Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is reminds you of nature’s beauty.
Last Photos of 2021
I took these last photos on Dec. 30 (I didn’t take any on Dec. 31), and am now posting for Bushboy’s Last on the Card for December 2021.
We finally have snow for the first time this season! It was not a white Christmas, but definitely a white New Year!
And with that, I say good-bye and good riddance to 2021!!
Cee’s fun Foto Challenge this week is Basically Two Colors.
CFFC: Shadows & Reflections
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is shadows and reflections.
CMMC: Pick a Topic from a Photo
Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is to find a subject in a photo she posted. Here it is:
What follows are photos from my archives that fit the topic.
Mother/Mom (who is wearing purple!)
CFFC: Twists in Nature and Man-made Swirls
The topic for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is twisted & squiggly shapes. Many are found in nature, such as twisted trees…
…and saguaro cacti, which can be quite humorous to look at!
Artists have used the patterns and fractals found in nature since ancient times, such as
and modern sculptures,
and a swirled “mane” on a Chinese lion statue.
And here’s one more…try to guess what it is!
LAPC: Keep Walking
Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge #163 invites us to share photos of our walking trails and discoveries!
We used to hike much more than we do now. Even so, when we are traveling and there is an opportunity to take a walking tour, we take advantage of it! Also, we go on day trips in the Chicago area, to a variety of places to find something artistic or unusual.
On our first day in Tanzania, we spent the morning on a genuine hike! This ficus tree captured my interest.
On that same hike, our guide stopped to pick up something off the ground – a giraffe turd! Holding it in his open palm, he told us it was the turd of a male giraffe, because of its somewhat football shape. Female giraffe turds are flat on each end! Several of our group of hikers crowded around to get a close-up of this unusual find! The guide patiently waited, while with his other hand he looked at something on his cellphone!
Where there is giraffe poop, you can be sure there are giraffes nearby! This one walked nonchalantly away from us – since it was also a male giraffe, I wonder if his was the deposit we had been examining!
Later during that trip, on the day we arrived at Serengeti National Park, another hike had been arranged! I love to walk because that is when I see the small things that would be missed on a bike or traveling in a vehicle! I took photos of these three small things on that hike.
Most of my walks are short treks either around campus or somewhere else in town. On campus one day, which happened to be my birthday, Dale and I were taking our usual walk around campus, when we came upon two other residents who were walking their dogs and had stopped to chat (while social distancing!). It’s common for residents to greet each other or chat on these walks, but before long, someone says, “Well, I need to keep walking” and they go their separate ways.
During the pandemic, we’ve taken day trips to far-flung suburbs and nature reserves.
Some of my favorite walks are in sculpture parks! Our walk at Morton Arboretum, which happened to be on my birthday this year, was in search of a new installation of sculptures by a South African artist.
TreeSquared: Winter Trees Enhanced
For Becky’s penultimate day of trees squared, I decided I’d go with her theme somewhat. Here are some winter trees, enhanced!
One of the most wonderful features of the Moorings campus is the number and variety of trees! I am not a fan of winter in general, but I am awed by the complexity of their interwoven branches, which are best seen when they have no leaves to cover them.
I love playing with SnapSeed on my cellphone, so I enhanced (and squared) some of the shots!
This next set of comparisons was actually taken in early May – I just like the effect! And these are not squared but see below.
Here is the altered image squared:
I don’t know why this enhanced picture came out so blurry!
Trees in the background in this pair:
I decided to include this photo taken in February – it’s not enhanced/altered, I just like it!
TreeSquared: Cat Up a Tree
I have been AWOL the last few days, but I am back with another kind of “tree” for Becky’s July Square Trees. Cats love to climb on things, and are attracted to furniture with different levels, enclosures or holes to explore. Or to sleep on. Cat trees are typically made of a carpet material which felines use as a scratching post as well. The structures cat owners buy for their pets come in different sizes and shapes. This is one of my grandcats, lying on her humans’ “cat tree.”
Tree Squared: Paper Bark Maple
This tree is called “paper maple” because its bark is thin like paper. This tree at Morton Arboretum is my contribution for Becky’s July #TreeSquares.