Friday, October 30, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS #370 - October 30th, 2015

I will be a bit late moderating and publishing comments as the weekend is busier than it usually is.  Thanks for leaving them and I will return the visit as soon as I can. 


Today's Flowers will open on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and will close the following Thursday at 11.00 p.m.

As this is a relatively new transfer from the original Today's Flowers blog to this one, I hope all old friends will be joining me here, and I would also like to invite new friends to join us and share their favorite flower photos.  We also welcome everyone to visit and enjoy.  I will no longer need to ask for Guest Friend photos, though of course will always be happy to receive any if you would still like to share.



We were at Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Vienna, Virginia, towards the end of last August.





As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the link will open every Friday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast time USA), and close Thursday evening at 11.00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to add their photos until it closes in preparation for the new link.

If for some reason it does not open on time and I am not able to fix the problem straight away, please leave your link in the comment section.  But only if there is no link available.  

If you have trouble adding your photo even when it is open, you can send me your entry, along with your blog address and with 'Today's Flowers' in the subject line, to the e-mail address below.

luvinwildlife@gmail.com

This e-mail can also be used if you want to get in touch with me with any advice or concerns.  Thank you very much.

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Luiz Santilli Jr. created Today's Flowers.  
Thank you Luiz. 

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We try not to bog you down with too many rules, but could you please provide a link to Today's Flowers if you decide you would like to join in?  Obviously everyone is welcome even if you don't as it is fun just to look.  Also, no business advertising please, this meme is for people who have a love for sharing their own favorite flower photographs.  You are very welcome to copy the button below for your related Today's Flowers' blog post.


Finally, my thanks to all friends for your support of this meme.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE



1. "Speak your mind but ride a fast horse."
~Anonymous~

(I found this quote on a drink coaster at a restaurant we went to recently.  Couldn't help but have a good chuckle.)




2. "When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second.  When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour.  That's relativity." 
~Albert Einstein~

(The statue is by Zhu Ming entitled Einstein the Scientist)




3. "My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them."
~Mitch Hedberg~

(Not so long ago a friend of mine told me that when her parents visited, her Dad watered all her silk plants.  My friend did not have much success with real ones, but she had some very realistic and pretty 'fake' flowers which I always admired.  Apparently so did her Dad.)




4. "If this is coffee, please bring me some tea, but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."
~Abraham Lincoln~

(Years ago when I lived the first part of my life in England, I didn't drink coffee because my Mum bought Camp, which was a thick liquid coffee syrup in a bottle, or instant.  What was in the cafes was half milk and half coffee. I didn't care for the taste of any of it and didn't like coffee at all. When I moved to America at the age of 25 I discovered real coffee made from fresh ground beans, but didn't care for the tea very much which always seemed fruity or flavored with all kinds of herbs. When my parents visited, taking great pity on me and for their own survivial, they always packed a suitcase full of boxes of their favorite tea; great for them because they were able to take all their souvenirs back in the suitcase that was now empty of tea.  Nowadays you can get decent tea and coffee in both countries, but to be fair this is also the taste of a young girl whose palate was probably still developing.)




5. "Lead us not into temptation.  Just tell us where it is, we'll find it."
~Sam Levenson~
(No other words necessary!)

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(All photos I am using today were found online at Pixabay, a royalty free source.  I also want to thank Sandra at Madsnapper for pointing me in this direction through one of her posts which you can find here; she shares a link to Pickmonkey's page of 20 free stock photo sites here.   Sandra does great creations using PickMonkey. She has a great Halloween header right now.  Thanks Sandra!)

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Today I am linking with Willy-Nilly Friday Five.
This is a fun meme and thanks Tanya for hosting.  You can click on the button below to visit other participants.

Around Roanoke



SEAGULLS AND CLOUDS AND SKY






















 I am sharing with the following memes and will link to them as they become available.  Thank you to all our hosts for making them a very enjoyable part of blogging. You can see other participants by clicking on their names, and their logos are in my side-bar.

GOOD FENCES - JAMESTOWN



"On December 6th, 1606, the journey to Virginia began on three ships: the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery.  In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement.  On May 13th they picked Jamestown, Virginia for their settlement, which was named after their King, James I.  The settlement became the first permanent English settlement in North America."

This is the first paragraph I read here, along with a lot of other interesting information.  I also found another interesting article to read here


My first photo above isn't actually a fence or a wall but this reproduction shows how the buildings were made.  The river in the background is the James River. There is a ferry boat that takes cars across, which we would like to use the next time we visit.  There are so many neat places to explore in this area.  We didn't get to see the whole of Jamestown as a lot of it was flooded because of the bad weather caused by Hurricane Joaquin.  


But there will be another time.







I saw this photo of Queen Elizabeth on one of the historical markers. She visited Jamestown  in 2007, which was the 400th anniversary of its founding.  She and Prince Philip made a state visit to the U.S in May of that year. Her Majesty is not only a direct descendant of James I, the settlement's namesake, but also the direct descendant of George III, under whose reign Great Britain lost the same territory in the American War of Independence.



















Click on Good Fences to look at other blogging friends' photos around the world.  Thank you for hosting such a fun meme Theresa.  


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fun with the Greylag Goose


This Fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a 'V' formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.  As each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a 'V' formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.  When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.  Nature, plus instinct, it truly is amazing.


