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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ADVENTURE

This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. For more information go here.

Several times each week, I go past this bronze interpretation of ADVENTURE. It is the statue of King Louis IX of France  leading the Seventh Crusade in the 13th Century. Louis was a wise and just monarch, but a terrible Crusader. He was defeated in both of his Crusade attempts … but his statue really does say ADVENTURE.Louis IX

 

 

I have taken multiple photos of this statue over the years. And my attempt this week was the first time I was able to capture all of the details of the statue. The skies were extremely overcast and there was no direct sunlight.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: DIALOGUE

It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other? For more information go here!  

This is a dialogue Mother Nature has been having with us at 4:30 each day for the past several afternoons …


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THE SUMMER STORM!  The Approach … the Darkening Skies … and finally the first drops of rain falling. I didn’t stick around to catch the Deluge because the lightening was coming to fast and furious. You can also see how the color of the photos changed as the storm moved in.

 

DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – TEXTURES

This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials or with man-made objects. For more information go here.

 

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THE LAST REMAINS OF THE FALLEN TREE

(Click on the photo to see all the textures.)

Does anyone (besides myself) think the remains of this tree resembles the decapitated head of the Big Bad Wolf? Which was why I photographed it in the first place this week.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

 

 

For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zipping and zagging.  It can be a winding path, the Herringbone pattern on your coat, a scar: any jagged line that tells a story. For more information, click here!

Zigzag UpsAnd Downs

ZIGZAG UPS, DOWNS AND MORE!

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DAILY POST Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

THIS WEEK, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SAYS SUMMER LOVIN’ TO YOU! For more information click here!

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SUMMER’S FINEST BLOOMS DAY LILIES

And yes the peach one is my favorite.

 

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CONTAINERS

Boxes, tanks, wrappers: for this week’s Photo Challenge, show us something that contains something else.

For more information, click here!

CandyJarAn Old Fashioned Candy Jar

My grandmother had one, and it almost always held jelly beans, but there really never was enough LICORICE JELLY BEANS to satisfy her over twenty grandchildren. My mother had one too, but it almost always held M & Ms.  Now I have control of the candy jar and the contents change on a random basis. Currently, it’s filled with miniature Chuckles.  I’m sure the licorice will disappear first.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.DSC00043

It’s really strange, so far this year I haven’t seen any moths or butterflies (or bees) visiting the flower gardens. So to rectify the situation, I created several origami butterflies to add to the garden. As Mother Nature would have it, she sent one of her frequent sudden thunderstorms we’ve been plagued with this week. And only one butterfly survived. In other words, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”  Here’s the only butterfly and flowers that survived the downpour, my Photo Challenge entry to show the CONTRASTS between real and imitation nation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that says BETWEEN.

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This morning when I went out to see how my garden was growing

I  discovered this solitary radiant red lily

Between the usual multitude of snowy white lilies.

The first to blossom in three years! 

WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TWIST

This week, share a photo of something that says “twist” to you. It might be that perfect ice cream cone, a yummy bit of liquorice, or something unexpected that surprised, shocked, or startled you. Well, my TWIST is a gallery of nothing but Mlle. Renee … my faithful companion. Go here for more information. DSCF1339

GUARDIAN

GUARDIAN

HAPPY DOG

HAPPY DOG

FRIEND AND COMPANION

FRIEND AND COMPANION

COMIC RELIEF

COMIC RELIEF

Wait, you needed the whole image on the last photo.

Wait, you needed the whole image on the last photo.

ROB'S BEST FRIEND

ROB’S BEST FRIEND

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SPRING

SPRING!  For this week’s challenge, share a photo which describes what spring means to you. It can be a flower in bloom (or a field of them!), a May Day celebration, or even some kids enjoying the sun after a long winter indoors. MableMapleIsReady

 

 

Since I have two maple trees in my yard, my first sign of spring is the formation of seeds on the tree branches … even before the first leaves begin to sprout. Some people call them whirlybirds or twirlers because of the way the mature dried seeds spin to the ground looking for a place to sprout and give birth to yet another maple seedling. I have other names for them, most of which are unprintable. They litter the lawn, the walks, the drive and clog the guttering around the house. My electric mower now acts like a vacuum to sweep up the twirlers covering the ground. I’ll have to find someone to clean the guttering, since acrophobia keeps me from climbing ladders. On the plus side, when the hundred year plus tall maple that shaded the back lawn and house during the summer was attacked by beetles that tunneled into the heart of the tree and made it unsafe several years ago, two new seedlings popped up to replace it. They’re now on their way to becoming tall shade trees.

This year, the negative aspects of the twirlers were diminished a couple of days ago when high winds and heavy hail and rain storms knocked the majority of the twirlers from the tree branches before they matured.SPRING

And while dandelions and henbit are considered edible harbingers of spring to many …

AllByMyself… they’re just weeds on my nuisance kill list.

 

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