PAULA’S PICK A WORD FOR JULY 2018 – Marilyn Armstrong

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN JULY – Y3

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.

Ogunquit shore

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!

Feathered 

Photo: Garry Armstrong – About as scenic as it gets!

THE BLUE HOUR – THURSDAY’S SPECIAL — Marilyn Armstrong

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: BLUE HOUR

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.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL WORDS IN PHOTOS – Marilyn Armstrong

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN JUNE – Y3

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.


Nascent

Me and my son

Fresh corn – victuals

Pullulating!

Reflective

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APRIL’S PICK A WORD IN PICTURES

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN APRIL – Y3

From Paula:

It’s time for another Pick a Word theme. As usual you have a choice of five words for this photo challenge, and you can pick any of them, some of them or all. I hope you will inspiration in this post.

Here are the words: dawning, condensed, coalescing, verdant, sempiternal.


Dawning

Little dolls tightly packed (condensed) in a case

When many snow flakes come together, is that a coalescing?

The pond – deeply verdant!

Sempiternal, like Roaring dam

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LOST IN TRANSLATION – BLACK & WHITE VS. COLOR

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE Y2-01

From Paula:

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.

Philodendron – Before

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WHICH WAY TO CHESTNUT HILL?

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: WAY


From Paula:

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.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: CONEY ISLAND – TRACES OF THE PAST

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y4-03


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 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.

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