Nevil Shute’s post-apocalyptic novel “On the Beach” thankfully has nothing in common with this photo except for the location.  This shell was found on Cape May, New Jersey and made the transition to monotone rather well, I think.  Once again, black and white highlights all the details of the shell, while the shadow adds interest.


I’m still have no internet most of the time.  I’ll be back in the groove next week.


Image  —  Posted: May 27, 2015 in Nature, Wordless Wednesday
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There’s no such thing as a perfect horse, but if you’re lucky, you’ll find a horse that’s perfect for you and if you do, it’s a gift.  In my case, it was literally a gift, as my dad bought not only Sunday, but all the other horses we have or have had in Wyoming.  Although Sunday wasn’t, strictly speaking, my horse only, she was, for all intents and purposes, mine.


Still beautiful at 25 or so (Sunday, not me.)

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The fourth Monday of every month is Challenger’s Choice over at Sally’s.  My choice might be considered animals (doesn’t say they have to be alive!), still life, or objects.  No matter where you choose to file this photo, I hope it makes you as happy as it does me.  I wish these guys were in my yard filled with flowers!


I hope you didn’t expect to see the Chippendales or some hunky athletes who are sculpted!  These beauties are from a sculpture garden in Skokie, Illinois, but I’m not sure you’d like to have them in your yard.  However, they more than qualify for the Oddball Photo Challenge, making them beautiful in my eyes.

For the next week, I’ll have very little internet, so apologies in advance for lack of communication and reading.  I appreciate your understanding!

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Not far from where we live is the Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield, Illinois, part of the Lake Renwick Preserve.  Although it looks like a wrecked pirate ship in the 200-acre lake, what you see is actually a nesting area for a variety of birds.  Great blue herons, great egrets and cormorants were the main occupants of the island, while geese, ducks, and coots paddled back and forth.  During the nesting season, May 1-August 15, hours are very limited so as not to interfere with the birds.  Fortunately, we stopped in on Saturday morning, one of only two times we could have gotten in and thanks to a combination of free viewing scopes and the spotting telescopes set up by a volunteer birder, we were able to see the birds much closer than with either our binoculars or the telephoto lens of my Nikon.  This is one spot where a phone camera is useless!

The main group of islands resembled New York City for birds!  Every nesting area was packed as well as every spot on the ground.  There was originally an island but the trees couldn’t take all the nesting birds, so artificial structures were built.  There are also some other islands with trees and we could see birds on those as well, although they were farther away from our spotting area.

Most of the people we encountered were birders, so we were constantly being advised to look one place or another and saw other types of birds as well.  We plan to go back during the restricted times and then after August 15th so we can walk the trails.  But you don’t need a telescope of any type to see a sample of what we saw.

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I’ll be without internet much of this weekend and upcoming week, so don’t worry if you don’t see me around much.  I”ll still be posting, but I won’t have time to do much else, but I’ll do the best I can.  Thanks for stopping by anyway.  You’re very much appreciated!

For the next several weeks, my internet access will be very limited, so I thank in advance all of you who visit and comment, knowing I may not be able to reciprocate.  I appreciate you as much as I appreciated the woman in front of me at Aldi today, who had a full grocery cart and let me, with my five items, go ahead of her. Believe me, that’s a lot!

The theme for this week’s challenge is “Broken.”  We tend to think of broken as bad, but often something or someone must be broken, at least in some sense, for new life or new growth to occur.  The Sesame Street line, “Broken and beautiful” can truly be applicable, so watch for those moments.