Five Photos, Five Stories–Day Two

Five Photos, Five Stories–Day Two

Go HERE for an explanation of this challenge and rules to participate.

Alien Nation, or Resort City, USA?

From our invisible observatory high above the seaside village, we documented the activity of the alien life forms. Seen clustered together in the upper right of the screen, they tend to travel in packs, wandering like inebriated party-goers trying to find their car after the bar closes. We must inconspicuously sample the water on this planet to determine if it is the cause of this erratic behavior. If so, we must inform our investors, apply for the necessary Alcoholic Beverage Control license…

Today, I nominate EagleAye of Momus News to share Five Photos, Five Stories.


Five Photos, Five Stories–Day One

Five Photos, Five Stories–Day One My sweet friend, Dianna at These Days of Mine, tagged me to join the fun with this recent photo/story challenge.  The rules for Five Photos, Five Stories are 1) to post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph. And 2) each day, nominate another blogger for the challenge. Here goes:

Juvenile Osprey–Out on a Limb

The story for this photo starts with a lovely young lady (that part is fiction) who set out to explore the great, wild, unknown parts of her fair city. Her goal: To commune with nature and get a bit of exercise in the process The trail she chose parallels the edges of a lake and a creek. The beginning of the trail wends its way through a marshy area. The dense greenery overhead shields her from the hot sun and provides nesting areas for numerous species of birds, brought to her attention by the demanding calls of the young for the parents to hurry up and put dinner on the table.  As she progresses, she notices underfoot this trail is not hard-packed like the bike trail she walked previously. Some areas hold loose sand as one would find on a beach. It provides a good workout for her calf muscles. It was rather narrow in places as the grasses and foliage carried out their sinister plot to take over. Just past the lake, the trail takes a sharp left and segues into a boardwalk. The surrounding wide-open area looks like a home for trees past their prime. Most are gnarled and bowed down to the earth, waiting to return to the soil. Those remaining tall and erect hold promise in their barren branches. They stretch forth their arms to welcome and invite the Osprey to build a home and nurture their young.                                                                                                

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I would like to nominate Pastor Joseph Elon Lillie of Lillie-Put to share Five Photos, Five Stories


Willy Nilly Friday 5 #45

Willy Nilly Friday 5

1. I checked out a new (to me) trail at First Landing State Park today. When I arrived at the boat-launch parking lot, I followed a narrow, meandering  path along the water to see what I could see. This is what I found:

I could have stayed on the road and ended up in this parking lot. Oh, well, where’s the fun in that!

2. Saw this amazing cloud on the way to my daughter’s last week. The sun was setting and I couldn’t look, so I pointed the cell phone out the window and snapped–that explains the wonky angle. At least, I hope it does. 

3. Is it odd that I have to look at my photos to see what I did this week? 

4. The Asiatic Lily waited until I got home to bloom. I was afraid I’d miss it.

5. We have a railroad excursion with a steam locomotive coming up this summer. 

Also linking to Skywatch Friday



Good Fences #62

Good Fences #62

Black Vulture

I spotted this Black Vulture, with half-dozen or so family members, working on a deer carcass at the side of the road. They moved away when I stopped; this one perched on a fence post. Visions of Good Fences flashed through my head as I whipped out my cell phone. 

Brown-headed Cowbird juvenile

This is my new gardening buddy (in case you didn’t see it on my Facebook page). When I stepped outside to move the hose to water another area, the birds scattered–except for this one. It was still sitting on the platform feeder as I walked by. I continued across the yard, moved the hose, and as I repositioned it, I noticed this bird had followed me! Of course, I didn’t have my camera, not even my phone! So I went back inside, got my phone, and returned to where I’d last seen it. I stood there a moment, and there it was, walking toward me. So, like any responsible birdwatcher, I took its picture. Hubby said the Song Sparrow was feeding it last week while I was away. Now, it is on its own, but it approaches various birds as they visit the yard as if looking for its family. (Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and leave.)


Share Your World–2015 Week 21

Share Your World

Cee has a new format for us this week. She has a list of choices from which we pick four, then list our four responses. Like this:

Favorite Songs

Sky Spills Over–Michael W. Smith
Crossfire–Bellamy Brothers
Eyes of a New York Woman–BJ Thomas
You’re the One–The Vogues

Favorite Flowers or Plants

Snow on the Mountain
Lantana (multi-colored)
Walker’s Low Catmint

Walker’s Low Catmint


Favorite Actors/Actresses

Robert Downey, Jr.
Tommy Lee Jones
Will Smith
Julia Roberts

Favorite Teas

Bigelow Premium Black, decaf
Panera’s Iced Green Tea
Teavana White Chocolate Peppermint
Stash Holiday Chai

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I‘m grateful to spend last week with my daughter, and her first wisdom tooth extraction went well. I’m looking forward to another hike at the state park. I intended to go today, until there was threat of a thunderstorm in the forecast–and then it didn’t rain! 

For a complete list of choices, click the Share Your World button. What are your favorites?









Willy Nilly Friday 5 #43

Willy Nilly Friday 5 Randomness
Weekly Photo Challenge–Enveloped

1. Hubby was out of town for a long weekend. I finished filling boxes with items to donate, recycle, etc., loaded them into the car, and dropped them off. I’m still not seeing much progress. Surely I’m making some?

2. One day, when I go to Norfolk Botanical Garden, I want to forget about counting steps and spend some time here.
3. This is the view from there–with a painterly (filter) touch added.

4. Saturday I was enveloped by natural beauty at First Landing State Park.

5. I’m ready to go back. I’d like to explore more of this:

But, I’ll have to wait a few days. Our daughter requested my baby-sitting services–for her! It seems her wisdom teeth have to go. This may be my only post this week, but I’ll let you know when I get back–and then we’ll explore some more!

Weekly Photo Challenge–Enveloped