Weekly Photo Challenge

birdie buddies create bridges

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on birdie buddies create bridges

My birdie buddies — beautiful birds that live nearby or are moving through in the migration patterns around Mobile Bay. They are my early morning companions as I have my coffee. They pop in and out throughout the day. I wish I had a better understanding of their movement. We have plenty of the usual birds that I can identify readily. Lots of cardinals. Lots and lots of bluebirds. But we have a huge variety of birds I don’t know, and it’s a neat challenge to get to know them. These new buddies, often just around for a brief period, are a bridge to other places as I wonder where they’ve come from and where they are going.

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A fleeting sunset

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on A fleeting sunset

The fleeting sunset over the rooftops in Holguin, Cuba–an evanescent moment surrounded by new friends and a deep sense of love.

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heritage and patron saints

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on heritage and patron saints

This week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post is heritage. The above drawing of Our Lady of Charity, a gift from dear friends, perfectly captures both my Cuban and Catholic heritage.

I love that challenge! I just got back from a trip to Cuba, and delighted in taking pictures of all the images I saw of Cuba’s patroness, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.

I had a number of pictures from my 2015 trip, including a picture of the statue at the National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, so I’ve compiled them all here in this slideshow.

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friendly feathered friend

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what kind of bird this is, but it’s huge, and not quite as graceful as its parents. I don’t think Otis is in any danger, but I do think of that funny scene in The Proposal when the eagle makes off with the small dog.

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in search of silence this holy week

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 3 comments

Silence was on my mind, so I took my morning coffee outside on the porch. I was contemplating  Holy Week and how I was going to manage the need to disconnect and prepare, with a pressing need to connect across international lines and prepare for a trip that is both complex and exciting.

I’m trying to embrace the silence recommended by Pope Francis, especially since I feel a bit scattered and restless. The man-made noises inside the house, typically a sign of security, now affect me negatively. Sitting outside in the sunshine exposes me to a different noise; it’s natural and has a rhythm that is soothing instead of annoying. I can hear the difference between the waves that crash against the rocks and the waves that softly land on shore.

The wind, too, rustles differently in the trees than in the rose bushes behind me. Every once in a while a dried leaf dances across the paving stones and scrapes up a new sound.

I hear at least a handful of birds — I wish I could recognize them by their song, but it will have to be enough that I know they are different, and that perhaps at some point in the past few days they’ve stopped in our yard for a little snack at our feeders.

I came outside to get away from the ambient sounds in the house. The tv is on in the office; the A/C hums throughout the house. I think I hear the electricity cycling through the appliance. It’s noisier outside, but it’s a living sound, harmonious and soothing.

Every once in a while a squadron of pelicans fly overhead, silently casting their shadows across the yard. I instinctively look up, but the sun is so bright it blinds me. It takes a long moment for my eyes to adjust to the page again. The best way for me to enjoy the light is to look away to the horizon. The breeze ripples across the water, creating a sparkling light show, shimmering as far as I can see.

The bay, once called the Bay of the Holy Spirit, is full of God’s holy presence today. I get why it was named so. It’s breezy, teeming with bubbly activity that is both powerful and calming. To sit here in silence is to pray.


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green surprises popping up

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

This beautiful flower took me by surprise, a bright red contrast to the deep green behind it

Green sprigs and new growth are surrounding the new homestead, and it’s exciting to see signs of spring around our new home. I’m delighted whenever I see something new, and for now, I’m not even annoyed about what I’m sure are weeds.

Weeds are in the eye of the beholder, after all.

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