Monday Window Challenge: December 2, 2019

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These are my contributions to this week’s Monday Window Challenge.

Jez’s Fan of… Challenge #44, December 2, 2019

Stained glass 1I’m a big fan of my home state, Maryland. If it only had the Chesapeake Bay to its credit, that alone would make it a great place, but there is so much more. Ducks 1

Because of the Chesapeake Bay, and its massive watershed, Maryland hosts many species of migratory birds. Even more amazing were the monarch butterflies, who passed through Maryland on their way to Mexico. In the Fall there would be so many that they would cover entire trees. Perhaps they’ve chosen more remote locations for rest areas. I don’t know.

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Chesapeake Bay at Thomas Point, November 23, 2019.

Jez’s WWE Challenge #4 December 2, 2019

Mural Navy AcademyAs a bit of fun, I decided to make this mural my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s latest Water Water Everywhere challenge. It can be found at the main gate to the U.S. Naval Academy, here in Annapolis, Maryland.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: December 2, 2019

Yellow 1It’s hard to place values on things as sublime as flowers. That being the case, I find it difficult to identify a favorite flower. If I were to do so, then I would have to say that roses are the closest to perfection in design. This is my contribution to Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. Season’s greetings, to all!

Sunday Tree – 420

Oak Tree.jpgHere is my contribution to Becca’s Sunday Trees challenge. This may very well be the oldest tree in Annapolis, Maryland. Maryland was once home to the famous Wye Oak, not to be confused with the Indi rock band of the same name. The Wye Oak, found in Talbot County was the oldest oak tree in the United States, perhaps all of North America. It was the state tree of Maryland from 1941 until its death in 2002. It was killed by a severe storm. Believed to be at least 460 years old at the time of its destruction, I can’t help but wonder if it was an early casualty of climate change?