Been a while since we posted. We had a couple rounds of heavy winter weather and being trapped away from home for days at a time. Nice to be back home. Between bouts of wintry mix, the birds came out and did what birds do.
This morning’s springlike shower left droplets clinging to moss venters and creating a miniature architectural fantasy of onion domes and tiny glass spheres.
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on depth. We thought we’d explore some temporal, rather than spatial depths. The top photo is a fragment of a worked stone — its age and purpose unknown. Its once sharp fracture creases have been eroded by both depth in time and water. Novaculite, an excellent material for flintknapping, is found in the Arkansas and Oklahoma Ouachitas.
The bottom photo was taken leaving work last Friday afternoon. The swelling buds on this tulip tree speak of the depth of time until spring.
Other depths explored this week:
- Depth of sand and water – https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/weekly-photo-challenge-depth/
- Down the hall – https://varietyoflight.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/depth/
- From the foggy depths – https://acoffeebreakwithmike.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/into-the-fog/
- Woodscrew – http://ledotphotography.com/2015/01/30/weekly-photo-challenge-depth/
- Light in the forest – https://spiritinpolitics.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/photo-challenge-light-invades-the-forest-depths/
Sat down for yet another lunch at the desk. Just as I unwrapped my sub, there appeared out the window a pair of foxes. The larger one, top photo, was more bold, venturing into the clearing with a wary eye on the parking lot. The other fox hugged the tree line of the greenbelt, disappearing into the undergrowth soon after the second photo was taken.
We came late to Cee’s “My Favorite Things” challenge, catching it in verse 2. While taking down the outside Christmas decoration a few weekends ago, we were delighted to see that the folds of a big velveteen bow had become home for one of our favorite insects: the ladybug. Twice a year, they appear by the dozens inside the house and outside, scores of them cover the warm sidewalks and walls. They are generally beneficial insects, chowing down on aphids, but have also been known to consume monarch larvae. Read more about the multicolored Asian lady beetle: http://www.uark.edu/ua/arthmuse/asian.html.
The Weekly Photo Challenges seem to be getting, well, more challenging. This week’s theme is “Express Yourself.” This image is not so much about what the sign says, but how out of place its expression seems in a place where the only anglers are birds.
Self-expressions that we liked include: