Tag Archives: Summer

Lens-Artists Challenge #24 – Seasonal

I came to Portland, Oregon in the US as a graduate student some forty years ago. It was November that year when I saw snow for the first time through a high ceiling window in the hallway of a meeting room. I jumped up and down and shouted, “It’s snowing. It’s snowing.” The local students walked by me and grinned. They might think, “What’s so exciting about snow? Silly.”

A month later during the winter break, I went with a group of students to Los Angeles and sat in the sun on Christmas day.

After graduated with my first master’s degree, I went to Seattle Pacific University to do my second master’s degree. That winter, Seattle welcomed me with 7 inches of snow. I was so excited and made a snowman with my leather gloves on my hands. Nobody told me that the leather would turn hard and stiff when it gets wet. I ruined the nice leather gloves.

I don’t do too well in cold weather, the weather in southern California seemed to agree with me and that is where I have stayed since finishing my study in Seattle.

My daughter is living in Portland, Oregon. She knows I love snow even though my body feels better in a warmer place. There was a heavy snow two years ago. The first thing she did was taking photos and sent them to me.

As far as southern California, it feels like summer is the longest season year round with a teasing winter and hair line period of autumn and short and sweet spring. The weather has been moderate besides the thunderstorm a couple weeks ago. I took photos of my garden today and have some beautiful flowers to share with you. Before I do that, just want to show you my baby hummingbird.

The baby hummingbird is eight months old. He is doing well and flying further away from the kitchen window. I know that the baby is not able to fly 900 miles straight to Mexico for winter, but I wasn’t sure if the parents were going. It’s December and the parents are still around. It seems like the family will stay for winter.

Baby hummingbird used to perch on the palm tree in the center of the photo. A month ago, he started to fly further from the feeder to the eucalyptus tree on the left. 

Here are the flowers in my winter garden.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #24 – Seasonal

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: Colorful

End of Summer Party!

Our weekly women’s group has the summer off, but we had fabulous summer breakfast gathering four times. I couldn’t go to the previous three events because I went to see my granddaughter once a month. I was glad to join the lovely ladies two Saturdays ago. The hostess did a marvelous job of decorating the tables with colorful table clothes, matching napkins and centerpieces. The vases for the centerpieces were made with fresh lemon peels (scooped out the pulp and juice).

The food was also colorful with quiche, mixed berries, slices of bacon, toast and other items I didn’t have on my plate. I had coffee and orange juice for the drink. We had a good time catching up with each others of our summer travels and news. Most of these friends have been together for more than thirty years!

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In the courtyard, the hostess has a wooden bench. The back of the bench is a one-piece carving of a colorful fruit basket.

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Nothing gives us a happier memory than having a photo taken with lovely smiles on these ladies in colorful fashion.

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Happy End of Summer, my friend around the world!

 

Please visit Tina for this week’s photographers and their colorful posts.

Tina R Schell Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: Colorful

 

Cee’s Fun Foto: Harvest – Earth

When I started gardening, I mixed the original soil with good soil, added nutrient. Then I planted most flowers. Some flowers grow well better than others. Some green plants go crazy so I separated them and transplant to different areas in my garden.

Years ago, I only had the orange tree from previous owner. I started to grow other fruit trees and seasonal vegetables. The fruits have been growing well. These are two crops a years for the oranges. Each crop has three or four hundreds of oranges.

We are having fresh squeezed orange juice every morning.

For the plums, I only got about 30 plums last year. With the right timing of bees to pollinate, I think there’ll be a couple hundred this year. I’m so pleased that the apple blossoms and the grape vine show promising harvest this summer.

Young plums and Red Delicious apple blossoms

Young grapes, and young oranges when we are still picking the current crop

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Cee’s Photography Late Summer is time of harvest, a time of plenty, of reaping what we have worked for throughout the year. The plants and animals have grown and produced the fruit of their labour.

If our Earth is of good quality, like quality soil, we will have the ability to produce good food to nourish ourselves — 5 Elements of Nature

Cee’s Fun Foto: Harvest – Earth

Daily Prompt: Pleased

Inspirational Mammal

I was so thrilled that Simple Joys nominated me for the Animal Series, the image came to my mind right away was the caring humpback mom. So I answered the nomination with warm feeling in my heart. Simple Joys at https://vanessarosecooper.com has a joyous blog; her tag line is the 4 Ls, Let Go, Love, Laugh, Live. She is always so positive. Please do visit her blog.

The Rules Are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Pick an animal and explain why they are a source of inspiration to you, and how their character can be used to motivate.
3. Nominate at least 3 other bloggers, to share the positivity!

Here is the mammal that inspires me:

The humpback whales inspire and motivate me by their intelligence, interaction, cooperation, endurance and caring for the young.

Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed only in summer, in polar waters.

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They are feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Its most inventive technique is known as bubble net feeding; a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp.

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Humpbacks migrate to tropical or subtropical waters closer to the Equator to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves.

The migration is a long journey. Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it.

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These whales, like others, regularly ‘breach’. This is when the whales leap from the water before landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun!

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Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

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When female humpbacks give birth to the calves, the mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. The mothers also lift up the calves to the surface so they can breathe. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.

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Here are the nominees:

The “Now” Lover, Monika Braun at https://love-it-now.live

Animal Lovers and Rescuers, Whippet Wisdom at https://whippetwisdom.com

Animal and Nature Lover, Pete Hillman at http://petehillmansnaturephotography.wordpress.com

 

Nomination Link

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpback_whale