WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MOVEMENT

One Sunday afternoon, I observed the flock of Canada Geese as they played in the water. It was quite interesting to see their bathing ritual – if I may call it so.

Spray

Feathers
It gave the equivalent of a wiggle here.

Flap

Open Wings
“I am the king of the world!” 😉

These ducks were headed to the other side of  the pond.  Why walk, ooops. swim, if they could fly?

Ducks in Flight

But here are my most favorite movements of all – the wind ruffling my son’s hair while he was receiving a dandelion puff from a brother –

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and of my younger son trying to give his older brother a dandelion while   I desperately tried to capture the moment. 

Brothers

Thank you for coming by.  Have a lovely day. 🙂

I’m participating in LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s Challenge is: Movement!

WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: OVERLOOKED

The alchemist’s orb

sinking in the horizon

leaves a  golden path.

Road always taken

though familiar as one’s hands

has its enchantment.

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The pictures where taken from our backyard as the sun was setting. The glow of the sun imparted its light on the familiar things under my feet and made them a little less than ordinary.

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and outdoor photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Overlooked!

Thank you for coming by. Have a beautiful day. 🙂

WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFLECTIONS

Spring has come to our neighborhood pond.  Completely frozen at winter time, the pond is  now completely thawed and teeming with life.  The geese and the gulls are back.  And so are the children and families who love the sight and sound these winged creatures make.

Here are some pictures that I took yesterday.  It was the first sunny day after so many days and it was good to be out even if it was a little windy and chilly.
Pond

I did not see the pair of swans that I loved photographing.  However, my attention was caught by this creature.   It  looked different from the rest of the geese because it has white feathers.  Others have the usual brown and dark brown color combo.
white goose

I had to be careful around the geese because some of them were a little too aggressive.  A couple of the geese tried to follow me and my son.  I told him not to make any eye contact with a goose as  eye-contact seemed to make them quarrelsome.  I am so glad that the goose in the picture below was letting it out with a fellow goose, not at me. 😉

The Nag

My eldest son, who joined me in my little excursion, got a little too impatient after  I took my first 100 pictures. 😉 “How many pictures of geese do you want to take?”  he asked.   Sigh! And I was so glad when he decided to go with me.  So, reluctantly, I agreed to walk back home.  We passed by the nearby marsh.  Spring rains and melting snow filled the place with water.  The place kind of looked pretty with the rushes sticking out of and reflected in the water.

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Garbage that passers-by carelessly and thoughtlessly tossed in the swamp floated by.

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Unwanted debris aside, the swamp reminded me of a scene from Lord of the Rings, i.e., when Frodo was being sucked in by the swamp.  Well, it can really mesmerize with the shifting images and the sounds coming from it.

Swamp

I heard water sloshing and when I looked around, I espied these lovely birds paddling behind the reeds.

Mallards3

My son and I tried to get a better view and this was the best I got.  They never came close to where we were.  I wished I could have stayed a little longer but my little companion was getting too impatient.

Mallards

Well, there will be a next time.  If I am lucky, I will have no companion hurrying me along. 🙂

Thank you for coming by.  Have a beautiful Sunday and a blessed Holy Week.

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I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazineLetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Reflections!

WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: BLACK AND WHITE

These photos were taken during our recent visit to Fall River, MA.

Fall River is a city in the 10th largest city in the state of MA and is located on the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River.   Fall River was famed for its textile manufacturing industry. Its cotton mills brought prosperity to the city.  The great fire of 1843, the Great Depression, slowing demand for print cloths after World War II, increased competition, and eventually, globalization, led to the demise of the industry leaving many empty factory and office spaces in the city.

These days, Fall River is famous for the Battleship Cove, among others.  It hosts a large collection of WW II armory and serves as a memorial for the citizens of the State who served during the said War.

Fall River
Here is a view of the Interchange as we headed northwards.
Overpass
Highway 79. This road and viaduct goes under Braga Bridge.
Restaurant
The building under the bridge, Braga Bridge, hosts restaurants that cater to the visitors of Battleship Cove.
Canal
Water Under the Bridges. 😉 This little bridge under the big bridge (Braga Bridge) brings one to the ships that are anchored in the Cove.
Bridge
Braga Bridge carries I-195, crosses the Taunton River, and connects the cities of Fall River and Somerset.
Sentinels
Ships on Exhibit guarded by winged sentinels: USS Lionfish, a submarine; USS Robert F. Kennedy; Hiddensee, a tarantul-class corvette; and the flagship, USS Massachusetts, the biggest ship in the collection.
City
This is a view of the city from the deck of USS Massachusetts.

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I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Black and White!

