Peeling Birch Bark, Birch Tree

Peeling Birch Bark

This week’s photo challenge topic is On Top.

I loved this sculpture I recently saw in Hingham Square.

Turtles on rock sculpture

Hingham Square Sculpture

Here’s a close-up: there are frogs on top of turtles on top of a rock.

frogs and turtles

On Top of the Rock is a Frog on Top of a Turtle…

How about a couple of natural photos? I wanted to get closer to this tree swallow perched on top of the fence post, but I was afraid it would fly away. In fact, a couple with a dog walked up behind me right after I took this shot and the inevitable happened. Whoosh…

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

I found the golden lichen on top of this grave marker quite striking.


Lichen on Top of Grave Marker

white birch trunk

Straight to the Sky…

I’d like to get away from Earth for awhile,

and then come back to it and begin over…

I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,

and climb black branches up a snow-white trunk

Toward heaven, til the tree could bear no more,

But dipped its top and set me down again.

Robert Frost, “Birches”


The week’s challenge topic is Monument. Here is a gallery of monument photos I have featured in the past, plus a couple of new ones.

The Boston area of the U.S. has a lot of history, though we are really a “young” nation compared with Europe. So, none of these monuments are really “old.”

The Library at Peacefield is from the 1800s.

So too, is the statue of Washington in the Public Gardens.

The original “Mayflower” that brought the pilgrims to America is long gone; the Mayflower II is a replica built in the 1950s.


This is a new challenge for me, but when I saw it, I knew I had something to post:


Cat, pet

Cat Sign

Join the challenge here.

Wandering around an old graveyard yesterday and I couldn’t resist another take on the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Old Tombs

Old Crypts

The marble one had a “ghostly” look.

Marble Tomb Door

Marble Crypt Door

Yikes…this one looks like someone tried to break in or break out!

Cracked Tomb Door

Cracked Crypt Door

It’s been a long, cold winter in New England. Even though the calendar has proclaimed that the new season started weeks ago, we are just now on the threshold of spring. Opening Day at Fenway was yesterday (the Official start of spring in NE), and the crocuses are blooming.

Purple Crocuses

Crocuses in bloom

The bright green sprouts of lilies are poking out of last year’s mulch.


Lilies Sprouting

The daffodils are just beginning to bud.


Daffodil’s are on Their Way!

And yet there is still that one stubborn patch of dirty snow that won’t give up the ghost…

patch of dirty snow

Last Spot of Snow…


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