WHICH WAY — AUGUST DOG DAYS

CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE 2015 WEEK #34

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

I keep my eyes open for entries to Cee’s great challenges. This is “downtown” Uxbridge in August. There are two pictures taken along Route 122 (Main Street) and a third on Route 16 (Mendon Road, at least for this short stretch). These are the only roads that go through town.

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AUGUST IN A SMALL VALLEY TOWN: MONTHLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 08

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 08

This marks the last full month of summer as our world turns, here in the northern hemisphere. August closely resembles July, although the green has deepened.

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If you live in this region, you know that the color of the leaves changes from month to month from light golden green in the spring, to this very dark — old green — of late summer. As if the last of the summer months is putting out all the green it has got before the great burst of color in the autumn.

These pictures were all taken during the past week in and around the little town of Uxbridge. The majority of them were shot on the Commons in the middle of town, the remainder either on our property, or along the Mumford River which runs through town.

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Most of them were shot with the Pentax Q7, the little camera that can and does.

In case you don't think climate change is real, this is the might Mumford river.

If you think climate change is not real, this is what is left of the mighty Mumford river.

Cardinal Guzman, the host of this challenge, has totally blown us away with his own galleries this month. Absolutely, go take a look. Amazing photography.

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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Check out Cee’s Flower Of The Day — Roses!

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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