Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

“For this week’s challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow or you can play with the light and the dark, and create a moody scene or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way.”

Jenn Hooks

I chose to play with light and dark……

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{Early evening in autumn}

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{Under the Christmas tree}

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{Making a wish}

This post is inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed.  Many other talented bloggers have shared their interpretations of this Challenge here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

I’m removing my nose from the grindstone for a few seconds to participate in the newest Weekly Photo Challenge.  It’s all about signs.  My interpretation of the Challenge was spotted on the way up to Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs.  Sadly, this is probably the closest I’ll ever get to Big Foot.

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The Small Joys of Summer

Here in the US, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer season.  This past winter wore me down for more reasons than just the weather, so I’ve been looking forward to summer even more than usual this year. In anticipation of the pleasures that lie before us, I’ve made a little list of the small things I relish during these warm and verdant months of the year. I must thank the Daily Post and Anna Fonté at girl in the hat for the inspiration for this post.  It was great fun and now I’m dying to get this summer thing started!

Small Joys of Summer

strawberries

the baking sun on my skin

the cool, dark shade of a tree

peonies

hydrangeas

plump, industrious bumble bees covered with pollen

hummingbirds

steak and onion kebabs on the grill

anything on the grill, really

eating al fresco every chance I get

watermelon

sweet corn with lots of butter and salt

peaches

homemade vanilla ice cream (preferably with strawberries)

brain-freezing Coke Slushies

bare feet or

flip flops

painted toenails

the smell of freshly cut grass

dips in the pool on a blistering day

biking, swimming, paddling

talking around the campfire

fireworks on the Fourth of July

picnics of all kinds – must include potato chips

free outdoor concerts

baseball games

lightening bugs at dusk

thunderstorms

Relaxing on the porch late at night (with or without thunderstorms, but hopefully with strawberries)

 

DSC_4274-2Should anything be added to the list?  Please let me know.