Wow. Has it really been almost two months since our last post? Since January’s snow, we’ve had record-breaking high temperatures, a six-day monsoon with more than five inches of rain, a few tornadoes and tomorrow night, we have a freeze warning.
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks: ” Where’s your happy place?” For us, it’s that place where the rising sun’s rays skim across the mountain folds, and updrafts sustain the wind play of vultures and hawks. It’s that place where birds fill the ears with chirps and whistles and hoots, and buck snorts add exclamation points to the Ouachita Mountain soundtrack. It’s also the place that has served as a bird blind, galactic observatory and deer-watching platform. That happy place is our deck.
Tonight’s sunset was quite a contrast to last week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, which had “monochromatic” as its theme.
Little by little, autumn creeps into the viewfinder.
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.
This big and beautiful polyphemus moth was fluttering around the parking lot at work on Friday. Of course I had to take his portrait. More detailed shots of this lovely fellow are below.
Texture would seem to be such a simple thing. Wandered around among the trees and weeds looking for anything new that would really fit the challenge. (Our previous post, “Coral Fungus,” would’ve been perfect). So here’s what we found today:
Extra textures we loved:
- A grand variety – http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/nature-and-coast/
- Elephantine – http://scottseyephotos.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/weekly-photo-challenge-texture-2/
- Fantastically fungal – http://insellos.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/
- Flamingo feathers and more – http://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/textures-a-wordpress-photo-challenge/
- Boathouse – http://snapsandstories.com/2014/08/08/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/
This summer has been rather rainy here on the eastern side of the Arkansas Ouachitas. The abundant rain and temperate, um, temperatures, may account for the steady parade of wildflowers we’ve not seen before. These pinks popped up last weekend. Don’t know what they are yet (possibly smooth phlox?), but they sure stand out among the greenery.