Pink Water!

I decided to combine Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge of Water and Becky’s In the Pink September Challenge.

Dahlia (My backyard)

A lady and her dog cooling off (Meeks Park, Blairsville, GA)

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness (Winter Garden, FL)

Air Boat on Lake Apopka (Winter Garden, FL)


A Photo a Week Challenge: Your Weather Today

Nancy Merrill says:  This week is all about the weather where you live.

I took this yesterday on my new iPhone 8 Plus! We were coming home from the vet’s office. I don’t know that I have ever seen such a brilliant rainbow — and a double one at that. I’m afraid the photo does not do it justice! We’ve been having so much rain now that the temps have gone up some but yesterday the sun came out and voila!

Signs of Fall – But I’m Not Ready…

Nancy Merrill Photography challenges on her Photo a Week Challenge:  A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF THINGS THAT MEAN FALL TO YOU.

Oh, dear. I knew it was too good to be true.  Can you see it? Look close! It’s right in my front yard. It’s coming and I’m not ready. It’s coming and there’s nothing I can do about it! I really find it hard to believe that we’re already ending summer and beginning autumn. Living here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am anxiously waiting to see what our fall foliage will look like come the middle of October. Hopefully, I’ll be posting autumn leaves again in a prettier format!

See the red leaves among the green? The leaves are already starting to turn. Fall followed by cold weather can’t be long away. I might have mentioned on previous occasions that I’m not a fan of the cold. But one good thing — I do love the fall colors and we’re right in the heart of it come October!


My front yard!

Our covered driveway!

Local pumpkin!

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fresh


We knew it was coming. Gosh, I think half the country was already covered. It began slowly here, stopped for a while, and then really came down over night! And, to think, I slept through the whole thing! 😛

I took this one on the way home from running errands yesterday. I thought it was fascinating how there appeared to be just a light dusting across the tops of the hills. I couldn’t figure out the demarcation line that appeared to designate the end of the snow at that altitude!  All you scientific or knowledgeable people can stop laughing at me now; it was not a shadow but actually the end of the snow!

A dusting of snow with a cloud cap!

A dusting of snow with a cloud cap!

This next picture was taken early this morning from our balcony looking out across our driveway.  Yeh, I can’t see it either! What a greeting. I must admit everything looks so beautiful and fresh! It’s also cold (for here).  I don’t mind this because I know it will be gone by the first of the week as temperatures are predicted to begin climbing and reach the 50s and 60s by the end of the week!

Our first snowfall of 2017!

Our first snowfall of 2017!

Say, wait a minute! I just saw two ROBINS out my office window. Does that mean?….. Could it possibly be?…. Spring is almost here??? (Yes, I have at times been accused of being a dreamer!)


A Photo a Week: Flare

From Nancy Merrill Photography:

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO WITH SUN OR LENS FLARE (REAL OR ADDED). Sun and lens flares can be annoying, but they can also be a serendipitous happening. A well-placed or timed flare can add a wonderful hazy, sleepy feeling to an image. It can give a nice backlit affect.

The following are real flares, nothing added! All were taken with my iPhone5.

2013-07-04 Fireworks_Fotor

This picture above is of some Fourth of July fireworks. If there is one thing I’ve learned from trying to photograph fireworks with my iPhone and its zoom, is that it can’t be done. If anyone out there has discovered the secret, please share!

2014-09-11 Sunny AM_FotorThe picture above is an early morning shot of the sun with some jet traffic in the sky.

2014-10-04 Sunset_FotorAbove is a sunset between some trees at Lake Apopka.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Profile; Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 66; and Sunday Stills: Pets

There are several challenges this past week involving pets. This is a picture of my first Great Dane, Caesar (1970-72). Sadly he died young. He was fabulous and I still miss him.

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Week 66.

Nancy Merrill Photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Profile. Okay, I made this one about my pet!

Sunday Stills: Pets



Caesar & Me_Fotor


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A Photo a Week Challenge: Splash of Color

Color Splash


From NANCY MERRILL PHOTOGRAPHY:  Images are all about color, or the absence of color. A photo can be more stunning and dramatic in black and white than in color, and vis versa. The presence of a color in a mostly monochrome image will draw the eye to the color.  IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT INCLUDES A FOCUS COLOR.