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Daily Prompt: Stillness

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Today’s Daily Prompt is Standstill. Here’s how I view stillness photographically:

 

A hammock on Grand Batanga Beach, south of Douala.
A hammock on Grand Batanga Beach, south of Douala, Cameroon.

 

 

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Boats

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This week’s Sunday Stills, the next challenge is boats. Here are my offerings relating to this, one of the oldest forms of long-range transportation.

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Boat on the Atlantic beach south of the port city of Douala.

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Sunday Stills, The Next Challenge: Watershots

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This Sunday Stills Challenge is watershots.  Here are my offerings.

Lobe Waterfall.
Lobe Waterfall.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.

 

 

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Photography: The First Signs of Autumn

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It has been an interesting summer; cool days alternating with sweltering days, and the occasional rain. But, autumn is soon upon us, and sitting on my deck gazing into the forest behind my house, I’ve seen the first signs of its approach. Nestled among the dark green leaves of the hardwoods at the edge of the forest, I can see the first signs of red and gold as the leaves begin to turn.

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Daily Prompt: Imagine

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I’m a bit late with this prompt on Imagine People, but I’m recovering from a hip operation, so I haven’t been operating on all cylinders of late. Heck, let’s face it, I’m way late on this one, but what the hey! Here’s my photographic take on imagine. Imagine what this couple is talking about as they sit on a hill overlooking the Cameroonian capital city, Yaoundé. The future? Their plans for the evening? The sky’s the limit.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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Here’s my take on the Sea.

Boat on the Atlantic beach south of the port city of Douala.
Boat on the Atlantic beach south of the port city of Douala.
"The beach at evening"
As the sun sets on the beach at Tenerife, everything takes on different shades of blue, fading into purple.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.

Daily Writing Prompt: I Pledge Allegiance

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Today’s Daily Writing Prompt:  I Pledge Allegiance invites writers, photographers, and artists to illustrate patriotism.  Here’s my offering.

"Vietnam Memorial Wall"
In a peaceful green setting, this stark black memorial honors all who died in Vietnam.

 

The Army's Old Guard escorts the caisson containing three fallen heroes' remains to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Army’s Old Guard escorts the caisson containing three fallen heroes’ remains to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Masterpiece.  Most people think of works of art or fantastic buildings when this word is brought up, but to me, nature is the source of the real masterpieces. So, I searched my nature photo files for the one that screams masterpiece to me. This desert scene, shot just east of Tucson, Arizona, shows nature at her best. Hope you agree.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Companionable. I was so impressed with the photos of the photos of the dogs on the site, I decided that a photo of my ‘best friend,’ Daisy was the perfect way to show companionable. Daisy is almost 15 years old. She formerly belonged to my daughter, but when her second child was born, her small house suddenly became too small, so my wife decided that since our former dog Chong died, we could use another ‘child’ around the house. I think it was mainly to give me an excuse to get up every morning and take her for her morning constitutional. Despite her age, Daisy is a lot like a puppy, and looks forward to our morning walk, or just sitting on the deck with me as I write in my journals and stare at me with her soulful brown eyes.

My new 'best friend'.
My new ‘best friend’.

Photography: Full Moon on the First Day of Summer, 2013

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Obscured by wispy clouds.
Obscured by wispy clouds.
The full Monty.
The full Monty.
Behind and above the rooftops.
Behind and above the rooftops.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

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Actually, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is the world through my eyes, but you’ll have to use your eyes and your brain to determine what my view of the world is.

My view of politics.
My view of politics.

You can have everything but my chicken.
You can have everything but my chicken.
The way I feel sometimes.
The way I feel sometimes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

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Okay, I’m a little late – actually, a lot late – with this challenge. This week’s photo challenge is curves. Check it out, and if you’ve a mind to, give it a shot (no pun intended). I went through my thousands of digital photos trying to find the one that best illustrates the theme. I couldn’t make up my mind, so I decided to go with more than one. I’m not sure if you agree with me, but here’s my offerings:

The gentle curves of doorways looking out into a garden.
The gentle curves of doorways looking out into a garden.
Curves overlaying curves in this well in a Cape Town inn's courtyard.
Curves overlaying curves in this well in a Cape Town inn’s courtyard.

A curving pathway.
A curving pathway.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Color. The objective is to share a photo, or gallery of photos, where color takes center stage.

Here’s my offering:

A spot of red nestled in green leaves with a gray-brown background.
A spot of red nestled in green leaves with a gray-brown background.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
A bright blue sky frames the pastel shades of foliage and birds' nests in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
A bright blue sky frames the pastel shades of foliage and birds’ nests in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
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Macro Monday: Closeup Photography

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Kudos to Cee’s Photography for the idea of doing closeup photography. Give it a try with your own closeup shots.

Here’s mine:

 

Shot this fly on the window of my cab in Central Park, NYC.
Shot this fly on the window of my cab in Central Park, NYC.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

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This weeks photo challenge is “Home”. Check out the great shot they use over at The Daily Post.

This cozy living room of a hotel in southeastern Zimbabwe was like a lot of places I spent a lot of time in - so much so, that they were like home to me after a while.
This cozy living room of a hotel in southeastern Zimbabwe was like a lot of places I spent a lot of time in – so much so, that they were like home to me after a while.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

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The photo challenge this week is Earth. Go here and check it out, and think about participating. When I think earth, I think solidity and permanence. I wonder if my photos convey that. I leave it to readers to decide whether that’s the case.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire

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Check out this week’s fun foto challenge at this link. Fire is one of the five Chinese elements, and, without it life couldn’t exist. Here are my interpretations of fire; and, notice that sometimes it’s implied rather than specified.

"Campfire"
The embers of a barbecue fire at a brai in Zimbabwe
The sun is the largest fire in our solar system.
The sun is the largest fire in our solar system.    
The smoldering coals cook chicken for our brai at a camp near the Zambezi River.
The smoldering coals cook chicken for our brai at a camp near the Zambezi River.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

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Over at Cee’s Photography, the Weekly Photo Challenge is Love. Check it out here. In the meantime, check out my interpretation of this

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