Vista

This post inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo

The prompt: Vista

 

During a cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary, my husband and I visited St. George’s, Bermuda. We spent a wonderful day exploring the town and a gorgeous nearby beach.

View from the ship…

 

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And during our walk around town…

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Photo a Week – Squares & Circles

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week – Squares and Circles

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING SQUARES AND CIRCLES TOGETHER IN YOUR IMAGES.

 

checkers

 

King Me!

…is said triumphantly during an intense game of Checkers…one of my favorite board games as a child. A two player game, my grandfather and I were often found sitting across from each other, leaning over the checkered board. Planning our next moves. Jumps. Double jumps. His pile of checkers usually accumulated faster than mine. Ferocious competitors until one king remained.

I seem to remember the game pieces as black and red, but this “newer” 1980’s version – which I played with my children – went with a new look.

 

king me 2

 

 

Peppers Everywhere

This post inspired by May photo a day challenge

The prompt: Colorful

 

peppers everywhere

 

It was a cold gray dreary February day. No color to be found outside…other than brown, white and dark green peeking out from snow covered evergreens.

As I wandered through the produce section of a local grocery store (aptly called Market Basket), a rainbow of peppers caught my eye.

I imagined the security camera recording the image of a bundled up lady taking pictures of vegetables with her phone. Was she an undercover “Mystery Shopper”? (as I once was twenty years ago). Or from the Health Department? Or just capturing the perfect image to illustrate…Peter Piper Picked a Peck of….?

Or just because that pepper display was gorgeous…

I digress.

Vegetables = colorful. As well as being full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, fiber and all kinds of good stuff you can’t get in a pill or a powder. No matter what the advertisers tell you.

Definitely a sight for my color starved eyes in the middle of winter.

 

 

Delicate

This post inspired by Lens-Artist Challenge #46

The prompt: Delicate

 

I can’t seem to stop taking photos of my Mother’s Day flowers. Hand delivered by my son last weekend. They are the hardiest roses I have ever received.

Perhaps, also, the most delicate. I am drawn to the detail. The subtle coloring. The mysterious greenery that is not baby’s breath.

 

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My eyes constantly drift over to their spot on the table across the room.

A few days later, I am at it again…

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I also note how they are aging…gracefully. I refuse to throw any out, even as they lose their perfect delicacy. Their perfect color. Edges growing a bit more discolored every day.

Is beauty only in the new and fresh?…or can we also see beauty here…in the natural  curling at the edges…petals darkening…greenery fading.
As the short life cycle draws to a close.

aging roses

One week later…
Still delicate.
Still beautiful.

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Feet

This post inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: The topic is Hands, Feet or Paws

reunion feet

Summer 2005
Family Reunion #10
Four giggling daughters of sisters
Squeezed onto grandma’s bed
6 years old to 23
Dusty dirty feet
Displayed

Years later
many miles
apart…

Those toes now dipped in new waters…
College student
Emergency Physician
Merchandise Manager
PhD candidate

…two doing double duty
as mamas
on their feet
chasing giggling little ones
of their own.

Night

This post inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo

The prompt: Night

On a solo week-away vacation in June 2006, I walked up and down Coronado Beach every day. Usually twice. Invigorating. Peaceful. Restorative.

Evening brought its own magic, as the sun set…showcasing palm trees, sand dunes and Point Loma in the distance.

 

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Coronado Beach, California