Sunday, 30 November 2014

Picture This #279 ~ Wood

An abandoned wooden box.
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A wooden crate found in a car garage.
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A bed with hidden drawers.
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A stool
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A wooden horse-drawn tonga
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Picture This #279 ~ Wood

Hi all and Happy Thanksgiving to all our  cousins in the USA.

Thanks to Mitch for selecting my shot for the header its much appreciated. 

I decided to dig back into my archive for this weeks theme to see what I had taken in the past that would fit the bill, these are the shots I selected I hope you like them. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ;)


Greetings from Red

Itasca State Park Minnesota, on a road trip to photograph the Mississippi River from its source in the park to the Iowa state line.
A contact of mine in the state conservation service had persuaded the Park to let me use a cabin in mid-winter even though the park was closed, this little fellow was the first living thing to greet me on my trip up to the Canadian border.
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Forgotten Wood

On the way south from Itasca a huge snow storm threatened to snow me in, so to I took a detour  East into Wisconsin, but the snow just followed me LOL!!
Out in the Wisconsin Farm country I saw many of these old deserted farm houses.
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Okefenokee Night

On a road trip in Florida and Georgia I took a detour into the  Okefenokee Swamp for a few days, this was a shot taken from a swamp boat at dusk.
The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000 acre (1,770 km²), peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida border in the United States. 
A majority of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. 
Okefenokee is the largest "blackwater" swamp in North America. The term Okefenokee in Native American is "land of trembling earth". The swamp was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974.
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Island View

This shot was taken on one of the last trips I took with my Dad before he passed and holds many fond memories for me.
Its one of the highest points in the Dorset Hills and although over 30 miles away you can see all the way to the Isle of Wight on a clear day!!
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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Picture This #279 ~ Wood

Congratulations to you, Baz, on your majestic photograph of the morning sun. Truly inspirational for our banner.

I like the theme of wood; I live in on a wooded lot and the trees seem alive to me and wood seems like an almost sacred thing.

Squirrel house
My husband made this for the birds, but squirrels moved in and ate the perch and made other modifications.

Pine bud
New growth from an old Norfolk pine in Florida.

Chair
Also from Florida, an old chair, no longer usable without some work, in the shade of a palm tree.

Hollow tree
This is major wood. My neighbor came to me about this 180-year-old red oak which spread out over our property line. Heavy limbs grew over his house and he called an arborist because it was leaning. The arborist found evidence of root rot and predicted the tree could fall over, so, sadly, we had it cut down. Sure enough the core was hollow and I could get my arm into it at least this far. Probably farther, but it was difficult to hold the camera up and shoot with one arm while the other was in the tree. Plus it was a little scary. The stump here is under a meter high and I could get my arm all the way in and still not touch bottom.


Picture This #279 ~ Wood

A very good subject for this week, and an opportunity to find perhaps a few photos never before seen by mankind (that sounded good). Lovely banner picture by Baz, has something "old master" to it.

We treated ourselves to a new table and chairs this year for outside on the porch, all in wood.
new table and chairs
This mistletoe settled itself on the wood of a tree just around the corner to where I live.
Mistletoe in a tree
Sometimes the wood has to be cut back, especially in town.
Cutting Trees on Bahnhofstrasse Solothurn
And Tabby telling us that "the old rocking chair just got me", all in wood.
Tabby relaxing

PICTURE THIS #279 ~ WOOD

HI ALL!! WOW, BAZ WHAT A WONDERFUL BANNER!!

MITCH, A GREAT THEME!!


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Picture This #279 ~ Wood

Hi everyone, this is Mitch, and I'll be your host for this week's challenge. Before we get to this week's theme, can I please remind members, again, that this group is only just barely big enough to keep going and that it needs your full support. This means taking an active part. Please try to visit and comment on ALL the entries in each week's theme. And this means not just at the weekend, but coming back later in the week to catch the late-comers!! Thanks!!

