Weekly Photo Challenge

graceful mornings

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 4 comments

Took some photos this mornings. Delighted in the graceful birds surrounding me in my little corner of the world.

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misty ambience

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on misty ambience

Misty days at the shore create a heavy mood around here. The air is soupy. Things slow down. Some people say it’s somber and even a little depressing because everything turns gray, Personally, I think it creates a special ambience — not quite romantic, but certainly mysterious. Like special things can happen.

Anything can happen. Or nothing at all.

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name your poison

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

What’s in a name? This week’s photo challenge asks us to look at names, and photograph them. I think it’s a neat challenge. We name everything, don’t we? Formal names and nicknames and pet names. It helps us identify things for ourselves and for others.

Recently, while traveling through Scotland, we came across a familiar name on a small sign on the highway. It was just an information sign for the local distillery, Dewar’s, a name familiar to me since my childhood. It was my father’s preferred scotch.

There’s something comfortable about the familiar. We went to the distillery and had a marvelous time learning about the history of the whisky and the distillation process. We even had an opportunity to go into a tasting room. But all of it, while fascinating (and delicious) was made all the more cozy because I first recognized the name.

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resilient: the last is first

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

abandoned boat

The last photo challenge of 2016, resilient, happens to be my first photo challenge of 2017.

It seems fitting. Resilience is probably defined somewhere as being able to recover from something, to come back from a low through strength or will, or both. It makes me think of Weebles; remember those? “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!”

I love old things that have been exposed to nature and the elements, and still stick around. I have dozens of pictures of chimneys that stand alone in the wake of fires, dilapidated barns, beat up cars. And more than a few boats, like this one.

I wondered what happened here. Did the owners survive a storm at sea, the boat finally making it to shore no longer seaworthy, but left as a trophy for doing its job well one last time?

Was it abandoned by its owners, drawn to a shiny new motorboat made of fiberglass? Did they move, unable to bring it along and left behind?

Who knows!  There’s something beautiful about it anyway. Maybe it’s the mystery.

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path to the swamp

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

boardwalk

A Path in the Woods

Yesterday, I shared some pictures from our Scotland vacation, but today I’m going to give you a tour of the wildlife sanctuary on Dauphin Island. I was just going for a drive to the east beach, and decided, instead, to pop into the bird sanctuary.

I walked about three miles, which is good for me, and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The beach was foggy — but the forest was not. Well, not exactly. It did cast a monochromatic feel to the area, but you’ll see that I was able to capture a little color with the woodpecker.

Some Birds and Their Pals

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daring to follow the path

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Uncategorized, Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on daring to follow the path

This week’s photo challenge, path, takes me down an unusual path — crossing the man-made causeway at the Brough of Birsay in the Orkney Islands. It was an exercise in patience, as we had to get a list of the tides and schedule our visit around low tide. It was worth the wait. We couldn’t get enough of the history of places such as this…I feel like traveling through Scotland the way we did, staying in places for several days at a time, gave us a taste of the present day, and a yearning to learn more of the past.

We often think of our lives as filled with paths — choices taking us down unique adventures looking toward the future. This vacation was both, as John and I made new memories for ourselves as we went down paths to the past that shaped the future. That’s a lot of time travel there. 🙂

Here’s some more from our visit:

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