HEADS AND FACES IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

I don’t do a lot of portraits anymore. I used to. Back when I was more mobile, I got to do weddings and portraits for fun and occasionally, for a few dollars. So now, I shall dig deep into my archives and see what I can come up with.

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START YOUR ENGINES PLEASE! – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:
Anything with a Motor or Engine


I probably have a lot of engines in my folders, but they are all in folders by month and year, which makes locating them pretty difficult. I do, however, have an absolute favorite engine picture.

This amazing car hangs from the ceiling of the dealer where we bought our last three cars. I sometimes stand under it, camera in hand, with just a little brain tickle that the car might fall and crush me, and marvel at it.

Plymouth Prowler

Hoisted Plymouth Prowler – a very rare car!

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WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels


I love wheels.

Shiny wheels, rusty ones, big puffy ones, and old wooden ones. I like them with a lot of gleaming and carved of wood. These photographs are drawn from my archives. Some are more than a decade old, others more recent.

And of course, everything is in black & white. Click on any picture to see it larger and more detailed.

BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – BIRDS! By Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

I took so many bird pictures this month, I have a whole new set of pictures on the chip in one of my camera that I’m leaving there until I at least use a few more of the ones I’ve already taken. I spent some extra time trying to get color as part of the black & white image. I do not know how well I succeeded as far as their black & whiteness goes, but they are pretty pictures!

A goldfinch

Yet one more goldfinch

These were House Finches (red)

Hungry little yellow birds

Quick black & white sketch

Sudden landing

About to fly away

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TABLES, CHAIRS, PICNIC TABLES, AND OTHER OUTDOOR FURNITURE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s B & W Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Tables, etc.

At a time when we are clustered in the house, it’s good to think about summer days and green grass. It has been so warm this winter, it’s hard to remember how cold winter can be around here.

I hope it doesn’t mean a very hot summer.

Picnic table with a camera

Bench on the lawn at River Bend

Western fence — Photo: Garry Armstrong

Overlooking the valley

Along the porch

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OCKS AND CLOCKS – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”

I don’t have a lot of “ock” words in my house, but my son is very seriously into chiming clocks. He has at least 8 chiming clocks downstairs and we have 3 chiming clocks, one “world clock,” and then about four or five more regular clocks, a couple of which haven’t been updated for Daylight Savings Time and one mantel clock that needs repair and isn’t currently running. All the chiming clocks are in working order, however, and when it gets late in the day, the entire house sounds like a cathedral.

No two clocks chime in exactly the same way — they may not even have the same chiming format (there are three and some of the clocks you can choose which type of chime you want) — and they never all start at exactly the same time. Nor do they end at the same time. So around 10 at night, the chiming goes on for quite a while. Oh, and some clocks chime very slowly while others are fast.

We have a big grandfather’s clock in the dining room and a chiming wall clock. We have another wall chiming clock in the living room. The kitchen has a “world clock” and you can see what time it is almost anywhere on the globe. You can also see where it is dark and where it is light. That is the only clock that is electric. All the others are windup or based on weights. The mantel clock doesn’t chime, or at least I don’t think it does. It currently isn’t working, so it’s just pretty.

The difference, in case you had no idea, between a “grandfather” clock and a “grandmother” clock is its height. If it stands seven feet tall or more, it’s a grandfather clock. Between five and seven feet, they are grandmother clocks. There are ones that are even smaller and I’m sure they have a name, but those small standing clocks are not very common and I think I’ve only seen them in museums.

When I was a kid, I had a copy of this song on a small 33 RPM vinyl recording. There were other songs on the album, but I listened to this one all the time. I still know all the words.

My son managed to find a 78 RPM copy of the song, but the one I had has vanished and as far as I can tell, no one has a copy of it. Anywhere. If one of you just happens to have a copy — it would be around 60 to 70 years old by now, so I’m not counting on it — but I would love a copy of it.

Meanwhile, thank you YouTube!

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