A Bug’s In There

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

Welcome to Week 79 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It’s good to be (almost) caught up with everything and that I had the time to enjoy your entries for last week’s theme of Sand; they were a pleasure to read!

As I was looking through some of my images to come up with an idea for this week, I came across one that made me chuckle, so I jumped on it! In this rather simple image, the seagull stands proud with that kind of look that seagulls seem to have perfected over the years. Therefore, I’m throwing you the theme of Bird!

That doesn’t mean that you have to go find the most exotic bird in the world to get a great image; you could find those everyday birds that are often a nuisance in the park and put them in the spotlight, or you could focus on what many birds do well: fly like a bird! I’m sure that your fertile minds will come up with some rather interesting images!!



I was taking a hike with a friend one day, helping him place a new geocache when he saw a woodpecker fly by. Spotting it with my D-7000 I realized it was a Pileated Woodpecker. yes it looks like Woody Woodpecker, very distinctive.



Returning from Smith Island, Md. we passed these three birds. Two of them are Cormorants, the third is a Brown Pelican.



And a Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.

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Autumn Leaves

Haiku Horizons prompt “leaf”

Welcome to week 190 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “leaf“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt



Falling Leaves

Green, Red, yellow. Brown.
Come the autumn winds blowing
Leaves fluttering down

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Every Few Seconds

Haiku Horizons prompt “mist”

Welcome to week 189 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “mist“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt


I was out on some morning errands when the inspiration for this week’s Haiku Horizons prompt “mist” came to me.


Morning Mist

Every now and then
The wipers go back and forth.
It’s only a mist.

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What Are They Really Telling Us

This week Dutch Goes The Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Signs

When I looked for the inspiration for this week’s challenge, … When walking through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge with my good friend, George (an exceptional photographer and great architect), there were two trees in the middle of swampy, fern-filled woods, one of which indicated the direction of the trail; the only problem was that the indication pointed to a dry streambed… That gave me the idea for the theme of Signs.

The word Signs can have many meanings, ranging from the simple one that I have here to interstellar evidence of intelligent life! So, let your creative minds loose and follow the path that the signs give you to capture the your interpretation! Have fun with this one!!


Two signs I’ve seen in the recent past leave me baffled –

I saw this in a grocery chain, and started me wondering. Shouldn’t all food be even a little nutritional?

In one of the BORGs (Big Orange Retail Giant), seems like a $2 price hike to me.
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These Stones Rock

Dutch has a great challenge this week, Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stones

Welcome to Week 75 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Many of you joined the dark side of the challenge last week with great entries that had creativity to spare! For the 75th installment of the Tuesday photo challenge, I noticed that it’s getting harder to come up with fresh, new themes. But fear not, looking through my image directory, one caught my eye pretty quickly and gave me the theme of Stones!

As always, go wild and let your creative light guide you along a path of stones, or you can use the figurative stones, or even those that gather no moss! Lots of directions to go, just be careful not to push one uphill like Sysiphus. Have some fun with the challenge and don’t let them stone you!


Stones in the snow

Three Stones in the snow

Stones in the Snow

Thomas Viaduct

built between July 4, 1833, and July 4, 1835

built between July 4, 1833, and July 4, 1835, it still carries the mainline of the CSX

Stones in Iceland

Stone at Skalholt Iceland

There was a Geocache here

Stones in the river

In the Potapsco River

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Who Needs Shade

Haiku Horizons challenges us this week with SHADE

Haiku Horizons prompt “shade”

Welcome to week 185 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “shade“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

Red Sliders


Turtles

Sitting on a log,
Staying out of the water.
We don’t need no shade.

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Get Out And Enjoy It

Nancy Merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: challenge this week is Recreation

My husband has recently taken up fly fishing. He’s always loved regular casting fishing, but he has always wanted to try fly fishing. Last weekend, we headed up to the High Unita Mountains and the Upper Provo River for him to get in some practice and try out some new flies a friend had made for him. This amazing world we live in and on has so many places for fun recreation and play. This week, get your fun on and share what you enjoy doing to relax or get the adrenaline pumping.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) THAT SHOW FUN, RECREATION, OR ADVENTURE SEEKING.

While I don’t have any experience with Fly Fishing, I do have some other activities that count as Recreation.






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Alone, but …

Alone … or Lonely

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, September 6th 2017 loneliness

Dear friends of MLMM,

Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … the prompt that shifts bi-weekly between haibun and haiku. Last week we had haibun, a special one … One-bun. And your responses were very nice.

This week it’s time for haiku … Recently I had a period in which I felt alone and lost. So I have a “sad” prompt for you to deal with this week, “loneliness”, but “loneliness” doesn’t have to be sad or full of tears. Loneliness can also be very uplifting, for example it’s a real joy to meditate without someone around you or in the middle of nature.

So the challenge for this week: Create two haiku on loneliness, one with the “sad” (negative) or the “joyful” (positive) meaning of loneliness.

My interpretation on loneliness has little to do with being alone. It is a feeling. But I have three Haiku that deals with being alone, as well as being lonely.

I’m sitting alone
letting my mind quiet down.
I am not lonely

I am not lonely.
Sitting and meditating,
alone and quiet.

Alone in a crowd,
people pass without seeing.
Now I am lonely.
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Let Them Eat Brioche

Some like cake, Some like Pie

Haiku Horizons prompt “cake”

Welcome to week 184 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “cake“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt



One layer below
Then comes Icing in between
One layer above


There are eight layers
Smith Island Cakes are scrumptious
Known around the world


Lit candles on top
The children singing with joy
A birthday party
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Doors: One Year Later

Norm 2.0 is taking a well earned vacation for a while, but his “Thursday Doors” challenge continues on, but with a Guest-Norm.

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 …

Yeah, I’m still Joey, not Norm, but I get to be a sorta Guest-Norm for #ThursdayDoors this week.I’m delighted to be your guest host! Let’s look at some doors!
Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers?
(she describes herself: Neurotic Bitch, Mother, Wife, Writer, Word Whore, Foodie and General Go-To-Girl)

First a bit of preamble to this post, Back in October, 2016 this was the start of my blog entry.

The night of July 30th, 2016 changed Ellicott City. A major storm settled just west of the town and dumped 6″ of water in a couple of hours. Present day development left nowhere for the water to go, but down the Tiber River. As the rain continued the stream became a torrent. Since the town is built in the valley with hills on both sides of Main Street and the Tiber River, when the water overflowed the banks the only place for it to go was down Main Street, in spots reaching depths of over 6′. And to add the troubles, many of the buildings were built over the stream. The rushing water that ran under the buildings wasn’t gentle on them either. Most of the buildings on the stream side of Main Street have serious damage to the foundations.

It’s been over a year and Ellicott City has made quite a come-back. Not every business has returned but most are now open for business. There is no particular order for these photos as I walked down Main St. with my camera.



The cause of the previous damage, the Tiber River, now little more than a trickle.



the Black Eyed Susan is the Maryland state flower.

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