Travel Theme – Camaraderie

Traveling by train… even if it is just to Uptown is fun!

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A Sideline Nana

Watching from the sidelines has been in my blood for a long time.  First as a mother and now has a Nana.  I always had, and still have, my camera at my side.  Now most parents have their phones at the ready to video everything.  I prefer my snapshots or moments.

Love that he took time to throw a wave my way.
Love that he took time to throw a wave my way.
It is so important to have fun!
It is so important to have fun!

There is a soft spot in my heart for the early sports teams.  They were so thrilled to be dressed in their team shirts, playing with their friends.  Not sure what they were doing, but having fun.

It actually looks like they know what they are doing.
It actually looks like they know what they are doing.

Saturday morning was the first day for a new season.  New team, new shirts, new friends.  So exciting!  And Dunkin Donuts for a team treat!  Woo Hoo!

Game over and time for treats!
Game over and time for treats!

Wonder what college sports would be like if they offered a box of apple juice and cookies at half time?

Weekly Photo Challenge – Monochromatic

This particular theme is very difficult for me.  I rarely shoot anything in the monochromatic range.  But I will search through my archives and see what I can find.

Eggplant anyone?
Eggplant anyone?

Not exactly monochromatic… but????

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A hornets nest…

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A snowy day..

Rhinos at rest
Rhinos at rest

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Then there’s this old guy.

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One of my old favorites

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Maybe not so much?

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Ahh… I think this might be it.

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One Word Photo Challenge – Foggy

“moonlight disappears down the hills
mountains vanish into fog
and i vanish into poetry.”
― Sanober Khanlokfklfj

I love fog.  I love the mystical it weaves through areas, but leaves levels above and below it clear as if it is a river winding it’s way through earth.  My drive to work finds me driving through some farmland and my favorite drives are the ones that show the mist or fog elevated lazily over the fields.  Unfortunately, this is not a good time or place for me to be pulling over to the side of the road for a photo so close your eyes and imagine the soft light of morning sifting through the shimmery fog and creating a magical effect.

Foggy drive through the mountains of Carolina.
Foggy drive through the mountains of Carolina.

Instead my photo shares a harrowing drive home through heavy mountain fog.  In some photos you cannot see the car ahead.  The viewer would probably wonder why I would post a photo of solid gray, so I didn’t.  Although hazardous, the fog presented a sense of adventure and tension that was exhilarating.  When finally emerging from the blanketed area we laughed and clapped and found ourselves very hungry.  It was fun to recapture that childlike wonder that fog can evoke.

 

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge – Inspiration

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”    Rabindranath Tagore

I am a little late to the party, but life happens.  Inspiration can be so many things, but in this case I took it as the place where I can quiet my mind and let my breathing even out and let peace and tranquility in.

My back porch seat of inspiration and peace.
My back porch seat of inspiration and peace.

At our home up north we had a larger porch but it was not utilized as much as this one.  My mornings start on the porch and most days will end on the porch.  From this comfortable chair I can watch the birds and our friendly deer.  The squirrels know to give our backyard a wide berth.  I love to watch them, but not when they are raiding the bird feeders.

It is out here that my mind peacefully ambles through thoughts and puzzles through issues ranging from family to quilt designs.  My head seems to be free of cobwebs and outside intrusions.  This is my place to contemplate all the beautiful and interesting things I have seen, to explore any questions that were raised, and to submit to my curious nature.

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Summer Winding Down

It seemed like just yesterday and I had a whole summer ahead of me.  I would like to say I have been so busy I haven’t had a chance to journal, but that isn’t really true.  I snoozed sadly through much of it missing my old friends.  It wasn’t until my sister-in-law urged me to look into Meetups that I started to wake up.

Last night I went to my first Meetup and it was a photography group from Ballantyne.  It was a very diverse group, but I really think I am going to enjoy it.  I was really sorry I missed their gathering at a local greenway.  So, today, Stretch and I went to the 6 Mile Greenway and checked it out.

With camera and tripod in hand we went looking for “something.”

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

dragonfly_8_13_14_sq_smThis little guy kept buzzing around me wanting his picture taken.  He even posed several times and waited patiently while I fumbled with tripod and settings and finally went with automatic.

hornets nest pe smHidden along the path was a hornets nest.  You can’t see any right now, but the hornets were actively entering and leaving this nest.  They were very efficient and I didn’t want to disturb them long.

vines_poster_sq_smI loved how the vines wrap themselves around the trees like a really clingy mother….  Not healthy but fascinating, especially when the tree expands around it and the vine becomes one with the tree.

blue tailed skink 2 smAnd the last one is just because this little blue tailed skink is one of my grandchildren’s favorite reptiles to catch.  Yuck!

