Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge 10/11/18 Unusual Clouds

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unusual-clouds/

 

I wish I had had my real camera for these shots. My phone barely captured the beauty of these colors…

 

 

While I watched the following sunset, I kept expecting a BOOMING voice from the heavens, telling me to straighten up, or else!

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This is a Sun Dog that WordPress always prints too big on my page… But it was beautiful. Many cars were stopped along the I-90 freeway, clicking away.

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I thought this sky was proof there is an artist up there, painting cloud pictures every day!

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My adopted Dad, who was an Air Force fighter pilot in several wars, used to tell me about the “hole in the sky (clouds)” pilots would watch for, presumably for the quick getaway?

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This was NOT a meteor crashing or alien ship landing…at least, I don’t think it was….

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a Photo a Week Challenge: Water

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I come alive around the water. I grew up on the beach in San Diego, so I am particularly fond of the Pacific Ocean.

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Living in the Washington State for more than 45 years now, I have had to be creative in fooling my psyche into believing all water is the same…beautiful, calming, energizing, inspiring.

I’ve actually done a pretty good job. Of course, the Pacific Northwest is a water paradise

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But occasionally, I still need to travel in search of water…

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Mississippi River in Natchez
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A Lagoon in Alabama
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And if I can’t get to a large body of it, I’ll settle for anything…

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PS I apologize for my complete lack of restraint!! Picking just one of almost ANYTHING is just too big a challenge for me these days.

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/a-photo-a-week-challenge-water-2/

WordPressPhotoChallenge 3/29/18 Sunrise

Rise/Set

Just a minute. The sun is rising as I am typing this. I’ll be back in a bit…..

Here’s what I just witnessed…(pump up your volume for the video)

 

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I love sunrise in the mountains, especially in Spring when the turkeys are doing their mating performances!!!

But Sunrise in the city (well, suburb) where we also live can be pretty spectacular!

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Sunsets, that’s a whole different thing. I have been blessed over my life with so many stunning views, I can’t even choose one.

So here are a few favorites…

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I think some music from Jesse Colin Young would be the soundtrack….

I loved this topic. I may have shared this story before but a very special Sunrise taught me one of my most important life lessons ever.

See if you can put yourself in this scene. You are on a once-in-a-lifetime, month long trip with your 7 closest friends, sailing in the South Pacific (Fiji). You are sitting on the deck of a 95 foot yacht before first light. As the sun begins to rise, you realize that although every rise and set of the sun down here has been fantastic, this one is going to break all the records. It is quickly shaping up to be maybe the most spectacular sunrise ever, in the history of the world. There are no words. It is happening like a movie, the light changing dramatically every minute or so. All you can think of is waking everyone else up quickly so they don’t miss this one! You become frantic, not wanting to go below decks because you will miss some never-before-seen aspect of a sunrise.

Then it dawns on you (pun intended). This particular, exact, specific sunrise might be intended just for YOU!

Now try not believing in God………….

Daily Prompt: Silhouette

via Daily Prompt: Silhouette

Once again, I cheat…some of these are shadows, not silhouettes, and besides, I think I am supposed to be writing about the word, not showing photos.

Well, there are eleven pictures, so 11 X 1,000=11,000 words, so I figure I’m covered…

(Boy, the lengths I go to get COMMENTS!)

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#ThursdayTreeLove – 28

Parul, from https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-28/

liked a photo I posted last week on “Serene” and invited me to submit something for

“Thursday Tree Love”.

But here’s what I discovered…When I went onto my site and picked the word Tree from the list of Categories, I was shocked to find how often I write about or post pictures of trees!!

Here is one of my favorite Tree photos!!

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And though painful, here is a re-post of one of my favorite Tree Stories:

https://chosenperspectives.com/2016/10/05/tree-daily-prompt-from-chosenperspectives-10-5-16/

I clearly love me some TREES and I’d also love comments on either the photos above or this story.

Thanks for the invite, Parul!

Delta for WPC 7-1-17

The word Delta, for me, has only one meaning.

I guess my world is pretty small.

I blame (and thank) my father, who taught us the only real sin in life was boredom. All other transgressions were lessons we just had to learn, but boredom was an insult to God.

Dad taught us that at any moment, in any setting, we could simply use our senses and become aware that we are always surrounded by miracles!

So…though I have seen many places, I have never needed to travel very far to be completely captivated by my surroundings.

Therefore, in my small world, the word “delta” immediately brings to mind the area of the Deep South that I lived in. (Well, that and maybe the airline that could get me there…)

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Grand old tree on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi
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the OLD Natchez Trace, worn by Bison and Native Americans
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Kudzu

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Saint Mary Basilica in Natchez
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Mississippi River

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