With a visual nudge from BeckyB of Winchester, I am opting into the challenge set by bushboys world, to “post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for 28th February.” Mine is a quick snap (no edits) of our Christmas cactus in its second blooming. November’s blossoms numbered over 60 and we were thrilled with the burst of vibrant color amidst winter grays. This is the first time we have had a second flowering just as the days grow a bit longer. #The Last Photo
When you grow up the daughter and the granddaughter of carpenters, you appreciate trees and the lumber they provide. Fond memories of tagging along to Kleiner’s Lumberyard while Dad handpicked boards to be planed accompanied by harsh noise without benefit of ear protection in those days long before OSHA required safety and the sweet smell of sawdust or sweltering summer days spent planting trees at The 40 – trees that have grown from seedlings as small as my hand to stately pines.
As BeckyB of Winchester’s Square Challenge moves into week three of TreeSquare, I wondered what photos I might have of these natural wonders, these organic composites of cellulose fibers which have graced our planet for more than 375 million years. It turns out – not too many but enough to cover a year of seasons.
Tree locations ( although some no more):
- Spring blossoms – St. Paul, April 2021
- Summer loss – Rochester, July 2013
- Autumn brilliance – Moldova, October 2018
- Winter calm – Inseli, November 2012
BeckyB’s “Brightly Coloured” post featuring an earlier photography of a mosaic octopus in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park offered an inspiration for sunny textures under my feet.
- Chişinău, Moldova – October 14, 2018
- Parco Ciani, Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland – September 4, 2018
- Chinese Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – July 7, 2017
Mirroring an earlier installment for this quarter’s Squares Challenge by BeckyB — This time from my travels as near as Wisconsin and as far as Italy with water made bright as sunlit waves break on a rocky shore, from a high vista over the river and even higher clouds filter sunlight on the Trans Canada Highway , or white rapids on two rivers half-a-globe apart at sunset.
- Lake Superior along the Minnesota shore – 2013
- Columbia River above Revelstoke Dam, British Columbia, Canada – July 9, 2017
- Pozza di Fassa, Italy (in the Dolomite mountains) – September 6, 2018
- Chippewa River from the High Bridge in Eau Claire, Wisconsin – May 6, 2016
While following BeckyB of Winchester in the WordPress blogosphere, I became intrigued by her Squares Challenge. The directions are simple: Post a photographic square every day, or once a week, or even just occasionally. Her April theme is Bright with a definition covering a wide spectrum of adjectives “sparkling, polished, shining, clever, cheerful, colourful, astute, brilliant, sunny, glorious, translucent, distinct and clear.” Inspired by her Bright and Early in Portuguese Moments on April 1, I’ve selected a small collection of far and wide travel pictures some on sunny days and others just capturing the bright wonder of the moment.
- Cathedral of God’s Mother’s Birth at the Curchi Monastry, Orhei, Moldova – October 15, 2018
- Phoenix Botanical Garden – March 23, 2019
- Lake Como, Bittersweet National Forest, Montana – May 17, 2017
- Westminster Abbey, London – October 12, 2018
- Chicago – June 18, 2019