PLACES WE’VE VISITED – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Visit


We honeymooned in Ireland. That was definitely special!

Gotta love the bullet holes in the signs, all of which are in Irish … and all the maps were in English. I didn’t put the holes there, but I could see the point.

Then, we went to California. Remarkably, I don’t have any pictures. I think that was one of the times I was between cameras. When I first got back from Israel, I didn’t get a decent camera for a bunch of years. The one I took to Ireland was a cheapie and I really wish I’d spent money on something better.

Three mountains in Arizona

We went to Arizona — twice and Vermont, also twice.

Mountainous

We also went to Florida a couple of times and Disney World twice.

Attean View – Sunset – Jackman, Maine

And Maine — maybe half a dozen times? And the Cape, of course. And Ogunquit.

Sunrise in Rockport and Ogunquit …

Golden sky in Rockport

And most of the time, we’ve just stayed home and enjoyed the scenery!

ONE RING – Marilyn Armstrong

RDP Sunday–Ring


“One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.
In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie … ”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

WHIMSICAL – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Whimsical


Celebriducks are the most intentionally whimsical toys in the world. Not only do they float in your tub, but because of their weight distribution, they tend to float upside down. Since few of us actually bathe with a rubber ducky, it doesn’t really matter. I guess.

Two Celebriducks – Groucho Duck and Lone Ranger Duck

Before the dogs totally destroyed ALL their toys — and there were a lot of them — they were surprisingly whimsical. Now, they are rags and bits of scrap fabric.

FLOWER OF THE DAY: MACROS – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – October 13, 2018


I have an interesting relationship with my macro lens. Sometimes, I love it to pieces. When it decided to work, it is perfection.

Macro lenses are kind of touchy. They may focus where you want them to focus — or they may focus where they feel they should focus.

FLYING! CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In Flight


THE CHANGING SEASONS – SEPTEMBER 2018 – Marilyn Armstrong

The Changing Seasons, September 2018


Painted falls …
Rocks at Manchaug

It’s the very end of September here in New England, so it’s the middle of our best season, Autumn.

Except it isn’t Autumn.

The stone mill

The trees are entirely green without even a hint of red. A few yellow leaves on a few trees, but none of the colors we are supposed to have. We went and we sought for fall, but we could not find it. I was not by the river, which is the first place you usually find it … nor by the dam. Nor in the woods.

The dam at Manchaug was full this year. Lots of rain this spring and summer.
Lily pads. Not Monet,. Just me.

And we went down to another part of the valley, too. It wasn’t just Manchaug!
Photo: Garry Armstrong
And me, too – Photo: Garry Armstrong
The pond at Manchaug …. right before the dam. Photo: Garry Armstrong
Softly falling water – Photo Garry Armstrong
Graphic stone and falls – Marilyn Armstrong
Roses for our anniversary

So, not a red tree to be seen. Not even a bright yellow or slightly orange tree. Nothing at all. This was how it was last year, too. We finally got ONE week of Autumn. Then, all the leaves just fell off the tree. Kerplunk. End of Autumn.

I’m sure glad the seasons aren’t changing! I’d hate to lost whole seasons — like Autumn.

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to this post, Su-Leslie can update her post with links to all of your posts.

BLOSSOM TIME, BUT NOT IN NEW ENGLAND – Marilyn Armstrong

Friday Foto Fun: Blossom


It’s coming into Autumn now, so most of the blossoms are gone and the bright leaves will (I hope) come soon.  So far, all I see are a few yellow leaves. Nothing in the red or orange category. But the fall is still young.

There is time yet.