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Saturday, March 9: This week WordPress decided to do something different with the Weekly Photo Challenge.  They are calling it a Phoneography Challenge because we are supposed to take pictures of our neighborhood WITH OUR PHONES.  I don’t have a smart phone, but I do have a new iPad, so I figured I would take the pictures with that.  The challenge is this:

To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live. I want to see your neighborhood: The path you take for your daily morning run. Your local coffee shop or dive bar. The nearby alley of street and community art. A shot of the intersection that perfectly captures the bustle of your own corner of town. Or a serene landscape view of your village.

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the view from the roof of my building across the street in Nizwa

the view from the roof of my building to the east

the view from the roof of my building to the east

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the view out my back door – a big Omani mansion

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the milkweed plant next to my kitchen window

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My neighbor’s laundry hanging on the line on the rooftop

my Omani neighbors' wash hung out to dry on the roof

my Omani neighbors’ wash hung out to dry on the roof

I also went out after taking these photos with my iPad and took a few with my Olympus PEN EPL-1.

Two of my Omani women neighbors taking a walk down the street

Two of my Omani women neighbors taking a walk down the street

the gate to the house catty-corner from me

the gate to the house catty-corner from me

milkweed

milkweed

some other weed outside my kitchen window

some other weed outside my kitchen window

And finally, this picture I took outside my back door a couple of nights ago as the sun was setting.  This one I took with my Olympus camera.

sunset out my back door at the Abu Nooh Building

sunset out my back door at the Abu Nooh Building

Ok, which do you like better?  The ones taken with my iPad or the ones with my camera?  I would prefer to use my camera, as the iPad is very cumbersome and awkward.  Since I don’t have an iPhone, I cannot take pictures using my phone!  I have to say, I’m not really keen on this new challenge, since WordPress is specifying equipment that leaves some of us out of the field of contenders!! 🙂

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