A Photo a Week Challenge: From Above

From Nancy Merrill Photography comes this new challenge:  It’s amazing how different things can look depending on our location. This week’s challenge is to find a unique perspective from above.  IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT ARE TAKEN FROM ABOVE YOUR SUBJECT.

Bobby 02/29/2000 - 03/29/2012

02/29/2000 – 03/29/2012


Citrus Bowl Parade

Citrus Bowl Parade


Salt Lake City Capital Building

Salt Lake City Capital Building


Salt Lake City Temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge: Sketch

 Week 7 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet

This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share with us the result. We’re back to the theme of Art effects this week – Sketch effects

Parrot sketch

Camera360 App


Original – iPhone5


Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: #29

It’s the start of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge!

Meet Pippin. Yes, he came into our lives about the same time as The Lord of the Rings! Plus, they kind of have the same personality! LOL! Pippin showed up on our doorstep one weekend looking haggard, matted with burrs, and covered in fleas. He definitely picked us. He sat in our front yard just outside the picture window and barked and barked. I was afraid he would run away when I went outside and approached. Instead, he came running over to me and rolled over on his back at my feet. I was smitten. I also knew (or thought I knew) that being a Poodle, he must have an owner somewhere. I brought him in to the garage, and he let me pick burrs, give him a bath and flea treat him. The vet gave him a clean bill of health and estimated his birth sometime probably in early 2003. Then began the search for his parents. We looked for signs of him missing, we notified and checked repeatedly with Animal Control and the Humane Society. We posted and contacted all vets within a 15-mile radius. I ran into a friend who said she had seen the little dog running around her neighborhood for about a week. I was appalled that she didn’t do anything especially since she worked for a vet. Well, in a nutshell, after about three weeks, we figured our information was out there. If we had not heard anything at that point, we weren’t going to. So, we determined that Pippin would join our then current rescues of two dogs and three cats and become another full-fledged member of this clan! He’s just the smartest little thing. I find it hard to believe that he is 11 years old. He acts like he’s two. I will say he has the most ear-piercing bark I have ever heard!!








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A Lingering Look at Windows: Week #12

Welcome to Dawn’s Week #12 of A Lingering Look at Windows!  Earlier I posted some pictures I had taken of Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL. For Dawn’s challenge I’ve chosen some pictures I took from a different side of the hospital showing some of the windows. These were taken on the northwest side (back of hospital).







The entire wall is composed of glass blocks. You can’t see into the various offices. And when you’re in one of the offices, it’s bright and cheery. You can see out but as one would expect it’s distorted. You can’t really tell anything. I think it’s a great idea!


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Architecture

From Lens and Pens by Sally we have the 4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

Ocoee, FL

The photos below were all taken facing the west side of the hospital. The next time I’m over that way and have more time, I hope to take more pictures from different sides and angles. It is, to say the least, an interesting piece of architecture.

These pictures were taken on a bright sunny day with my iPhone5. I’m hoping that one of these days iPhone or some phone company will come up with a way that you can actually see the screen in daylight and have a clue of what kind of picture your’re taking with your camera phone. Until then, it’s hit and miss on almost all my outdoor shots!

Health Central_Fotor


 In a nationwide contest Health Central Hospital was named the 7th Most Beautiful Hospital in America.



You can’t miss this building’s iconic “big red wedge” built as part of a 1993 structure that replaced the original 1952 facility. The current 440,000 square-foot, 171-bed acute care hospital and physicians’ offices include a recently updated 34-bed emergency center. HKS was the architect and interior designer.



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

From The Daily Post comes this week’s photo challenge:  Reflect: to consider where we’ve been in life, where we are now, and where we’re going.  Reflection is an important part of growing as a person, and we each find the perfect moments in different places, people or things. Here are my entries:

I’m in this one; you just have to really look close!
Old Town, Kissimmee, FL


No wonder bugs seem so confused; I’m not only upside down but it’s very unflattering!
Central Florida Zoo


I salute you!
City Hall, Winter Garden, FL


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Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

Oh, my stars! When I opened up my email and saw this Daily Prompt, I actually laughed out loud.  The words to that song, Papa Loves Mambo, popped right into my head along with several others from the mid-1950s. At that time, most of the music I listened to belonged to my older brother (11 years my senior). I, of course, had songs such as “How Much is That Doggy in the Window” and other popular tunes from singers/actors such as Burl Ives, Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy. But the ones I remember most and thought of first when I saw this prompt were my teenage (then) brother’s records. I assume they were pretty much the hits of the day. Sometimes when I want to be silly around people now, I’ll start singing or saying the words to such tunes such as these:

Green Door

Me Make Um Pow Wow

Istanbul (not Constantinople)

Okay, if you’re through laughing, you can pick yourself up off the floor. Sheesh, I was only about six years old. Obviously, they were my formative years because the words and music stayed with me! Of course, it wasn’t long after that (probably somewhere around 1957-1958) my best friend and I taught ourselves how to jitterbug to some of these 1950s hits by watching American Bandstand!

Yes, I really do like a lot of the 50s music. But the truth of the matter is that I have always liked and will always prefer the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s. And that’s just the way it is — I mean the way I am! I’m not about to start listing all my favorites from my teen years. We’d be here all week!

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: The Colour Brown

So think outside the brown box this week and find some interesting, odd things that are brown for this week.

Camel at Central Florida Zoo



1937 Harley-Davidson


“Monument in Right Feet Major”
Todji Kurtzman
(Lake Eola, Orlando)


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