Thank you for dropping by. 🙂 Have a wonderfully blessed day.

WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: GREEN

At this time of the year, it is hard to see green anywhere around our place.  Especially not after a big snowstorm which covered the evergreens we have.  During the night, we heard rattling sounds as of breaking glass on our outside wall.   A little before midnight, while watching a suspenseful scene in CHUCK, the power went off.   My husband and I were forced to retire early and were glad that he was able to get canned cooking gel from Walmart late in the afternoon.   However, thank God for the efficient power company, electricity was restored in the wee hours of the morning.

This was the scene which greeted us the snowstorm.

Lamp post
This is the lamp post by our front steps.

It was a wet snow and it clung to the boughs.

EvergreenSome greens tried to peek from the weight of their snow covering –

Rhododendron
The rhododendron bush by our side porch.

Evergreen2

The sound of shovels scraping snow and snowblowers echoed in the neighborhood.

Neighbors
I guess it was bonding time for people in our street. 🙂 The neighbor from across the street who had a John Deere push snowblower came over to help my husband remove the snow blocking our driveway. That saved my husband 45 minutes of shoveling time.
motorbike
I was trying to take a photo of my husband shoveling the snow when this guy in the motorbike zoomed in. It was so unexpected that I did not have a chance to take aim at him. Why should one be on a bike on a road like this anyway?  Maybe, he wanted some speed, so I helped him along by blurring things around him . 😉

There was a lot of snow on the road that snowplows worked non-stop from night to day to night.

MACK

I never really thought I could join the Green challenge.  But while I was looking at the pictures of the clean-up day, I saw touches of green everywhere.  And Big MACK just begged to be in the party. 🙂

MACK Truck

Thank you for coming by. 🙂 Have a great day.
I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Green!

WILD WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FLOWERS

First of all, I wish to thank Let’s BE Wild for awarding to me the winner’s banner for last week’s photo challenge- NOW.

for this photo which appeared here:

Cattail fluff

What a lovely belated birthday gift; what an encouragement to do more of what I like – taking photos.  The rest of the winning photos can be found here.

This week, the challenge is FLOWERS.  Flowers were my initial inspiration to want to take pictures.  Needless to say, I have a lot of flower photos, learning photos, should I say.   Here are some of my better photos, I think 🙂  , most of which have never  been posted in this blog.  I am sorry to not have any new picture to join with.  Right now, all the plants in the garden are still  asleep.  I look forward to them blooming again.  In the meantime, here is a promise of color and beauty from our backyard:

Thank you for coming by.  I am grateful for your visit and kindness. 🙂 Best regards to you.

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 I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Flowers!

ON A FROZEN POND

Last Sunday, when it was sunny and cold, we went to the pond for some bird watching. I was hoping to see some gulls and geese that I saw flying over our yard from the pond. I was completely surprised to find the pond empty of birds and instead full of people. I do not know why I was so surprised but the week of subfreezing weather had completely frozen the pond and turned it into a natural ice rink.

Seats

My children were absolutely thrilled to see children playing hockey on the ice. There were several groups of them: the younger children who were supervised by their elders and this group of young men in a more secluded corner of the pond. There was also a father who was riding an ATV and pulling behind him a sled-full of thrilled little daughters.
Hockey2 I was more than thrilled to take photos (on zoom) of all the action happening on the pond.  I found out, however, that taking surreptitious shots of people who were moving made photography a little more challenging than usual.  I guess it would have been a lot simpler if I asked outright if I could watch and take photos but I was too shy to ask.

Hockey 1

Anyway, before long, my family and I joined in the fun and crossed the pond in our sneakers.  My children even tried to do their version of ice ‘skating’ sometimes to disastrous results.   I, who was just walking nicely and carefully slipped and landed on my thankfully well-padded bottom with help from my right elbow.  Fortunately, the camera on my hand survived the fall unscathed.   The children had a great time playing with the cat tail puffs, blowing them in the wind, pulling out a reed and pretending to be kings.

Cattail fluff

There was someone, however, who was more adventurous than most of us.  I saw him cycling across the pond.  He stopped briefly to watch the teen aged players and puff on a cigarette wedged between his right hand fingers.  He did not stay too long on the ice though.  When I looked for him to get more shots of him and his bike, he was gone.

Bicycle

At last, the little children complained about being chilly. It was time to go home.  By then, many of the pond people have left.  Even the hockey teeners started to pack away their  gears.  What a serendipitously fun afternoon.  Was I thrilled to see a pond ice skaters for real.  It may be a long time before the birds nest in this place again.  That depends on how long this freezing winter weather holds.  For now, the pond belongs to the residents and all who care to enjoy some winter fun. 🙂
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I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Now!