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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week, Patti invited us to look at Filling the Frame. She demonstrated her photos of the differences of not filling the frame and filling the frame.

 

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The bees love sunflowers. This photo was taken in the summer 2018 as I waited to catch this position of the bee.

 

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There are many kinds of birds in my garden. I watch them and feed them and caught this House Finch cracking a sunflower seed.

 

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This photo was taken when we walked around Laguna Lake by our house. There were many turtles but this one was most handsome and colorful. This close-up shot allowed me to see its body texture and colors and the look on its face.

 

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There was a wildfire in Columbia Gorge in Washing, Oregon area in September 2017 caused by a 15-year-old boy igniting fireworks. The sky was covered with smoke. This was early in the afternoon.

 

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The human eyes usually cannot gaze directly to the sun. The smoke was intense and filtered the ray so we were able to look right at the sun.

 

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I used to study the moon cycles and paid attention to the Red Blood moon and the Blue moon. California is not a good location to glimpse the intensity of the colors of the moon. January 2018 was the first appearance of full moon of the year. This full moon photo was taken from our driveway early at night.

 

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This was taken at the same time of the night. I zoomed in to view the shadows of the moon.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

 

 

 

 

 

August 15: Flash Fiction Challenge – First Homemade Low Sugar Plum Jam

August 15, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sweet jam. It can take you to the kitchen or the smokey room of a back-alley bar. What makes it sweet? Go where the prompt leads you!

 

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It was a long, wet, cold winter this year. The surprising news welcome us back from our trip to Hong Kong and Japan in the middle of January. The previous wet winters came and left in a hurry, so I didn’t expect anything different this year.

The rain was persistent and heavy, dropping week after week. It didn’t let the sun come out even for one day. The sky wore a gray cloak in prolonged mourning. For eight weeks, the first thing I did in the morning was to look out the window, checked the color of the sky. There wasn’t any contrast of fluffy white and clear blue. Then I went to the backyard to check on the two plum trees and the clovers on the slope next to the trees. There were scattered white buds on the trees, and yellow spots on the clovers, but the flowers only smiled to the sun. The bees were not there because only the yellow flowers could invite the bees that time of the year. Without the bees, even if there were plum blossoms, there was no promise of any plums in early spring. I repeated the same routine every morning.

By the first week of March, the white plum blossoms formed a party. What a precious sight that my camera couldn’t resist. This protective mom checked every white bud and flower, then checked the yellow clover, and the sign of bees. They must be synchronized, and the conductor of this orchestra is the sun. I counted the number of white pedals got wet and folded and dropped.

A check of the ten-day forecast was in order. There was a glimpse of hope for a clear sky. I would believe it when the sun shows up. And it did in the middle of March. It synchronized all the players.

The plums kept me picking. For the sake of curiosity, I tallied them. From June 16 to July 15, 2019, one thousand and one hundred plums (1100) were picked. What a year!

 

 

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“What are we doing with all the plums?”

“We eat them.”

“How many can we eat?”

“As many as we can for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

“You picked 475 in two weeks but only ate less than 75. They are getting mushy.”

“I know. I’ll take them to some meetings to give them away.”

“Can we sell them?”

“Are you kidding? How do I do that and who would buy them?”

“What if we can’t give them away fast enough?”

“I’ll find some low sugar plum jam recipes and do my first homemade jam.”

“It sounds like a plan.”

 

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction, August 15, 2019 – First Homemade Low Sugar Plum Jam

 

April 5 Flash Fiction Challenge – Don’t Blame the Sun

April 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a silly sun story. Up north, “sun silly” is the energetic and playful response to returning sunlight. It could also be an April Fool’s jest, a silly story, or a reaction to spring fever. Be silly and write playfully! Go where the prompt leads.

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“It’s the sun’s fault when people get melanoma, the visible kind, Erica.”

“Why do people choose to sunbathe long hours just to get tan? Don’t they know that they ask for cancer?”

“Are you saying people don’t get skin cancer if the sun hides behind the clouds?”

“I didn’t say that, Joyce. The ray is powerful that it penetrates through thick clouds.”

“I get it. You’re saying the sun is at fault to impose cancer on people even when the clouds try to protect them, right?”

Hey, look, don’t blame me, just wear suntan lotion wherever you are, okay!

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Charli Mills, Carrot Ranch: April 5 Flash Fiction – Don’t Blame the Sun

Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 150 words that is set in both the day and the night or mentions both the sun and the moon. – Sammi Cox

When I saw this prompt, I was excited. I love taking photos of the sun, especially sunset. I’m also interested in the moon phases and have taken photos of the full moon in different months.

We love walking on Laguna Beach visiting tide pools. During the high tides, the waves bring sea creatures to the beach. The water recedes during low tides and leaves the creatures in the tide pools. Each day, there are two high tides and two low tides. The tides are affected by the gravitation of the sun and moon.

When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. The force makes the high tides very high and the low tides very low. During the moon’s first and last quarter phases the sun and moon work at right angles, causing the bulges of the water to cancel each other. The result is a smaller difference between high and low tides.

We went to Laguna Beach once when the tide was 10 feet hide. Such a high tide also makes the beach a surfing parade.

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

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

Weekly Photo Challenge – Atop Views above the Clouds

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When I fly on a plane, I like the window seat. It allows me to take photos of the views from the airplane, especially when the plane is above the clouds.

So often what I gaze toward the sky from the ground, I just see clouds, especially on a dark and heavy rainy day. Without the energy from the sun, I’m less motivated to get going. There were moments in my life; all I saw was dark and heavy clouds. I yearn for sunshine and blue sky to make my heart lighter, my spirit higher, and my steps swifter. Where was the sun?

When the plane flies above the clouds, right in my sight, the clear blue sky and the bright sun. They are there all the time, whether I see them from the ground or not. Of course I can’t see through the clouds, just knowing that they are always there give me encouragement. The clouds eventually will go away and the sun will shine upon my face once more.

We took this trip coming from home of southern California to Portland, Oregon; to visit our daughter and son-in-law. I got the window seat and took photos from above the clouds. I took a few photos as we approached Portland – one above the clouds with clear blue sky, one above Portland, and one above Columbia River by the airport. I inserted a photo of the sun above the clouds from our trip to Key West .

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

In Synch with Spring

Bloom 9

Seeds were fallen
Hidden in the soil
Coldness in the dark keep them
Quiet in the ground
Light and shadow
Gradually shift to
Bring the warmth and
Ray to the earth
Calling the seeds to
Wake up and come forth, to
Feel the warm breeze
Smell the fragrance
Slowly and gracefully
The buds pop out
Unfold their petals and
Breathe out their scent
Dance joyfully in synch with
Spring!

 

 

 

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