Warning: Photos May Cause Dizziness

I like to play with photo prompts on Instagram

and this week one of those prompts was upside down.

Upside down birds Fountain Lake

 Birds at Fountain Lake here in Richmond.

So I flipped this photo

and something about the birds flying into the bottom corner made my brain buzz

(and maybe made me feel a tad dizzy.)

Richmond pipeline walk upside down

Pipeline walk in downtown Richmond. 

As much as I get a certain routine comfort in knowing I can plant myself on the couch in front of the TV at night,

eat the same salad,

make the same gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough (oh the burden),

or walk the same pipeline,

crackling synapses can be pretty cool.

Virginia Beach pier upside down

Virginia Beach Pier

And oh how I crackled (and snapped and popped) at the feedback I got from the story I’m working on now.

Let’s just say I had to remove a couple of “pier legs”.

But the structure is way better.

Thanks to a new perspective.

Pickett's Charge Gettysburg upside down

Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg National Military Park

dandelion wishes upside down

Wishing you a Happy Tuesday! 

And Happy National Odometer Day (thinking about this holiday oughta keep your brain fires stoked).

 

What’s got your brain firing and crackling? 

xo

Abandoned, but Maybe They’ll Leave the Light on for You

You know how some people need to sky dive or bungee jump to get their adrenaline going?

 

 

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Not me.

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 All it takes to get me running scared, is an old, abandoned motel (during daylight).

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Haunted? Maybe.

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 Just tires. But my mind added chainsaws.

 

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 Definitely no air conditioning (some find  that scary)

 abandoned motel _opt

 

 It was super quiet here.

And something made me start running back to the car. Fast.

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 Probably just my imagination.

But I’m not opening the door to find out.

 

What scares you? Would you stay the night in a haunted motel?

Enjoy your stay!

Happy Halloween/Weekend!

Photo Essay: Something to Make You Smile

 

 Sending out a little “Instahappy” from my Instagram account.

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Cousins playing bouncy house basketball

 

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Summer raindrops

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Donuts! 

By the way, my hub’s t-shirt says, I know the muffin man. You know, the one who lives on Drury Lane?

 

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 Farmer’s Market tomatoes (for after donut cleansing)

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Something cuddly.

Actually, I don’t know what kind of caterpillar this is, so I probably wouldn’t suggest getting too close. 

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Blue heron waiting patiently for dinner at the James River.

I was surprised at how close she (he?) let me get.

Guess I’ve got street cred now.

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Duck snack rush at Byrd Park. 

Getting eats in the animal world sure doesn’t look as easy as walking up to the donut truck.

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Drawing time.

I’d totally get excited over a colored pencil/Sharpie truck!

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 Sending love and hugs.

 

What makes you smile? And is it something that can be sold in a truck?

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

Whittling the World Down to a More Manageable Size

Susan Orlean The Orchid Thief

 

Lewis Ginter botanical gardens

 

flower against sky

 

world is full of possibility

 

dandelion close up

 

Dogwood trees macro

 Do you know what kind of bug this is??? 

It looks like a praying mantis, but it’s about the size of a nickel. What do you think?

Bugs and flowers aside, my daughter came home for a visit last week, so I’ve also been happily focusing on family. 🙂

 

What are you taking a closer look at lately?

Tell me, I’d love to know!!

family R C

HAPPY MONDAY!

 

 

 

 

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Nature Selfies: Ready for My Closeup

duck closeup

Pony pasture rva

 

fish closeup

chicken closeup

crocodile closeup

Virginia aquarium birds

stingray closeup selfie

macro shot dogwood bud winter

**Photos taken at Meadow Farm, the Virginia Aquarium, and my neighborhood. The last photo is NOT in fact an alien, but a dogwood bud encased in Polar Vortex ice (or what I imagine my fingers, toes, and nose to look like lately).

Anything you’re taking a closer look at lately? What are your thoughts on selfies? 

Happy Monday!

Gulls (and Boys) Just Want to Have Fun

focus and take the shot

 

Recently I challenged myself to try to catch some action shots with my phone’s camera.

 

seagulls on beach

 

Not much action here. Just some seagulls, hanging out.

 

seagull reflection

 

Although, some gulls took a little time for reflecting.

 

seagull showing off

 

Others stretched their wings–or showed off.

Can’t say for sure as I’m not really a gull expert. 

BUT…

I do know that birds like bread.

 

seagull eating bread crumb

 

They will crane necks to get bread. 

 

seagull landing

 

They will swoop and fly.

 

seagull frenzy

 

They will get rowdy.

 

seagull standoff

 

Not all though. Some will be cautious–maybe even a bit suspicious.

This gull probably has an agent.

 

beach boys

 

So I moved on to other subjects.

Replaced the bread with a Frisbee.

 

beach frisbee

 

And … action.

 

playing Frisbee on beach

beach frisbee action

catching frisbee on beach

 

What challenges have you set up for yourself lately? 

Happy Monday!!

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Photos from Christmas Past: The Gifts of the Season

Wishing you a renewed sense of wonder

 

 

christmas ironing

and hoping you enjoy the fruits of your labor

 

Keep those you love close

May your days be spent with those you love

 

holiday excitement

and may those days be merry

 

the joy of the holiday season

and all that you dreamed 

 

 

especially if all that you dreamed includes your teeth

 

gifts of christmas past

and may your memories be good

 

 

Wishing you and yours joy and peace this holiday season!

Happy Monday!

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