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Apalachicola FL Oyster Radio Beat Us to Publication- Guest Blog from St. George Island

Oyster Radio from Apalachicola already posted one of the photos my guest blogger Kristin sent me earlier today.  Direct from St. George Island, Florida.

This is what she saw as she looked out the window.

There was lightning and strong winds.  I asked her if she could hear anything from the waterspout.

I had to go and look up waterspout as I’ve never seen one.

The National Ocean Service explains a  waterspoutWater SpoutTo give you a better perspective, you can see their house in the picture (this is the one Oyster Radio already showed) You might remember the Century Plant from last year.

Waterspout St Geoge Island

Niceville Florida Friend Sent the Blue Heron Photos – Guest Blog

Long time friend from Niceville,Florida, sent these beautiful photographs.  Also, blog readers he is looking to purchase a new camera with a longer lens and some stabilization but great for travel- not too bulky or heavy.  My cameras are all pretty weighty.  Suggestions?

You may remember Shuey or Niceville I love that town name) as the photographer of one of my most popular posts with the most hits- the Barred Owl.

Shuey wrote-

“This Blue Heron is seen frequently around our neighborhood in the ponds and yards.

 Now that it’s gotten warmer, the fish in the ponds are staying out in deeper water (cooler) than is suitable for even this birds long legs, so he patrols the grassy and wooded areas looking for frogs, small mammals, large insects and even other birds. 

Each evening, however, he’s usually seen back in the ponds standing a couple of yards from shore where the local coyote and fox won’t come after him.”

Shuey heron


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Thanks for the blue heron photos.

And as far as lightweight, long lens camera I am at a loss.

My full format DSLR cameras are all super heavy with the glass attached. Maybe a blog follower will have a camera suggestion for travel but not to bulky or heavy?


Full Moon Rising Over St. George Island by Guest Blogger Kristin

This evening I received this lovely photo on my phone.

It’s the full moon rising over St. George Island, FL from my friend Kristin.

She agreed to be guest blogger for today’s post.  You might have seen her Orchid Cactus Bloom post or the Christmas Day Gators Post .

She sent another shot when it got darker but the mood of this one with the clothesline is my favorite.

Full Moon Rising





Backlit Bubbles by Anna

Thank you for the lovely bubbles in late day light, dear Granddaughter Anna.

You are a great guest blogger.  I love how you see your world and capture it!

(remember the mannequin legs in the pickup truck?)


your Grandma,  FF Ruthie

backlit bubbles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange Guest Blog Direct from Florida

There’s been a lot of snow, ice and gray photos on the blog lately until today.

My dear friend has escaped the frigid north to sunny Florida for a vacation and

today she sent me some bright orange photos of an Orange Juice Processing Tour she’d been on just yesterday. WOW.

The weekly photo challenge is ORANGE. Perfect timing.

I invited her to be guest blogger for orange and then she sent me the Bird of Paradise flower.

She’s anonymous for now as no one needs to know she’s away and full photo credit can be posted upon her return home.

Thanks for the orange photos.

She writes-

“The oranges are handpicked”  “The oranges are very thin skinned because they are so juicy.” “Very Heavy”

“The marks on the oranges are from the ocean breeze making limbs brush across the fruit as it grows”

“Cutting a Honey Belle Orange”  She says it is the “best tasting”   A small family farm Al’s Family Farms®



Bird of Paradise

Alum Creek Dog Park Autumn by Anna (11)

Autumn tree by Anna

When one of the grandkids sees something when they’re out and about and thinks-

“oooh, a good one for Grandma’s Blog”, takes a picture to send to me, I like to share it.

Good to encourage their “seeing”.

I told Anna I’ll help her start a blog of her very own. I think she has a great eye. She could start once a week, not daily.

Two years ago Anna took the photo of the pick up truck filled with mannequin legs, headed “to the dummy store.”

Marlene’s Virginia Garden’s Yellow- Guest Blog

Guest blogger Marlene, (Mark’s MIL- Erika’s Mom) sent me these photographs of  flowers in her garden at the end of June.

 I searched for them to put on her birthday post yesterday (What We Share) but couldn’t find them.

 Then I remembered – she sent them via iPhone, not email. Spent a bit “loading earlier messages” but was able to find and save them.  

 Here is her garden and flowers around her house at the end of June. Near Roanoke Virgina.  

“All the flowers around my house that are yellow or have yellow in them.”

 Now I thought that was perfect for Cee’s Photography Challenge for YELLOW.  

Thanks Mar.  


Hope I got the labels all right!   Glad you had a nice birthday. xoxoxo 

Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.



Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.



One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 




Before sunset



photo-12Anna did a sunset series. Nice balustrade’s shadow on the roof.



red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower




I like the drain pipe line and puddle


And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.



salt and pepper Anna

Salt and Pepper Still Life


Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)





Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.





The Big Lebowski Inspired Hostess Gift

This is Julia.

She went to Marquette with my son Mark in the mid-nineties.

Coincidentally, Mark and Julia saw each other years later at an Ohio swim meet where their daughters were swimming.

Sunday evening Julia and Rick and their family came over to Mark and Erika’s home for hamburgers on the grill.

Each family has four kids so they were laughing about meeting Freshman year, whoever thought they’d be eating together with their four kids apiece.


Wine Charms Lebowski


Julia brought these Wine Charms that spelled out LEBOWSKI as she’d seen some of Mark’s photos of the 13th Annual Lebowski fest he had just attended with my first cousin Jim.

She makes all different kinds of charms and you can check out her Charms Kool Page

LEBOWSKI  wine charms


Photographed by Mark




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Mark in Louisville at the  13th Annual Big Lebowski Festival



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Photos by Mark


Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.07.23 PMCostume winners photographed by Mark





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Cousin Jim on the right and Liam O’Brien in Middle.   John is on the left/ photographed by Mark


The Photographer’s Eye – Guest Blog from Croatia

My son Matthew writes from Zagreb, Croatia………………

Vedrana and I spent the day touring her hometown of Rijeka, snapping shot after shot, trying to come up with something worthy of a guest post on mom’s blog.  

We raced up to the Fortress of Trsat to catch the “golden hour” and found these fabulous dragons, eager to pose for us.

I took ten pictures, trying to get just the right one and this was the best I could do.

Sunny Dragon                  Photographed by Matthew

Sunny Dragon            Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana took just one:

Dragon Silhouette Photo by Vedrana

Dragon Silhouette                   Photographed by Vedrana

When I saw the stunning photograph she had created I threw up my hands, recognizing that my novice attempts had been outclassed in every way.  

Clearly, the photographer’s eye does not run in the family.  

In one, last, desperate attempt to capture something beautiful, I took this one-

Vedrana Photographed by Matthew

Photographed by Matthew

And finally I was satisfied with the results.




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