Soft blossom morning

Spring is having a hard time awakening from his slumber, and winter keeps tip-toeing back. Snow and ice returned to Arkansas’ northern counties this past week, and here in the Ouachitas, fog swallowed the ridge tops yesterday. Today, high winds scattered the mist and are busy rearranging the deck furnishings.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

This week’s challenge is about lunchtime — a few different kinds of lunchtime, shot with a mix of camera and phone.

And a few lunches from around the world:

And the challenge homepage:

A bloomin’ good time

Weekly phoneography challenge: My neighborhood

We’re taking a rather broad view of “neighborhood”  for this week’s challenge –using the panorama function on the iPhone camera. Love the distortion the panorama provides, especially of the car rounding the corner at the same time the phone was scanning the scenery:

DOWNTOWN -- Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts.
DOWNTOWN — Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts. [Next time, I’ll try standing closer to the center of the intersection.] Main landmarks are Col. Mustard’s, a gas station/grocery and the Cutoff Corner Cafe and Dairy Bar. Behind the phoneographer is the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL -- The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL — The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras as doting parents and grandparents pose and photograph children and grandchildren in their Sunday best and cutest smiles. Wye Mountain is about 20 miles west of Ferndale.

Not taken with a phone, but just as a humorous coda for the photo above:

NEED TO KNOW -- Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!
NEED TO KNOW — Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!

Take a minute to visit a few other neighborhoods:

Weeping pine

While attending to the weekly hill workout, a glint caught my eye on the way up.  One of the more than 170 pine trees that needed to be cut in the days following the Christmas Day 2012 blizzard, had been weeping sap. Its “frozen” tears caught the afternoon light.

FUTURE AMBER - Pine sap drips ever so slowly from a sawn trunk.
FUTURE AMBER – Pine sap drips ever so slowly from a sawn trunk.

Skull sky

Here in Arkansas, where the Gulf of Mexico sends its warm, moist air streaming northward, and the Jet Stream regularly imports cold air from Canada, we’re no stranger to the scary skies that are generated when the two forces meet.

However, this sky image is scary in another way: More creepy than a green tornado sky and something more akin to the images of fear and horror seen in some German Expressionist cinema. Found the image this morning when cleaning off the SD cards in the digital cameras. This was taken September 2012 from our deck looking southwest.

SCARY SKY -- Skull-like formation in the clouds over central Arkansas.
SCARY SKY — Skull-like formation in the clouds over central Arkansas. (Untouched by Photoshop.)

Weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details

One of the nice things about the weekly photo challenge is that the prompt gets you to see the world in another way; or see an object in a new light; or at the very least from a new angle. Our take on the details is below.