Ok, this week's theme is WOOD. It can be anything made of wood. This should be an easy theme, so no excuses for not taking part!! Here are mine:

1) An old greengrocer's hand-cart.
Handcart

2) A wood sculpture at the National Wetlands Centre, Wales
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3) Hand-painted wooden elephant from India.
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4) Wood at it's most beautiful.......in it's natural state.
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

PICTURE THIS #278 ~ THE BEST MOST RECENT PHOTOS

Congratulations Benni!! Very beautiful banner photo!!

Not necessarily the best, but I took them a few weeks ago and I like them...


At the market ...
BEST MOST RECENT PICTURES

At a park...
BEST MOST REECENT PICTURES

At a car boot sale (taken with my cell phone)
BEST MOST RECENT PICTURES


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Picture This #278 ~ The Best Most Recent Photos

Thanks for hosting Debby and congratulations to Benni on the super banner photo.

I take photos constantly, but I write more constantly and basically my choices often rely on what I am writing, so my photos are sometimes out of the ordinary. Not always full of beautiful details, and the subjects can be a little strange. So I have to show the most recent photos, here we go.

I would say vegetarians look away or the squeamish, but honestly I didn't kill anyone, the calf was already dead when I bought the liver. I just found it would come in handy for a blog one day perhaps. The broccoli was cooked as a veg to the liver and bacon.

Liver and broccoli

Further in text, when I am on the rampage I always take a knife with me
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And here is the broccoli, which is quite harmless. It didn't bleed when I cut it, just screamed.
Broccoli

And for the grand finale, my open fridge (no blood and no horror relics - I hope)
Fridge


Usage of one of my first two photos as a banner at your own risk!!


Picture This #278 ~ The Best Most Recent Photos

Many thank to Debby for hosting this week, despite the fact her laptop computer died and it's replacement only arrived at the very last minute!!  Good idea for the theme, there should be lots of variety!!

My most recent set of photos was from a trip just two miles up the road to the Pembroke Wetlands walk, for some very late autumn shots. There is a small stand of Beech trees there that have just about the only good autumn colours round here. Or so I thought!! On the way back, I spotted a little stand of three red maples, so stopped for a few shots of those, too!!

1) Autumn Gold
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2) Russet Maple
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3) Late Autumn
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4) Red Maple
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PT CCLXXVIII ~ The Best Most Recent Photos

Beautiful banner by Benni

This compass-rose in stone is set at one of many memorials of fishermen, from the little west-Scanian village of Råå, who perished in the Öresund, the strait between Sweden and Denmark.
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This pier stretches out from the beach in Råå called Råå Vallar - a defense works which was constructed to fend off the Russian incursions during the 18th century.
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A view of the Råå Vallar beach.
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Picture This #278 ~ The Best Most Recent Photos

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PICTURE THIS #278 ~ THE BEST MOST RECENT PHOTOS

DEBBY THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL THEME

HERE ARE MINE
THESE WERE ALL TAKEN ON MY VACATION IN SAN FRANCISCO.

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OVERNIGHT WE HAD A LOT OF WIND AND THIS SAND BANK DEVELOPED PA230115

THIS WAS A WONDERFUL EVOLUTION SHOW AT THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE THIS IS LUCY PA260180

THE OLD SUTRO BATHS BUILT AROUND 1900 MY MIL LEARNED TO SWIM HERE SADLY IT BURNED DOWN ABOUT 1960 PA220107(1)

LOVED THIS. WE CAME UPON A LITTLE GROUP THAT WERE CELEBRATING A FRIENDS BIRTHDAY AND THEY COME TO SF ONCE A MONTH TO ENJOY THE VIEW AND HAVE A CHAMPAGNE LUNCH DSC02791 


Picture This #278 ~ The Best Most Recent Photos

Thank you so much for using my Lady Slipper as banner shot. I am honored.

Cold weather has come swiftly to Michigan this year, snow, sleet, and temps down to 9ºF/-12ºC.  The last batch I have is from mid-October, before the cold snap hit.

Thistle
Thistle

Leaves
Solomon Seal fronds catching Oak leaves

Red maple
A Red Maple