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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

This week for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107, Ann-Christine invited us to look at the difference in the winter when we compare the Northern Hemisphere with the Southern Hemisphere. 

The first time I saw snow was my first year in Portland, Oregon. It was in November. I walked along the hallway from one classroom to the next. My eyes glanced through the floor to ceiling window. A thin layer of white stuff drifting down in the air. I stopped and observed. Each layer above seemed to get thicker and whiter. I realized what happened and called out while jumping up and down, “It’s snowing. It’s snowing!” Some male students walked by and looked at me. Probably the last time they saw and heard of it was from their little kids.

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When I finished school in Portland, I went on to Seattle Pacific University for my second graduate study. The city welcomed me with seven inches of snow. When the snow came to a pause, I put on my knee high, custom made leather boots and my leather gloves to make the first snowman. The leather gloves got hard and stiff after they were dry. My boots were fine, probably they were made differently.

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Is winter warm or cold? I think winter is warm because it’s the time for events such as Christmas concert, Christmas light cruise, Christmas parties with family and friends, and my daughter’s birthday the day after Christmas.

One New Year, we visited my sister’s family in Vancouver B.C. We couldn’t go skiing in Whistler B.C. because the heavy fog came in. We managed going to a nearby mountain for my husband, niece, and nephew to do snowboarding.

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Back home in southern California, our chorale started rehearsing for the Messiah concert first week of November, leading to the two performances before Christmas. This is the highlight of the year for me.

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The adult fellowship group at church has many Christmas parties. One year we had a catering dinner at a deluxe retirement home. The chef built a gingerbread village every year. He made one gingerbread house at a time throughout the year and froze them. By early December, he assembled the village with a train track and an electrical train going around it.

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The last two years, we went on the Christmas Light Cruise and watched the Christmas Boat Parade.

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Two years ago was the first-time snow and Christmas met. My husband and I went to Portland, Oregon to spend the holiday with my daughter’s family. I saw snow before the plane landed and was so excited to have a white Christmas.

Most exciting of all during Christmas time is my daughter’s birthday on the day after Christmas. Here, Mercy opened the birthday card from her daughter Autumn.

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Is winter warm or cold in your part of the world? I would like to hear from you.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

 

 

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

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words, Chill & Hot

“It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!” – Colleen Chesebro

Chill

Winter

Thunder storm

Gusty wind blasts

Snaps exposed tree limbs

Endless streams splash puddles

Muddy rain water splatters

Under squeaky vehicles

No desire to fight no-win battle

Sit by the fire sipping hot chocolate

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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge: Happy December – Poet’s Choice of Words, Chill & Hot

Winter Cheers

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Taking a walk in my garden.

Many flowers bloom in summer.

In this cold winter,

Expect no other colors but green,

Eucalyptus, Date palms, hibiscus.

To my surprise, there were both

Bright and soft colors

in the rose bushes.

Rose buds were waiting to

unfold their inner beauty.

Showing winter cheers.

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