A DEEP GREEN SUMMER – GARRY ARMSTRONG

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It was the first day in a couple of weeks that wasn’t too hot and humid to breathe, so we went with out our cameras. I have a not-quite-new, but not-much-used-yet camera, a bright yellow Pentax Q7 which Marilyn got for me before they disappeared from the market.

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We went down the road to where the river flows under a bridge and around a long curve and the wildflowers bloom on the banks.

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Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we find a heron or a gaggle of geese.

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It was a very bright day, making it a challenge to get the right exposure. I did some experimenting. It was the first time shooting without contact lenses and without a viewfinder.

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No wildlife today, but the bright sunshine turned the river into a mirror reflecting everything. The dominant deep green of the leaves. The deep blue sky and white fluffy clouds scudding across.

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THE FADING OF THE GARDENS

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It may be high summer to us, but to the day lilies, the end is near. There will be a few more blooms for another few weeks, but high season is over. The best of the garden is done.

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It’s the end of the second round of roses too. There will be stragglers, but the roses look weary. They are ready to sleep.

Pink lily fading

Daffodils are a distant memory as are the lilacs, columbine, Solomon Seal. The daisies are still with us, though.

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I don’t know how many of our mums made it through winter. They won’t begin to show themselves, if they are alive, for a few more weeks. August is a dull time for flowers, the month between summer and autumn blooming.

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GREEN GREEN GREEN – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLANGE

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: LIME OR BRIGHT GREEN

“Green green, it’s green they say, on the far side of the hill …”

This time of year, it’s green on both sides of the hill. The rocks are green with lichen

With a lot of rain coming down, it will be even greener tomorrow. The air is heavy with humidity and though the air conditioning is on, the house feels just a bit too damp for comfort.

The first to show green in the spring, the last to lose its leaves in autumn, our Japanese maple.

The first to show green in the spring, the last to lose its leaves in autumn, our Japanese maple.

The dogs are sacked out on the floor. It’s cooler there. I discourage them from trying to crawl under the sofa. I know they are just seeking the coolest place they can find, but they keep getting stuck.

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PATHS ON THE TREE FARM – CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE #27

CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE: 2015 WEEK #27

Welcome everyone to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.  This challenge subject is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, we move from one place to another on.

The tree farm up the street, just a few doors down.

This is the tree farm up the street. It’s just a few doors up the road from our house. We got married here. I believe it was our third vow renewal.

Follow the road until you see acres and acres of baby Christmas trees!

Follow the road until you see acres and acres of baby Christmas trees!

The south end of the historic horseback riding trail that crosses our road at Arrowhead Acres.

The south end of the historic horseback riding trail that crosses our road at Arrowhead Acres.

I stuck close to home today. Because the valley in which I live is blooming. Flowers and trees. Green, the deep green of full summer.

TRAILING FUCHSIA – SUMMER PEAKS

A Photo a Week Challenge: Favorite Color in Nature

Garry watering the fuchsia

My hunky husband waters the plants. It’s part of the joy of summer. And the rich purple and red of the fuchsia. Fuchsia is such a rich color, it has become a color of its own.

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As the season reaches its peak, the fuchsia begin to grow long, with trailing branches dropping past the fence on the deck.

Very macro fuchsia

I see fewer new blossoms, fewer buds, but more seed pods. It is high summer for us, but rounding the corner to the end of the season for fuchsia.

The pictures were taken using the Olympus PEN PL-6 with an f2.8 60 mm macro lens or the Pentax Q7 using an f1.8 8.5 mm prime “normal.”

Trailing fuchsia in July (Pentax Q7)

Trailing fuchsia in July (Pentax Q7)

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #13 – ON OLD CAPE COD

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #13 – ON OLD CAPE COD

Wednesday – July 8, 2015

It’s Frisbee Wednesday again. We’ve passed the big summer holiday weekend. The fireworks have been shot. The band played on. Time to move along and get down to the serious work of summering. In a word, that means vacation.

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You have an obligation to have a good time and doing it at home is the coward’s way out. To have a proper good time, you have to go somewhere crowded. Popular. If parking isn’t difficult or impossible, you’ve clearly chosen the wrong place to be.

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In this spirit, let me welcome you to Hyannisport. A beautiful harbor. Magnificent yachts. Blue sky, blue water. Happy people.

Yummy fried clams. Acid reflux comes free with each order.

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches, the birds gliding over the ocean and the harbor.

Although everything is ridiculously expensive and you’ll have to fight your way through throngs of tourists, it’s part of the experience. Of course, you could go off-season as we have done for many years … September or October, even November … but that might lessen the experience.

A LONG WEEK ON OLD CAPE COD

It was 76 miles as the road goes, but it took us three hours to get to Hyannis from Uxbridge. Not bad, considering it was a snail trail all the way. No matter. We were in a festive mood. No screaming and cursing from us as we crawled to Cape Cod.

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We made it. The moment we saw the place, we got a that sinking feeling. You know what I mean. The asphalt in the parking was in shards. You can’t find the office because there’s a backhoe parked out front. Somehow, you know your room is right behind the backhoe.

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“The last lady loved it. She had three little kids and said it kept them entertained.”

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“We don’t have kids. I prefer not to spend my week on the Cape up close and personal with a back hoe.” Humor was lost on our hostess. I had a headache.

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The only other available unit was on the second floor and of course, there was no elevator or assistance to haul our luggage. I had asked for a room with handicapped access. “Well,” she said, “You’d have to talk to your exchange group about that.”

It was late. We were tired. Fighting was futile. We had paid in advance. It’s good to know when you’re beaten.

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Garry had that look he gets when he’s mad as hell, but knows there’s no point in fighting. He knows a dump when he sees one. As he pointed out later as we haul our tons of stuff up the steep flight of stairs … “We’ve stayed in worse.”

Sad, but true.

In Montreal, we shared our room with hot and cold running cockroaches. That was worse.

The mattress on the bed was long past its prime. By the time we encountered it, it was a weary, used up, bitter mattress. Lumpy. Unforgiving. Hard as a rock.

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The bathroom was so bad it was funny. “It has,” Garry said, “A certain ‘Je ne sais quoi.’ ” I was laughing hysterically as I pulled out a camera and took a few shots. Too awful. A dump. But, for one, joyous vacation week, our dump.

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When you can’t fix it, soldier on.

The weather was with us. We had been to beautiful places and spent a whole week watching the rain pour down. This time, it was a crappy hotel, but the weather was perfect.

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When you are on vacation, great weather beats luxury accommodations. Especially when you are a photography enthusiast, even more if you are a couple and both of you are enthusiasts. We grabbed our gear. And took hundreds of pictures.