A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Orange

Once a week Sue dips into her old English Oxford dictionary and picks a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.  This week her word is ORANGE.  Not being a fan of most orange shades, I was surprised to actually find some pictures for this challenge.  I really surprised myself when I saw how many I had! Here is a small selection for your viewing pleasure!  Enjoy!

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Frisbee Tossing Robot Made by Local High School Students

 

Vintage Truck, Old Town, Kissimmee, FL

Vintage Truck, Old Town, Kissimmee, FL

 

Not sure of the name of this plant.  Looks like peppers!

Not sure of the name of this plant. Looks like peppers!

 

Freckles

Freckles

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Water

Lots of water where I live! These photos were all taken with my iPhone5.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

~Henry David Thoreau

2013-09-27 Lake Apopka_Fotor

2014-04-03 19 LakeApopka_Fotor

2013-10-31 13 SilverSprings_Fotor

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Memorial Day

Where did it begin, who created it, and why?

As a nation we are at war now, but for most Americans the scale of death and suffering in this seemingly endless wartime belongs to other people far away, or to people in other neighborhoods. Collectively, we are not even allowed to see our war dead today. That was not the case in 1865.

At the end of the Civil War the dead were everywhere, some in half buried coffins and some visible only as unidentified bones strewn on the killing fields of Virginia or Georgia. Americans, north and south, faced an enormous spiritual and logistical challenge of memorialization. The dead were visible by their massive absence. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died in the war. American deaths in all other wars combined through the Korean conflict totaled 606,000. If the same number of Americans per capita had died in Vietnam as died in the Civil War, 4 million names would be on the Vietnam Memorial. The most immediate legacy of the Civil War was its slaughter and how to remember it.

Slaves

 

Some twenty-eight black workmen went to the site, re-buried the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. Some 28 black workmen went to the site, dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

Officially, as a national holiday, Memorial Day emerged in 1868 when General John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union veterans organization, called on all former northern soldiers and their communities to conduct ceremonies and decorate graves of their dead comrades. On May 30, 1868, when flowers were plentiful, funereal ceremonies were attended by thousands of people in 183 cemeteries in twenty-seven states. The following year, some 336 cities and towns in thirty-one states, including the South, arranged parades and orations. The observance grew manifold with time. In the South Confederate Memorial Day took shape on three different dates: on April 26 in many deep South states, the anniversary of General Joseph Johnston’s final surrender to General William T. Sherman; on May 10 in South and North Carolina, the birthday of Stonewall Jackson; and on June 3 in Virginia, the birthday of Jefferson Davis.

[Excerpts from:  David W. Blight teaches American History at Yale University where he is the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the author of the Bancroft prize-winning Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and the forthcoming A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.]

 

Memorial-Day

On what rests the hope of the republic?

One country, one language, one flag!

Alexander Henry

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time,

and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

 

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Wk #37

This week I’m spotlighting our little Emmy. She is a Maltese and will turn 14 this year. Back in 2000, we were blessed to have the opportunity to adopt Emmy from Florida Poodle Rescue. We brought her home as a baby. I know! Most animals adopted from rescues are fully grown. Sometimes timing is everything! It was meant to be. Of all our little furry children, she is the oldest and pretty much the smallest (if you don’t count a couple of the cats!).  But she is the matriarch of our animal kingdom. Aw, shucks, she rules this roost!

THAT WAS THEN!

Where am I?

Where am I?

 

Play time! I've taken control of Bobby's toys! (Search site for Bobby to see my Boston)

Play time! I’ve taken control of Bobby’s toys! (Search site for Bobby to see my Boston)

 

Nap time!

Nap time!

 

THIS IS NOW!

Can you find me?

Can you find me?

 

How do you like my new haircut?

How do you like my new haircut?

 

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One Word Photo Challenge: Grey

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is the color Grey!

Grey Steer

Grey Steer

 

Rose Thome Casterline Rollins College Faculty Exhibit

Rose Thome Casterline
Rollins College
Faculty Exhibit

 

Grey Hot Rod

Grey Hot Rod

 

Silver Grey Wall Art

Silver Grey Wall Art

 

Grey Tree Bark

Grey Tree Bark

 

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 12

I found a few “odd ball” photos I thought I would put out there and participate in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge this week. Here they are in no particular order!

Tower of Light (also referred to by some of the locals as the pineapple sculpture) located outside City Hall, Orlando, FL

Tower of Light (also referred to by some of the locals as the pineapple sculpture) located outside City Hall, Orlando, FL

 

Church Street Station, Amtrak station under construction, downtown Orlando, FL

Church Street Station, Amtrak station under construction, downtown Orlando, FL

 

Steampunk!

Steampunk!

 

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One Word Photo Challenge: Pink

From Jennifer Nichole Wells comes:

This weeks One Word Photo Challenge is the color Pink!

I love pink! I usually don’t put this many photos into a post but I just couldn’t decide. So I’ll let you! Something for everyone perhaps! Enjoy!

Innocence
William Adolphe Bouguereau
Oil on Canvas, 1901
Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Innocence_Fotor

 

Unknown Flower

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Quartz

PinkStones_Fotor

 

Pink Roses

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Pink Hot Rod

PinkCar_Fotor

 

Midge
Pink Nose

PinkNose_Fotor

 

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