SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 -20: GEESE

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 – 20
26 August 2015: GEESE

It’s Frisbee Wednesday again. Time just scoots right past me and this summer has been a blur, a whoosh of color. Bright blue skies and puffy white clouds. Spider bites and boats. Green shade trees on the town common and the cool green waters of the river.

This is the 20th prompt I’ve done. I am having trouble accounting for at least 20 weeks of my life.

And today … it’s …

Goosey goosey gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady’s chamber.
There I met an old man
Who wouldn’t say his prayers,
So I took him by his left leg
And threw him down the stairs.

Nursery Rhyme by Mother Goose

These were wild geese. They were willing to share space with us … as long as we didn’t get too close.

The geese were not afraid of us, nor were they tame. Not “office park” geese either. The geese who take up residence in parking lots will boldly go where no goose has gone before, are afraid of nothing. At least nothing human.

We did our best to be stealthy. No door slamming, driving into the parking lot slowly, quietly. No talking. Getting the cameras out in the car, then walking softly, getting as close as we could without making the birds nervous.

Having long zoom lenses on our cameras helped too.

And then. there was the day I encountered this goose. He pretty much posed for me, giving me his good side. Sidling right up to me, apparently wanting a handout.

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Turned out, he was a domestic, pet goose from a nearby farm who just dropped by and wanted to be paid for his personal appearance.

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As usual, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick one of my pictures or any of your own photographs and write about it. Directly, tangentially, sadly or with humor.

This message will self destruct in …

FIVE … FOUR … THREE … TWO … ONE … (long pause) …

Kaboom.

Oops, still here. Never mind.

ONE BOUQUET – TWO TREATMENTS

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: ONE PHOTO, TWO TREATMENTS

This bouquet, shot close and in low light, lent itself particularly well to different treatments. In the first, the background is blacked out. Contrast and sharpness are up, shadows heightened.

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The second treatment is color contrast and a bit of glow added, shadows reduced and the colors of the background brought up. Less detail with a generally softer treatment.

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FLOWERS IN BLACK AND WHITE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: FLOWERS

This week’s topic is Flowers. Here is a tip to help you select a flower which will turn into a stunning black and white or sepia-toned photo. Use a flower that has some contrasts in color. That will help your petals of the flower stand out more. Or flowers like hibiscus and iris that have a lot of veins.

I just happened to have the right flowers in a vase in the living room. I generally don’t like doing flowers in black and white, but I’m always game for a challenge. So, here’s my entry!

IN THE GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME – BLACK AND WHITE SUNDAY

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: SUMMERTIME

When we think of summer, we think of it in colours, mostly blue and green, and all those bright and lively colours that can be seen on funny clothes, bathing suits and sun umbrellas, but what does summer look like when it is stripped of colour?  Join the challenge and find out….

On the dock, at the marina …

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On the deck, at home, as the fuchsia fade into history …

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In town, on the common …

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And at the dam, with the brightest clouds …

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In answer to the question, how did I make the clouds pop like that? I didn’t. They just popped when converted. The foreground was relatively dark and changing it to black and white emphasized the different. The picture was taken with a normal lens on the Pentax Q7.

THE BEST OF TIMES

We’ve been on a roll these past few days, the “angst mojo” temporarily set aside.

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Now, we’re home, after spending a couple of wonderful days in Connecticut with old friends, sharing memories that date back to college and the 60’s when we and our world were young.

Ellin and Tom are special folks. Ellin gets top billing because she’s so quiet and often taken for granted.

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She is the hostess — no matter what else she is coping with in her family life. She’s the woman you thought only existed in the movies or those old TV shows where everything is seemingly perfect.

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Ellin is multi-talented. Superb cook, budding author, wife and mom. She’s humble about all her achievements. Amazing when she is surrounded by two guys with 80 plus years combined in radio and TV news. Guys who are often nonstop with their stories about the BIZ. Ellin and Marilyn have a special bond in that respect.

Gracious, I think, is the best word to describe Ellin. Like us, she and Tom always have furry kids around who brighten their lives. It’s nice to visit and come back with fur on our clothing. Makes it seem just like home.

Tom is the kid  who never grew up. We’ve known him since JFK was in the oval office. He is recently retired after 40 years as a highly respected director and audio expert with CBS News.

He’s still active, producing and directing cracker jack (does anyone say that anymore?) radio drama. Tom and Ellin actually are an impressive acting, writing and jack-of-all-trades team in radio drama that deserves a wider audience. Their work is far superior to the stuff being offered by network suits.

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A day on Tom and Ellin’s boat is just what the doctor ordered for Marilyn and me. It’s a perfect day. Sunny, warm and with just a slight breeze. Surprise! Ellin has a lunch spread ready before we can settle in.

It allows me to fantasize as I survey other boats. Maybe we’ll see Bogey on Santana, Travis McGee and The Busted Flush, Slate Shannon with Bold Venture or maybe Grant and Hepburn on  True Love. Who knows what can happen as you dream?

My reverie is interrupted as Tom shares some more stories that have all of us roaring with laughter. In between we compare family drama that have us nodding at each other.

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Then it’s back to more silliness and laughter. These are the best of times.


All photography by Garry Armstrong or Marilyn Armstrong with the Pentax Q7.

FINAL FUCHSIA 2015

They will be hanging around (literally — in their hanging pots on the deck) for a few more weeks, but they are nearly done for the year. The fuchsia are in their final flowering. I took pictures.

Today was a beautiful day. Tomorrow it will rain and soon the flowers will fall and be gone for another year. But today — it was beautiful.