The Letter K

While blocking some knitted goodies on Saturday (more about that in my next post) my mind wandered to the K pictures needed for Basically Benita’s Alphabet Photo Challenge.  A seed started to germinate and the more the idea grew the more excited I became.  The more excited I became the more anxious I was for Sunday morning to arrive so my camera and I could get busy.

I bounded out of bed at 6:45AM, threw on some clothes and headed out the door with my camera and K subject for a 2+ hour adventure that would once again show a creative interpretation of Benita’s challenge.

What did I do?  I photographed KEYS!!  Not the kind that unlock doors or hearts or start vehicles.  Nope, the kind your fingers fly across to make music – Piano Keys!

There was a piano in the basement of the house where I grew up and I spent thousands of hours tickling the ivories.  I never took a lesson but all my digits flew over the keys and pressed them down in the order and speed the notes on the sheet music indicated.  When the dampness of the basement rotted the leather straps that connected the keys to the hammers, my Dad dismantled the piano and brought the pieces to the dump.  I asked for, and was given, an octave of keys.  I’m not sure why I asked for them but I cannot begin to explain how important they are to me, even though they just hang out in this wine basket in my family room.

at home

What I decided to do with the piano keys was to mimic the Flat Stanley Project.  Though I didn’t receive a colored image of the keys in the mail, I made the the actual keys the focus of a photo adventure as if I had!

First, a few pictures I took in the privacy of my home…

black and white from side

numbered keys with window


And now the public pictures!!!  First, sticking out of my box in the mailbox cluster…

mailbox 2

Looking down at the keys climbing the jungle gym ladder at my neighborhood playground…

playground from above ivories in focus

Hanging out on the fence at a neighborhood school…

black fence with school from side

When I was getting ready to leave the school I wondered what the keys looked like from the back so I walked around the fence and took this picture…

black fence hanging on

The keys decided they weren’t overly thrilled with hanging so they voiced a desire to kick back and relax.  I honored that request…

railroad tracks

As the photographer, AKA the boss, I decided that a water image was needed so it was off to the coolest pond I know for both sun and shade pictures…

pond with sun and signs

pond in shade with waterfall greenery

On the way out of the parking lot there was a Target shopping cart screaming that it wanted to be a prop so I pulled over and had some fun with shadows and light…

target shopping cart

I headed the car towards home but made one final stop.  I couldn’t resist setting the keys up in a tree…

in tree from underneath

Then the kid in me CLIMBED the tree to snap this picture…

in tree from in tree

Finally back at home, the keys and I went into the front yard for two more pictures…

cactus from street side

on bench

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!  It’s always so much fun to go out in public places with my camera, props or no props, and watch people watching me play!  :-)

9 Responses to The Letter K

  1. psobrien says:


    Sandy O’

    “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir

  2. Roxie Matthews says:

    I relish your creativity! What a treat. And you have such a splendid eye for the best angles and settings.

    I wonder . . . I have a hand-knit sheep puppet – Bucky Merino. He’s a roving ramporter. Do you think you would like to show him around your neighborhood? He loves to travel!

  3. Ding! Ding! Ding! You win this week! This is incredibly amazing!!!

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  5. deejays10 says:

    What a wonderfully neat idea… Even tho we have no idea why we do the things we do our Lord has plans!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Loved this post….it brought me back in time to some wonderful Christmas Eve memories! Loved the originality with the keys.

  7. Pam says:

    Those keys brought me back just like mom. I can still see you and Grammy playing on those beautiful keys. If you are willing I would love a picture of those keys.

  8. Pam says:

    Hi Judy would it be possible to get the three picks of the keys being all together before traveling out in public? I have another request,if I buy all the yarn and buttons would you be willing to make me an Irish sweater. I’m the only Murphy at the Holyoke parade that is not wearing one. If you can’t that is ok too. Let me know. Pam

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