On The Water

This week Nancy Merrill photography issued this challenge A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships

We had the chance to cruise around the Hawaii Islands on this amazing (and way bigger than it looks in this image) cruise ship. When we landed at Kona on the Big Island, we had to take smaller tender boats (the orange crafts on the right) to get to shore. It was a lot of fun. I love being on boats of any size, large cruise liners to small fishing boats.


None of these are cruise liners, nor are they as far away as Haiwaii, just some photos from the Chesapeake Bay.

The Sultana under sail off Sandy Point, Md.

The day was misty with a light rain, but I was able to salvage this shot of the Sultana and two geese just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, off Sandy Point, Md.

Aladin, derelict in the West River, Md

Wednesday evening races in Galesville, Md.

Back from a morning’s paddle.

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The Kiss

Haiku Horizons prompt “kiss

Welcome to week 171 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “kiss“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

The Kiss

Golden Retriever
Friendly with a big wet tongue
The kid laughs with joy

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Lock Those Windows

Paula’s challenge this week came just in time.

The theme of today’s photo challenge is WINDOWS. Show me some windows, old or new, selectively coloured , or entirely monochrome it is up to you. Wishing you all a good Sunday and a great week ahead!

It was only a week ago when I spotted this subject, one thing I hadn’t ween in years, and just knew it would come in handy for a challenge real soon. I wish I had spent more time getting photos of the windows themselves, glass from the 1920’s. No pane of glass was flat, leading to interesting distortions in the views.

And two windows out of my archives that don’t have any notes showing where they were taken, just some that I thought needed preserving.

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Tally – Ho

OWPC’s This Week’s Challenges: May 21 – 27

A new week means new challenge themes!

One Word Photo Challenge: Fox

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

Boy do they run fast, especially when they spot a camera. Caught this a while back at Lilyponds Watergardens

Or then again, just something with FOX in it’s name, I’ve always thought of this as Foxtail taken on a cold morning with cold mist.

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Gentle Winds

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 17th 2017 summer wind

Dear friends of MLMM,
It is time again for a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … And I am glad that have the opportunity to bring this new episode to you. I think I am a co-host here at MLMM for almost two years and I enjoy it very much. It’s a joy to be part of this wonderful weblog. Of course it is not always easy to create a new episode, because of lack of time or inspiration, but I try every week again to serve you a new Heeding Haiku With …

Spring is running towards its end and we are almost close to the start of summer, at the Northern Hemisphere, and that brought me the idea to bring an episode on summer.
As the title shows you already I love to challenge you to create haiku themed “summer wind”.

My warped mind could only come up with three for this week’s prompt Summer Wind. I hope you enjoy at least one or two.

The sun hot and bright
A warm breeze from the water
Summer’s upon us

White sails in a line
A breeze fills the Spinnakers
The starters cannon.

Feed-lots, more Feed-lots
The aroma of bovines
The smells of summer.


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Getting There

Haiku Horizons prompt “road”

Welcome to week 168 of Haiku Horizons! This prompt for this week is “road“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the promp

Two quick ones for this week’s prompt:

Long concrete ribbons
As far sas the eye can see
Someday I’ll drive one.

Down the dusty road
Wildflowers and grasses
The aroma is sweet
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Two Puddles, Two Flags

Reflections of Two Flags

The Daily Post’s challenge this week is Reflecting

Whether it’s water or some other reflective surface, what have you seen recently that has changed your perspective on the view?

The saying “April showers bring May flowers” has been especially true this year — even more so when it’s still raining in May!

Taking a walk after a downpour recently, the road was still wet asphalt,… but a simple upside-down reflection changed my perspective on my surroundings.

I took this photo on a cold day in early December while I was walking around Annapolis, Md., Two puddles in a parking lot perfectly framing two flags. Luckily it was early enough that I could just stop without stopping traffic.

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Haiku Horizons prompt “heat”

Welcome to Haiku Horizons, Week 167! This prompt for this week is “heat“. Haiku Horizons will provide a haiku prompt each Sunday. Write a haiku based on the prompt

No shade could be found
Life in the desert, burtal
Waiting for evening
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Oh My Goodness, There’s Dust

Once again Paula at Lost In Translation has a worthy challenge for photographers BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: IMPERFECT

You must have in your archives a photo that you consider imperfect, but you love it anyway, or the photo maybe perfect, but the subject is not? Whichever the case, how do you feel about sharing some imperfection for this challenge?

The photo, from somewhere back in the late ’70, is just what I wanted, a few small problems with the paint. But the print shows show up some imperfections in the darkroom, dust on the negative! I shot this with a Nikormat FTN, probably using Plus-X film, that’s at an ASA (ISO) of 125. With the sunlight of the day that would have been probably around f/8 at 1/125s exposure.

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Still On Tow

From the blog nancy merrill photography comes the following.

I love flying. I love traveling and visit new places, and the fastest and easiest way to get somewhere far away is flying. I’ve flown around the world (almost literally). I’ve been to Korea and Europe, the South Pacific and Great Britain. I’ve flown across the United States multiple times.

The challenge this week is Flying

Not too far off the point, but shipping oneself in a hugh aluminum can doesn’t really count as “flying”. The photo below is the start of a couple hour flight by Karl Striedieck, once he releases the tow-line he and his passenger will stay aloft without the assistance of an engine, soaring like birds. Now that’s really flying. But, no it’s not transportation.

This photo was taken as KS was about 100ft above the ground during a takeoff at the Region IV(n) soaring contest in October 2010.

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