BENCHES BY THE RIVERS – Marilyn Armstrong


Photos: Garry and Marilyn Armstrong

There is always something a bit forlorn about an empty bench. It needs people. Activity. Motion.

When it is empty, it seems to say “something is missing.” It is the perfect viewing spot, but no one is viewing.

River Bend

River Bend again

Photo: Garry Armstrong

There are many more benches. I don’t know why they are such a popular subject for photographers, but they seem to be.


Share Your World – November 13, 2017 and Thanksgiving draws near

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Unless I’m taking pictures, probably not. But generally, the reason I’m in the park at all is to take pictures, so essentially the two things go together.

I love park benches. I can put my camera bag down. I have someplace convenient to change lenses, and I can take a load off my humorously so-called feet. All good. And lucky me, all the parks here have more than enough benches for the number of people who want them. Plenty of room, no waiting!

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

We have not had (knock on wood) many outages in recent years. We had a relatively long one during the last storm, but it was in the dead of night, so I lit some candles so we could find our way to the bathrooms, and by morning, we were up and running again. Other places were not so lucky.

Lavender candles

I keep small, bright flashlights in “grabbing” distance. I have a mini mag-lite next to my bed, flashlights in the living room and kitchen, too. Plus lots of candles, big and small candles in glass containers. Most important — we have matches. It turns out, you can be very well prepared, but without matches, it all amounts to darkness.

When I smoked, we always had lighters and matches, but that was years ago. The lighters you find around the house these days pretty don’t light. Probably haven’t for years, but no one thought to throw them away. Like all those non-writing pens we seem to keep, even though they have long since run out of ink.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

We are way too poor to go for anonymous giving to strangers. I really need to do something about the bathrooms and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have a little money in the bank for emergencies. Right now, there’s a big, fat nothing in the emergency fund.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Pissed off that Duke got shot. Felt better it wasn’t worse. Got the chair and railing, but have to wait a few days for installation. Hope I never need a new appliance because it will block the staircase and NO ONE will get anything huge up those stairs again.

There’s always something that diminishes the luster of achievement, isn’t there?


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Table and Chairs, seating of any kind

Seating isn’t always chairs or benches. It can be the ground, a rock, the curb. The stairs. However, for the purposes of this challenge, I stayed with traditional places to park a human butt. Mostly chairs and one sofa, though you’d have to move one of the camera bags before settling down. Why, you may ask, do you keep all your cameras on the sofa? Is it so they will be right at hand when you need them?

Having them handy has been an unexpected bonus, but the reason is to keep the big hairy dog off the sofa. We tried everything else. For some reason, he’s wary of the camera bags. Shape? Size? No idea.

Do I feel guilty because we don’t let the our Australian Shepherd with the heaviest coat in the world have the sofa as his personal bed? Not really. If we were rich, we would buy him his own sofa, but he can’t have ours. He will have to settle for blankets on the floor. Sorry big fella. Sometimes, the humans win.

Garry gets the last word on seating. Because you can sit anywhere. This lady and her dog chose the beach at Barnstable at sunset. It’s the best seating of all.



Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #3

A different challenge got me thinking about benches. Lawn furniture in general and that got me wondering what I’ve done with all the pictures I’ve taken of our tables, chairs, frogs, and whatever else lives in the garden. Today, the oddballs are garden stuff. Benches, chairs, table, and more.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond – Benches

Beyond - Benches

Beyond – Benches

The benches in front invite you to sit and look beyond the waterfall, down past the bend into the river beyond. So many hours have been spent sitting on these benches doing just that … looking beyond and beyond.