WPC: Twisted

When I saw that the theme of WP’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week was twisted, I immediately thought of two things: trees and cactus.

Winter is a good time to photograph twisted branches.
IMAG0157Springtime in the parkWillow tree, West Park, DPSometimes even trees need a hug!
I liked the knot in this tree!There’s a bird hiding in this tangle of branches!KODAK Digital Still CameraAt Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona, the mighty saguaro starts growing arms when it is about 60 years of age and these arms twist every which way as they grow!
Saguaros live up to 200 years of age, sometimes older. They provide shelter and sustenance for many species of animals.20151217_172406Anther twisty cactus is common throughout southern Arizona, but I don’t remember its name.20151215_110242Photos taken in Des Plaines, a state park in Indiana, Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson) and Saguaro National Park West (Tucson). 

Finally, a video by the band Twisted Sister, We’re Not Gonna Take It.


WPC: Slanted and Straight

Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge this week is to present photos showing “lines.”  

These photos all contain lines that slant together with lines that are straight, which is how I selected photos for this challenge.

Slanting double trees with hyacinths
20180424_145834Wooden door of a storage shed 20170831_142117_001
Fences create slanting lines when viewed head on – they lead to a hypothetical vanishing point.  This is called one-point perspective, a basic technique used in drawing and photography.  Below, a fence in León, Nicaragua followed by a fence in Des Plaines.
KODAK Digital Still Camera

20170907_143202Buildings also offer excellent opportunity for juxtaposed slanting and straight lines using one-point perspective, such as the outside of the Des Plaines Library and …
20180322_142823a hallway at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.20180427_191419and a row of chairs in that same theatre. (A few curves, too, since not all the chairs fold up uniformly!)
Nature combined with man-made structures offers another opportunity to photograph slanted and straight lines.  This photo shows the contours of nature in the trees, and how they have been cut to accommodate telephone wires.

WPC: Prolific Wildlife

Some synonyms for prolific are:  fruitful, abundant, bountiful.  If you want to see bountiful, prolific wildlife, I would recommend an African safari!

Here are some examples of Tanzania’s prolific wildlife:


Proliferation of hippos in a pond, Serengeti National Park



Migrating wildebeest, Lake Ndutu – Southern Serengeti


Cattle egrets are abundant in a tree and along the shore of a lake, Tarangire National Park.



WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific


WPC: Rise/Set

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week is sunrises & sunsets.  On safari in Tanzania, we were often up by sunrise, leaving sometimes before breakfast to be able to observe animals early in the morning.

Sunrise – Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania – Feb. 7, 2018
2-7 sunrise-Ngorongoro
Sunrise, southern Serengeti, Tanzania – Feb. 10, 2018
2-10 sunrise
Just as often, we were just returning for the evening when the sun set. All vehicles are required to be out of the national parks at sunset. This last picture was taken just as the sun was getting low in the sky and the sky beginning to glow yellow and orange, silhouetting an acacia tree.
Sunset, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – Feb. 11, 2018

WPC: My Favorite Place

I have many “favorite places” in the world, too many to choose from, so I am restricting this post to my home town, Des Plaines, Illinois. My favorite place here is the public library. It is within walking distance so I usually walk there, sometimes three times a week or more than once a day!


Front door, but there is also a side entrance, which is the one I usually use.

This library opened in 2000, replacing the previous library, which the city of Des Plaines had clearly outgrown. In spite of this, some people complained that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money! However, I think building the new library was a worthwhile use of my taxes.  There was also a campaign to raise money by buying bricks for the plaza in front of the building, which are engraved with the names of the donors or in honor/memory of someone.


Another way the library raises revenue and gets rid of old books and videos is to have two book sales a year, as well as a side area with an ongoing book sale, which cost 50 cents to a dollar each – it’s on the honor system.20180322_142800I love to read and I attend two book discussion groups at the library. Also, my memoir writing group meets there. This started as a memoir writing class for women, but when the class was over, some of us wanted to continue, and we’re still at it almost two years later!


These are the two books I read for April’s discussion groups.

Our local library also hosts many events, including once-a-month movies on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.


Movies are shown in a large room off this hallway.


These computers are used for book checkout. They scan the library card, then the bar code on back of the book or whatever you are checking out. Through the slit on the right side, you get a receipt, showing the date you checked out the materials and when they are due.

Recently, the library instituted a new policy of automatic renewal. Many libraries are doing this now. Most books will automatically renew for up to four months. The exceptions are new books or books with a limited number of days, or if someone has requested the book.





Looking up from the stairwell at the second floor. I almost always take the stairs to the third or fourth floors, even though I have to pause to catch my breath at each floor!


There are also computer classes, lectures, town hall meetings, information fairs, music performances – it’s hard to keep track of everything that goes on at the library!


I always pause to look at the flyers, in case there is anything new of interest going on. The book discussion group flyers are here, as well as movies, classes, etc.


WPC: Hit the Road!

Feb. 5, 2018 Tarangire National Park, Day 2:

WP Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “I’d Rather Be…” Back in the winter (although admittedly mild) weather in Chicago, I look back on our sojourn to Tanzania with longing, as I do with any trip we take, so I’d Rather Be Traveling.

I’d rather be riding in a bumpy, dusty Land Cruiser…


Me and Dale in a safari vehicle

2-5 Sue & Dale at vehicle-Tarangire

Dale and my cousin Susan (at the door) with one of the vehicles.

and watching creatures great…SONY DSCand small…

2-5 caterpillar of silk moth

and in between.


I’d rather watch egrets congregating on the banks of a lake…


and male impalas grazing.2-5 male impalas
I’d rather be photographing birds, such as this ground hornbill with a snake in its mouth…SONY DSCor this crowned plover looking for bugs next to our vehicle.SONY DSC

I’d rather be spotting animals in the distance, such as a group of oryxes (the only oryxes we saw during our safari)…SONY DSCor a male ostrich….SONY DSC
and a female ostrich.SONY DSCI’d rather be at Tarangire Safari Lodge, watching the sunrise…
20180205_064801or sleeping in our tent cabin.
2-5 Tarangire Safari LodgeSo how soon ’til we hit the road again??!



WPC: Lion Desire (Rated R!)

Feb. 6, 2018

This day could be called the “day of the lion” because we saw several of them, males together, females together and females with cubs.  When a female goes into heat, she will spend about four days exclusively with a male. Our guide told us they mate up to 16 times a day during that period, and usually with an interval of 15-30 minutes between matings!

This series of photos was taken over a period of about 30 minutes and is self-explanatory so I am submitting it for Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Story. *Caution: May not be appropriate for young children or adults whose sensibilities are easily offended!  😉