Ragtag Daily Prompt: Clever

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It was amusing to Queen Pirouette that of all her children, it was her namesake who was the most clever.  By the age of seven, Princesse Pirouette la Jeune could speak four languages fluently. By age ten, she could sing and dance, play the virginals and the lute like a maestro. Always poised and self-confident, the child also seemed to exude an air of wonderment that made her company much sought-after.

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Poor Princess Gargella, the elder sister of Pirouette! She was not so clever, nor as dainty as her younger sister. In fact, the best that could be said of her was that she wasn’t ugly. Her dull gray eyes stared out at the world with unblinking clarity, however. The girl knew her limitations, and she was kind-hearted. She never felt an ounce of jealousy toward her prettier and more accomplished younger sister. Gargella’s ace in the hole was that she was ahead of Pirouette in the line of succession, and would always be a more attractive candidate for a bride.Pirouette scry 1

Devotion, Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

PSALM 23

Butterflies, April 5, 2020

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Photographed on August 25, 2020.

Jez’s WWE Challenge #27 Two

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Cee’s FOTD Challenge: April 5, 2020

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Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge

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Ragtag Daily Prompt: Better

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During the early years of their reign, GarGar and Pirouette pursue a policy wherein GarGar was portrayed as the dominate figure in governance. As time progressed, it became apparent to all that the opposite was true. Queen Pirouette possessed a subtlety of mind that was perfect for politics. While GarGar acted as a figurehead, presiding over Privy Council meetings, reviewing troops, welcoming ambassadors, and the like, Pirouette devised policies and put them into action. In later years, King GarGar developed the habit of calling his wife his “better half.” Those who were in the know could only nod their heads in agreement.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: April 4, 2020

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Another look at hyacinths for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.

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Coming soon: more orchids!

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Alive & Trekking’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Would this man-made crop circle be appropriate for this challenge? With the roughly hewn cross at one end, it seems like a form of directional signage to me. Crop circle

Now this photo below fits the bill 100%. There’s a bridge in the background and in the forefront we have a pier with a dock. Just look at that wonderful boat! Wouldn’t you love to hop in and go for a spin on the Chesapeake Bay? Some people have all the luck.

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Pull Up a Seat Challenge #13

I don’t know if this is the most recent Pull Up a Seat Challenge by Xingfu Mama, but I saw this spot and immediately thought of this particular challenge. I envy the folks who get to sit here whenever they fancy. It had to be shared with the rest of the world. This spot looks over Weems Creek which is one of the tinier creeks in and around Annapolis.

PAS 1 b cropThis is another favorite spot. It’s in my own backyard.  I never sit in this chair but it is a lovely prop for the squirrels. They love it. They use it as a staging ground between the trees, the clothes line and the ground below. I took these pictures with my iPhone 11. Edited in Photoshop.PAS 1

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