Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: 2 September 2021

Self planted this right next to her Fourth of July rose (and forgot what it’s called). After the Fourth of July stops blooming, early summer, this vine starts blooming. It’s a very homely flower, but it’s the only thing (other than the Agapanthus) blooming in her backyard right now.

Thanks to Cee Neuner for the FOTD Challenge!

Share Your Desktop Photo Challenge: August 2021

It has been QUITE a summer. How fast it went. And now the Olympics are over, we’re out of Afghanistan, and fall is just around the corner.

You’re alive, we’re alive, wear a mask.

Thank you to the host of this challenge, Clare’s Cosmos!

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Self has short stories in all of these literary magazines.

Gratuitous self-promotion, what?

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 160: Your Inspiration

Wow! Self LOVES the quote from Agnes Martin that inspired this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge!

She had a lot of fun going through her archives to identify her sources of inspiration.

Which are MANY. Here are a few:

  • Gardens

Front Yard, May

  • Beaches

Ocean Beach, Carmel

  • History

The Jesuits in the Philippines, by Horacio de la Costa, S. J. (Harvard University Press)

Self is so glad she can share her inspirations with dear blog readers.

Last on the Card, July 2021

Self cannot believe we’re in August!

Please let her make it to at least December. Please don’t let Delta Variant come HERE!

Thanks to bushboy’s world for hosting this unique challenge.

Final July #TreeSquare Challenge

Self has had so much fun this month, posting pictures of trees. Thank you to Becky at Life of B for hosting this challenge!

On this last day, she will return to Annaghmakerrig Lake in Ireland, which is beautiful in all seasons.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

July #TreeSquare Challenge # 10: Annaghmakerrig Again

I did a post last week about Annaghmakerrig Lake. These are from the same visit (March 2017), but taken of the trees outside my cottege at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig.

For a blissful month each year, I journeyed to this beautiful corner of Ireland, with one purpose only: to write. I was supposed to go in 2020, but of course COVID. My hope is to return, perhaps in 2023?

Thank you to Becky of The Life of B. If not for her #TreeSquare Challenge, I would not have thought to post these pictures.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #9: Two Views of the Plum Tree

One view is in March, the other is in April.

Thank you to Becky of The Life of B for hosting the #TreeSquare Challenge!

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC), 2 June: Macro or Close-Up

Love Cee Neuner’s Photo Challenges.

Here’s another: Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

  • just get as close to the subject as your camera lens allows.

My close-up of the day: my hydrangea ‘Nikko blue,’ just starting to bloom.

When my hydrangeas start blooming, I know summer is officially here.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day (FOTD), May 7: Fourth of July, Blown

The Fourth of July is past its peak. It’s still laden with flowers, but the petals are starting to fall. Thought that in-between phase was worthy of documenting for the Flower of the Day Photo Challenge:

Wait for next year. Amazing to think self will have to wait that long to enjoy blooms whose peak will last two weeks, at the most.

Makes you think of ache, impermanence, waiting.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sunday Stills Monthly Color Challenge: Spring #Green

This is yet another new monthly Photo Challenge, this one focusing just on COLORS.

YES!

The current color is GREEN. More about the challenge, here:

  • Just in time to celebrate the spring equinox and last week’s “wearin’ o’ the green” for St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s Sunday Stills theme is all about the color green. Not just any green but “spring” green as seen below. Think of fresh, lively greens as dormant plants and trees open their sleepy blooms to the sky (northern hemisphere).

Self is always taking pictures. Of her garden. In the spring, her garden is at its best. The plum tree has leafed out, the oxalis are knee-high (LOL). There is vegetation!

Hope these pictures soothe.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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