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.


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.

atlantis submarine

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.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 21

This week, just one subject: pigeons.


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.


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).


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


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



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.


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



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



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!


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.





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.


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.


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


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.



72-turtle-ManchaugDry_042 This is the kind of picture no one should make other people look at because you have to start off by saying, “I know you can’t really see it but …” It’s a turtle. Swimming under the water. I know you can’t really see it, but I thought it was pretty cool, so with a lot of puttering on Photoshop to make it almost visible … You’ll have to take my word for it. It’s a snapping turtle. I know because that’s the kind of turtles we have around here.

It’s swimming in the very shallow water of what was left of the pond at Manchaug a week ago. We’ve had some rain since, so I’ll see tomorrow if the situation has improved.

Garry says it looks like a blob, but it was visibly a turtle a split second before I pressed the shutter. You can’t win them all. Because you’ve been patient, I’ve included other pictures from the same day of shooting at Manchaug.