Archive for March, 2013

Jake’s Topic this week is Entrance.

I had a perfect one…but I used it recently for Cee’s Photo Challenge (click here to see it).

So…I guess I need to come up with something else.

One of my favorite places to go is Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. It takes me over an hour to drive there, but I try to go a couple of times a year. If you want to see how beautiful it is…click on my link. They have lovely galleries of the place on their web site.

Here is a photo my husband took of me getting ready to enter my “world of wonder.”

Tower Hill Map


This is how it looked to me…going from the shadow into the light and colors!

Entrance to Tower Hill


If you want to see more examples, click on Jake’s logo below!

Jakesprinter Sunday Post, year of the snake, photography challenge

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Tree Tuesday

tree bark, tree

I like trees because they seem more resigned

to the way they have to live than other things do.

Willa Cather

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I couldn’t resist doing a second more “fun” response to the topic. Last night I was watching this movie:

Men in Black 3

Do you recognize it?

I love science fiction movies. I find it fascinating as my life goes on how things that once were “science fiction” many years ago are now reality: from computers to ATMs to SmartPhones.

In “Minority Report” there were advertisements tailored to people walking by…we pretty much have that now with the ads we receive on our phones and emails that target us all by our buying habits. I remember being amazed by the video phone calls in old Star Trek episodes…and now within my lifetime, we Skype and have video calls.

Maybe there really will be a “secret service” that handles aliens someday…:-)

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This week’s topic is Future Tense. As an editor I wanted to take this literally and look for signs using the actual “future tense.”

assisted living sign

But I realized the construction itself is “future tense.”

assisted living costruction

assisted living construction

There used to be a garden center at this spot; I bought some of the bushes in my yard there. The garden center closed and the land sat abandoned for over two years. I wondered what the future would hold for that piece of land, and this was my answer.

With all of the Baby Boomers in America becoming seniors, these centers are needed and will probably be popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, I am a Boomer myself and it could also be my future!

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Cee’s photo topic this week is Circles and Curves.

I was surprised not to find more of these in my home. I guess I’m more of a sharp line kind of person. Here’s a couple of indoor examples and one outdoor example.

plant pal, decorative cat

decorative shelf

rusty farm equipment

If you’d like to see more examples of Cee’s challenge or join in the fun, click on the link below!

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

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The photo challenge was issued on Friday, so I’m a little late, but it is a “weekly” challenge so I guess I’m still within the boundaries.

I had pretty boring lunches yesterday and the day before, so I wasn’t inspired. But today…because it is St. Patrick’s Day, we had something interesting. My husband made a Shepherd’s Pie with ground lamb and ground beef, potatoes, peas, and carrots. It was delicious! And it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a Guinness!

Shepherd's Pie, Guinness beer

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Jake’s Topic this week is a photo of a Bay. I would have to travel a bit from where I live to get a new digital picture of a bay, and I have no gas in my car. 😦

So I went to the shoebox instead. In 1984, my friend Julie and I visited New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada. Between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is the Bay of Fundy, where it is said they have the highest tidal range in the world!

This photo was taken with my old manual Pentax K1000 in New Brunswick at low tide.

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Low tide

Bay of Fundy, NB at low tide

Notice the trees at the top of the formation. They appear to be on little islands at high tide. I took the second photo to provide a sense of scale showing how high these formations are. That’s my friend Julie taking a picture.

Bay of Fundy New Brunswick

Click on the icon below if you want to see more examples of Bays.

Jakesprinter Sunday Post, year of the snake, photography challenge

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Cee’s topic this week is Squares and Angles.

This park entrance is located on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Point Park commemorates the “Battle Above the Clouds” from the Civil War.

Point Park, Chattanooga, TN

Point Park Entrance, Chattanooga, TN

These cement blocks were taken at a campground at the Cape Cod canal that closes for the winter. Many people come back year after year to their same spaces so they leave behind their fire pits and patios; they just consolidate them and “pack them up” for next year.

cement blocks

A packed-up fire pit at campground (off season).

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Participating in the first Phoneography Challenge is problematic for me. First problem — I don’t have a new marvelous phone with a camera, so I have to do the challenge my way –as a photo challenge. It won’t be a phoneography challenge for me. 😦

Second problem…the challenge says, “To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right β€” get on your feet and go outside to explore β€” and document β€” where you live.”

Today IS NOT THE DAY. We’re having yet ANOTHER big snowstorm. So…here’s my neighborhood…from my window! Complete with water dripping down…

snowstorm, New England

View of my neighborhood out the front window (2nd story).

snowstorm, New England

View of my neighborhood out the side window (2nd story).

Maybe I’ll do the challenge again tomorrow…

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