Quotes Challenge, Day 3 (plus extras)

Well, here we are.  It’s the last quotes challenge post.  Thanks for sticking with me this far, and I hope that you guys have enjoyed the quotes I’ve posted! If you want more, I have a page called Favorite Quotes and Bible Verses at the top of my blog that I add quotes to when I remember. 🙂  Have you guys noticed the extra fourth quote I’ve been adding as the featured image at the top of these posts?  You have? Have you? (thanks, Grammarly) Good!  I realized I could bend the rules a bit by doing that. 😉

Before we get to the quotes and nominations, I have exciting news!  I aced my open-book second-semester math exam!  I did Mr. D Math this year and now I’m done with Algebra I forever!  Next year I’ll be taking Geometry with the same program because I heartily recommend it to anyone, whether they struggle with math or it’s their favorite thing ever (or anywhere in-between).

Also, today’s date is a palindrome!  6-1-16 (minus the dashes) is 6116 and I have smiled every time I’ve written it on schoolwork today. 🙂 I’m smiling just typing that out!  So, this is an unofficial math day because of that.

Now, our feature presentation. *really old Disney intro music*

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The Converse picture was made by my artistic sister who knows me way too well. 🙂 (That is my foot too, BTW). I have done that before too… to church. *shocked gasps* 🙂

My final nominees are…

  1. Joy the cherry tree poet. 🙂
  2. Teddy’s New Bear
  3. Paul (though I’d like to see Paulo do it too!)

That’s all folks! *tosses away carrot* (tacit Looney June reference, Paul!)

Squid

Quotes Challenge, Day 2

Welcome back to the Quotes Challenge!  I’m your host, the Squid.  On today’s episode, 3 more lucky people will be nominated to join our quote campaign and you will get to see 3 more of my favorite quotes.  *canned applause*

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
—Herman Melville

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And, last but not least:

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The nominees are… *drumroll*

  1. Wesley the mathie from Generally Normal Science
  2. Teddy’s New Bear
  3. Em from Literary Moose and Glory Glory Writings

Thanks for watching reading and tune in next time for part 3!

If you missed the last episode, then click here to see how it all began. 🙂

Squid

Quotes Challenge, Day 1

It’s day one of the rest of my life, day one of the rest of my life!  I’m marching on to the beat of, a brand new drum, yeah, here I come, the future has begun, day one!

Sorry, Matthew West reference.  I couldn’t help myself.

The wondrous Allie M. from The Wondrous Life of Allie M. nominated me for a 3 Day Quotes Challenge!  The rules are to post 1-3 quotes each day for 3 days, and each day nominate 3 people.  So, here goes nothing! 😀

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I have found in my own life, at least, that C. S. Lewis had it right. Plus the style of the picture is so elegant! 🙂

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Which is sadly what is happening right now.

Tomnoddy is of course insulting to anybody

Of course, I’d be insulted! Wouldn’t you? 😀

So that’s all for today, but today’s nominees are… *drumroll*

Emily

Kat

Jessica

They’re super cool girls with fun blogs and, if they (you) accept,then I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Squid

Strong The Force Is With Disney

Yes, this is about Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Yes, it’s a little late to be posting about it.

No, I didn’t include any (major) plot spoilers, but if you haven’t seen it I’d suggest you wait to read this until afterwards.

Going to watch a new movie at the theater is a cool experience, especially with a group of friends.  I’ve been to The Avengers and How To Train Your Dragon 2, so I’m an old pro at movie-theater-going. (yeah right)  When I went to see the seventh Star Wars movie at the theater, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away or anything, but as it is a Star Wars movie, it had to be worthy of the name.  So, expectations all out of the way, I sat down in my seat.  My sisters and I were decked out in SW gear; Zoe, Rhyan, and Carrie were all wearing Star Wars t-shirts and I was wearing my Star Wars sweater and Darth Vader socks.  (Thank you, Target and Five Below!)  We watched some awesome previews, (Fifth Wave, X-Men Apocalypse, Kung-Fu Panda 3, and Independence Day 2) and waited for the feature presentation.  I was born a little too late to see the original movies in the theaters, so I had no idea what seeing this one would feel like.  I had bemoaned the fact that Disney was in charge of this new installment, but hoped that nothing would change for the worse.

