Maura Texted a Night Pic

Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!

Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.

It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.

Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.

Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!

Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.

Charlie’s Statue of Liberty Adventure

Sunday morning- New York City.

We’ve had a wonderful week visiting my sister for Thanksgiving.  Today we split up and Charlie and his family took the 9:30 boat to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.  Charlie (2+) said she has her sleeves up! The weather was perfect. Mary and I were at the Holiday Fair in Grand Central Station when these photos arrived on my phone,  Looked like a guest blog to me! Thanks James.

All of the photos are taken by my SIL James, Charlie’s dad, except for the one with the Park Ranger taken by my daughter Laura, Charlie’s mom.

“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.” from the National Park Service Webpage

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A Schoolhouse in Scottsbluff Nebraska 

Thanks for the beautiful photo, Shuey. (The guest blogger today). 

Shuey is headed to Prudhoe Bay Alaska.  

On his motorcycle.

 Did I mention he started out in Nicevlle Florida? 

That’s 4,862.7 miles, I just looked it up. 


A schoolhouse near Scottsbluff, NE

Camo Cactus

Guest blogger is friend Lisa who captured this shot when she took a walk.

Power in disguise. I should have included this image along with the real Saguaro yesterday so one could compare.

Believe me, when this “cactus” is all closed up and there is not a cherry picker parked alongside,  you’d drive right by a hundred times and not see the bolts or secret door!

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There’s a link to photos of disguised cell phone towers

Fellow blogger inspires my friend’s dessert for dinner guests 

Thursday I shared a blog post with my friend Roberta. It was from a blog I follow-(http://jjbegonia.com/marian-burros-plum-torte/) with Marion Burros Plum Torte recipe included in the post. 

Roberta made it that night for dinner guests.

Sent the two photos and I asked her permission to share. She’s guest blogger today.  Here’s what she said-

I made it with apricots since there were no Italian prune plums at the market, but otherwise didn’t change a thing. I can see why people love this recipe–so easy and so good. Thanks a million–it’s a keeper! R  

  
Check out the Plum torte post by jjbegonia to see her beautiful plum torte photos and recipe which inspired the apricot torte!

Anna Captures First Signs of Impending Fall

She was in the passenger seat. We had just left Laura’s. The traffic was backed up for the railroad crossing.

She caught the tree with the formerly green leaves, now rust colored.  Don’t want to see the summer end. 

  

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

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Phipps Conservatory Sports Orange and My Friend Captured It

Another guest post with the orange theme.

My friend and former colleague,Toni, emailed me photos from her Sunday visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens,  ORANGE.

Seeing the orange made her think of the theme this week.

I asked if she’d agree to be guest blogger and here are her orange photos.

Thanks Toni.  Your photos are a bright spot.

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Chihuly garden glass

orange boots

St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?

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That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.

 

 


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And this last one is one I liked a lot.

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Communication Via Photographs from Readers

Today’s post features GUEST Bloggers Photographs from different friends who follow my blog

 

One of the most satisfying aspects of keeping a blog is the response from readers.

The likes, the comments and the emails.  The emails and messages with photos attached are always a pleasure to receive.

Some will say they saw something and they knew I would have photographed it.

Tulips Yoga Socks, A Lost Glove, First Pussy Willow, An Albino Goose,  NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, A Knitted Blanket

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I’ll start with Colleen’s guest contribution.

The subject of her email was Springtime Goodness and then the lovely photograph and the line –

“Today is a good day to be happy.”  ( I like your thinking Colleen )

Tulips in the Kitchen

 

 

Joanne finished a pair of hand knitted yoga socks for her daughter

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and the link for the yoga socks pattern

 

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My sister sent me the last glove of Winter- New York City

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My sister Mary sent me sign of Spring – Pussy Willow from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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 Marlene sent me this from Florida today.  A Sting Ray.  Hiding.

and a beautiful Florida sunset

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Florida

Florida Vegetation from Mar

Albino Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Guest Blogger Bobbie in Kansas says  “South Lake Park, Overland Park, Kansas.  I noticed it driving to work the other morning and thought it was a swan mixed up with the geese, but could not stop as I had to be in the hospital, but was happy to see them yesterday on the way home.  It has red eyes, and light colored feet and bill. The other geese were very protective and I could not get close.”

Knitted Toddler Blanket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincie knit this soft and pretty toddler blanket and set me a photo so I could see how the pattern was working out. I am making a similar blanket.

 

Bill sent Saturday’s New York Times Puzzle completed  Clue #56 was “Light Insufficiently”

Saturday Puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Arleen

“You are rubbing off on me–I sat down to dinner a couple of weeks ago and caught a pretty reflection in my wine glass. I of course thought “If Ruth were here, she’d be pulling out her camera and taking a picture!” So, I did it for you! : ) Let me know what you think! I used one with a flash, one without.”                            Flash or no flash?

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