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Spontaneous Participation

Rosemary dyejarsI’m not usually a challenge follower because I’m so.bloody.busy. But I just found a photo challenge that completely piqued my interest. I’d just taken these pictures of my handspun yarn swimming in backyard rosemary dye. They came to mind instantly when I read Cee’s challenge to shoot peach or apricot tones.

I love the look of sunshine back-lighting dye jars, the background distortion, the condensation and striated shadows.


I love anticipating the time when I can shake them up to distribute the dye. I love coming back at the end of a hot day to find the liquid lighter, the yarns darker. I love squeezing out the yarns and putting them on my fencepost to compare the colors, then popping them back into the dye jar and watching them sink out of sight—ploop!

Thanks to Sandra for leading me to this fun event!