Monday, June 24, 2019

Recent Photos

It has been raining a lot lately, so my walks in the morning find the landscape is wet. 

I found this shrub in the park and I believe it is Mock Orange - Belle Etoile.  Nice leaves on a bush about 5 feet tall. The web suggests it is fragrant but the rain may have affected it's scent.

Love the water drops on this white blossom which is in a cluster.  It has withstood the rain very well.

Despite regular visits to this park this is the first time I have photographed these flowers.

I had 3 of my photographs in the Open Photograph Show at the art gallery.  This is NineBark - Summer Wine.

The reception and presentations were held on Saturday at the Art Gallery

There were quite a few entries featuring international subjects from Africa, India and other exotic places.

Canvas wrapped entries are becoming more popular.

I met my aunt who also had submitted some photos to the show.

This was a very interesting book. I picked the book at a thrift store because of the cover.

Ginny Moon is a 14 year old autistic girl who has been placed in foster care.  It is written in her voice and it is sometimes disturbing how others react to her behaviour.

It was very insightful as to how she withdraws into her mind to process events.  She is aware of the rules hers and those imposed on her and she does her best to keep it all in check.

When she is asked more than one question at a time she does not answer either one.  She is always analyzing things to determine how to behave and act.

She learns a lot about herself and finds a new purpose at the end of the book.

I have to admit a I did consider not completing the book because life is pretty chaotic and stressful.  It is very repetitive as well because her reactions are quite predictable.

Some of the birds which  I have encountered recently. 

Of course, Robins are generally easy to identify by song and visually.  They are cooperative in sitting still enough for a photo.

The Pine Siskin (top right) was quite a bit less still and really high up in the trees.  You can see the devastated leaves so there were plenty of small green worms to eat!\

The crow decided to take flight as I took this picture.  Nice view of the wing.

Magpies are plentiful and not afraid of people for the most part so photos are quite easily taken.

The challenge this week on Flickr Macro Monday was Style Food on a Fork. 

I was sure about the tomato and cheese on a pickle fork. Here the green is avocado.  A bit of Dijon mustard, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper finished the shot. It was a delicious photo shoot on Sunday PM.

Check my photo stream for the shot I submitted.

Sharing with Angie at Letting Go the Bay Leaf  who hosts Mosaic Monday #33.

Mersad who hosts Through my Lens #197


  1. Hello, beautiful blooms and pretty birds. I love avocado. The books sounds interesting.
    Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  2. Oh I love the birds! I'm not sure I knew what a Magpie looked like! NEATO!!!

  3. Great photos! I love the wonderful colorful birds and awesome details of the flower!

  4. Sylvia - we have a couple of mock orange bushes in our garden, but the blooms have not opened. I will let you know about the fragrance when they do. The crow on the wing shot is terrific! I know we always try to capture sitting birds, but sometimes the action shots are the best! And now I am off to the kitchen to find a snack, inspired by your mouth-watering Food on a Fork. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  5. Your 3 photos are stunning. I wish you well.

  6. What lovely flowers, I do like raindrops on petals! Your entries are so gorgeous along with the fabulous feathered friends :)
    My Corner of the World

  7. I used to have a mock orange bush in a previous home. It was lovely. Congrats on your art show piece. It reminds me of the blossoms on a Korean Spice Viburnum I have in my yard now. I also love sitting on my patio and watching the birds. We have robins, cardinals, bluebirds, an assortment of woodpeckers, chickadees and hummingbirds. I hope you had a good week and have a great weekend.
    Congrats on your success at Casino Night. Entrepreneur and I went to Vegas but since we're not gamblers, we didn't win anything! I love your magnolia sketch; it's lovely! I'm happy you like The Lake House. I really like Kate Morton and her stories. The flamingo is adorable and, as always, so is Milo. Cabo has his summer "do" and we're walking more now so he can show off to the ladies.


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