Saturday, January 31, 2009

Weekly Winners - 02-01-09

Some of my favorite photos from this week. Be sure to click on photos to enlarge for better details.

Birds of a feather - duck's back

Cold morning

Mystery substance from the refrigerator. Or a petri dish.


Some color needed in the middle of winter - a flower stand offers it up.

Rhododendron blooming - in January!

33 degrees.

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Shadow Shot Sunday 02-01-09: Kitchen windowsill

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Camera Critters - 01-31-09 More Ducks and Geese

Camera CrittersThis meme is all about photos of animals/critters.

Another trip to another park with another pond - and lots of ducks and geese.

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They all came out to greet me, thinking I'd have treats for them.

And promptly retreated when they realized I was just another dang photographer with no goodies.

Duck shenanigans:

Fighting over the female.

Here's lookin' at you.

Odd ducks.

Goose shenanigans:

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Friday, January 30, 2009

PhotoHunt - Furry - 01-31-09

This week's PhotoHunt assignment: FURRY Click on the photos to enbiggen.

We don't have furfriends living with us, but cats often come to visit our yard. I was hoping for something a little more exotic than a neighbor cat for PhotoHunt this week.

And then, for the first time, I spotted our neighbors' rabbits wandering around their yard. I wonder if he knows he's being watched from above.

I don't know rabbit breeds; this guy is big with very long sturdy ears...

...and a curious brown stripe down his back.

He has a buddy.

This one looks like a cross between a Scotty dog and a Persian cat.

Such a pushed in little face.

I wanted to stroke that very soft looking fur.

The cat was still there, looking properly aloof.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photostory Friday - Busking and more

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

This is Kirk. I used to see him on the corner in my neighborhood playing his trumpet (not very well). He always wore a white suit and Mickey Mouse ears. Even though his music was kind of obnoxious and out of season (carols in July), I admired him for showing up. And his playing gradually improved. I mean, it would have to if you play 8 hours a day.

Then I began seeing Kirk perched near the entrance to one of Portland's busiest bridges - the Hawthorne. Not only does he play his trumpet for passing bicyclists, pedestrians, and the cars that have to stop at the entrance to the bridge, now he does a whole schtick, with toys and horns, rubber chickens, juggling, and general merry making.

I usually enter the bridge in the lanes that don't have to stop; but the other day I had my camera with me and decided to take the other route just to have a minute with this interesting guy - and to give him some money. He is so dedicated - he's there in the rain, snow, hot sun, always smiling and laughing. It's hard not to feel good when you pass him.

So I pulled up to the stop sign and asked if I could take his picture. He's such a ham, and I'm sure I'm not the first person to ask! He did a little song and dance. Then I told him I'd like to interview him sometime.

He reached into his pocket and pulled out a DVD and handed it to me. On the DVD are interviews with the local news stations and some cuts from his local cable TV show.

I love encounters like this. Thanks, Kirk, for making us smile. I had to drive on; it was rush hour and the cars were beginning to stack up behind me.

Looking at the Sky on Friday 01-30-09

PhotobucketMonday I was sitting in my car at the train station waiting for Laurie. I looked up through the sun roof and caught this view. It was a very clear, sunny day after some snow and rain. The sign on the front says "Go By Train" and on the side, "Union Station."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thursday Challenge: Containers 01-29-09

Thursday Challenge for Fun and Learning - this week's theme is CONTAINERS. Click photos to enlarge.

The broken jar formerly known as container. We salvaged the soup stock though!

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I've been retired since November, 2008. I've been spending lots of time taking photos, singing, and writing. Currently working on a historical fiction novel.. I highly recommend retirement!