Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Trees

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Trees


I am visiting my daughter and her family in Washington DC.
A 3 day celebration of her successful defense of her doctoral dissertation. After 7 years of hard work, perseverance and dedication. Including…as she puts it… “producing a human.” My adorable three year old grandson.

Yesterday afternoon…we enjoyed a brief respite at one of her favorite places.

This is the view…bordering the rear parking lot…


trees in DC
Washington DC

…behind Politics and Prose…
A bookstore and coffeeshop in one!

We browsed the shelves
Of so many books.
Until time for
Cookies and tea.

Precious time
To chat
With my daughter
The new PhD.






Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close up of Flowers

Inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:Ā Close up of Flowers

I couldn’t let this week go by without responding to Cee’s challenge – since practicing with my new camera/macro lens is on my (fun!) to-do list.

And, oh by the way, I love taking pictures.

Since I prefer to photograph flowers in even light, today’s overcast skies were the perfect setting. All good…except for the impending rain and thunderstorms forecast on my trusty (or not so trusty) weather app.

We have a “landscape committee” in our condo association – and despite their committee drama – they do a nice job with flower choices and placement. At least I think so. Not everybody does…hence the drama.

Today’s walk was a quick one – as raindrops interrupted my planned much-longer photo excursion around the neighborhood – but this is what I came up with…


First stop: A hanging planter bursting with pink flowers. Not sure of the name.

pink flowers 1


Second stop: Day lilies planted down a small hill next to the road.

day lillies


Third stop: Yellow flowers caught my eye as the rain started…

yellow flowers

And that was that!

For today šŸ™‚

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two

Cee’s challenge topic this week: 2 Items or the Number Two


two chairs

On a recent trip to visit with two dear friends, I spent the better part of a bright sunny day at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

I highly recommend it.

The museum is actually a collection of close to 40 buildings. Filled with unique exhibits of America’s past. Plus the permanent home on land for the Ticonderoga – a 220-foot sidewheel steamboat.

Many photos were taken! IĀ could have easily returned for another full day and still have more left to see.

Twenty-two gardens are planted on the 45 acre site. These antique chairs were shaded from the sun under one of the many trees…an open invitation to sit for a moment. And rest.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One

Cee’s challenge topic this week:Ā 1 item or the Number One




During a cruise to Bermuda in 2008, I enjoyed the beautiful scenery both on and off the ship.

One day, I noticed this bird perched on the ship’s rail. All by itself. Taking in the sun’s rays.

Perhaps sensing that I was not an experienced bird photographer, it held still long enough for me to take this picture. Obviously used to tourists and enjoying the attention.

I have no idea what kind of bird it was. I welcome any ideas!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Smiles

Cee’s challenge topic this week:Ā Smiles

Back in the 1970’s my boyfriend went on a cross country road trip with his best friend. They intended to make it all the way from the East Coast of the US to the West Coast. In an orange Ford Pinto.

road trip car

They drove as far as Wyoming and realized they were running out of time. Before starting for home, my boyfriend insisted on stopping at a local arts and crafts store to buy a souvenir gift.

A small handmade metal sculpture of two grinning figures, crafted by a local artisan.

Which he gave to me – his girlfriend of 2 years – a few days later…

Saying with a huge smile…

This is US seeing each other again!


smiles 1




One year later we were married.


Also inspired by Nancy Merrill at Photo a Week Challenge.