Saturday, August 22, 2009

Round Robin Challenge: Birds

From For Ellipsis

"The kiss of sun for pardon, the song of birds for mirth. One is nearer to God's heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth."

-Dorothy Frances

RRC: Birds
Suggested by Robinella, author of the blog, Robinella's

As I mentioned in a previous entry, I went for a long walk in Tilden Park this past week. It was too beautiful for words. The weather was nice and mild, and the fog burned off that morning to a gentle late summer sun. Some summers can be so harsh, but not this one. There were only a handful of true summer days this year. Anyway, on that day, there were a ton of birds to photograph, among the newly turning leaves, but I set my sights on this pretty little hummingbird. I spotted it while walking through the Botanic Garden, and finally caught a good shot of it, as it paused atop a tree that was growing just below a tiny bridge I was walking on. I was wanting to get a different angle on the bird, and with a little patience it paid off. I would have liked to have had it a little more centered, but I was pleased that I was able to capture him at all. My arthritic shoulder was protesting loudly, but being out with the camera meant more to me then the pain. I was feeling inspired for the first time in several months. Ahhh... creativity in the midst of the doldrums! All in all, I think it was worth it!

From For Ellipsis

Red-Winged Black Bird, Legion of Honor, San Francisco (August 9th 2009)

Ok, that's it for me, now follow the links below to see what the other Robins have for us this time around. And be sure to come by the official Round Robin blog tomorrow to find out what our next challenge will be!


Robinella... Robinella's
(Private Blog)

Carly... Ellipsis

Betty... A Corgi in Southern California

Karen... Outpost Mavarin

Steve... Gone Batty Photo

Linda... Mommy's Treasures

Ellen B... The Happy Wonderer

Monica... Shutterly Happy

Molly Mavis... Visual Dialogues

Meg... In Quest Of Freedom
Posted! 08/23/09

Jama... Sweet Memories

Suzanne R... SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

Margaret... Facts From A Fact Woman

Rita... Cashjocky and the Old Salt

Fhaye... Photodito

Vicki... Maraca

Gattina... Keyhole Pictures

Peggy...Holmespun Fun Memes and Themes

Betty... A Glimpse Into Midlife

Maria... Everything Is Green

Ruth... Scrabble Queen

Thanks Robinella, this was fun!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blue Scarlet Dragonfly

From For Ellipsis

"Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosed from the sky."

-Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon

It was a beautiful day in Tilden park yesterday! I only had a couple hours with the camera, but they were quality hours to be sure. Lots of critters. Dragonflies and butterflies and even a lizard or two. I spotted a fast moving lizard I had never seen before, but with a little bit of research last night I found out it was of the Skink variety. It moved along very fast, and at first I thought it might be a small blue snake, but nope, it was a Skink. I couldn't photograph it, because it moved too quickly, but I will be watching for that one specifically the next time I am in the park. Tilden is amazing this time of year. The leaves are beginning to turn, which reminds me that autumn is just a whisper away! I can't wait!

Blue Scarlett Dragonflies

From For Ellipsis

Isn't she pretty? It was nice to have a little company for the walk around the Botanic Gardens. :)


Monday, August 17, 2009

Feline And Furball Friday's New Home :) Hi Theresa!

From For Ellipsis

"Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling."

-Helen Powers

From For Ellipsis

As you guys probably know, Steven, who hosts the meme, Feline and Furball Friday, lost his cat Pickle a couple weeks ago. While Steven takes some time off from things, Theresa will be hosting the meme for him. My kitties, and I, are rather excited that the meme will continue. While we haven't played as much recently as we would like to, we are hoping to do a little better about that in the future. So, we are so happy to be able to send a big shout out to Theresa...

HI THERESA! :) From Carly, Dylan and Hendrix!!!

If you want to show off your favorite feline, furball or feathered friend, and support Theresa as she takes on the meme, be sure to hop over to Theresa's blog on Fridays for all the fun!

Arizona Life Through My Eyes

Feline, Furball, Plus Feathers Friday


Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot # 51: Candy

"Don't wreck a sublime
chocolate experience by feeling guilty."

-Lora Brody

MMMM... CANDY! It's a super simple photo shoot assignment this week folks. All you have to do is grab your cameras and show me your favorite CANDY. The real problem might be in narrowing it down to just one. :)

Extra Credit: Show me a picture of YOU enjoying your favorite candy! Also, please be specific about what settings you used to create your photo, and what, if any, special effects you used.

This week's assignment closes next Sunday evening, at 9:00 PM ET. So, you have almost a full week to get your photo, upload it to your blog, journal or website, and comeback here with the direct link back to it. REMEMBER... it must be a direct link back to an entry which is specific to this week's photo shoot assignment. A general link to your blog, journal or website will not do, and NO HYPERLINKS ACCEPTED! Also, please link back here, so others can play along with the assignment.

Linking List for EMPS #50: Layers. 08/10/09


1. Suzanne

2. Judi

3. Karen Part One and Part Two

4. Liz

5. Jama

6. Your EG Tour Guide

Well done everyone. :) Thanks so much for playing! See you next Monday!