Discovery: New perspecitves on the familiar

Challenge series hosted by ebishop. Challenges start on Wednesdays.
This series is based upon a quotation from Proust: "The real voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes." We'll look for fresh and insightful views of familiar landscapes, natural objects, and the human condition. We want images that make us think, and that provide a different perspective, images that evoke the thought "I never saw it that way!" There is an element of photojournalism in this challenge--capturing images that show us something new and perhaps even breath-taking about the world around us, while still incorporating great composition. This is, really, what photography -- and great photographers -- do best. Have at it!
Finished (4 challenges)
Entries: 149
Winners announced: 7th October, 2009 GMT
Winner: Continuously
In most landscapes we thrill when the terrain is varied, crenulated and interesting. But there are landscapes more challenging to depict, without the eye-candy of relief., where the horizon is flat, a simple line from left to right. Deserts. Oceans. Ice. And others. How to make these flat landscapes, from Kansas to the Sahara, visually compelling can be a challenge. Go for it. Rules: 1)...
Entries: 149
Winners announced: 9th September, 2009 GMT
Winner: Camera Shy
Late summer is the time of sunflowers (for us in the temperate Northern Hemisphere!) Show some hidden aspect of the flower, a new perspective, or an image that celebrates the color, variety, form and/or size of this quintessential summer bloom. Any scale, from macro to Landsat, domestic, cultivated or wild. (Please, sunflowers only, genus Heliathus. No other blooms!)
Entries: 173
Winners announced: 26th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Antelope Canyon AZ
Patterns of geology, rock outcroppings, or even photomicrographs. The earth produces many different kinds of patterns, from columnar jointing to layered strata, and sand dunes. No plants, please, or animals. Just rocks. (Glacial ice, and sand dunes or other sedimentary deposits are also permitted.) No landscape shots--just images that show abstract geologic patterns at any scale.
Entries: 344
Winners announced: 12th August, 2009 GMT
Winner: Sunny snail
It's the season of gardens. What's growing? And how do gardens and gardeners interact? Photos should capture the spirit of "The Garden"-- a place where people produce food and flowers that nuture mind and body.