Is It a Dog-Wood tree ?

Can you tell a Dogwood by its bark? If you’re a woodworker that works with ‘exotic’ woods you can probably tell most wood species by the bark, or by the grain of the wood. But here’s a different take on Dog-Wood, in answer to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Looks Like a Face

This week the topic is Look Like A Face. This is a topic you can really enjoy. Let’s see how creative you can get. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.

I was walking through a park recently when we spotted this dog’s head, thanks Cee for giving me the opportunity to use the photo, we haven’t figured out what breed of dog it looks like yet.


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A Challenging Photo assignment

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates
Another challeng from Cee. This time I decided to take it on ‘live’, no going back through the archives.

This week the topic is Fences and Gates. This is a topic you can really enjoy. Let’s see how creative you can get. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.

In the Gettysburg battlefield

Here in the mid-Atlantic states, we find many split-rail fences, though they are picturesque, my instinct for this challenge was to look at one from a different perspective.

A small cemetery in Westminster, Md.

Taking a drive across the Chesapeake Bay

Right across the Chesapeake Bay one finds Terrapin Park,

From the Find Your Chesapeake Park information

This award-winning 276-acre nature park features a 3.25-mile oyster chaff walking trail, which meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands and sandy beaches. The trail provides a unique vantage point for viewing an incredible variety of waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. A gazebo and wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, located along the beach afford a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and park benches located along the trail provides a brief respite for the weary. The trail, which wanders over several ridges, across marshlands and through woodlands, features two observation blinds overlooking the tidal ponds. The trail connects to the County’s Cross Island Trail system. Nearby free parking for the Cross Island Trail system is available at Old Love Point Park. Portable toilets are available year round.

The park includes over 4,000 feet of shoreline and 73 acres of wetlands, making it a destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. From the two observation blinds which border the tidal ponds, herons, ospreys, swans, turtles, bullfrogs and a variety of songbirds can be seen.

Located about 80 feet off one of the trails, deep in the forest I ran across this old family plot.


More detail


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Summer Storm

First Line Friday: March 1st, 2019

It is First Line Friday! Welcome and let’s get writing.
Below, I give you the first line, and you all get to write the rest. This prompt alternates with Amanda’s Music Prompts, so make sure to check back next Friday for some musical inspiration.

I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure are completely up to you. Feel free to modify the line as you see fit, adding punctuation, quotes, or other bits if so desired. No need to tie it to the picture, unless you want to.

Or for more of a challenge, change nothing. You have a week to write it, enjoy!

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This day was summer when the sun shone and biting winter when clouds overtook the sky, a tumultuous mix of seasons in the span of an afternoon.

I was kayaking back from lunch at a small hidden waterfall. Located up a stream, most kayakers miss it. I was alone with only a Great Blue Heron waiting patiently for its catch. As I left, the forecast cold front came through. The morning paddle worked up quite a sweat, so when the temperature dropped about twenty degrees and the wind shifted. My sweat-soaked shirt cooling in the wind made it feel like winter had come a few months early.

I had only 4 more miles to paddle back to the launch site where my car and a dry shirt waited. Summer days are like this on the reservoir that meanders following the original river’s course. After the morning’s paddle on almost glassy smooth water, the challenge of crosswinds and rougher water was welcome. The water wasn’t really rough, the waves only half a foot or so, made for what I call interesting water.

The fishermen that I passed on the morning’s paddle were now pulling in their lines and heading back too. Most of the ones I asked about their catch shrugged, “Only a couple too small to keep.”

By the time I reached my destination the sun was out again, my shirt was dry and I was comfortable once more. Now to get the kayak back on my car and all my gear loaded into the trunk.

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Open Door

Thursday Doors – February 7, 2019

Each Thursday Norm issues his challenge:

Posted on February 7, 2019 by Norm 2.0
Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time),


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The Hope-Chest

For First Line Friday: February 1st, 2019

Below, I give you the first line, and you all get to write the rest.I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure are completely up to you. Feel free to modify the line as you see fit, adding punctuation, quotes, or other bits if so desired. No need to tie it to the picture, unless you want to. Or for more of a challenge, change nothing. You have a week to write it, enjoy! Include the first line of course!


Millie couldn’t believe her luck, an eighteenth century, hand-carved oak hope chest with original fixtures intact and all she had to do was convince them to sell it to her.

It’s been quite a while since then. But I remember it well. Millie and I crossed paths off and on for a few hundred miles. That sounds strange so I’d better explain. I’d flown to Oregon to begin a cross country bicycle ride beginning in Florence then up to Eugene and over the McKenzie Pass and north to Hood River. As best as I can remember now, I first ran into Millie at a lunch stop near Dalls. Quite literally ran into her. She was coming out as I was going in. A few hundred miles later the same thing happened. Then a few hundred miles passed before we met again.

Many cyclists ride the ‘trans-con’, as we called it, crossing paths over and over so I wasn’t surprised when I walked into the Cowboy Cafe in Dubois, Wy. and found Millie seated by herself. She sort of recognized me and beckoned me over to share her table. This was the first time we took time to say anything other than “Having a good ride?” in passing. She was the first to introduce herself, saying “Hi, I’m Millie.” It’d been a while since I’d taken any time to talk, and my throat was dry from the dust kicked up by construction on the road from Mount Moran. So I felt I was making a fool of myself. But after a couple of glasses of cool water, we started to have a long chat. She’d started her ride near Vancouver but our destinations were the same, Williamsburg, Va.

