonderful trip and fun reliving it as I put the book together. Thanks for noticing!

      Sent from my iPad

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  5. I think the old time talk box looks ahead of it time. It looks to me as if has eyes , a nose, a mouth and is ready to talk to anyone who picks up the black cord. Perhaps its not a telephone but a cyber partner! 🙂 Very nice pictures.

    • Thanks Svetlana! Interesting the odd things you see where the monks are concerned. I have some very fun shots of them which I’ll post one of these days :-). Good to hear from you as always!

  6. Delightful photos. 🙂 I especially like the “drugstore,” complete with Jamaican colors and English misspelling. Just what you’d expect to find in a remote South American national park.

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  8. Have to feel someone who has a headband holding on their baseball cap also can size up some pretty unexpected encounters. Happy holidays!

  9. Fabulous ‘unexpected ‘ moments…..love the first of the giraffe & tractor….just magical!!
    thank u for pointing out these ‘unexpected’ moments as we r sometimes too busy (doing what…who knows??) to stop & take it all in…..Happy Turkey!

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    • Many thanks Andrew! I loved your amazingly beautiful capture on this week’s subject but couldn’t find a place to comment on your blog 😦 Beautifully done – and thanks for your visit and comment here.

      • Thanks so much Tina, and thanks for letting me no about no place for comments. I hadn’t checked the box to allow them!! Good lesson for me. Have now done so. Best wishes…Andrew

  11. Stunning shots as always 🙂 I think the milk was all gone since each had a little straw. Funny though because they don’t usually drink milk… that may have be yoghurt or soy, but still not best kept outdoors.

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    • Thanks Victoria! I did think the bottles were calling for a photograph, but the violinist couldn’t have been more cooperative 🙂 What a beautiful place she chose to enjoy her music – it was a perfect moment in time!

    • Oh, I love that idea SSM – I particularly like this challenge and had fun pouring through some of my older shots looking for just the right moments. Thanks so much for the lovely comment!

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