One of my early thoughts for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge June Close-Up or Macro photo challenge was a picture I took of the bark on a palm tree. But it wasn’t as interesting as I remembered. So I set out this morning to photograph the bark on trees along my usual walking path. (No palm trees here in central Iowa!)
Leaves growing directly from the trunks of trees caught my attention on the way home.
The spider on the underside of the leaf in the next photo was serendipitous. (Don’t worry, Cee, it’s the only one with a bug in this week’s collection.)
Finally, one set of leaves in the sunlight shown from two different angles.
My casual query after breakfast Sunday led to a field trip to see – and photograph – the 6th Street Mural in Billings, Montana. Thinking of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge Pick a Topic from her Photo (see it here), I asked if there were any murals in Billings. Although he thought it a strange question, the young dad in the room quickly did an internet search. We soon had plans for after the baby’s nap!
I played in traffic and dodged pigeon droppings to get the sixth shot. The last picture was taken from the passenger seat as the dad drove under the underpass.
The mural was planned and the details painted by Elyssa Leininger. She had help from volunteers who prepared the walls and added wide swaths of paint as directed by the artist. Find more information about the mural and the process as reported by a radio station here and the local newspaper here.
Dad recently refurbished an old secretariat desk. Antiques Roadshow aficionados would not approve but I imagine without Dad’s efforts the piece of furniture would have landed in the landfill. He’s pretty pleased with result – from the chalk paint finish to the carving he imitated to the new lock and key.
While helping with the yardwork, I noticed the slide bolt for the shed. As far as I know there is no lock on it so no key is needed!
The deadbolt on the backdoor is a different kind of lock. It’s not as eye-catching as the lock on the desk, but it does what it is supposed to do.
You know winter has gone and warmer weather is officially here when the folk at Reiman Gardens turn on the pumps and fill the water features. Light and shadow through water make such interesting patterns.
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge is to share photographs illustrating words beginning or ending with the letter ‘e’. I considered words that begin and end with “e” – envelope and epistle made my short list – but opted to use photos I’ve taken in the last week.
The tricycle in the first picture is hanging upside down next to a four bicycles which are also dangling from the ceiling. Another fun find at a friend’s farm!
This gate made me chuckle since there is no fence on either side. I wonder if it is newly installed since I don’t remember it on earlier visits to Reiman Gardens. Perhaps something magically wonderful happens for those who walk through it.
The goslings have hatched! I first saw the nest in early April so it was fun to see the parental geese and their young.
Once on the pond, the little ones practiced how to dive under the water. Notice the splash one made in the final photo.
Kathy couldn’t imagine why I wanted to visit and take pictures at the farm. The growing season hasn’t really begun and there are few flowers blooming. But I’d seen pictures of their baby goats and know they have other creatures.
I also know that every farm has objects that make interesting patterns, cast cool shadows, reflect the surroundings or sparkle in sunshine. I was not disappointed!
p.s. Catching up with an outdoor in-person conversation was more fun than taking pictures! The baby goats weren’t interested in being photographed. And I’m saving pictures of the chickens and cats for another day.
Today I’m wishing I had taken notes while taking pictures at Seattle’s Japanese Garden. My best guess is that this photo was taken while looking through the opening of a stone lantern – but I could be wrong and would be glad to be corrected! And I’m wondering if the coins represent wishes or prayers.
Posted in response to the Bright Square challenge hosted by Becky’s at The Life of B through the end of April.