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September 28, 2011

One More from the Big E

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A parting shot from the Big E: my two daughters, plus older daughter’s boyfriend, riding the big yellow slide – a perennial favorite at the fair.  I thought my pictures would make a cute slideshow.  In addition to the kids, the faces of the spectators along the stairs are fun too.

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September 26, 2011

Competition, Big E Style

Well hello there everyone!  Sorry I hadn’t been around much last week; life and such gets in the way sometimes, you know what I mean?  I’ll try to do better this week.  I want to start off this week with my contribution to Scott Thomas’s photo assignment “Competition”. You still have a couple more days to get yours in before the deadline of September 28th if you’d like to participate.

My photos for this assignment are probably one of the most literal interpretations of competition.  Last Sunday, on a most beautiful day, I found myself at the Eastern States Exposition, with a bunch of crazy talking animals!  Locally known as “The Big E,”  it has to be one of the largest state fairs, since it encompasses all six New England States.  There is a dedicated fairground located in West Springfield, MA, and for 17 days each fall it is transformed into a cornucopia for the senses.  For me, the only real competition was among the food vendors for what I was going to eat first! (Neglectfully, I did not photograph these items.  😦 I’m sorry folks, that could have been its own blog post!)

I realized after reviewing my photos from the day, the competitions I chose to photograph happened to be of some of my own interests or hobbies.  I swear I didn’t do it on purpose – it seemed to happen subconsciously!  I photographed a quilt competition:


A growing competition:

I think the biggest pumpkin was 653 pounds!

An animal competition (I believe this was for children ages 9-12 and their horses were displaying trotting and jumping)


And would you believe, a photography competition!

This particular group was a youth competition – I thought they showed some nice promise.

Get your competition shots posted soon, everyone!  I’ll look forward to seeing your takes – and thanks as always to Scott for hosting the photo assignment.



September 19, 2011

Crazy Talk at the Farm-o-Rama


“Hey, you know what my mama always told me?”


“Be sure to chew with your mouth open.”


“No, I’m quite sure that is not what she said.  You can believe the word of an animal with horizontal pupils.”


“Psst, psst… over here… I don’t trust anyone with horizontal pupils!”


“When someone asks How-do-you-do, just say that you don’t.”


“How do I do?  How do I do?  I’ve got egg shell stuck to my butt!  How do you think I do?”


“Could you all just keep it down?  I’m trying to sleep!”


“Well, I never!  What a rude little piglet!  I flare my nostrils in disgust!”


“Nostrils? You call them nostrils?  Check these babies out!”


“Horizontal pupils, giant nostrils and egg-butts? Beam us up Scotty, the life around here is just a little too strange.”

September 14, 2011

Wish I was here…

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  I can hardly believe it has been a month since we left for Maine – and that I’ve bored you with little else since then here on the blog!  Meghan grabbed my camera one afternoon and snapped this shot of me while I was lazily floating.   What a peaceful, worry-free moment that was.  Ahhhhhh!

 I have absolutely no clever segue for you here, but I did want to take moment to alert you to a new assignment from Scott, if you haven’t seen it yourself already.  It is an intriguing topic and posts are due by September 28th.

September 11, 2011

I don’t want to

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Everyone knows what today is.  Even if we didn’t realize at first what today is, the media won’t let us forget.  And I am not saying that we should forget.  Any American who was alive 10 years ago never will. We will always remember exactly where we were when we first heard the news.  But I don’t want to spend the day pulling the scab off a wound that is healing. 
We all had family members that we wanted to be near as soon as possible.
  We all had loved ones that we worried for.  We all eventually found out that someone we knew, (or worse, loved) or someone that a friend of a friend of a friend knew, lost their life that day. (For me it was my “crush” from freshman year of high school – he had been at work in one of the towers.)
So no, I don’t want to spend the day in sadness remembering the horrible events of 10 years ago today. 
I’d rather spend it in appreciation of who we are today, what we stand for today, and what is important today.

September 9, 2011

Have they flown the coop?

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Can you see her?


How about now?

This is the female of the pair of ruby-throated hummingbirds that have been partaking of my hummingbird feeder and bee balm this summer.  She alighted in the oak tree in my backyard while I happened to be sitting outside one afternoon on my deck with my camera at my side.  She wasn’t easy to spot among the leaves, but I had been following her swoopy flight.  The male had been making large loops above my rhododendrons a few days ago while she watched.  Both birds spent a lot of time at my feeder over Labor Day weekend; I can’t help but think they were getting ready for their long flight south to Mexico for the winter.  Perhaps they hoped to gain a good tenth of an ounce in weight in preparation!

