Unexpected. The world is an interesting place: we stumble upon unexpected things each day, like signs that are unintentionally amusing,…

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Unexpected. The world is an interesting place: we stumble upon unexpected things each day, like signs that are unintentionally amusing, bizarre sculptures, or even strange evidence of a miniature world on the side of a building (like the door and window in the shot above, discovered in San Francisco’s Mission District).

So, your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.


We look forward to seeing all of your unexpected shots!

— Cheri

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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    1. So here is something unexpected:

      Whenever you travel in Latin America by bus, you should be ready to expect the unexpected. Racing up the mountains in suicidal speed while in thick fog or driving trough the rain forest, it’s always an adventure. My last trip to Ecuador was as usual full of adventure too. First of all, the way to the city Baños was simply stunning.
      Coming from the coast, our bus was slowly climbing up to an altitude of almost 2 kilometers, high up in the Andes. Other surprises on this trip came in the form of minor food poisoning and a nearby eruption of a volcano.
      However, something else stuck to my mind…


  1. Really a very nice and ‘unexpected demanding’ subject Cheri, I’ll search all my archives and if I’m lucky maybe I’d find something more actual :) Thank you for your inspiriting theme!


  2. a trip to turkey would not be complete without a visit to the ancient roman city of ephesus. it used to be the trade centre of the ancient world and religious centre of early christianity. it was here where the virgin mary, mother of jesus, spent her last days on earth. it was around this area where st. john died. it was here where st. paul started spreading christianity into the adjacent cities and regions of asia. it was also here where he wrote four of his letters: galatians, first corinthians, philemon, and philippians.

    i didn’t expect to see a lot of stray dogs and cats loitering among the ruins. they seem to be dependent on tourists feeding them. each animal has a tag on their ears noting when it was last vaccinated. just in case a dog bites you, for instance, the authorities would know right away if it’s lethal to you or to the dog.


  3. That’s a really cool photo. Did you take that? My sister likes photography a lot. She’s got a fancy Nikon camera, but I don’t know what model or whatever.


  4. I always take my camera with me wherever I go. Sometimes the most unexpected things pop up. Like seeing a soldier from India dressed in authentic, vintage uniform. Or finding an empty bottle of highly addictive drugs and an empty bottle of beer under a tree. Makes me wonder who was this person and are they still alive? And I am certain, many of us have found this unexpected momento……an empty condom wrapper. Enjoy:


  5. The certified death toll from Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) today has breached the 5,000 mark at 5,209, not counting the dead who had been buried by their own families and not reported, the missing who may or may be among those unidentified documented fatalities, and not counting cadavers found but not certified by local officials.
    For the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected — Here’s a photo of the unexpected walk to a new life by some of the survivors, at:


  6. Hi all, An unexpected picture opportunity, we were touring Grand Teton and decided to drive to the top of signal mountain, a storm was rolling through Yellowstone National Park, all of a sudden the clouds parted and there was a shaft of light and then a straight rainbow appeared, we watched this for about 10 minutes, it eventually faded. Once again we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Ian.


    1. I’m not sure of the exact intersection since I don’t know the name of the alleyway, but this is against the wall of the Kilowatt, a bar in the Mission, at 3160 16th St. If you’re facing the entrance, turn the corner into the adjacent alley and look along the wall :)


      1. Hi Cheri, I’m new to posting for the photo challenges because I wasn’t comprehending the correct way to post pics from our blogs so you may or may not have received my original post to link to my blog! Really I’m not a stalker! I’m just trying to figure all this technology stuff out! A lot of people have been liking this shot I did for unexpected, pinging me, and using my link on their sites! I hope you get to see it now! Please let me know! Here’s my entry for unexpected:


  7. The picture was taken this year in Glacier National Park, it was my first real attempt at Infra red colour photography, most of the settings were guessed and the exposure was 3 minutes, I love the false colours and the incredible clouds, the result was then imported into Photoshop where some colour correction took place. I honestly didn’t expect it to come out so this is why I think it fits into Unexpected.


  8. We returned one evening to our cabin in the mountain area just above Grand Teton, there was a note taped to our door about some grizzly bears in the area. There followed a slightly restless night where every sound seemed to wake us. The following morning while driving back to Grand Teton we passed an open forest clearing and in plain view was our grizzly’s. Luckily this time I had a car between me and the bears, not like the previous year when we came across one in the forests. Hope you enjoy the pictures.


  9. As I was walking across a bird sanctuary suddenly a flock of starlings took to the air, they were swooping twisting and turning, I hoped they would fly along the coastline but as usual they stayed inland. I managed to shoot the picture across the reed beds. The other picture was shafts of orange light which suddenly appeared through the clouds, this was where I was hoping the starlings would fly.


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