Amy at The World Is A Book challenges us this week to show old and new. I challenged myself to find an illustration of that pairing in one photo and I think I did it. As I type, we’re experiencing our first dust storm warning in the desert. The sky is dark, the wind is wicked, and if we were back in Illinois, the temperature would have plunged. As we’re in Arizona, at 7 pm it’s down (if you can call it that) from about 111F to 102. I feel positively chilled. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Perfect for the challenge Janet. Stay safe.

    • Thanks, Su. The virus has been difficult enough, but now we have the response to the killing of George Floyd. It grieves me and is more than a little frightening.

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      • Su Leslie says:

        I have been thinking of you, and all my US friends in these last days; I am beyond words for what I have seen happening.

      • Itโ€™s terrible. The killing was terrible but in some ways the reaction is much, much worse. People killed or injured, businesses and jobs destroyed, and more, all of which is completely inappropriate for a response. Itโ€™s horrific. And it certainly doesnโ€™t serve to bring all of us together against the killing! I would have liked to see the country ignite in peaceful protests but this is wrong.

      • Su Leslie says:

        A few of the articles I’ve read have made the point that the reaction is not to a single killing — which is horrific enough — but to the systemic racism that allows so many of these horrific killings to happen. Of course it’s easy to read about things from a distance and I feel for all the victims.

      • Every weekend in Chicago, 20-50 people are shot (injured or killed) by people of their own race. This happens regularly in the large cities in the US. Yet there are no riots, no burning, no looting because of it., no media outrage and constant coverage. Yes, there have been other killings (and finding out the actual facts can be difficult) and they’re terrible. But these ongoing death tolls add up to something much worse and much more destructive. They’re all bad. Period. The current response is bad. Period.

  2. Wonderful Janet!!!

  3. Great pick. As for the hit, it’s dry though right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful photo for that prompt. I love it. I’m guessing they are happy to be cooling their bellies.

  5. Amy says:

    I love your take on. Such a lovely capture, Janet.
    Dust storm warning, Oh, no….

    • My dad and brother both said they got a lot of dust blowing around and they’re about 20 minutes from us. We didn’t see any, but there was quite a thunder and lightning show and even a bit of rain!!

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Great photo. Good choice for the prompt.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Oh my, that is SO sweet Janet! An excellent example for the challenge. Stay cool out there!

  8. Aww, what a cheerful grouping and sight! I hope you survived the dust storm! We’ve had the wicked the wind and I hope today it’s calmer for us both!

    • Oddly enough we didnโ€™t seem to have dust here, although Dad and my brother both said they did. We even had a bit of rain, but itโ€™s amazing how quickly it evaporates! Lots of thunder and lightning, too.

      • You got what we had Friday. It’s been so neat to hear the thunder and see lightning. Those are a rarity in Silicon Valley. I’m the dust storm passed you by, and I hope your Dad and brother weren’t too badly covered with it.

  9. Meikah says:

    Cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Tom says:

    Most definitely old and new, Janet!

  11. lolaWi says:

    perfect for the challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh, how lovely this family is. Great shot, Janet. Your temperatures are quite over the top, but I remember when we did a road trip through Arizona, the humidity was right down, so it didn’t feel as hot as Florida.

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  14. Teresa says:

    Old and new alright ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    Regards, Teresa

  15. JohnRH says:

    Ha ha. A cooldown! Great photo.

  16. pattimoed says:

    I love how the light hits the little ducklings’ fur. Adorable. And yes, you must be really adjusting to a wild temperature change. 102! Yikes! Take care and stay well, Janet.

    • 113 yesterday, Patti. Those cuties are actually goslings who will unfortunately grow up into geese poop machines instead of ducks. I love them when they’re little but not so much when they grow upt.