She told me about spending the day in Dubois just strolling around and about the hope chest she’d spotted. And was scared that the seller would take her up on the offer to buy it. Then she’d have to figure out how to get it 2000-miles across the country to home.

Before dinner was over we discovered that we lived rather close together, only 20-miles, or so. For the next few weeks our paths crossed from time to time, and phone calls became more frequent. She was a faster rider on the up-hills, while I did better on the down-hills and level roads, so we arrived on the east coast within a day of each other. She was waiting for me with ideas on how to get her hope-chest home, and it involved the two of us and a cross-country drive. I had some spare vacation time and wanted to see more of the west, so I accepted her idea.

That was about 25-years ago, yes Millie and I became good friends and soon we were married. Now our son is preparing to ride across the country, and we alternate between telling him to avoid women looking for antiques on the ride, and to be sure to find one. It worked out for us.

We still have that hope-chest, storing winter blankets during the summer months. It reminds us of our earlier adventures.

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Black and White Music

Cee’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything Related to Music is all about music, or something related to music.

This week the topic is Anything Related to Music. This is a topic you can really have enjoy. Let’s see how creative you can get. I’m looking forward to what you all decide to post. I just want you to have some fun with your photography.


First a trio from the archives


At the organ keyboard in Hallgrímskirkja Church, a landmark in Reykjavík, Iceland;

 


What else can I say, but that this a Pianist at a local coffee shop.

 


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Hammer Dulcimer at the summer festival in Chestertown, Md a few years back.

 


Escaping from the Digital Archives

I’m going back to a time when most of us had no idea of digital photography. This one is still gracing my hallway. Taken with a Nikormat FTN, the film was probably Plux-X with an ASA (ISO) rating of 160 or 125.

Taken at Kings Dominion, Va. sometime in 1973.

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Morning Prayers

This morning’s photo was unscheduled, let’s say a bit of a surprise. I’d just spent an hour or so with some friends solving the world’s problems over a cup of coffee, and donuts. As we were leaving one them pointed to the roof of my car. Lo and behold there was a Praying Mantis. An opportunity I couldn’t pass up. After using up over a hundred shots – yes I still use the ‘squeeze and pray’ method when shooting nature, this is the one I think is best.

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Light On The Point

This week Ryan Photo’s fourth challenge Photo for the Week is Lighthouse, I have only lighthouse photo, Point Lookout, Maryland, USA. It is on the point at the mouth of the Potomac River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay, the most southerly land on Maryland’s western short. Across the Chesapeake Bay Maryland extends about 8 miles further south.

Point Lookout, Maryland

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Joan and Joni

A Photo a Week Challenge: Music challenge by nancy merrill photography

In most countries, culture is infused with music. It is part of history as well as current events. Like other art forms, music not only tells the story of an era, but also helps to shape it. During times of war and conflict, popular music becomes more nationalistic and patriotic. During the Great Depression, popular music not only lifted people up, but also spoke of the struggles of many. When a place is experiencing peace and prosperity, popular music is usually more bubbly and lively. One thing that popular music has always done is shock the older generations.

So what’s your favorite music?

In a new post created for this challenge, share a photo or two that includes music in some form or other.

Almost everywhere you can go out to hear live music every night, most of the time it is in a bar or coffee shop. The downside of those venues is that most of the time there is lots of noise, very few people come to hear the music, but rather to party and talk. In the area around D.C., however one can find a house concert somewhere within driving distance.

So what is a house concert? you ask. It is music just as the name implies. From Wikipedia “A house concert or home concert is a musical concert or performance art that is presented in someone’s home or apartment,…”

Last weekend was just such a time. I’ve seen this duo once before, so when they came back for a second time I made sure I had a seat. Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin, both with some classical voice training, sound as much like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell that with your eyes closed it’s hard to tell that you are not hearing the original performances from the ’60s and ’70s. This time they were performing to a crowd of about 60 in the livingroom of a couple I know.

Most house concerts I know of have a “suggested donation” – all proceeds go directly to the performers. And the ‘dining room’ table quickly fills with some finger food. During the intermission and afterwards the performers nosh along with the audience. It’s a fun-filled way to listen to good live music. The two local venues I go to have musicians from all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Author’s note: Not the best shot, but from fifth row in a full living room with an iPhone, that’s the best I could do.

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Early start

Photo a day challenge by citysonnet

Photo A Day Challenge is a fun way to take a photo a day. You can play along by posting a picture of your interpretation of the prompt and link to this (post) challenge so other members can find your photos and posts. Everyone is welcome to participate. Join us for the whole month or whenever you like. Post daily, weekly, or simply post when you can, pass the challenge to other bloggers and have fun


The challenge for July 25th is Sunrise/Sunset

A very cold morning to leave Annapolis.

If I remember, the temperature was close to 32°f on an early December morning as this boat was headed out. Was it headed for a warmer climate further south?

 

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