I took a photo last June and as it wasn't that sharp I decided to play a little on Paint Shop Pro.  I cropped it and tried a couple of artistic effects, plus a frame.  I also made a 'tube' (got rid of the background in the original photo, which left me with the goose alone) and added it onto my present header, as well as the top frame in this post.


This is the original photo.  



Monday, October 26, 2015

Random Photo and a Poem



The Clothes Line 
~Anonymous~

A clothes line was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the fancy sheets
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the company tablecloths
With intricate design.

The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside,
As brand new infant clothes
Were hung so carefully with pride.

The ages of the children
Could so readily be known,
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck
As extra sheets were hung;
Then night-clothes and a bathrobe too
Haphazardly were strung.

It said "Gone on vacation now",
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If washing was dingy grey,
As neighbors raised their brows 
And looked disgustedly away.

But clotheslines now are in the past
For dryers make work less,
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbor's knew each other best
By what was on the line.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Old Family Photo


We have recently received this lovely old photo from a relative.  It shows Gregg's Dad as a toddler with his mother and father in about 1921/22.  Another treasure to add to the collection.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS #369 - October 23rd, 2015


Today's Flowers will open on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and will close the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.

As this is a relatively new transfer from the original Today's Flowers blog to mine, I hope all old friends will be joining me here, and I would also like to invite new friends to join us and share their favorite flower photos.  We also welcome everyone to visit and enjoy.  I will no longer need to ask for Guest Friend photos, though of course will always be happy to receive any if you would still like to share.


For the third week I am sharing from Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia.  We were there on September 18th this year.  

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the link will open every Friday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast time USA), and close Thursday evening at 11.30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to add their photos until it closes in preparation for the new link.

If for some reason it does not open on time and I am not able to fix the problem straight away, please leave your link in the comment section.  But only if there is no link available.  

If you have trouble adding your photo even when it is open, you can send me your entry, along with your blog address and with 'Today's Flowers' in the subject line, to the e-mail address below.

luvinwildlife@gmail.com

This e-mail can also be used if you want to get in touch with me with any advice or concerns.  Thank you very much.

~~~~~~

Luiz Santilli Jr. created Today's Flowers.  
Thank you Luiz. 

~~~~~~

We try not to bog you down with too many rules, but could you please provide a link to Today's Flowers if you decide you would like to join in?  Obviously everyone is welcome even if you don't as it is fun just to look.  Also, no business advertising please, this meme is for people who have a love for sharing their own favorite flower photographs.  You are very welcome to copy the button below for your related Today's Flowers' blog post.


Finally, my thanks to all friends for your support of this meme.

I am also linking with Hetty at Tuinverhalen today.  You can find her meme here.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A LITTLE LIGHT IN THE DAY....


One story I would like to share this week. We have had company, my In-laws were with us for a few days. We went to Arlington Cemetery to attend a service and say goodbye to a dear friend but earlier we were in a quiet part of the cemetery and my father-in-law was getting back into his vehicle, when one of the drivers of the tour buses you see (an empty one on his way to pick up a group of tourists perhaps) stopped his big old bus, jumped out, walked across the road and thanked my father-in-law for his service, and then stayed to chat for a few minutes. My father-in-law, as many of you may have read on my blog, is 95 years old, a WWII Veteran and was wearing his Vet cap and jacket. That nice young man put a light into his day, our day, for being as kind as he was. A kindness from a thoughtful soul is phenomenal, but a kindness to our older and greatest generation is beyond measure.

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I thought I would look for some quotes to join in with Tanya's meme.  I do love reading quotes.


1. The best things in life are free,
family....friendship....love....hugs....smiles....laughter....sleep....good memories
(and you can add your own too).


2. Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.
Ziz Ziglar


3. Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.


4. Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
~Ben Franklin~

5. Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too.

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You can visit others participating in Tanya's fun meme if you visit this link.   Thanks for hosting Tanya!  

Willy Nilly Friday

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

HUNTLEY MEADOWS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA


Our time at Huntley Meadows always starts along a path through the woods.


It is a gorgeous day, not too hot.  This visit was back in September.


We reach the boardwalk through the marshy area of the park.  This is my favorite part of the walk as you can look on each side and see the most interesting sights.


A snapping turtle.  We have seen many of them in the park over the years, much larger than this one.


His cousins are on the other side sunning themselves.


There are lots of frogs out today, more than I have ever seen on other visits.  












We came across a strange mound of mud and later when we stopped in the visitor center, found a reconstruction of a Crayfish chimney, so we learned something new today. The small animal at the far end on the right photo below is a beaver. We didn't see any of these today. Our photo of the mound found in the park is on the left and the visitor center exhibit, also our photo, is on the right.  Click here if you are not sure what a Crayfish looks like.


In this area there is a lot of water which is teaming with life.  The dragonfly sitting on the branch overseeing all.


We saw several dragonflies this day.


We take a few moments to look at the birds but are surprised to see how little water there is out there.  


Usually geese and other water birds are swimming by.  We do see a Great Blue Heron on the left and there are always Canada Geese.




Sorry I didn't take any more bird photos but it was really hard to get any today as they were all so far away, the few that we were able to see that is.



It is always a wonderful walk at this park and we come here several times a year.  We love it in all seasons.  If you click on the label "Huntley Meadows_Alexandria" at the end of this post you will see all the others that I have done.



I am sharing with the following memes and will link to them as they become available.  Thank you to all our hosts for making them a very enjoyable part of blogging. You can see other participants by clicking on their names, and their logos are in my side-bar.