Jez’s WWE Challenge: January 22, 2020

IMG_0329Severn River, January 21, 2020.  What’s with the giant crane in the middle of the river?  The pillars are supports for a beautiful structure called the Naval Academy Bridge which was featured in yesterday’s post.  This is today’s submission to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere challenge.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Goodbye

GarGar 1GarGar 2 aGarGar 2 pawKing GarGar finished the final review of the mounted knights.  Looking over his shoulder, he could see Queen Pirouette and her entourage approaching from a distance.  The morning sun was in his eyes, so he had to squint to get a good look at her.  She was radiant as usual.  One her palfrey, dressed in a silver, ceremonial breast plate, she looked every inch the warrior queen.  On her head was a simple, silver coronet.  To GarGar, she was like an angel, drawing closer to wish him god speed.

My God! thought the king.  It gets harder every time I have to say goodbye.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

Bumblebee 2One of the greatest things about summer for me is the insects, of course.  I love them.  They are an example of evolution that went in a direction completely at odds with other animals.  They don’t have skeletons.  They have armor.  They have compound eyes.  They sport six legs, as opposed to the standard four limbs found among reptiles and mammals alike.  I could go on and on ad infinitum, but I don’t want to belabor the point.  Insect are just plain cool.  This post is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes.

Butterfly 7Any discussion of insects would be remiss without a look at a beautiful butterfly.  Here’s a bit of trivia.  Butterflies used to be called “flutter-bys.”  Somewhere along the line, it got twisted around.  I’d like to call them flutterbys.  Yes, indeed.  Another interesting tidbit.  It is my understanding that the Aztecs considered butterflies the souls of their people on their way to heaven.  What a lovely and poetic notion.Insect 1These insects are abundant here in Maryland.  At first I thought it was a firefly (aka lightening bug) but upon inspection, their abdomens don’t look like they can glow in the dark.  If anybody can identify this little critter for me, I’d be very gratefulHornet 2Is there a difference between wasps and hornets?  Or they just different names for the same creature?  Russell Watts TowersI’ve never been one for big vacations.  I much prefer the occasional day trip.  Here’s a selfie from nearly twenty years ago.  Los Angeles was my home then.  One day a friend of mine asked me if I had ever seen the Watts Towers.  “Seen them?  I’ve never even heard of them!” was my response.  Fascinating constructs, they are.  A lovely summer day it was.


Tuesday Photo Challenge: Trees

Bare treesTree 1 cropmystery treeHere are a few interesting trees that caught my eye over the past week or so.  I am submitting them to Dutch Goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenge.  If you follow this link, do explore their blog.  There’s a lot going on there!