PINK ROSES IN OUR GARDEN – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Shades of Pink

Just in time! The roses showed up and it just happens that I took a couple of pictures! I didn’t think we were going to have anything but tons of Daylilies.

And we do have tons of Daylilies, but you just can’t kill those barbed wire roses! So … they are back. It’s hard to tell if the darker ones are red or pink. Right now, they are closer to pink than red, but later in the summer, they will probably be darker.

Square pink roses in our garden

A darker shade of pink?


A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia

Nostalgia. I lost most of my early pictures to the “I love you” virus in the late 1990s. It destroyed every single picture I had stored since I started using a digital camera. I didn’t have a backup. The lesson was most painfully learned.

Now, I have backups. More than one. Multiples. So instead of nostalgic pictures, this is as good a selection of old or older pictures I could find. Some go back to the early-1940s. Most are more recent.


Really old friend.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Raindrops

It has been raining more in the past few months than in any other months in the history of weather records, which is more than 200 years. April was the rainiest month ever recorded. Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of rain pictures because I got pretty sulky about the rain and refused to go out unless it was a doctor’s appointment or grocery shopping. But I have a lot of pictures of birds and squirrels in the rain.

They don’t seem to mind. Or maybe having no choice in the matter, rain is just there, like the wind and the trees. It’s life in the big woods. Like snow and heat. When outside is home, the weather is life.

This squirrel is actually shaking off the raindrops.

Rain on Election day. Probably should have known it wasn’t going our way.

Rain on the window

Rain on the feeder’s roof

Rain on the Cowbirds

LET THE SUNSHINE IN – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Sunshine

It was the theme for my son’s fourth-grade graduation ceremony. Funny that I should remember it so clearly. My son is turning 50 in a few weeks and I’ve forgotten a lot, but this I remember. And I remember that I cried.

LINED UP AND READY TO GO! – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge:
Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Around here, geese and ducks and often swans have a strong tendency to line up. If you’re using a long lens, this can be a problem. If there are a lot of geese or ducks or swans, you can’t get them all!

Geese lined up n a green river

Cygnets lined up

Mom and cygnets

Ducks lined up and human legs in a line – Boston Commons

The Christmas parade, getting organized


A Photo a Week Challenge: Meme-worthy Photos

Facebook is full of memes. I’m not much of a meme-writer. Usually, I use them as part of one of my own posts and I tend to use my own pictures, but I prefer to make them blurry and a bit abstract to not take away from the message, whatever it may be.

But this particular one is one of my favorite quotes from “The Good Omen” said by the devil to one of his minions. You should read the book. It’s hilarious.

From Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”


A Photo a Week Challenge: Pink

I have a particular favorite color of pink for clothing and it’s the only color pink I wear that isn’t a nightgown or underwear.

Hot pink.

I use to wear black and put a hot pink blazer over it. It looked great. Red works too, but hot pink has class. Otherwise, you won’t find pink in my furniture or even my sheets. I admit a few doll dresses are pink, but with dolls, you can’t entirely avoid pink. It’s a doll color.

And then there are flowers:



A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

An unexpected window in a place where no window should be? An interesting challenge.

A small window in the wall of an old barn

One small window, one huge barn. There’s one crooked old window in the middle of the barn wall. Not big enough or clean enough to bring much light into the barn. But it’s there.

THE VANISHING POINT – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Vanishing Point

It’s that point in the distance where the road, river, valley, or bridge comes together. It’s the natural end of a parallel set of lines.

Photo: Garry Armstrong – The last of autumn in early November

Curves also have a vanishing point

Down our snowy road – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Worcester-Providence Railroad

Take a walk along the river