You are wrong if you think I forgot about July’s Pick a Word challenge. I’ve just been too busy to see the last week’s entries, but I will get to that soon. For now, here is the July’s mix for you: canicular, splash, feathered, marine, scenic
And here are a few pictures to go with it. Canicular reminds me a song my mother used to sing “Canicule, Canicular.” The song never made sense to me and still doesn’t. But I think it was about a small railroad that went up a mountain. It was hard to tell.
My mother never remembered lyrics, so she’d sing the song’s title over and over, but never sing lyrics that made sense. I remember all the melodies and some very odd words.
Canicular — If you don’t think this is narrow, try hauling a bag of groceries up past the lift chair!
I love the waves on the shore, but usually, my camera doesn’t like it nearly as much. Let’s hear it for water-resistant cameras!
Photo: Garry Armstrong – About as scenic as it gets!
From Paula:Welcome to Thursday’s Special photo challenge. Today’s theme is Blue Hour. It is my favourite time of the day for photo shooting. Hoping that you like this theme as much as I do, I look forward to seeing your entries 🙂
And we were out on the water today, so blue it is. It was as perfect a day as you could imagine.
But sadly, the blue hour was pink.
Serenity on the water with Tom tying up the dinghy
The blue hour was pink
Incredible pink sky as the sun sets. More pink for the blue hour
It wasn’t quite the blue hour yet, but it was very, very blue.
From Paula: I know how eager some of you are to see what words June’s Pick-A-Word is bringing. This time we have only “good” words with positive connotation. So here I’m offering my list in the hope that it will make your creative juices flowing.
Take your time responding to the theme and have fun! The words are nascent, maternal, victuals, pullulating, reflective.
I almost let March go by without Black & White Sunday, and with a shorter weekend I only managed to post it today. Here’s a challenge which invites you to post the same image in colour and black and white. I call it “After and Before” and it is a recurrent event, the first one this year.
Philodendron – After
I’m glad you remembered. I so very much look forward to your challenges. They make me think … and I don’t think nearly as much as I ought.
In all the years of challenges I have never given you the theme WAY, so I thought it was about time I included it in Thursday’s Special photo challenge. No other special reason than that. I will check the entries next Wednesday so take your time posting and let’s hope you will find the right way 😉
If you are talking to Garry and I, it’s not a random question. We are permanently lost. Whether we are on the way to Boston, or on the way to another town in the valley … we are lost, oh lost.
On the Mass Pike …
While we were getting lost, I took pictures. We can get almost anywhere. The problem isn’t getting almost there. It’s getting exactly there, to the specific building and department.
FROM PAULA: It’s time for another Traces of the Past theme and this month it shall be in colour. Peeking through bleak and bare trees and nature’s monochrome there is a beautiful Neogothic Parish church of Bled. Not one’s typical view of that enchanting Slovenian town, but the one I thought you might enjoy. For once I decided to show you an example from not so distant past as this church was built in the early 20th century. You have a week to post your entries for this photo challenge. In the meantime I wish you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!
The old boardwalk at Coney Island is a favorite place for me. I’ve been going there since I was a child. It has been set on the coast of Brooklyn on the Atlantic Ocean for close to 150 years — pretty old for an amusement park.
My mother — and Garry’s mother — went there when they were children and again as young adults with friends. It has always been a place to play, whether you are five or 90. And Nathan’s still has the best hot dogs in the world. Yes, I know you can buy them in the grocery store, but the ones they grill on the boardwalk taste different. The ones you eat at Coney Island taste like ocean and salty winds off the sea.
Coney Island boardwalk
And now, a few of the old rides that are still available. Hurricane Sandy, ten years ago (more?) almost killed off the park, but they brought it back with new rides and redid the boardwalk, too.
The Nathan’s hot dogs they sell in the grocery are NOTHING like the ones they sell at the original Nathan’s at Coney Island!
The various rides have come and gone, but the boardwalk has remained. After nearly disappearing during Hurricane Sandy, has been improved. In fact, the destruction wrought by the hurricane actually forced “the powers that be” to fix the place up. It is much classier now than it was, almost like it was back in the 1930s when it was “the Disneyland” of the north.
These are older pictures, from 9 or 10 years ago.
The Cyclone — Almost 100 years old and still the scariest roller coaster I’ve been on. Not the biggest, but definitely the most terrifying.
And this is as reckless as we ever got. Reckless enough!
Welcome to another Thursday’s Special event. Today you are invited to post a photo (or several) of a trio of some kind, be it animate or inanimate, the choice is yours. I will look at the entries next week. Have a great Thursday and weekend!
Three pigeons, sharing the top of the roof. Watching the party and having a little party of their own.
Here we are in February already and it is time for another Pick a Word themed photo challenge. Maybe you will find the choice of today’s words stimulating, maybe too challenging, but in case you decide to join the challenge, I will be happy to look at your entries whether it is interpretation of one, several or all of the given words: innate, protuberant, rectangular, interspersed, and fluorescent.
Two pictures — the first way I published it and the redo, just accomplished. These are the rapids by Roaring Dam in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
Roaring Dam rapids … first try
Whether you like the first of the second depends on what you are looking for. The first is high contrast. The “wet” parts look wetter. The second one has more details in the water and the rocks and a slightly different color curve.
Next time around
I decided to do a second set because I wanted to show something different.
Bonnie and Gibbs
I do not believe my dogs are the cutest dogs on Earth, but really, they are
Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month, and this is the fourth year it has been running. Next month you’ll be able to participate in Traces of the Past in Black and White for one of the two Black & White Sundays. You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Wishing you all a special and happy Thursday!
The Winter Carousel at the Heritage museum was more than 100 years old. They had brought it to the museum from some other part of the country, then had carefully reassembled it. I’ve had the pictures for quite a while. Until a few days ago, I didn’t realize how many there were in the folder and how few of them I’ve processed. Since I haven’t been getting out much, this seemed a good a time to work on them.
Lion – Roar!
So welcome to the Winter Carousel at the Heritage museum on Cape Cod. The carousel (also called a “merry-go-round” and both expressions mean the same thing) has its own working steam-driven calliope.
“They say there is no light without dark, no good without evil, no male without female, no right without wrong. That nothing can exist if it’s direct opposite does not also exist.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Incubus Dreams
It’s Hanukkah. Finding the right candles for my Menorah has proved nearly impossible, so I simply light candles, murmur the prayer and that’s fine. There’s actually no law that says you have to use a specific type of candle holder. Any candles can do the job, celebrating brightness against the darkness.
Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am and Our Neck Of The Woods.