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WHITE HYDRANGEA AND PINK CRAPE MYRTLE

White flowers are always a challenge for me. When these snow-white Hydrangea threw down the gauntlet, I fought back with my Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-25.

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Maybe I’ve finally got it?

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It turned out the Crape Myrtle was even more of a challenge.

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It turns out, these huge puffy flowers are hard to get in focus, especially from the long distance I was forced (by fences) to work from.

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THE LAST CHINESE LILY

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I planted a lot of them. In yellow, scarlet, orange, purple. After several bad winters and a few years of partial neglect, followed by complete neglect, there is exactly one Chinese lily remaining. it is deep pink. And obviously very hardy.

My last red lily

My last red lily

 

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FIRE AND SUMMERTIME – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire or Season of Summer

It’s been a warm, dry season so far and we are now deep into the summer season. No fires though, unless you count the ones we build for our own enjoyment. I’m hoping it stays that way. Mill fires in particular have been huge in the valley.

When Bernat Mills burned down 5 years ago (is it 6 now?), it took every firefighter in the valley more than 2 weeks to put it out. Even after that, it continued to smolder for months.

Those old wooden mills are always at risk of fire, though since Bernat Mills, there hasn’t been another and that’s a good thing.

SHARING MY WORLD, WEEK 29

Share Your World – 2014 Week 29

Have you ever been in a submarine? If you haven’t, would you want to?

About five years ago, Garry and I went on a Caribbean cruise. It was one of Royal Caribbean’s newer, bigger ships and it was a long cruise — almost two weeks. In the Cayman Islands, we took a trip on the Atlantis, a 60-passenger mini-submarine from which we could experience the coral reef.

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The subs are tiny. Everyone sits on benches, pretty much body-to-body, but there are windows everywhere including the floor. Unless you are crippled by claustrophobia (in which case, why are you on a mini-sub?), it’s all about the windows. You can pretend you are a fish, swimming with those amazing, brilliantly colored citizens of the water world.

They drift by, sometimes in schools, in small groups. Now and then, a big grouper will come to check you out. It was a one-time experience – totally worth it!

Are you a listener or talker?

Mostly a talker, but I’m getting better at the listening thing.

Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter? Anything with your peanut butter?

Neither, thanks. Not a peanut butter person. I like peanuts, though. With salt.

Have you ever been drunk?

I am such a cheap drunk. Give me half a glass of wine and I’m wasted. I got sloshed once in college. I would not want to do it again. I hated the way it made me feel. Fortunately, Garry doesn’t drink, so I don’t have to pretend to enjoy it.

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PIGEONS WATCHING PEOPLE, PEOPLE WATCHING PIGEONS

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 21

This week, just one subject: pigeons.

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While at the party on Saturday, I became — don’t ask me why because I have no answer — fascinated by the pigeons on the roof.

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They looked as if they were holding a conference, maybe doing a little people-watching and pigeon commentary on our fashion sense (or lack thereof).

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Meet the pigeons. Shot with the camera’s telephoto at just about full extension, they are still reasonably sharp.

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FLORAL ANTI-DEPRESSANT

It must be a thing with hospitals. They always have lovely gardens. Is it to keep we, the patients, from suffering depression?

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They no longer paint waiting rooms in drab colors. Now they are bright. Because the Dana-Farber is a cancer facility, the gardens are especially bright, the waiting rooms especially cheery.

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Welcome to the garden. I sure hope they can find a vein today.

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As always, I had my Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-25 with me. I’m a bit in love with my little camera.

 

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A HOSPITAL GARDEN

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It was time for my six-month cancer checkup, just a week after my three-month cardio checkup. Do I know how to have fun or what?

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Luckily, I had my handy-dandy Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-25 in my bag … and the hospital garden is in full bloom.

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It features some interesting, unique combinations of plantings.

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SPRING STARTS HERE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood or Season of Spring

Today starts our new Five Elements/Seasons series and our topic is Wood or the season of Spring.

People who have strong energy of the Wood element have a clear vision and goals, and know how to bring them into being. They excel at planning and decision-making. Their piercing, penetrating eyes may attract you. Color for wood is green.


I have so many pictures of spring, wood bark, piles of wood, carved wood, spring swans … it’s hard to choose the best. But I will try!

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DROUGHT AT THE DAM

We were over at the dam yesterday. Didn’t take any pictures there, but I’m pleased to report there is a bit more water following our 4th of July rains. The dam is still dry, but the lake has filled up to about 75%. We need a couple more soakers and we’ll be okay.

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MORNING LIGHT BREAKING THROUGH — LIKE LIFE

Frame of Mind – If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?


 

Early morning. Sun coming through and the mist in the woods is lifting. Like life. misty morning 1

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IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves

Circles and curves. In the sky, on the ground and in the window.

It’s Only A Paper Moon

Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose

It is only a paper moon

Sailing over a cardboard sea

But it wouldn’t be make believe

If you believed in me.

Yes, it’s only a canvas sky

Hangin’ over a muslin tree

But it wouldn’t be make believe

If you believed in me.

Without your love

It’s a honky tonk parade.

Without your love

It’s a melody played in a penny arcade.

It’s a Barnum and Bailey world

Just as phony as it can be

But it wouldn’t be make believe

If you believed in me.

Without your love

It’s a honky tonk parade

Without your love

It’s a melody played in a penny arcade.

It’s a Barnum and Bailey world

Just as phony as it can be

But it wouldn’t be make believe

If you believed in me.


 


 

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MID SUMMER FULL TILT BOOGIE

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The garden is full of lilies and roses. We even have a couple of daisies. Pink and dark red fairy roses are heavy on the bushes.

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This is it, the peak of the season. The spider wort (there isn’t much of it this year, but there are a few stems showing buds) is almost ready to flower.

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This is as good as it will be all season and I have photographic proof!

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If you look carefully, you can see the huge dead rose-bush under the day lilies which are a bit flat from the heavy rains the other day.

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