Share Your World – 2016 Week 22 – Holiday Edition

Every country in the world has lost men and women in some kind of Armed Forces.  When does your country celebrate or mourn their deaths?

I’ve never liked the term “celebrate” in conjunction with the death of our fallen soldiers. Memorial Day is the day we set aside to observe the passing of those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

What is your favorite holiday(s)?

I’d have to pick Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday. There are no wars, deaths or manmade creations associated with this holiday. You don’t have to run out and buy someone a gift. It’s truly the only day left that celebrates the family.

How do you celebrate that holiday?

You come, you stuff yourself, you become a couch potato and you look around you at familiar faces in the same agony. Life, is good! If you’re like my family you take turns expressing what you are grateful for this year. The list gets longer every year.

Getting Your Attention

“Have I got your attention now”? I’ve always prided myself in capturing eye contact with the animals I photograph. I want them to know they got my attention. They might be tiny in this big old world of ours but for the moment at least they have my undivided attention. 🙂

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A Little Bit Of Rain

I was rreminded yesterday as I sat in front of my apartment how wonderful nature is. We caught a piece of that tropical storm that hit the eastern coastline a few day ago. There was just enough of the disturbance left to give New England a good long soaking. There was zero wind as I watched the rain coming down outside my bedroom window. It fell straight down to the earth without as much as a single leaf moving. The flowers, trees and grass soaked it up like a sponge, eager for the drink nature provided.

As a result of that rain our backyard flowers popped open in all their glory. The colors were extraordinarily brilliant as if to smile at those who viewed them. It was a good day!

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Memorial Day 2016

No political speeches this year from me telling you what Memorial Day means to me. I was sitting outside with camera in hand when I spotted the American flag and it brought tears to my eyes. That symbol of our country says it all. We are great because we are united.

Memorial Day Flag

Backyard Squirrels Framed

I’m still looking for just the right photos to frame and hand on my apartment walls. It’s a small place so I want to do it right the first time. I have the means to easily make custom frames to hand and frames don’t cost much at all when you make them yourself. Below is the kind of thing I’m considering.

The frame can me made of any soft wood such as fir. You can distress the wood and bring out the grain by putting a blowtorch to it.That’s a cool technique I watched being done on YouTube. You then cut a bevel around the outside and apply either a stain or paint in the lighter color wiping it down and then applying a matt coat of polyurethane to it. Have you priced nice frames lately? Yikes! The pictures are square so you could just pick your size, 12″x12″ or anything you’d like and design the frame to fit. The one below is 28″x14″.

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Bob’s Backyard Squirrels 01

Seems like it was a good day for local critter photography even though it was a bad day to travel. Church didn’t work out today so I made the best of it on a glorious overcast day and did laundry. I was down to my last clean shirt so that was my clue to get with the progrm. I had just enough change to do one giant load which turned out to be everything that I had ready to wash. $1.25 to wash, $1.25 to dry. Perfect!

While I waited the 30 minutes to wash and 1 hour to dry I sat outside my apartment on my newly built bench and photographed 3 squirrels that were gorging themselves on the fresh clover in my backyard. They were oblivious to my clicking camera as they’re almost domesticated around here. Nobody messes with the squirrels, even if they do steal all the birdseed if someone doesn’t run them off. Still they’re quite used to dealing with a batch of senior citizens.

The birds got in on the act as there was plenty of food to go around this time of year. We just brought in Summer yesterday with the hottest day of the year, a record setting 95. That’s just one reason I’m grateful for an overcast day today. The other is a day 15 degrees cooler than yesterday. We’ll be getting rained on tomorrow to cool it down even further.

So below is a strip of squirrel pictures taken this morning while I waited for my laundry to finish. That laundry is all hanging in my closet or folded neatly on shelves. The clean socks get tossed in my 2nd basket. They’re all white so picking out a matching pair to use is a piece of cake.

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Thanks to a young lady from Whitinsville this turtle made it safely across Highway 122. I was driving to church this morning when I came upon this strange scene, a lady standing in the middle of the road waving her arms. Had there been an accident? Were there people hurt?

It turns out that while walking Kimberely Casino came across this large female turtle digging a hole on the edge of the road. You see, the turtle was pregnant and had stopped to drop her eggs in a safe spot. Exhausted, it picked that spot to bury her eggs. The young lady walking had watched the final egg being covered up. The turtle was struggling as it tried to cross a busy two lane highway to get back into the woods. The good Samaritan had stopped to make sure she could make it safely on her journey home. Kimberely was warning oncoming traffic about that turtle in the road.

As I passed the two of them I realized what was happening and turned around to get photos and see if I could help in any way. By that time the turtle had traversed the road and just crossed the solid white line on the edge of the road. It was safe!

I thanked the Kimberely for her concern and help with the pregnant mother turtle. She wasn’t sure if it was safe to get close to the mother to pick it up so she waited patiently for the turtle to make it safely across the road, guarding her path from oncoming traffic. We both watched as the mother turtle slid quietly into the deeper grass at the edge of the woods.

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Turtle Nursery

Sunday Scraps

Since Sunday is generally the slowest day for blogging I’m throwing you a scrap of a photo. It was a quick grab shot of one of the two rhinos at the Southwick Zoo. I have yet to build a database of the details of all the animals there. It will come, with time, as I continue to go on a regular basis and get to know the staff.

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Pretty Peacock

Now this will get your attention as you stroll the lanes of the Southwick Zoo. The peacocks seem to have free reign as they fly out of their environment and wander the trails along with the zoo visitors. In full display mode they do take up a lot of space.

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Record Weather Everywhere

It doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming on not. Everywhere I’ve lived in the past 10 years is experiencing new all time record highs constantly. Today we’re supposed to at least tie the record high temperature for this date on the calendar, 92. Gee, thanks! Without any air conditioning or even a fan that should make it fun to just survive the day.

I’m new to New England weather. This is my first Summer here and so far, compared to south Carolina, this is a piece of cake. In SC it hits 95F in early April with 90% humidity. I know because I lived there for 13 years. It’s hell on earth 8 months of the year.

So far we’ve had a real Spring here in Uxbridge, MA, with temps in the 60s & 70s until just the past few days. The humidity is fairly uncomfortable late in the afternoon before sunset. With no fan or air conditioning I have the windows open trying to get the small breeze to circulate in my tiny apartment. The hottest part of the day is bad for just about 2 hours. I’m sure I’ll survive but wish I had the oscillating fan I gave to my last landlord in Oregon. I left so much behind to make the move across country. Starting over takes both time and money. I’ve got lots of time. 🙂