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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

I just love the Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post @ WordPress.com.  I look forward to the new challenge when it is posted on Friday.  This week the challenge is GREEN!  My interpretation comes from a trip I shared with my husband to Niagara Falls.  The breathtaking views of the falls from Niagara Falls State Park where we enjoyed the American and Bride Veil Falls on the Cave of the Winds were exhilarating.  In a place where one would think to see only blue, I found a rainbow of color, especially green.  The park offers lush green pathways and a green trolley to take you from one end of the 400 acres to the other.  It is a place everyone should visit at least once.

“New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.”

CHECK OUT THESE ENTRIES!

http://frouk.net/?p=279

http://tacts21.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://milnersblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://jessemckay.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://patbean.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green-3/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green-all-over-the-world/

http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-geekin-it-green/

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Picture by Jamie Nowinski

Everything old is new again!  This re-purposed sculpture was spotted basking by the barn at a Corn Maze at Treinen Farm just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.  Using old parts from cars, machines, and other items around the farm, the artist created several creatures for our enjoyment.  This one looks like a raccoon. See the eyes? It gives it away.

You can get involved in the Weekly Photo Challenge, too!  Here is how it works:

  • Each week there will be a prompt. You take a photo of your interpretation of the prompt and place it on your blog.  Do this anytime before Friday of the following week or before a new prompt is given.

  • To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

  • Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

It is so easy, and so much fun!  Be Challenged, Today!  :)

Check out these great posts for The Weekly Challenge: Renewal

http://carramedia.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

http://pixelmaedchen.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

http://jaysnaps.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

http://colderweather.net/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

http://avacationinmymind.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

 

Table Geometry found in a weekend excursion.  The make-up of the table and the grids on the benches are showered with geometric shapes.  Even the bricks on the walk are bursting with geometry.

Share your interpretation of geometry by posting a picture for the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry. Be sure to add postaday to your tag line so that your photo will be easy for others to see.

 

 

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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timzauto photo challenge:Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Las Vegas taken and submitted by www. Grandmother Musings. com

Timzauto is starting a NEW Photo Challenge! Here is my entry.You can enter too, just submit one photo of your favorite flower or flower garden.

Please post a link to these comments with the photo’s location at http://timzauto.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/timzauto-photo-challenge-please-everyone-submit-one-photo/

Please also reblog this post to your respective blogs so everyone gets the word.

Also remember to tag your photo timzauto photo challenge.

Thanks for entering! :)

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Poignant Partings at Paw Paw Lake – 20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge

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Paw Paw Lake, Michigan

The saddest time of vacation is the last night.  A week of sun, boating, family, and good times must end.  It is as if you can hear the loons playing “Taps” in the distance.  All the food has been eaten, and the gear is packed away. Just one more sleep, and it will be time to leave the cabin by the lake.

We will say adieu to the lovely water and goodbye to the glorious days.  We will return next year to enjoy your peace pace and your beautiful display of the natural world.

 

→   20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge. Submit a photo of Nature/The Great Outdoors by posting your entry to your blog, then leaving a comment with a link to your blog post at http://anexerciseindiscipline.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/20-lines-weekly-photo-challenge/

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

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Daddy carrying the Little Dragon on Halloween

Halloween Savior

It has happened to us all.  The “I can’t take another step or I’ll die.” feeling that comes from too much activity.  It would be great if there were someone to carry us when we are exhausted and cannot go on.

This photo is the epitome of a fleeting moment when we are too exhausted from Trick or Treating and Dad carries us on his shoulders.  Once we age a little and become too big, this experience becomes a distant memory.

This challenge can be found at An Exercise in Discipline.

 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Quotes from the Masters: Fellini -Silence

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“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” Federico Fellini

Stop! Slow down. Take a breath. Listen. Do you ever just listen to the world around you? Surrounded by a myriad of sounds in daily life, how often do you have true silence?

 Everything in our world seems to emit noise. The radio and the TV are obvious noisemakers; however, turning them off offers no relief.  You must then contend with the white noise of refrigerators running, the air conditioner fan blowing, and the clock on the wall ticking. Life is so loud.