I was able to get one more shot of the tiny cutie…

…and then she was gone!


September 5, 2011

Back to the Woods


Summer is slipping through our fingers, I’m sad to say.  Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd this year, today, Labor Day, often feels like the end of the season.  It didn’t feel like summer was over to Daphne when I took this picture though!  Let me back up a little.

Saturday morning seemed like it was to be one of those delightful days – a nice one for either summer or fall – with wispy clouds, gentle breezes and a high of 80°.  I hadn’t taken the dogs for a walk in the woods for weeks, mostly because the last time we did so,  they came back covered in ticks or the days had started out just too humidly for me to want to make the trek.  I decided we would avoid the tall grasses and hope for the best this time out.

I was rewarded with beautiful sights along our path, looking so different from when Becky and I went out together back in the spring, or even from some of our early summer walks.

The old tractor path we follow was lush and green, forming almost tunnel-like feeling

This field of tall grasses developed a purply-pink color that I don’t remember seeing before – I think it is just this particular type of grass gone to seed.

Wild black-eyed susans,



and goldenrod were in full bloom

Giant dragonflies hovered above the fields, though I struggled to capture them in a photo:


And just for you, Kathy, I even found a mushroom I could consider a little bit beautiful in its pink color:

The dogs and I happily ambled along the paths, a few times turned around by impasses likely created by Irene, but had a thoroughly enjoyable walk.  A small swamp with a running stream across part of our path was a bit larger at this time of the year, after the significant rain we’ve had recently, which gets me back to the picture at the beginning of my post.  The last time I showed this part of our walk, it looked like this:


It was the end of March, and warm for that time of year, but probably at least 20 degrees cooler than this past Saturday.  I didn’t think it was overly warm out, but then I wasn’t wearing a fur coat!

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!  Have a wonderful week.

September 3, 2011

Take a Walk with Me

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I still haven’t finished sharing all the photos I’d like to share from my vacation in Maine, so in this blog post I’d like to take you on a special walk with me.  Those of you who were reading this blog last summer may remember that Becky and I vacationed around the corner from each other.  Although I’ve been vacationing for more years on Hills Beach than I can remember, Becky pointed out a great little place to take a walk that I never knew about before called East Point Sanctuary, which is maintained by the Audubon Society.  It was a wonderful place for a nature-ocean-walking lover like me!

After a short walk abutting a golf course (something else that I never realized was there) and into some quiet woods, the trail opens up in to beautiful vistas.


The morning had been a little hazy, but near the end of the point, I was able to get the closest view I’ve ever seen of the lighthouse I’ve looked at on my vacations since I was a child, Wood Island Light:

This is the lighthouse you usually see in many of my photos from this view:
Wood Island

In addition to the beautiful views, there was no lack of fun flora and fauna for me to photograph.




This had to be one of the chubbiest ducks I’ve ever seen – unfortunately it never turned its head in my direction.  Then I met another critter that wasn’t chubby at all:

A garter snake slithering along the warm, seaside rocks.  At first I thought it was a piece of discarded rubber, so I was quite surprised when it moved and started flicking its tongue

I was more fascinated than nervous though, and hung around long enough to get a closer-up portrait:

The butterfly, hill of green and big blue sky I showed you in my photo hunt post were also from this walk.


Well, I hope you enjoyed your little walk with me!  And thanks Becky, for bringing my attention to a new experience in a familiar place!

Welcome Bob and Ted

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Just a quick hello to let you know I’ve added a couple of gentlemen to my blog roll today.  If you haven’t already, please say hello to Bob from Texas  and Ted from Colorado. (Gee too bad Bob’s name isn’t Bill – then Bill and Ted could have excellent adventures! 😉 )  Bob and Ted have both been blogging for a while, but I’ve become a more regular reader of both their blogs recently.  Bob is a photographer with equipment that I could drool over and a wonderful reference for bird photography.  Don’t let the name of his blog deter you, however, if you aren’t into birds; he takes pictures of lots of other cool stuff too!  I feel like Ted and I are in a similar place with our photography and blogs: we love to take pictures of the nature around us (and our dogs!) and love learning about photography.

I still have some photos from Maine I’ve been wanting to share with you, so I should be back later today with another new post.