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Posts tagged “nature

Birthday Flowers

Instructions:

Pick one

Sing Happy Birthday to You ( to whichever child is holding the stem)

They make a wish

and

Blow the seeds into the wind.

Dandelions gone to seed

Found on the walk home last Friday night, Columbus Ohio.  iPhone capture. We just looked. They were in a neighbor’s yard.

(AKA dandelions gone to seed)

 

 


Perseverance

You see motivational posters with a single word illustrating a character trait underneath a corresponding photo.   The power of nature to grow in an inhospitable environment is always amazing to me.

per·se·ver·ance
ˌpərsəˈvirəns/
noun
 steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
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Monday Morning’s Trash Discovery Started the Snowy Day Captures

Two hour delay for school this morning. Teachers to report on time or as close to it as they can, safely.  I was making it!

I drove by “the find”. but when I got to the top of the intersection by school, I turned around on the snowy hill and went back and captured what I saw in the trash.

Snow on a discarded cat tree started my day.

cat tree in the trash

The snow on the cat tree shapes caught my eye.

Across the street( from my second turn around) I saw these windshield wipers standing at attention.

WindshieldWipers in the snow

Then on the way home from school, I thought I’d see how my favorite tree in the nearby park was looking with the snow on the branches.  Looks identical to my other photos of this particular tree in the park when it snows but I felt happy it was there.

tree in snow

I like it when a color photograph looks black and white

The snowman was a bonus and I even got out of my car and trudged through about 6 inches to find him with sunglsses, branches for arms and a carrot nose.  As my friend V, who had been shoveling earlier, said “The snow is perfect to make a snowman.”

snowman

How the light changes throughout the day. When I got home, The Mary statue I rescued from someone’s trash a few years ago had a halo of fresh snow.  She was painted by the puppeteer, Laura O.

our lady in the snow

Our Lady in the Snow


Peaceful, Calm, Untroubled- all sound good to me

Serenity – continued.  Finding photos to go with this week’s theme has been satisfying. Thanks for looking at today’s gallery of images that feel peaceful in a variety of ways.


Sea Lion Feeding Time Central Park Zoo

Sunday Central Park Zoo  – Sea Lion Pool at Feeding Time

The photographs can’t really capture the exuberance and energy of these lovely sea lions who were waiting for the keepers to come with their lunch.

“These are not tricks. They are behaviors” one of the zoo workers said.

The sea lions certainly knew it was time to eat.

sea lions feeding time

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The whole time we were there, I was wishing my grandchildren could see the sea lions jump.

sea lion jump

The light changed frequently.

sea lions

sea lion jump (1)

sea lion jump sweeper

You can see the sun went behind a cloud.  The one sea lion was talking to the man who was sweeping.
And then the sun came out again as we walked towards Fifth Avenue

Central Park Walkway


What My Client Lent Me at the Photo Shoot

Remember the Spring-like November Day I posted Tuesday with the thirty degree drop in temps predicted?

Well, it’s more like a forty degree drop two days later-

in the park, late afternoon.

Cashmere fingerless gloves.

Thank you SB for the loan of the luxurious gloves.   I’m still warming up the rest of me.

fingerless gloves:

My hand looks a bit like “The Claw” in a horror flick but the cozy gloves were so welcome on my chilly hands during the photo shoot in the park.


Before they fell

Schenley Park tree.

Just a couple of weeks ago.  The setting sun coming through the leaves.

autumn leaves tree


Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

garlic and shell

Minimalist.  


Raindrops on Fall Leaves

raindrops on autumn lead

When I came home from school on Friday, I found the unraked leaves with raindrops on the undersides of some of them. I saw the orange tree leaves glowing like embers, with the water drops at their tips.

My driveway needs to be raked.

But if it were raked, I would have missed these jewels.

The heart shaped leaves are from the Eastern Redbud tree. 

raindrops on leaves

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the fronts of the leaves are wet all  over.  The backs of the leaves,  the water beads up.

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Below, a single leaf on the Eastern Redbud that Ginny planted as a memorial to my parents.  A lone water drip at the tip.

Redbud Leaf


Lone Golden Tree

Autumn afternoon.

One more hour of Wednesday so squeaking in as a Wordless Wednesday. Well, almost wordless.

Don’t seem to be disciplined enough to stick with the Wordless Wednesday, Throwback Thursday on a regular basis.

Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge is one I enjoy responding to each week, though.

I was reading about how one’s blog is kind of a self-imposed assignment- one doesn’t have to do it at all.

But you get something going and you stick with it. Put it out there.

There’s always something new to be seen in the world, photographed and shared.

Thanks for looking today.

Golden Leaf Tree


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