Alive & Trekking’s Which Way Photo Challenge: May 22, 2021

There’s a little robin on the trail with me.
Iconic signage on a rare grey day in Hollywood. Taken with my old Canon Powershot A1100
Another from the archives. Hollywood Blvd bustles at night. Note Egyptian Theatre and Scientology building.

Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds Seen in the Last Two Weeks


You can hardly accuse me of being a master of bird photography. As you can see, my best shots come when the subject is a statue; however, I’d feel remiss if I didn’t participate in this wonderful photo challenge. I’m a firm believer in the adage, “Practice makes perfect,” so I’ll keep trying.

Robin and squirrel

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds Seen in the Last Two Weeks is brought to us by Lisa Coleman whose blog is called Our Eyes Open.

CMMC – Match Words with ch or ck

Sneak submission for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – Match Words with ch or ck.

First I’d like to offer you a baCKyard feast.

You can tell it’s raining because the squirrels’ tails are wet!

Here we have the CHesapeake Bay with a big tanker.

Here we have some branCHes in front of a big, blue sky.

Mustn’t forget to include the duCKs.

Last but not least we have a staCK of wood!


Yesterday I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend in a garden of a church in Eastport, Annapolis (Saint Luke’s Episcopal). A large group of birds were raising a ruckus. I realized that a hawk was on an upper branch of a tree and the other birds, robins, black birds and blue birds had banded together to drive the predator off of their territory. It was an amazing sight.

Hawk 3

I’m not positive, but I believe it was a red-tailed hawk. It fled the scene only to return a few minutes later. The melodrama was played out two more times in one hour. The third bout of hostilities was still ongoing as we left the garden.

Hawk 1 - war