Photo Challenge……Transient

If a huge thundercloud isn’t transient, nothing is.  We outran this one in Iowa in the summer of 2010, on our way to Hillsdale College in Michigan.  It nearly caught us when we stopped for lunch, but we  got to our destination before the storm broke.

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Outrunning thunderstorm in Iowa

I took this picture through the front windshield of the car while it was driving down the highway.  Honestly, it felt like we were being pursued by the Devil.  Maybe we were.

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Photo Challenge – Order – All Lined Up

See the differently-colored punts, all lined up on the banks of the River Cam, in Cambridge, England.  They are just waiting for some people to come along and rent them for a lazy trip down the slow-flowing river.  Perfect for a summer afternoon.

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Punts on the Cam, rentals from Trinity College

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Friend..ly Photo Challenge

My friend likes to sit on my lap, whenever I’m sitting down.  She leaps very quietly onto the chair or bed I happen to be using, and purrs loudly to get my attention.  My lap is always warm when Kikyo the Aristo-Cat is on my lap.

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Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

She also likes to snuggle up to her glass “friend”, which is on our high plant shelf.  It takes a long leap across the gap from the banister on the stairs, to the top of the coat closet, for her to get there in the first place, which is quite remarkable.  I’ll bet she doesn’t even know that the glass vase is supposed to be a cat!

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And then, she sprawls out in the most undignified posture I’ve ever seen!

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Evanescent

What could be more evanescent than cut flowers?  Once cut, they only last for a few days, but those few days immeasurably improve the lives of those who see them.  My best girlfriend gave me pretty flowers for my birthday last month, and we put them in a vase on the kitchen table.  Remarkably, they lasted nearly two weeks!

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  I was sitting at the table when it occurred to me that they would look great against the plain white wall, so I knelt down to take the second photo from below the rim of the table.  Now, I can look at them any time, and the evanescent flowers can last a very long time.

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Photo Challenge…Earth

I admit it.  I’m a Pacific Northwest Chauvinist.  I believe that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the USA.  We are never more than 2 hours from the ocean, or the mountains, here in Western Washington.  Here are some of my favorite, beautiful, places in my corner of the Earth.

 

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Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound
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Liberty Bell Mountain, in the North Cascades
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Winding Road-Eastern Washington State

It’s a ringer!  I have always loved the shrub-steppe terrain just east of the Cascades, along the Columbia River.  This kind of landscape was carved by receding glaciers, around 10,000 years ago.  All of Washington State was buried under hundreds of feet of ice!

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

Deception Falls, looking downstream

Above is Deception Falls, which runs under US Highway 2, west of Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains.

Earth Day is a big fat hoax.  Human beings are NOT “destroying” the planet.  Human beings are not a blot on the environment; they were put here by God to be Earth’s stewards and its masters.  Instead of feeling guilty about having been born, celebrate “Earth Day” tomorrow by getting outdoors.  Take a walk or a ride through the streets or fields of your town, and thank God that we live on such a beautiful, bountiful planet.

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Surprise! What IS that on my plate?

Unlike many younger people these days, I don’t normally take pictures of my food when eating out, or post them on social media (I am not on Facebook or Twitter anyway).  But this time, on our cruise to Alaska last summer, I just had to capture this.  It was the final night of the cruise, and dinner was especially fancy.  I ordered the duck, and this is what was placed on the beautiful table in front of me.

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The food actually looked too pretty to eat!  So, what do you think that item is at the edge of the plate, at what pilots call the “twelve o’clock” position?  I turned the plate around twice before sampling it, but I had no clue until I took a bite.  It was potatoes!  I likened it to a bit of hash-browns, cleverly formed into a shape like a pear.  It was very good, and I know that this will be one of the most memorable meals I’ll ever have.

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