Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Clouds

When I was a child, my understanding of fog was framed thus: the clouds were simply coming down from the sky to visit us on the ground. Then there’s that horribly cloying song, written my Joni Mitchell and sung by Judy Collins, Both Sides Now. At any rate, here is my beloved Weems Creek on a foggy morning for Cee’s Black and White Challenge.Weems foggy 2 bw

Thursday Doors: February 27, 2020

Max 1Maxwell surveys his domain; that is, the backyard. Inside he is primus inter pares with three other cats, but outside he rules. Even our fox cuts him a wide birth. (Forgive the nautical analogy, but I do live on the Chesapeake Bay!)

Thursday Doors

Doors 1aA visit to the local mall affords an opportunity for the Thursday Door challenge as well as an interesting selfie!Doors 1b

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Pareidolia

Babies playbies“Another apparition of the Blessed Virgin has been reported,” announced the Bishop of Catapolis, immediately after the obligatory pleasantries had been exchanged between him and his sovereigns- King GarGar and Queen Pirouette.

“Oh, really?” Responded His Majesty who arched a telling eyebrow as he spoke.

“Yes, my king. It is my understanding that if one is spiritually fit, then he can see Her face in a marble column at the Shrine to Saint Jude.”

“Oh, I see!” Exclaimed Queen Pirouette. “So Our Lady, with the help of Saint Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, has become something of a watermark to test the spiritual fitness of the people of my kingdom. How fortunate for us!” While her voice was lilting, her tone was withering.

“It’s beginning to look to me as if all these sightings of the Blessed Virgin are little more than scattered cases of pareidolia.”

The bishop held a handkerchief to his mouth as if to wipe it and then muttered quietly into his hand a single word, “Blasphemy.”

Jez’s WWE Challenge: February 27, 2020

Pillar to post 1Pillar to post 1 cropThe Severn River on February 25, 2020 for Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere challenge. I love this challenge. I am fortunate in living in an area with lots of water outlets. Much of the county in which I live (Anne Arundel County) is officially below water level.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: February 27, 2020

Milkweed again 1 zoomMilkweed seed bestMilkweed seed 1I hope these images meet with approval from the other participants in Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge. I captured these when I was wandering about the grasslands on the shore of the Severn River. It is unlawful to go tramping around the fragile ecosystem that is the grasslands, so I only observed from the edge. The park where I took these photos is called the Jonas and Catherine Green Park.

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Not satisfied with posting the photographs of the milkweed seeds, I have decided to share something that is all the way over on the other side of the dial- an orchid.

Mid-Week Monochrome #26

Bouquet 4 macroHere we have something of a macro of a bouquet of roses in black and white.

Pull up 2 bwI was saving these chairs for another challenge, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use them here. They fit the bill!

Painting 2 Washington crop bwThe fellow on the left who looks like the bird that ate the canary is George Washington. Can you guess who the other two are? This portrait hangs in the State House of Maryland in Annapolis, my hometown.