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Heat Haiku (Composure)
Rise up and stand tall
Against the sweltering heat
Keep cool composure
This has been a hot, hot, hot July! It’s hot enough to make tempers flare! So stay cool my friends!!!
This flower (tall and proud) popped up overnight despite the heat. I think it is some type of lily. Do you know what kind of flower it is?
This is my seventh 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 the Cardinal’s 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 single 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.
All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!
This is a macro picture of a tiny berry in my back yard. Some people call it a mock strawberry or false strawberry. Others call it a snake berry. Since snake berries are poisonous, I certainly would not take a chance on it being edible! I say “do not eat!” It is pretty to look at though, especially close-up!
Today’s daily prompt is the word edible; in this case, I say NOT EDIBLE!
Carpenter Bee Collage
My blog, The Beespeak, is not a blog about bees. I do find bees to be interesting creatures, however. I first thought these were bumble bees; but, the spot on their backs proved them to be carpenter bees instead! I learned something new! Did you know the difference?
These large carpenter bees look pretty cool doing their work among the flowers. The pinkish flowers are rhododendrons, but I am not sure what the purple flowers are. Bees seem to like them; do you know what they are? Isn’t nature delightful?
I am trying to catch up with the daily post weekly photo challenges. This Friday, the theme was solitude. Two Friday’s ago, the theme was recycle or repurpose. In my city, we have these big, bright blue trash cans to use for recyclables along with our regular big, navy blue trash cans. This lonely little song sparrow, standing in solitude on a repurposed trashcan stage, may be singing the Recycle Blues!
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
I immediately thought of this photo when I saw that Cee’s Fun Foto topic of the week was Hands. I treasure this photograph of my mother’s hand beneath my own.
My mother passed away last August. It’s been a little over a year since I’ve felt her touch. But I can still remember the softness of her skin and the gentle strength of her hands. I miss her and long for the comfort of holding her hand again.
Look close, in front of the trees, and you will see all the narrow posts sticking in the ground. These posts, and the propped branch structure in the foreground, are remnants of a Native American exhibit at Explore Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The posts circled the area and served as a palisade to fortify the replicated 17th Century Tutelo Indian Village. Large, curved, bark covered dwellings are long gone. I am not sure if the remaining structure was part of a quick dwelling (it seems too small) or a place for fire and cooking or something completely different.
Many other exhibit structures, such as a mill, blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse, are still standing, but the buildings are not open. In its heyday, actors guided visitors through the exhibits and shared historical information about the people of the times and their way of life. Now, the exhibits are all closed and the buildings seem abandoned.
People still go to Explore Park for the miles of hiking trails. The area draws causal hikers and trail racers. It’s a good place to spend some time outdoors. Someday, I want to go back and take pictures of the buildings that still seem interesting to me.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
July Haiku (Benched)
July presses on
Forcing respite from the heat
Benched relief of shade
Let’s talk about the weather. It’s hot. Heatwave hot. But I’m not complaining; I reserve that for the winter. I can handle the heat. Let me rephrase. I can handle the heat with a little help from a seat in the shade and air conditioning! Happy summer, y’all!
This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.
I live near Mudlick Creek and when it rains a lot the water grows muddy and the creek rises. During a heavy rain, the creek will overflow its banks and flood the road nearby, forcing me to take an alternate route. In due time, the water will subside, returning to the comfort of its creek bed.
I am posting this photo for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Flood. Years ago, I actually experienced a big, devastating flood in my town and don’t care to experience another.
I thought the photo might be effective in black and white, but I miss the muddy brown of the water. Without the detail, I think the photo may seem bland. What do you think?
Thank you! This was a great challenge theme and I really enjoyed all the entry posts! Thanks to A Momma’s View for hosting the challenge. Congrats to you, Pensitivity! I hope everyone gets a chance to chill out in nature this weekend!
And the winner of the Nature Chills Challenge #3 is… of course all of you! I loved all of your entries for this blogging challenge about nature. After the other bloggers have voted we do have two posts in shared first place:
Congratulation to both of you!
Thank you all very much for participating. I hope I will come up with another challenge soon. I think that was it for the Nature Chills Challenge. Three rounds is more than enough.
Happy Weekend to you all 🙂