Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted stuff

Sometimes you need to twist your head if you want to give yourself a good scratch.  Here is an egret at Black Hill Park in Montgomery County in Maryland.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis great blue heron is standing on ice while giving itself a scratch.  It must feel good!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe twist in this egret’s neck seems a little unusual to me from this angle.  It may have to do with the position of the wings.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a bird among the twisted branches of one or more trees in winter.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe twisted branches of the trees can sure look like a mess from a distance in the woods in the early morning light.  The sun has not quite hit the level of the trail in the following picture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe turn in the trail appears at a distance in the following picture.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

These days, it is quite unlikely that you will find me in the kind of of situation you see in the picture below.  This picture was  taken near LAX, during a time when I used to frequent that part of the world for work.  Even then, it was quite a fluke to be be in a position to take a picture like this.IMG_1977And then, it is probably unlikely that Wonder Woman would ever be stopped by a storm trooper.  She would have been too quick for him.  Also, any sensible person knows that they are from different times in history, err.., story telling.  I am not sure she could rescue anybody in the shape that appears to be in.  And the storm trooper should probably be fired.  He looks quite harmless.  This picture was taken on Hollywood Boulevard.IMG_2278This was a unlikely sight for me – a waterway near Minneapolis full of dead fish and a few rusted vehicles buried in the mud.  But apparently, fish kill are not that unusual in Minnesota.  I do not know the story behind the buried vehicles.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow likely is it to see two planes in the configuration seen here?    Take a guess as to where this picture was taken at.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

I personalized this week’s challenge in its interpretation – to try to find pictures from various recent travels that derive a significant part of their character from the presence of lines in them.  I was moderately successful, I think!

This is a picture from the window of our hotel room in Reno, NV, during a trip early in 2017.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a picture of a hotel in Mammoth Lakes, CA.  The lines on this hotel came to life in the early morning light.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe lines on the sand dunes of Mesquite Flat in Death Valley, CA, are the only natural ones that I have in this collection of pictures.   You will notice that these lines are the only ones where there are curves that are obvious.  (There is probably a lesson somewhere in there!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of months later we visited the New England area. This picture shows the lines on one of the trains on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire. The engine is at a different angle than the carriage because it is stopped at the edge of the slope.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALines and angles dominate the picture of this covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc river in Littleton, NH.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe lines on the Icefields Parkway dominated my six day bike ride through the Canadian Rockies in the later half of 2017.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis picture was taken in St. Louis, MO later in 2017. It should not be difficult to guess what the subject matter of this picture is.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis picture was taken at Middle of the Earth, just outside of Quito, in Ecuador on the equatorial line in November 2017.DSC00743This picture is of a corridor in the Design Hotel in Chennai in India at the end of the year.  This is considered a “boutique hotel“.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the lines on the Boeing 787-9 that we saw at Charles de Gaulle airport on our way back from India.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe lines of the roof at this gas station in Effingham, IL, caught my eye during a road trip earlier this year.  Yes, we had some late-season snow in our part of the world, but it is all over now!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

A Strange Month of April So Far

This is the time of year when things normally begin to warm up in our part of the world. This is the time of year we see signs of Spring all around us.  It also becomes a season for allergies.  But the early part of the month had us experiencing a snowstorm instead as we drove through the Midwest.   This was the scene on the road in the morning the next day as we drove back home to Maryland after the storm.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack east, the cherry blossom tree in our backyard looked miserable compared to past years.  The blossoms looked thin and sparse.  Things then started to improve as we approached the middle of the month.  There was an awakening of the blossoms.  There were even a couple of warm days to go with this.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis phase of Spring did not last too long.  A heavy snowstorm hit parts of the Midwest once again last weekend.  It also got colder here in the Northeast, and we got a significant amount of rain that put an end to nature’s show.  We now have white stuff on the ground and flying around all over the place, and it is not snow!  Strange weather!  I wonder what we have in store for the rest of the month.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Some people have a natural instinct to smile when their picture is being taken. Others do not.  I wonder if she had to ask the person in the kayak to smile for her.IMG_2780The person who is the focus of the picture that is being taken is not smiling, but I hope you are.  (This is the naked cowboy of Times Square.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Some photographers do have delightful smiles themselves.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love taking pictures of kids because of their smiles.IMG_1570IMG_1641I hope that at least some of these pictures brought a smile to your face.

Sunrise and a Sunset in our Neighborhood

We have some spectacular sunrises and sunsets in our neighborhood when the conditions are right.  The sunrise events happen right outside our front door, and the timing is good for pictures this time of the year.  All I have to do is grab the camera and open the front door, or go to an upstairs window.  This was just a few days ago.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can capture a decent sunset from the back of the house, but the view is partially blocked by the houses behind ours.  Capturing it in its full form requires me to go to another part of the neighborhood.   This is exactly what I did last Sunday.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA