LET THERE BE LIGHT – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lights

Light. Sunlight shining through the leaves on the tree. The shafts of sunlight late in the day. Lights on trees for the holiday. The glow of lights in houses and candles glowing in a darkened room. Candles on the cake, lanterns in the dark. The glow of the moon.

We are drawn to light and how it changes the shape and tone of everything.

Lighted path at night
A lit tree near Christmas
Sunset in the woods
Light on snow
Lighted tree at a winter light festival
First light of day in Rockport
Woods and river in the late afternoon
Desert sunset
Supermoon through trees

TOOLS – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tools

I’m doing this so late at night, it’s ridiculous. We spent all day voting, shopping, picking up prescriptions and mostly, watching the election results dribble in. It was not a great tsunami, but it was a wave.

And now, tools!

Kitchen tools

Garden tools
Pizza tool
Outside tools

WHERE PEOPLE LIVE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Live

There was a time when I used to envy people who lived in grand houses. I thought of the parties they could have and how many guests could stay in stay all those bedrooms.

These days, I look at tidy little houses without steps and think “That would work for me!” It remarkably how our perspective changes as time marches along!

Worcester tenement
Old houses along the dock in Rockport, Massachusetts – one of this week’s squares
Photo: Garry Armstrong – Our house in winter
Bricks and angles on Beacon Hill
Houses along the pond at sunset
Life on Beacon Hill
Farmhouse in Uxbridge village
A Victorian “painted lady” Uxbridge, Massachusetts


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:
Things People Drive, Ride, Pilot, or Captain

Lots of ways to get around! You can ride, pilot, drive, captain. You can ride a horse, a bicycle, a motorcycle, an ATV …

Captain Tom and his boat (Serenity) and dog – Photo: Ellin Curley
It is a motorcycle — with four wheels!
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Very small boat captain …
The lonely cyclist

Little plane and a big sky …

Horse and hoofs – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Old car to new … and Garry unpacking the car.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play With

By the time you hit your retirement years, “play with” can take on an alarming tone. The problem is that our taste in fun has not changed, but we have. So even though we used to love formula racing, our aging bodies might not be up to the split-second timing required to handle them.

Some of us collect miniatures or just plain collect. Others of us see for a less perilous path to entertainment, foregoing mountain climbing, NASCAR racing, and deep-sea diving.

Then there are the rest of us who never did that in the first place. We have to give up other things, like powerful hallucinogenic drugs which don’t work well with pacemakers.

Fortunately, there’s a whole world of other stuff to try.

I play with cameras. Photo: Garry Armstrong
Garry plays with cameras, too
I play with Robbie.
I play with dolls
And we both play with dogs!


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow

I grow flowers. I don’t do it in any organized way, but somehow, they grow. I grow things in pots — inside and outside. I have a wild rose and daylily garden that suddenly has become a huge rhododendron garden and we have the biggest holly bush I’ve seen.

I’ve got some very old lilacs, a few very young lilacs, astilbe and goat’s beard, a few random daffodils, and crocus. There used to be others, but they didn’t survive. At one point, I had an amazing display of hollyhocks, but one year, they withered and died and I don’t have any idea why.

Pink roses
Wild strawberries
Red Roses
Red Begonia
Christmas cactus
Solomon’s seal

SOFT COLORS – Marilyn Armstrong & Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pastel Colors

I’ve been doing a lot of pink lately for the September Pink-O-Thon … so now I need to find some pastels that I haven’t recently used. Surely I’ve got some that are not pink, right?

Sure I do. I just need to find them.

Somewhere in my 100,000 photographs, they are waiting for me. Waiting …

One pastel kitten – Photo: Garry Armstrong
The soft tones in the mosaic in downtown Uxbridge – Photo Marilyn Armstrong
Softly falling water – Photo Garry Armstrong
Gently nostalgic by the Blackstone River – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Softly lit orchids – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Soft begonia macro – Photo Marilyn Armstrong
Graphic stone and falls – Photo Marilyn Armstrong
Pastel dam and falls – Photo Marilyn Armstrong
The falls and grasses – Photo Garry Armstrong