Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge is a place to share photos that can’t be categorized. This shot is of a trio of LED Christmas lights in a tube that look like shooting stars or dripping icicles. Add a longer exposure time and some motion and voila – odd ball photo.
Doughnut holes are a paradox. Are they holes or are they wholes (as in Munchkins)? Zoo bear ponders the mystery in his doughnut toy.
Shadows angle across a snow-dusted deck.
Even more “shadowed” we liked this week:
- Handy – http://suebeeandkat.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
- Walk on cobblestones – https://katieprior.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadows/
- Together – https://oldmomsunite.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/shadowed-protection/
- Branched shadows – https://elleturner4.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
- Reading – http://chouett.com/2015/01/10/lachouett-shadowed-photo-challenge/
This week’s photo challenge is shadowed. The shadows give a sense of depth to the cypress stand in an oxbow in eastern Arkansas. A drive-by shot taken along U.S. 70.
Other shadows we liked:
- When a shadow doesn’t always reflect its maker – https://jimholroyd365.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/look-at-the-shadow/
- Granny – https://onceuponacamera.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/s-h-a-d-o-w-e-d/
- With heart – https://autopict.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/semaine-francaise-au-autopict-wpc-shadowed-pch-ombre/
- Variety – http://thedailyblabber.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/shadows/
- Arches – http://pursuitoflife.net/2015/01/09/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
While prepping dinner, I glanced out the kitchen window to see a big orange full moon floating off to the east, obscured by winter-bare branches. This was the first clear night we’ve had in ages. Dinner could wait. Grabbed a couple of cameras and the truck keys (after having to run back inside to grab the memory cards that were still in the readers and briefly consider bringing a monopod) and flew west along the ridge to a higher, more tree-free vantage point. Dinner was a few minutes late, but after savoring a sight like that, there were no complaints.
After a mostly gray, soggy and cold week, it was nice to find reminders of summers past in the photo files. Each year, we enjoy the aerial antics of the ruby-throated hummingbirds who spend the summer with us following their yearly migration from central America. Their quickness of wing is always a challenge for the little pocket digital cameras, but that doesn’t keep us from trying to capture them in pixels.
Arkansas is a landlocked state, but it doesn’t mean we don’t see mountainous waves on occasion. Back in July, this thick bank of fog rolled in from the west, breaking over a long fold ridge and spilling down its southern flank. The second shot is the wave just a moment or two earlier as it was cresting.
A squirrel preparing for a hard winter spent much of one gray September morning scurrying about grabbing, then burying nuts behind the office. Speaking of leaping and running, check out this Hertsfordshire man’s Squirrel Grand ‘Nutional’ vid to see if there’s a Sciuridae equivalent of the mighty Arkle.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMHeyDsnW54.
What better theme to start the new year with, than “new?”
For years I’ve been wanting to make a custom-flavored gin. Santa obliged this Christmas, and in cahoots with my husband, put a gin-making starter kit under the tree. The infusion process began today with a juniper berry bath. Tomorrow, we’ll start experimenting with the botanicals to create something new. (And tasty. We hope.)
(A little cardamom here, some black pepper there, a smidge of lavender or lime … the possibilities are endless.)
Other visions of new we liked: