Photo Challenge, Day 1

A couple days ago, Bri the Missionary in the Making challenged me to join her in a photo challenge that she found on Blogger.  As soon as she said my name and photo in the same post, I was in! 😀  Today’s prompt word is Intricate, so I immediately thought of nature (which I almost capitalized… thanks a lot, Gabriel 🙂 ). My first subpoint on that outline was spiderwebs, but as it was already mid-day when I found out the prompt, all webs had disappeared.  I had just finished reading a book about a family of French weavers, and it had me thinking.  If we found a piece of cloth on the ground, we wouldn’t assume it was just a pile of yarn that had miraculously tangled itself just so as to be a sturdy textile, would we?  No, of course not.  In Florida was have these giant stalks of grass incorrectly called Palm Trees.  No, I’m not making this up.  Go Google it.  I’ll wait.  OK, now that you’re back (or are a Floridian and knew it already), let’s continue.  These tall stalks are very fibrous. Each layer has been woven together to create its tough exterior.  Yet, most people you talk to on the street will say that it is just a well-evolved plant. Hm, I’m not sure I see that logic.  So, today, I decided to highlight the intricate weaving of the palm trees that God so perfectly designed.  The sunburst was a nice bonus too. 🙂

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Now, unfortunately, there are some, *gasp* rules.

RULE ONE: The photo has to be taken on the day of the post, i.e. you can`t use old pictures. (This is the hardest rule for me, because I’m the kind of person that if, by a rare chance, I do upload my pics to my laptop on the same day I take them, I put off editing and sorting them for weeks.  So, this is a good disciplinary challenge too. 🙂 )

RULE TWO: No Plagiarism. Must be your pic and yours alone.

RULE THREE: You must follow the five prompts that I`ll be posting my along with my pictures, unless, you know, you find another photo challenge prompt site and decide to do theirs instead. *dramatic lonely sigh*

Alright, now for my nominee.  *drumroooooool*

Joy!

I’ve seen what you can do on Flickr, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with for this challenge! (If you accept, of course. 🙂 )

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P.S. Did anyone catch 6+10=16? I was wondering if I had gotten anyone trained yet, so I didn’t do a post.

Ollie’s In May

Back in May Dad and I went to Ollie’s and saw lots and lots of bugs and a few birds.

This osprey almost disappeared before I could snap a picture of him, but lo and behold, I got him!  😀

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Dragonfly of a mysterious nature.

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Monarch or imposter?

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We did see a Pileated Woodpecker too.

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Tri-Colored Heron.

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Small Black Racer snake we saw.

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And surprise of surprises, a Bald Eagle sitting on the bank!

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Another dragonfly.

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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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