Monthly Archives: January 2017

We and Our Shadows (CYW-Shadow)

Shadows

Shadows

Me and my shadow (on the right) taking a picture of both my and my brother’s shadow in the creek water! Now, that’s a grammar challenge! We, and our shadows, enjoyed the view from the bridge!

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge:Shadow

Yellow-Orange Center (CYW)

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My photo, taken last March, of a lovely daffodil with its yellow-orange center makes me eager for the return of spring flowers!

*posted in response to JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge: Yellow-Orange

Lucky Duck (OWPC)

Female Mallard Duck

Female Mallard Duck

This lucky duck was having a peaceful float down the creek. She wasn’t alone! There were two female and two male mallard ducks hanging out on Sunday when I went to the park! Their iridescent colors are fantastic! Look for the vivid blue speculum feathers that you might not see at first glance. I think I was a lucky duck to see these water birds!

The timing was perfect to share these pictures for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge: Duck

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (Jan 2017)

Tightrope

Tightrope

Suburb Haiku (Tightrope)

Walking the tightrope
Between city and country
Conveniences

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This is my first 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out his page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

I enjoy seeing everyone else’s posts. I love seeing your big city scenes. I love seeing your wide open country views. Like me, some of you live in between – the suburbs. That’s cool; I enjoy your perspective, too. I really think it’s the best of both worlds for me.

Looking through my pictures for the month got me thinking. At first, I thought that the picture I selected for this month would have been better if the bird was in the tree instead of on a wire. But then, I realized that this is a suburb bird. The utility wires are as much a part of his life as the tree branches – this is his natural environment!

I am going to start looking for harmony in the pairing of natural and manufactured elements common to my suburban life!

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Graceful Flight

Graceful

Graceful

There is little more graceful than a bird in flight. Soaring, gliding, owning the sky.

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: graceful
This week, we are challenged to show something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings!

Cardinal Girl (CYW Mango Tango)

Cardinal Girl

Cardinal Girl

Here is a pretty girl Cardinal that was peeking through the branches of my dogwood tree this weekend. The Cardinal is my state bird. She is not all-red like the male, but has reddish wings and tail feathers. And, look at her bright reddish-orange beak. I’m calling it mango tango for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge! For more bird pictures, you can check out the bird header at the top of my page!

Eastern Bluebird (CYW Burnt Orange)

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Today, I saw this pretty bluebird when I took a walk in the park. Like me, it must have been glad the recent snow had melted. I am still amazed at the coloring of these birds. Although this seems to be a drab female, it still sports distinctive blue and orange colors.

I like this picture because there is a back view, and you can see the another vibrant bluebird in the distance.

Bluebirds in Winter

Bluebirds in Winter

Here’s one more picture with a sweet front view!

Sweet

Sweet

I hope it’s a bluebird of happiness!

*check out JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge for more visions of burnt orange
*to see more of my favorite birds you can click on the birds header at the top of the page

Quiet Ambience

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Earth tones, sun and shade create a calming ambience. I can sense the quiet, and I can feel the warm air on my face as I remember a peaceful walk in the park.

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: ambience

Eastern Towhee (CYW Brown and Burnt Sienna)

Adult Female Red-Eyed Eastern Towhee

Adult Female Red-Eyed Eastern Towhee

I spotted this cool little bird on my back porch back in April. It was the first and only time I saw it during my backyard bird watching. I just happened to look out my back door at the right time. In fact, I took this picture through the door window because I didn’t want to scare it away! I felt I was lucky to capture pictures for identification.

I learned that this brown bird with roufus sides was an adult female red-eyed eastern towhee. That’s a big name for such a little bird!

Eastern Towhee on my Porch

Eastern Towhee on my Porch

*posted for two of JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenges : Brown and Burnt Sienna

Color Your World – Vivid Tangerine

Tulip Tree Flower High in the Tree

Tulip Tree Flower High in the Tree

The tangerine orange color splashes on the flower drew my attention to the tree.
I had, of course, seen the large tree many times. Howver, I had no idea of the surprise it would hold. It was a tulip tree and the evolution of the flowers was beautiful to watch!

Shaped like a Tulip

Shaped like a Tulip

The blooms really were shaped like tulips.

Starting to Open

Starting to Open

I wondered what it would look like when it fully opened.

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

So pretty! And to think, I had never even known there was such a thing as a tulip tree! Did you?

*posted in response to JNW’s Color Your World Photo a Challenge-Vivid Tangerine

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