A little bit of autumn (2011 and 2021), some Halloween (2015), flowers from three seasons (2016, 2021, 2011), a monarch butterfly (2021) and a view of my cul-de-sac (2021). All for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Color Oranges and/or Light Green.
Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – October Close Up or Macro. I put all the photos in one ‘gallery’ so you should be able to enlarge any one of them then scroll through the rest. While you’re at it, you might notice the shapes, the textures, the shadows or the light, and the colors.
My first thought for this week’s Midweek Madness Challenge: “Brown? Seriously? I can’t imagine I have any pictures of things that are brown.”
But, of course, cattails are brown.
Sunflowers and yellow cone flowers have brown centers.
As summer turns toward autumn, pine cones and leaves turn brown.
Another thought: “Like green, there are shades of brown.” Keeping an open mind, I started scrolling through photos on my computer. And found more pictures than I could have imagined!
Thanks for the challenge, Cee!
Posted in response to Becky’s July TreeSquare challenge.
Though it was still heavily overcast, the rain had stopped.
My primary goal was to walk before the day got too steamy.
I took the camera because there was a butterfly garden along the trail and because the theme for the July Squares challenge is rumored to be trees.
The butterfly garden was a bust. The flowers will be beautiful a little later this summer.
Square pictures of trees is proving to be a great challenge. But all was not lost.
Early in the walk I noticed raindrops on fallen leaves.
And I think the shapes of leaves, the shapes of the water droplets, and even the texture of an asphalt path all deserve Another LQQK.
What have you seen recently that caused you to pause to take Another LQQK?
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.
As I looked at photos I took at Reiman Gardens last Saturday (April 3, 2021), I found three of the same tree that I think work for the April’s Close-Up or Macro Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge.
The shapes and patterns of both the flower buds and the unopened leaves are interesting.
But it was probably the color of the leaves that first caught my eye.
Because I knew I’d never remember it is a Wayfaring Tree Viburnum, I snapped a picture of the identification tag!
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge the third Wednesday of February is to use her picture to pick a topic (or two or more!) for your pictures. Click here to see her picture; it shows yard/gardening tools as well as a portable outhouse on a trailer with trees in the background.
In my search for a picture (just one!) with a garden tool, I discovered photos of an old outhouse that had been hauled to the ranch dump. Tipped on its side, it’s definitely no longer in use!
Besides just general messing around with a camera in hand that day, Dad intended to dig a few potatoes. So here’s a picture of a shovel in use.
Same ranch, same characters, same intent and maybe the same shovel four years later. This time with trees in the background.
Switching things up, I remembered an outdoor cleanup day at a church that might show some tools. To my delight, I found a photo that shows a bit of fun while getting the work done with a rake.
Finally, for a little winter work, here’s a broom and a snow shovel being put to good use.
It was a cold and foggy morning in central Iowa. Since Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge today is Macro or Close-up, I put on my winter boots, warmest coat, hat and gloves before heading outside with the camera to attempt to digitally capture the frost.
These are my three favorite pictures of the morning (2/3/2021). And I didn’t even have to leave the yard!
Hope the temperature is just right wherever you are! (Indoors, with a quilt and a hot chai latte.)
2/3/2021: Just learned that the white stuff on the trees this morning was not frost. It was rime ice. There’s a difference that has to do with how it formed. Since it formed from freezing fog (think water droplets), it’s rime ice.
Sometimes I pick up “treasures” when walking through a park. Usually I just take a closer look then leave them where found. Occasionally I carry them home for Another LQQK.
These two leaves and pinecone were collected while walking at Pioneer Park in Billings, Montana.
The cup and saucer are souvenirs from my visit to the Huntley Project Museum. Both were made by Katie Redfield of Open Sky Arts in Butte, Montana. Visit openskyartsmontana.com to see more of her work.
Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – Close Up or Macro.