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CMMC July Color: Brown

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!

Chickens Checking Out the Humans on the Patio. April 2021.
Prairie Girl Picture Made of Corn Cobs. Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota. May 2021.
Siding of Permanent Bird Blind. Montana. May 2021.
Trail Sign. Badlands National Park, South Dakota. May 2021.

Thanks for the challenge, Cee!

Raindrops on Leaves on Path

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?

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: April Close-Up or Macro

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!

CMMC – February Pick a Topic

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.

Abandoned Outhouse. Neumann Ranch Dump, Montana. August 2008.

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.

Digging Potatoes. Garden at Neuman Ranch, Montana. August 2008.

Same ranch, same characters, same intent and maybe the same shovel four years later. This time with trees in the background.

Dad Digging Taters. Garden at Neuman Ranch, Montana. August 2012.

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.

Caleen with Rake. Muscatine, Iowa. November 2012.

Finally, for a little winter work, here’s a broom and a snow shovel being put to good use.

John and Don Clearing the Deck. Muscatine, Iowa. December 2007.

CMMC – February Close-up or Macro

Rime Ice on Branches.

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.

Rime Ice on Needles.

These are my three favorite pictures of the morning (2/3/2021). And I didn’t even have to leave the yard!

Rime Ice on Leaf.

Hope the temperature is just right wherever you are! (Indoors, with a quilt and a hot chai latte.)

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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.

CMMC – December Close Up or Macro

Leaves in Cup with Pinecone. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

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.

Pinecone in Cup with Leaves. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

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.

Cup & Saucer with Pinecone and Leaves. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

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

Leaves: First Snow

Crabapple Leaves with Snow. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.

First snowfall of the season in Ankeny, Iowa, October 29, 2019. Pictures of leaves on trees in our yard or the neighbor’s yard taken mid-morning. Most of the snow had melted by Noon.

Leaves with Snow against Sky. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.
Long Pine Needles with Snow. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.
Brown Leaf with Snow. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.
Maple Leaf in Snow. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.
Red Stem of Maple Leaf. Photo: TLClark, 10/19/19.
Neighbor’s Tree. Photo: TLClark, 10/29/19.

Musing: Trinity

Sassafrass

Sassafras leaves.  Photo: TLClark, 6/28/13.

Trinity Sunday.  Always the Sunday after Pentecost Sunday in Christian congregations that follow the Revised Common Lectionary (a series of scripture readings that repeats every three years).  Focusing on the uniquely Christian, impossible to fully explain, doctrine that there is One God but the One God is three “persons.”  It took hundreds of years to develop, going back to the early followers of Jesus, and is something of an answer to the question “Who is Jesus?”

As a substitute preacher last Sunday I avoided pointing out that 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 for many  Christians (but not all!) when talking about God.

I also skipped using any illustrations of three-in-one.  If I had, I might have used the sassafras tree with its curious characteristic of having three differently shaped leaves on the same branch: un-lobed (oval), bi-lobed (mitten-shaped), tri-lobed (three-pronged).  Like everything else a preacher might use, it’s imperfect.  But I think it’s kind of fun.

Though I was the youngest one in the building and there was no children’s message listed in the bulletin, I read the book In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and showed the beautiful illustrations done by Phoebe Stone.

God is One.  But God is known by many names.  Many of us favor one or two particular names for God – name(s) that sometimes change depending on our current life circumstances.  Sasso (a Jewish Rabbi) used these names for God in the book:

  • Source of Life
  • Creator of Light
  • Shepherd
  • Maker of Peace
  • My Rock
  • Healer
  • Redeemer
  • Ancient One
  • Comforter
  • Mother
  • Father
  • Friend

In the coffee hour following worship, I thanked the congregants for humoring me and listening to a children’s book.  Someone replied that that was the best part of the service!

The sermon was less memorable.  But I hope the scripture lessons, the children’s book and/or the sermon caused one person to expand the way they think of God.