It was a sticky day today, but it was really satisfying.  I now know of a better greenway to get some photos of birds.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Leaves or Trees

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

So this week Cee’s Fun Foto topic is Leaves or Trees.  I love trees.  Not always the easiest thing to photograph because they are just so darn big!  My favorite tree is one painted by Georgia O’Keefe – The Lawrence Tree.  She made me look at trees differently.

treeThis is actually being shown upside down.  Georgia preferred it to be shown with the trunk in the top left hand corner and the top of the tree to the lower right.

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Having moved to Charlotte, I am in awe of all the big old Oaks.  The one pictured was huge and I wanted to get on the ground and take a photo to emulate the Lawrence Tree, but it was, after all, a garden tour….  Can you imagine?

tour_magestic tree_smThis is my daytime, right side up, standing, not from the prone position on the ground, version of the Lawrence Tree… and this is an Oak.  I would like to sneak back and try again.  But it truly is magnificent.

“I am at home among trees.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Exploring Charlotte

Last June we moved from Indianapolis to Charlotte to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  After living in the same home for 26 years, it was a tough move to make.  As much as I miss all my friends, it is one of the best decisions we have ever made.  We are busier than ever and get to see our family so much more.  In addition there is a whole new city to explore.  Saturday was a busy day and one filled with hidden discoveries in Charlotte.

persian_rugThe long runner my husband discovered at Classic Attic.  It was in great shape and we got a very good price for it.

My husband had discovered a place called Classic Attic, it is a great little consignment shop that is tucked into an unusual space.  It is on the backside of Park Road Shopping Center.  Normally, one would think this is where the dumpsters and employees park.  Not in Charlotte!  They  tuck the coolest things there.  It is a lower level than the Shopping Center… like a walk-out basement effect.

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In the map above is the shopping center.  I have marked my favorite spots with hearts.  Classic Attic is next door to one of the nicest garden shops.  Great plants I am going to have to go back and spend more time (money).  And then as we were leaving to go to a soccer game we passed a great little pub (also on the backside)  It had an outdoor area with umbrellas and beautiful blooms.  It was located just under a walkway that went from the shopping center to a group of apartments.  So quaint.  Sir Edmond Halley’s

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This was our table.  The food was wonderful.  We ordered something quick so we wouldn’t be late for the game.  A cuban with sweet potato fries.

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What would we do without our cell phones and Instagram?
And a nicer view of the outside of the restaurant.

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From there we went to the soccer game at Dillworth Elementary which is worthy of photos, too, but I was watching the game….kind of.

Next stop Farmer’s Market on King.

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The plants, the plants!  I purchased a couple of sweet potato vines, vinca and some mosquito plants that smell like lemons!

veggiesThe veggies were awesome as were the strawberries.

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We couldn’t get home without some of these!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

tulips_red_sm_fr“You’re strictly a tulip girl—a red tulip girl.”
Alyson Noel, Evermore

wisteria_sm_fr“Wisteria is my favorite flowering vine. Do you know why?’

I shook my head. ‘No, ma’am.’

‘Because it’s strong — just like me.”
Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

brookgreen garden_sm_fr“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”
Ruth Stout

There is no better place to greet spring than at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Isalnd, SC.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Flowers

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

aaleas_white2_fr_smThese azaleas were at Brookgreen Gardens.  What a fabulous combination of man’s art and God’s art.  So peaceful and beautiful.

bg_lavendar3_sm_frI love Wisteria, but, for someone reason I always thought it lived off other plants and trees.  Since moving South though, I have discovered Wisteria trees.  I may have to rethink this…. I do love it.  I am partially right… here is an explanation on Wisteria.

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I did a little bit of work on these only in the sense that I blackened out all the background.  It was already pretty dark, but I loved the contrast so much I wanted it all that way.  Please forgive me for messing with Mother Nature does so well herself.

pink_azaleas_1_sm_frAnd, of course, it wouldn’t be the South without out bright pink Azaleas.  I am looking forward to viewing everyone’s photos of flowers as they happen to be one of my favorite photographic subjects.

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