MASKED! A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: MASKS

The other day, I was looking at the sales on one of my favorite clothing sites and realized that they now sell masks to go with every outfit you own. At least a dozen colors plus lots of patterns. This COVID experience has been interesting in a lot of ways, but for some reason, I didn’t expect fashion changes. I don’t know why. I suppose, like most people, I thought this would come and go in a couple of weeks or maximum months. Who knew it would become part of our lives for so long? This change in what is a pretty conservative clothing collection seemed so odd to me. It also means that they — clothing manufacturers — think we are going to be wearing masks for a long time to come.

Masked and ruthless!
Wisdom from Bizarro and the giant heads on Easter Island.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: THE MAN IN THE BLACK MASK

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up Close and Personal

A dangerous dude. I can see the dark thoughts above the dark mask.

 

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: A SEQUENCE OF ACTION

A Photo a Week Challenge: Action in Series

In summertime, when all the leaves and trees are green. Remember when summer was fun? And it was okay to just hang with friends and enjoy the pool? When will it happen again?

The man who wrote this song was a play announcer at Fenway Park. It was the only song he ever wrote and he was very proud of it.

Summertime Ready

Summertime SET

Summertime - GO

Anyone want to do it again?
Anyone want to do it again?

In memory of a summer so recently vanished.

BIRDS OF AN ORANGE FEATHER

Nothing could have startled me more than realizing there was another orange Cardinal! I got more pictures, but I my camera was set wrong and the others didn’t come out, but at least I got one. You’ll have to trust me that she is most assuredly a lovely orange lady cardinal. I am going under the assumption that both of my orange cardinals came from a single nest. Either that, or we have a new breed of Cardinals growing up in our woods which would be fascinating and exciting, but I’ll go with the simpler explanation that both birds came from a single nest.

So here they are:

When I first saw Miss Lady Cardinal, I thought I was looking at a parrot. Such a big beak! And such a big bird! So what do you think? Are we breeding a new kind of Cardinal here in the woods of Uxbridge? Or are these from the same nest and whatever made the boy orange also made the girl orange? All birders, please throw in your vote! I would love to discover we’re breeding a whole new species of bird. That would be too cool.

VACATION MEMORIES: MAINE, VERMONT AND COOPERSTOWN

A Photo a Week Challenge: Vacation Memories

Our honeymoon was in Ireland and that was definitely our most memorable vacation. But I don’t have much in the way of pictures from those weeks on the Emerald Isle … and it really is emerald. It was the greenest place I’ve ever been. Everything was green. The grass seemed greener. The fields were brilliant and we saw a rainbow every morning.

Photo, Garry Armstrong
Photo, Garry Armstrong
Wildflowers in an empty field in upstate New York
Lake Otsego

RAPUNZEL WOULD HAVE HAD A HARD TIME IN WORCESTER

A Photo a Week Challenge: Tower


A major shortage of towers has thwarted the return of Rapunzel. Maybe in Boston, though horses have a hard time on the packed street. Out here, where horses live, there just aren’t many towers. Not even that many in Boston, with a few notable exceptions. Around here, a “tower” rarely exceeds four stories. Some Victorian houses are taller than that.

The tallest tower in Worcester Country attached to the Motor Vehicle Registry
From the top of the Harbor
From the top of the Harbor
View of the Prudential Tower in Boston
Another view of the Hancock

 

TRIPLETS – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes


Three is a good number. It’s considered one of the lucky numbers (the other is 7) and somehow, things look very good in sets of three.

 

ANYTHING?

A Photo a Week Challenge: Anything


“Anything” is a very difficult category. I had absolutely no idea what to do with “anything,” so I picked up my camera and took pictures. I got an incredible 30mm Sigma lens. It’s an f1.4 and extremely sharp. It’s the first Sigma lens I’ve bought. It had great reviews and in 4/3, it give me a 60mm view which is one of my favorites.  Just a bit longer than my 25mm (50mm), but it does great closeups, and it shoots in very low light.

So, here’s “anything”:

I call it “The Fallen Fuchsia”

And this is as anything as anything gets!

WATER WATER – Marilyn Armstrong

THE BLACKSTONE RIVER 


The Blackstone is 47 miles long and drops sharply throughout it’s descent from the hill in Worcester to Nantucket Bay. It twists and turns so that if you live in the Valley, you are never more than a quarter of a mile from the Blackstone or one of its tributaries.
There are about 47 dams and waterfalls that were used to power mills and factories. A few have been removed, but most are still standing.

Manchaug dam on the Blackstone
The Mumford in the middle of town
Photo: Garry Armstrong

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: LIGHT & DARK – MARILYN ARMSTRONG

LIGHT AND DARK – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE

Garry brought me flowers.

It has been a long time since he has been out long enough to buy anything. The roses smell like heaven in a vase. Such are my flowers for today.

FOOTFALLS: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE A BIT LATE! – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Footwear

I looked at my (new) iPhone the other day and it said I’ve taken exactly 186 steps. I realize that means 186 steps with my iPhone. So if you don’t carry your iPhone everywhere you go, are you failing to do your basic footfall number?

I’ll get back to you on that one!

Shoes in a mall
Wet city streets and damp feet
Traces in snow
A pair of winter boots
What is that on my foot?
Have you ever met a dog with insomnia?