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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An Exciting Beginning

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 24th is Boats

Crossing the starting line!

On weekends clubs will stage long races that may last all day, or even overnight. There is a custom on the upper Chesapeake Bay, probably other places too, that on Wednesday evenings during the warmer months that clubs will also hold short races, depending on the wind conditions the race may last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours or so.

All the contestants attempt to arrive at the starting line as the “Starter’s Gun” is fired. In years past, and still in use in some places it is a small Cannon with a ‘blank shotgun’ shell.

It was on one of these Wednesday evenings when the wind was light at the start and died out as the sky darkened. I didn’t have time to wait for the race was called off. But the start was interesting. Normally the Spinnaker is held in reserve for long downwind legs to take full advantage of the wind. Tonight the breeze was so light that the five boats (yes there are five) in this photo sort of drifted over the starting line.

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Doors We Don’t Think Of

Some doors we don’t usually think of, tucked away in cemeteries most of us don’t visit them often, or take the time to explore the history of their city or state. Some of these doors are ornate while others are old and rusted.

As usual Norm issues his weekly challenge on Thursdays – Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors – July 12, 2018

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).

I’d say a gate can be considered a door, one that you can see through.

Gates and doors

 

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Grand Openings

Another challenge by nancy merrill photography A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

I love using arches, doors, and windows to frame images. Using an opening as a frame can create interest and a unique way to see something you’ve looked at a million different times. It can also invite the viewer to want to explore more, to see more.

Openings come in all shapes, sizes, and most of all – the purpose of the opening.

Over the Patuxent River, or is it under Route-108

Through a mountain

For an afternoon sailing on the Chesapeake

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Don’t get Stumped

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

To us newbie Americans, that’s amazing. In a few years, we will be celebrating our 250th anniversary as a country, so anything that’s 100 years or older is very old to us.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS 100 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.

About half a dozen years ago, after a heavy rain, an old tree came down. When the local community association had the tree cleaned up, only the stump remained. What an opportunity! Counting the annual rings are a bit difficult at times, but at a first glance it looks like this tree was about 150 years old when it met it’s demise.

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Queen of the Livestock

Livestock

This week’s nancy merrill photography

capturing memories one moment at a time
A Photo a Week Challenge: Livestock
I only seem to photograph animals while on vacation. Hawaii is a bit overrun with hei heis (aka chickens). I’m not sure why they call them hei hei, but they were EVERYWHERE! The lovely rooster was at a plantation where we enjoyed a delicious and festive luau. He was moving so quickly, he’s not quite in focus, but the colors of his feathers are still beautiful.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF LIVESTOCK.


Yes, this is my second answer to the livestock challenge, the photos are new and I totally forgot they fit the challenge. They are not the huge, or even the small animals one thinks of as livestock, but some farmers rely on them. Honey Bees


The beekeeper is examining one of the hive’s frames.


The most important member of the colony is the Queen Bee, she is the bee with the yellow dot on her back.

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Swimming at the Watering-Hole

Sunday Photo Fiction – May 13, 2018

May 12, 2018
Author By Susan
Posted in Photo Fiction
Welcome to Sunday Photo Fiction! Each week I will post a new photograph, taken either by myself or donated by a member of the community. The challenge is to write a story using 200 words or less based on the prompt. When you are done, post your story and the photo prompt (giving proper credit to the photographer of course!) on your blog and use the InLinkz froggy icon below to add your story to the SPF collection. While you are there, take time to read and comment on some of the other stories. I know you will not be disappointed. It’s that simple!


They Drink and Swim in the watering hole

They come in from the east, about half a mile away. Two ponds are their destination. Most of the time they bypass the larger of the two, much preferring to drink from the smaller, but today they stopped at the largest pond.

About half of the adult elephants walked right into the water. Two of the largest didn’t stop, submerging until just a bit of their trunk broke the surface. But most of the ones in the water only went in up to their knees. Those that remained on shore stood by, drinking and watching the juveniles that preferred to just splash along the shore.

Somehow they all decided it they had enough, it was just before the sun came out from behind the clouds that the elephant heard regrouped and began to wander eastward back toward the trees. Only a few birds remained at the watering holes. In five minutes they were out of sight. Only birds remained.


The photography this week is by C.E. Ayr

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