New Subject for May’s Picture This Contest: Spring Fling

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Although we no longer have the original judge for May’s Picture This (I’ve removed the post), thanks to Town Mouse’s suggestions, I decided to still have Picture This where everyone can still particpate, minus a professional judge. So here it is!

The subject for May is Spring Fling. Your composition  should evoke a sense of whimsy, fun and spontaneity. The subject matter is your choice. As always, explain the intent behind your composition

Because there won’t be judging this month, all of you who have been following the contest and have been intimidated about entering, this is a great time to get your feet wet.

The only rules are that you allow yourself to be playful, let your imagination run wild, and have fun!!

Fran Sorin

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Melody May 3, 2010, 9:43 am

This theme sounds like a lot of fun!

As far as the judging goes, perhaps we could have a “people’s choice” judging. 🙂 I think that would be an interesting change of pace.

I’m looking forward to this!

Betsy Hays May 4, 2010, 7:29 pm

“People’s Choice” May photo contest sounds like just the ticket!

Saw a blurb in Q&T on this site/blog, that’s why I’m here!


Betsy Hays May 4, 2010, 7:30 pm

P.S. If you want me to judge (I’m a garden writer and photographer), I’ll volunteer sometime.

Town Mouse May 5, 2010, 11:03 pm

Great! What a fun topic! I’m already looking forward to this weekend, when I’ll be stalking whatever isn’t moving….

Town Mouse May 5, 2010, 11:04 pm

Oh, and I’d just as happily do without judging. Really ;->

ESP May 11, 2010, 11:44 pm

Here is my “spring Fling” picture…

I hope we did not have to size / direct link this month…obviously I didn’t!

joco May 14, 2010, 4:45 am

Didn’t want to let the side down this month, so a bit of recycled tulip frivolity HERE
A freebie gift from our local gardencentre was this foldable vase , which proved more stable than I had anticipated.
Still, why anybody would want their vases to fold is beyond me 🙂

healingmagichands May 14, 2010, 11:09 am

I played too. Not a lot of purposeful whimsy at The Havens, but I was able to discover some unplanned Spring Flinging going on.

joco May 20, 2010, 5:11 am

Come on folks.
Be a bit sporty and enter.
I know there is no badge this month, but still, show your support.
Or as Delia Smith shouts it:
“Let’s be having you”

Thanks so much for acting as our cheerleader.
No decision yet on whether or not there will be badges. SO…….Fran

RobinL May 20, 2010, 10:17 am
healingmagichands May 20, 2010, 2:02 pm

Here is the link to the photo in my post on Spring Fling.

Jill-O May 20, 2010, 2:16 pm

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted for my Spring Fling. I finally figured it out.
my photo:
and my post:

Byddi Lee - We didn't come here for the grass! May 22, 2010, 1:48 pm

Too many choices for “Spring Fling” but I finally settled on this one

I reposted it in the smaller size here but used it originally in the blog post – The birds and the bees.

I reckon the winners should still get badges….:-) Good luck everyone and thanks for playing!

Byddi Lee - We didn't come here for the grass! May 22, 2010, 1:50 pm

Yikes – I posted the same link twice. The second link should read !

Town Mouse May 22, 2010, 11:24 pm

Oh, thanks so much for giving us a little more time. I was gone for a week, and have quite a spring fling tale to tell:

And here’s the photo I’d like to submit:

Rosie@leavesnbloom May 23, 2010, 5:06 pm

So glad we’ve got more time this month. Thanks to Byddi Lee for reminding me.

The direct link to my image is

and the blog post it is contained in is

I filled in your survey form at the begining of May and I look forward to seeing the results.

andrea May 25, 2010, 2:09 pm

lots of fun entries so far! here’s a link to my photo:

and to my post:

Craig @ Ellis Hollow May 25, 2010, 7:55 pm

Photo is here:

Blog post is here:

Thanks for hosting. Keep up the good work.

Lynn May 25, 2010, 11:33 pm

Sometimes, we just have to get out of the garden and wander in the, um, wildflowers. Happy Spring!

Cherry Lane May 25, 2010, 11:40 pm

Finally making one of these before the deadline (but just barely)! Here is the post:

And here is the photo:

Thanks for extending the deadline!

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