But as soon as the dunn, DUNN, dun dun dun DUNNN, dun, dun dun dun DUNN dun, dun dun dun dunnnnn (fanfare) sounded, and the bright yellow words scrolled through, I was exhilarated.  It was basically the coolest feeling ever.  This was no mere movie, it was the next installment of a legend.  During that movie, time itself froze.  I couldn’t think about anything but what was playing on the screen.  I didn’t want to miss a moment.  This movie played on my emotions, on nostalgia, and on my curiosity.  It wasn’t just the next Star Wars movie, it was the bridge between the old and the new, the puppetry era and HD.  It told you what happened to the old, beloved characters, and introduced you to the new.  Fortunately for the plotters, theoretical thinkers, and hard-core fans alike, they gave us little-to-no details on ANYBODY!  All we know is that ***’s parents left her on **** when she was younger.  But who are her parents?  Who are ****’s family?  Could he be a relative of **** *****??  And could *** **** really be dead?  What happened to **** ***?  Will **** ********* take the ********** from *** or will he train her instead?  AHHH!  Like the originals, this movie doesn’t give you answers readily.  Only after you’ve spent many sleepless nights agonizing over the possibilities and theoretical nature of science fiction will they release the next movie.  🙂

There’s more to movies than thousands of pictures moving past your eyes faster than you can imagine, there’s the emotional attachment you create and the thoughts they make you think. There’s the whole theater gasping as *** **** dies, them cheering as an old character is revealed. This movie shocked me, grieved me, made me laugh, made me gasp.  It picked me up and slammed me down.  I rejoiced with the characters in their triumphs and my heart broke for their losses and the sacrifices that were made in the name of love and duty.  It was funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and touching.  It was raw, honest, and unabashedly Star Wars.  They struggled against themselves to save the universe and the ones they love, and had to face their fears to save the day.  This was not the film I was looking for.  It was more.

– Squid2-Tea2

Babcock Birdies

I love alliterations, don’t you?  Recently I went to Babcock again and saw two new bird species! (Along with others I had seen before).  Ironically enough, the first picture that I took and was happy with was of a dog.  He seemed to be hunting but his handler had no gun. (that we saw) so he was probably just training.  He flushed a big group of bobwhite right in front of us, which was really cool.
Also, I’m experimenting with a new watermark.  What do you think?

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It was a pretty foggy morning, and it had rained through the night, so things were generally sparkly.

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I love discovering hearts in nature, and these were very pretty vines with drops of water on them.

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Northern Mockingbird.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler. (I think)

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Pine Warbler…

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First new species of the trip, an American Bittern!  Since he was about 6 feet from us, I was able to get a close-up of him. Yay!

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There were female Anhingas were in the trees!  We saw probably 2-3, and they would croak at us like frogs or gators.  It was hilarious and unnerving at first.

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The amazing second new species, a Common Yellowthroat! (Not to be confused with a Yellow-Throated Warbler.)

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Hiding from me…

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Here I am!

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This is an Ornate Moth, which I finally looked up after seeing it a couple times.  Such a beautiful butterfly!

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A Spiny-Backed Orb Weaver, dangling from the sky!

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This one that we saw later was eating a bumble bee!

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Glowing leaves.

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Palm Warbler… don’t you think it looks like a Japanese divider screen thingy? 🙂

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Pearl Crescent butterfly.

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A Green Heron in a tree… not their normal habitat, so it was a fun sighting!

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Floridian flora…

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And fauna.  A black racer snake I think?

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White Peacock butterflies.

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Monarch butterfly?

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Taking off!

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Thought this was a cool reflection.  What do you see?

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Squid

Ollie’s in August

I’m not going to post long sagas of pictures very often, but I realized that I had a folder full of pictures (from Ollie’s Pond Park back in August) that I wanted to share.

This Green Heron actually let me get close enough to take his picture. Always a plus. 🙂

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An unmistakable Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, standing majestically in light from the setting sun.

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I liked this picture’s perspective.

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A Tri-Colored Heron bathing?  I can’t quite remember what he was doing, but it made for a nice couple of shots!

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A wonderful Florida day…

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Baby ducks!!!  These ducklings belong to a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck like the one earlier.

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A Northern Mockingbird frosted in sunlight.

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A silhouetted Double-Crested Cormorant.

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And the amazing sunset God blessed us with.

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Squid

Flowers, a Sukkah, and Artsiness

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The morning of October 2nd I took Leo outside and shot some pictures.  This flower’s stalk is about 3 1/2 ft tall, so I couldn’t help noticing it.  Does anyone know what kind of flower it actually is? The leaves were very cool-looking I thought. 🙂

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Then I wandered over to our sukkah, which my step-dad built to celebrate The Feast of Booths, AKA Sukkot.  If you are not familiar with the Levitical calendar God gave to the Israelites, please read Leviticus 23.
Anyway, God told us to build a temporary shelter to live in for a week during the feast, but since we live in Florida, (please refer to my post on Floridian mosquitoes) we just dined in it.  Traditionally the roof is made of palm fronds, and it was to those that my eye was attracted.  The dew had not yet evaporated, so I got some fun water droplet shots.

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After I came back inside I still had my camera on so I followed the cat around, waiting for the perfect shot(s).

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And later that day at the park I took this picture of Adam.

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Squid

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