Monday, September 28, 2009

EMPS #57 -- Weeds

Carly at Ellipsis has designated this week's Photo Shoot as being about weeds. I don't have as many weeds around my place now that I have a landscaper but I found a couple of plants growing in my field next door. Here they are:

As Carly says, a weed that could be used in a flower arrangement gets extra credit, and I think that either of these could be.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

EMPS #56 -- Welcome to Autumn (Leaves or Flowers)

Today for Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, we were to shoot fresh (as in not archived) photos of signs of autumn, if we lived in an area where they were available. I was thinking it might be too early until I took my SLR and went outside and found these brown leaves on the ground out back. I believe they are from my oak trees on either side of the driveway.

To go see more such items on various blogs, go to the link in the first sentence. If you would like to participate, just follow the directions. It's fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Chickens

A couple of years ago, at my business, we had a couple of shop cats (my kitty Socksie's brothers) who were outside cats and who we consequently fed outside. A chicken showed up and began eating the cat food. She was quite a funny girl! Here she is going towards the food.

Here are the chicken and shop cats eating together.

Another shot of the chicken and the shop cats.

She subsequently disappeared, and one of the cats (the black one, Duke) was hit by a car and the other one, grey little Max, went to live with my son J.D. and his wife Kris.

For more chicken pictures, go to the Round Robin Photo Challenge.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

EMPS #55 -- Bugs

I found this bug floating in the cats' water dish this afternoon. Is it a kitty appetizer? LOL!

This is as macro as I can get with my Coolpix. I probably should have tried using my SLR but I didn't think of it at the time. The bug is actually black but the flash discolors it.

To see more Bugs, go to Carly's Ellipsis blog and follow the directions.

Monday, September 7, 2009

EMPS #54 -- Archived Photos

Today's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, sponsored by Carly's blog, Ellipsis, has the theme of "Archived Photos." They must have been taken over a month ago and must not have been published here before. I decided on a boat theme, mainly because I have boat pictures that are in my archives that I haven't posted here before. The first one is from a trip Steve and I took to Hawaii in 1992, of a glass-bottomed boat we went on there, the Lin Wa II. We had an enjoyable time watching the skin diver and the fishes below us on the boat.

The second boat was on Maui, in Lahaina, while the first one was on Oahu. It was named the Carthaginian. It had a skeleton down below and a pretty ship's cat. Steve and I enjoyed being on it.

This third boat is our old sailboat, which Steve named "Sue" but I wasn't crazy about that name. We never did come up with a better one, though. LOL! We spent a lot of enjoyable time on it before he died.

As extra credit, we're supposed to: Tell us about the photo. Where did you take it? Why did you take it? Was there something difficult about the experience?

I think I have told where I took the photos, with the exception of the photo of our sailboat, which was taken in Astoria. Why I took the Hawaii photos? I think that's obvious -- when traveling to such a lovely and exotic place, one must take photos! And I wanted the picture of our sailboat, which I'm glad to have now as it may be the only one I have left. There were no difficulties with the experience.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Politics

The Round Robin Photo Challenge this time has the theme of "Politics." I live out in the country and not in the heart of the action when it comes to politics or much else. The nearest center of government is the Canby City Hall, and here is a picture of that small office, from the outside.

I do get political e-mail, especially from the Barack Obama folks, since I was a supporter of his (and still am). I don't get out and canvass for him but I still get such e-mails as follow. The e-mail filled up two computer screens.

To go to the Round Robin Challenge site, go to the link in the first sentence. If you would like to play, directions are there. It's a fun meme!