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Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (July 2017)

July Lily

Heat Haiku (Composure)

Rise up and stand tall
Against the sweltering heat
Keep cool composure

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This has been a hot, hot, hot July! It’s hot enough to make tempers flare! So stay cool my friends!!!

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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?

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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!

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Transient Rainbow

Transient

Rainbow Haiku (Transient)

Look for the rainbow
Knowing it will fade away
Right before your eyes

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Everyone seems to enjoy the sight of a rainbow. Perhaps, it is because of its fleeting beauty that we are amazed every time!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: transient

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (April 2017)

Delicate

Delicate Haiku (Peace)

Delicate moment
In striving to keep the peace
Think before you speak

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This seemingly delicate blossom is sturdier than you might think. Without any concerted effort from me, it sprouted up on its own in my backyard! Years ago, someone planted flowers in my yard. It is amazing how they still grow year after year!

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Peace is a delicate commodity, easily broken, and needful of our committment.

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This is my fourth 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. 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!

Barbed Security

Security

Security Haiku (Barbed)

High barbed wire fencing
Securing bad ones keep out
And good ones stay in

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Or does it?
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*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Security

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (March 2017)

Woodpecker Pair

Nesting Haiku (Peck)

Peck, peck, each day
Find the spot and peck away
Ready for nesting

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I have been watching red-bellied woodpeckers pecking the wood in this old tree. It is amazing to see how they have transformed the branch with a perfect circle entry way to the nest. It must go pretty deep, because I have seen the male bird go completely into the branch and then turn to stick his head back out. This was the moment that I actually saw the pair together at their nesting site. I guess this means they have completed the courting ritual and agreed on the nest location. I will be keeping watch for new developments!

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This is my third 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 and this month he has an extensive gallery! 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. 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!

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (February 2017)

Podium

Podium

Podium Haiku (Parked)

Lonely at the top
Parked upon a podium
Solitary view

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Here is my second post of the year for Cardinal Guzman’s monthly photo challenge The Changing Seasons. The picture pairs coastal and inland elements. About five hours from the beach, this seagull (along with a small flock) has settled at a local shopping mall parking lot. Parking lot poles have become a part of this ring-billed gull’s natural environment! It still seems strange to see an ocean bird perched on the mall light pole when the shore is so far away. The expanse of gray asphalt must look like the ocean from up above!

Looking up gulls in my bird guide, I learned that the ring-billed gull is actually a widely seen gull found on all bodies of water and it is common to my area in the winter. Most interesting to me, the guide says these birds are often seen loitering around parking lots looking for handouts of food! Smart birds!

Shadow Evidence

Shadow

Shadow

Shadow Haiku (Proof)

Evident shadow
Undeniable display
Proof of existence

*This is my response to the daily post weekly photo challenge with the theme of shadow.
The prompt is now on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, but I’m still in the habit of it being a weekend challenge. I recently posted a similar picture for another challenge where shadow was the color prompt. You can see that post, which also includes my shadow on the same bridge, by clicking here! Happy Saturday everybody! I hope that you, and your shadows, have a great weekend!

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!

Color Your World – Bittersweet (Mending Time)

Mending Time

Mending Time

Bittersweet Haiku (Mending Time)

Forgive and Forget
Letting go is bittersweet
Mending time is now

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge- bittersweet

Color Your World Red Orange (Cuckoo-Pint)

Poison Berries

Poison Berries

Danger Haiku (Poison)

Cuckoo-pint berries
Leave alone or pay the price
Dangerous Poison!

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Consider this my public service announcement. Cuckoo-pint berries are poisonous if ingested. In fact, the whole plant is poisonous to eat. I had no idea what this plant in my yard was until I looked it up tonight.

I saw this plant in my yard a while back and took a picture because I thought it’s red-orange berries were pretty. I think it has been popping up for years but I never really investigated it. Not being a survivalist, I had no inclination to sample the berries. Good thing, because I learned tonight that the plant (also known as lords and ladies among other names) is a garden plant that is not to be ingested!

Apparently, the berries have an acrid taste and cause an immediate tingling sensation that would cause most people to stop eating it and avoid serious harm. Still, like many other garden plants, it could be very dangerous if eaten. So, DON’T!

I am posting this in response to JNW’s Color Your World Red Orange photo challenge.

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