I spy… something red.

I had so much fun during my last I Spy photo excursion that I did it again. This time, instead of fixating on circles, I had eyes only for the colour red.

I spent about an hour and a half downtown today, and almost no one looked at me strangely for snapping photos of fire hydrants and discarded take-out containers.

As before, giving myself a theme (and a time limit) to capture a series of photos allowed me to practice observation and composition but also encouraged me to avoid overthinking. Sometimes I just need to get out of my own way.

Bonus… this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Collage. Perfect! Here it is:

Good thing they’re tiny.


We have roughly 5000 of these toy cars at our house. Most have been passed down from relatives or received as gifts. I can’t actually remember a single time that I bought one on purpose. Generally they sit, ignored, in the closets of the small people living in my home.

Every now and then I’ll be looking for something in these closets, swearing under my breath because it looks like a miniature but mighty tornado swept through inside. In these situations, there’s usually some point at which I lose my cool and threaten to throw away or give away items because they’re broken, or because no one plays with them, or because they’re utterly useless (e.g., hardened pellets of Play-Doh, random pieces of painted macaroni, the cardboard container for a Happy Meal eaten in 2012).

And then, my small people passionately claim that these items are their favourite, and they promise these items will get played with, and please please DON’T give these items away to another child/throw them in the garbage/flush them down the toilet.

Sometimes I take a hard line. Other times, I fold…which is why you’re looking at a picture of 5000 Dinky cars.


(Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny)