BLACK & WHITE: UNUSUAL PERSPECTIVE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Unusual Perspective

It was a heavy eating day or the birds. It’s cold — which always makes them hungry — and it’s the day after filling the feeder.

The birds live in the forsythia hedge. There used to be maybe a dozen birds in those hedges. Now there are dozens, as well as up in the trees so as one bird starts eating when the next bird (do they take numbers like in the deli department in the grocery?) is ready, he flies down, knocks the current bird off the feeder and grabs a seed.

I loved the little bird’s head on top of the toad!

This relay happens so fast, I’m rarely able to catch it except by accident. Literally, one second there are two birds on the feeder and a second later there are two different birds there. They are very, very fast.

A diving Chickadee

Some birds hang onto the feeder better than others. One Warbler wouldn’t move for at least 15 minutes. On the whole, Woodpeckers and Nuthatches are the best hangers-on.

Head on view of a nuthatch looks like he is pointing at the feeder

Also, the Titmice are very picky about what they will eat and like to toss the pieces they don’t like into the air … and the Chickadees like to dive off tree limbs and the feeder.

Wings closed, they just dive and don’t start to fly until they get near the ground. Most of the other birds fly off the feeder. Chickadees just dive.

A sunny morning with refraction all over the place. My favorite is the sunshine coming in through the keyhole

Nuthatches eat upside down. Some of the birds like to lie in the seeds and just eat reclining.

LET THERE BE MUSIC! – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music

“And let there be music throughout the land,” he said and there arose a mighty host of singers. There were singers, trumpeters, flautists, piano players, and drummers.

Everywhere, they made music.

Mechanics Hall
At the PopsMy mountain dulcimer
Keyboard
The Berkshire Chorus (at the Pops)

BLACK & WHITE GEOMETRIC PHOTOGRAPHY – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Geometry!

Geometric? I was okay at geometry, but when it morphed into trigonometry, I got lost. I had no idea what it was about. What were those numbers for?

Until I read a few books about sailing. I discovered it was a way of calculating the distance on water, taking into consideration the curve of the earth (take THAT you flat-earth people).

Rectangular!
Triangular? Sort of?
Photo: Garry Armstrong – Triangular!
The Circle!
Semi-circular and rectangles

ALL ABOUT NATURE – CEE’S B&W PHOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: All About Nature

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hungry squirrel
Local cows (good milk)
Manchaug

ROCKS, BOULDERS AND STONES IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Rocks, Boulders, Stones

We live on rocks. Rocks, roots, and shale — that’s what the area is made of. The reason our house is all the way over on the northeast edge of the property is there’s a rock the size of New Jersey in the middle of the property.

The rocky shores of Cape Ann were (are) famous for shipwrecks
Stones under the dam

The guy who built this house (and a lot of others along this road) was not a great planner. Rather than moving the construction further forward on the lot (it’s 2.5 acres so land isn’t the problem) or further back — both of which areas are flatter and has fewer boulders — he pushed the house all the way to the northeast edge of the property line.

Superstition mountains are nothing but rocks
The rocky edge of the Blackstone River. With Great Blue Heron.

Over the property line.

On the neighbor’s property.

With faded green by the stone bridge over the Blackstone River
Stone steps into the river

Which later required a property exchange, a dozen years after the original building was erected.

My personal favorite rocks
Our garden wall composed of giant, lichen-covered stones from deep in our woods

The funny part was because our buildings are so far apart, it took a decade for anyone to notice this house was actually half on the neighbor’s land. Ah, life in the country!

 

MOSTLY MORNING COFFEE – CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid Drinks


On the table at the dinner
Tea?
Morning coffee
Brewing
Still brewing

TABLES AND CHAIRS IN BLACK AND WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White – Tables or Chairs


Saratoga chairs
Diner bar and table
A summer table in winter
Dining table with French doors
Picnic table with a camera – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Diner lounge in Mendon