My Hope for 2021

A special prayer for all of you out there in the blogosphere:

May 2021 be a year of PEACE

Happy New Year!

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Abandoned

Nancy Merrill gets the New Year off (or the old year out) with this week’s photo challenge: ABANDONED.

I found this fellow alone on a park bench in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, his face leaning on his hand, downtrodden. If anyone has ever felt abandoned in this life, I suspect you can sympathise with this poor fellow.

Did the bus leave with the rest of the touring party?

Did his wife get lost in the gift shop?

Did the battery on his cell phone run out?

Was he abandoned by his group for not wearing a mask?

Who knows? It’s 2020 and anything could have happened.

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/12/31/a-photo-a-week-challenge-abandoned/ to see her photo this week. Other fine photographers sharing their best interpretation will surely follow it.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: CHRISTMAS

Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week is appropriately: CHRISTMAS.

I think back over Christmases past, and the memories always involve family…and food.

Spider men

Please visit Nancy’s site at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/a-photo-a-week-challenge-christmas/ to see her offerings and those sharing during this special week.

My Arranger and I wish all our readers a Blessed Christmas and a return to a safe and open life in 2021…with peace and happiness.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: CRACKED

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is CRACKED.

When I built these terrace walls with Pennsylvania field stone in my North Carolina garden, I created openings as I placed stone on stone. I planted low growing ground covers in the openings to “fill in the cracks.” The results were delightful, especially during bloom time.

Visit Nancy Merrill at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/a-photo-a-week-challenge-cracked/ to see her tasty and savory example of something with a crack in it.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Give Thanks

Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week, most appropriately, is GIVE THANKS.

There is much to be thankful for, despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic. I immediately think of family and friends and good health for this pair of octogenarians.

Having just experienced a challenging election cycle, we have come out strong and I look forward to our future as a nation. I GIVE THANKS for our country and what it stands for. We have work ahead to make those promises come true for all, but I am confident we will.

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/11/26/a-photo-a-week-challenge-givethanks/ to see her offering for the week and that of others who are sharing their sense of thanksgiving.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: LAUGHTER

Nancy Merril’s photo challenge this week is LAUGHTER.

With all the heartache and loneliness that 2020 has brought, it is certainly a good time to stop and remember moments punctuated with hearty laughter. It warms the soul.

Here is a remembered shot of my granddaughter, Kate. She was one happy girl.

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/a-photo-a-week-challenge-laughter/ to see her contribution this week and that of others who have joined in the fun.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscape

This week Nancy Merill challenges us to share a photo with the subject cityscape. I am pleased to share this view of Seattle, taken several years ago when my Arranger and I made a tour of gardens in the US northwest. This view was taken from the ferry to Bainbridge Island.

Seattle, Washington, USA

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/a-photo-a-week-challenge-cityscape/ to see her contribution and others who follow her meme.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: MASKS

This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is timely and appropriate, given the continuing need to wear masks and socially distance ourselves for mutual safety.

One (hopefully) sees masks everywhere we go. That is so important to keep us old folks safe. A few weeks ago I was strolling Topsail Beach in North Carolina (masked and socially distanced to be sure). Can you guess what the tide had brought in that morning?

Yes, a mask. Washed ashore. Right there on the beach with the incoming tide’s debris. I will let my imagination wander, trying to consider who might have lost it in the surf? What do you think?

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/a-photo-a-week-challenge-masks/ to see her entry for the week and others.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: October

Another great topic from Nancy Merrill Photography in her weekly photo challenge: OCTOBER.

I have felt that October was the best month to recognize transitions…at least in my part of North Carolina. We can have quite warm temperatures followed by much colder days. We move from baseball to football. And the changing colors around us leave no doubt that fall has arrived. 

There is a small community in Charlotte–Chipping-Campden–whose design was inspired by an English village. The homes are situated around a central gathering place and gardens. One highlight of the October garden there is this maple tree, almost perfect in shape and drop-dead gorgeous in color.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/a-photo-a-week-challenge-october/

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: HATS

Nancy Merrill Photography has again give us a great challenge this week: HATS.

Looking back through my archives, I found this picture of my two oldest grandchildren getting ready for tennis lessons. The hats were the crowning addition.

Twelve years later there was a different kind of hat when they graduated from high school.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/09/03/a-photo-a-week-challenge-hats-off/ and see what she has in mind this week. Also, you can enjoy others who are responding to her challenge.

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