 It would be interesting to go back in time to when there was no electricity, and experience the silence. A time when you could lie in your bed and hear nothing but your own breathing. There would be no cars on the roads to wake you with their loud music, no planes in your airspace, and no streetlights buzzing with the sounds of the night. It would be so peaceful.

 The noiselessness, would allow you to think. Possibly, even feel like you could actually relax and not have to move to keep up with the taxing sounds. Maybe you would hear the wind blowing through the trees sounding like nature’s wind chime, or your alarm clock could be the birds chirping happily in the morning. Life could slow down.

 Perhaps, as Federico Fellini quotes, “…we could understand something.” You would have time to pay attention to the words your children speak. You could attend to the lonely neighbor, or take notice of the sadness of a spouse. You would have the ability to remove the deafening world around you and truly understand the importance of what is being said. The seemingly small interruptions experienced today such as cell phones ringing and buzzing, rob you of the ability to truly stop and listen.

 It may be wise to take some time to turn off all those attention-grabbing devices that clog up your hearing, and really listen to what is going on around you.  You may be surprised at what you learn and understand in the name of silence.

 

Inspired by Bringing Europe Home’s challenge Quotes from the Masters: Fellini

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Quotes from the Masters: Grahame

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This is a challenge put forth by Bringing Home Europe where the writer, photographer, musician, or poet is inspired by a quote from a master.  This week’s challenge:   “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the Willows  

The Cub Scout pack that my grandson is a member of held its annual Rain Gutter Regatta boat races this weekend.  The balsa wood boats are pre-cut and ready for original styling by each scout. In the August 2002 edition of Boy’s Life, The Official Publication by Boy Scouts of America there are complete instructions on how to build a Regatta boat.  This is where my grandson began “messing” with boats.

Once the kit was purchased, my grandson and his dad set up in my garage to create the perfect Regatta boat.  They sanded the hull until it was smooth and then used a tack cloth to remove any reside from the sanding.  This was serious.

The next day, my daughter and grandson came over with a small can of polyurethane and a brush to paint three coats of the gummy substance over the entire boat.  Each coat had to be dried, sanded, tack clothed, then painted again to achieve a waterproof glaze over the boat.  In between coats of polyurethane, there was nothing to do but swim in the pool, which made the time go by quickly.

Next, spray paint was used to make the Regatta boat look good.  Luckily, for my grandson, I had several old cans of spray paint in the garage just waiting for his boat.  My grandson chose silver over the orange or green available. (I think the orange and green were from a former Halloween project.)

On Sunday, they all stopped by once more to put the finishing touches on their boating creation.  They added the keel and the rudder.  Super Glue was the choice of adhesive. (I did not know Super Glue could withstand water. I guess you learn something new every day.)  Curiously, not only did the keel and the rudder stick to the silver hull of the boat, but also stuck to the fingers of my son in law.  After a little administration of nail polish remover to those sticky fingers, the sail and the mast were applied.  The Regatta boat was ready to sail!

At the festivities, my grandson’s silver Regatta boat made a good showing.  With a little help of his robust blowing on the sail, the boat sped down the rain gutter with grace and actually stayed afloat.  When the races were over, proud scouts lined up for hamburgers and hot dogs, and to talk to each other about their boats.  It did not matter that my grandson’s Regatta boat did not take first, second, or even third place in the race.  What really mattered was that he was able to “mess” with the boat.  He put it together with his mom and dad and shared his handiwork with his friends.  Moreover, as the quote from Master Grahame so eloquently proclaims, “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This act of playing did more for my grandson’s sense of family, sense of camaraderie, and sense of self than he realizes.  Thank you to the Cub Scouts for providing these very important lessons to him and all the other boys in the pack.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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FINISH THIS SENTENCE

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Teaching English and writing gives me a natural love of words, sentences, and paragraphs.   So when I found this little blurb in the back of the Reader’s Digest magazine, I found it fascinating and thought I’d put a challenge out to you!

Finish This Sentence:

The most beautiful words in the English language are…

Here are some examples that were published in the Reader’s Digest

“…-check enclosed”   Dorothy Parker

“…-play ball!”  President George H.W. Bush

“…I told you so.”  Gore Vidal

And mine….

“…I love you, Grandmother.”  Grandmother Musings

ADD YOUR WORDS!!

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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