Category Archives: Photo Challenge

CMMC June Color – Yellow

“Oh! Hello!” The goldfinch at my home office window was a surprise five years ago. This picture of Iowa’s State Bird was taken through the windowpane glass.

Compared to the goldfinch, the yellow perch on the birdfeeder looks almost orange! It tended to attract house finches.

April visits to Reimann Botanical Gardens yielded more than a few photos of yellow daffodils and yellow tulips. Other yellow flowers were in bloom in early June.

My Aunt Clara has addressed the challenge of growing flowers in the Arizona desert by decorating her fence with a variety of “sunflowers” – found round objects painted yellow.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge June Color – Yellow. Click here to see Cee’s pictures and to find links for other responses to this challenge. It’s likely to make you smile.

CMMC June Close-Up or Macro Photograph

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.

CMMC – May Alphabet – Letter “G” in the Word

Saguaro Cactus. Desert Arroyo Park, Mesa, Arizona. May 15, 2021.

“Words with the Letter G” is the theme for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge May Alphabet. My photos this week were taken on a recent trip to Arizona to see family. So grateful to be fully vaccinated!

Golden Barrel Cactus. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona. May 16, 2021.

My sister-in-law and I spent a marvelous morning at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We couldn’t talk anyone else into going with us!

Bougainvillea. Gila Bend, Arizona. May 18, 2021.

My aunt uses collected glass bottles to create “flowers” and “gardens” in her yard. These pictures of green glass fit Cee’s challenge well.

My last tourist type stop was Painted Rock Petroglyph Site near Gila Bend, Arizona.

Couldn’t resist one final photo: grandmother (right), daughter (left), and granddaughter (center).

Three Generations. Gila Bend, Arizona. May 19, 2021

CMMC – May Pick a Topic – Mural

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.

CMMC – May Color – Purple: Flowers

Lenten Rose. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. April 3, 2021.
Hyacinth. Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. April 3, 2021.
Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. April 18, 2021.
Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. April 18, 2021.
Johnny Jump Ups. Dilworth’s Yard, Billings, Montana. May 11, 2021.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – May Color Purple.

CMMC – May Close-Up or Macro Photo: Locks

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.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – May Close-Up or Macro picture.

Bright Square: Water Feature

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.

Thank-you, Becky, for the April Bright Square Challenge. And thanks to all the bloggers who participated! I’ve enjoyed all the brightness.

CMMC April Letter: “E” at the Beginning or Ending of a Word

Tricycle. Fisher Farm. April 22, 2021.

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!

Gate. Reiman Gardens. April 26, 2021.

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.

Geese on Shore. Reiman Gardens. April 26, 2021.

The goslings have hatched! I first saw the nest in early April so it was fun to see the parental geese and their young.

Geese on Pond. Reiman Gardens. April 22, 2021.

Once on the pond, the little ones practiced how to dive under the water. Notice the splash one made in the final photo.

Geese at Play. Reiman Gardens. April 22, 2021.

Bright Square: Baubles

Clear Bauble. April 22, 2021.

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.

Blue Bauble. April 22, 2021

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!

Posted in response to Becky’s Bright Square challenge.

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.

Bright Square: Coins at Japanese Garden

At Seattle Japanese Garden, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington. October 2018.

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.