After – Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – After
invites us to share images of what ‘After’ means to us.

Hugh says:

‘…and they all lived happily ever after.’

“I remember those words so well. In fact, along with ‘Once upon a time…’ they must be words that many of us remember reading during our childhood. A few songs that include the word ‘after’ also come to mind, but you wouldn’t want to hear me sing! I may be Welsh (aren’t Welsh people supposed to be good singers?), but I never trod in the footsteps of my father who, for many years, sang in a Welsh Male Voice Choir.”

This week, Hugh wants us to show him a photo that captures the word ‘After.’ Maybe it’s a pop group or cast of a show taking a bow after their performance, or how about somebody taking a well-earned rest after a hard day’s work? Maybe you have some photos that capture the before and after of a project you completed, or of a scene that captures the result of the aftermath of a rainstorm or of lots of visitors?

Want to join in the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which interprets After.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 30 – ‘After’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a *pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section so other participants can view the post.

*Due to the current problem WordPress is experiencing with Pingbacks (read the post here), I’d highly recommend that you copy and paste a link to your entry into the comments section of this post. 

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

Here are a few images of what “after” means to me.

After the Storm: Runoff in a creek at Glacier National Park

Here are Spice & Sugar – all cleaned up after their grooming appointment!

I hope you enjoyed my take on “After.” I hope to see you all again!

Time to start editing my book! 😀


Wide OPEN!

This week, Hugh, from Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 29 wants us to show him some photos of what ‘open’ means to us. Hugh also adds that maybe it will be an open door or gate, somebody opening that large gift, or a photo of a wide open space? How about an open packet of biscuits or an establishment or event that is open for business?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which interprets Open.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 29 – ‘Open’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a *pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section so other participants can view the post.

*Due to the current problem WordPress is experiencing with Pingbacks (read the post here), I’d highly recommend that you copy and paste a link to your entry into the comments section of this post. 

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

This is a great photo of our old barbecue grill in Florida. This was a surf and turf dream! I loved how the open lid allowed me the chance to capture the smoke and the red glow of the coals!

If there is one thing that Colorado has it is wide open blue skies. It must be the elevation. I took this photo early this spring. The sky was such a dark blue. I love the refraction of the sun on the clouds.

This was the bunch of flowers our daughter Ronda gave me for my birthday. I was shocked at how each blossom was wide open. Of course, she picked out my favorite colors!

Thanks for stopping by to see my interpretation of “OPEN.” Don’t forget Sugar as my featured image. She has her mouth wide open! ❤

Vintage Art

This week, Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – Vintage, asks us to take or choose a photo that shows something vintage. Maybe it’s something that once belonged to your Grandparents that you have on display, or maybe it’s an item that is locked away in the back of a cupboard? Do you have any vintage clothes you can show off or maybe a vintage toy that is still in its original pristine box?

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Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which shows something that is Vintage.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – ‘Vintage’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section so other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

Vintage frame and doily

Last week, on my search for locally grown plants for my garden here in Colorado, my friend, Chelley and I found an amazing plant store that sold antiques. We had so much fun picking out flowers. We both stumbled onto some great finds. I love this antique gold frame. The doily is my own creation. I think it works because it is a vintage craft.

Turquoise wrought iron vintage corner shelf

I also found this wrought iron corner rack that is a vintage piece. My intent is to place a plant on the shelf with long trailing vines. I think it makes my back garden look quaint. Eventually, there will be fairy houses under this shelf.

Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy my take on “vintage!”

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Distance… Over Yonder!

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – Distance is all about choosing a photo that shows an object that is in the distance. Maybe it’s a building or a wonderful view that contains an interesting object or scene that, although it is in the distance, shows up really well in the photo? Maybe you can spot where you are headed to from a plane or train and you’ve managed to capture it?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which defines Distance.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – ‘Distance’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section so other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

This is a photo of Pike’s Peak which is visible a couple streets over from our house here in Colorado. I took this photo in the dead of winter and as you can see, our housing area is new and still under development.

This is a photo I took in 1996 of a cattle branding at the Dearborn Ranch where I worked in Montana. It was a hot dusty job and made me happy that I worked most of my days in the office in Great Falls taking care of the administrative side of things.

Thanks for popping in to see my take on “distance!”

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 24 – Hats

Hats come in all sorts of shapes and styles and, for this week’s challenge, Hugh would like to see what hats you can share with us. Maybe it’s the baseball cap you wear to protect the top of your head from the sun or a thick wooly bobble hat that keeps your head warm during cold winter months? How about a hat you or somebody else wears  at work or a novelty hat you’ve never worn which is stored away at the back of a drawer? Dig out those hats and share them with us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken of a hat or hats.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 24 – “Hats”
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

HATS! YIKES! Silver goes incognito when she wears a hat!

I am not much of a hat person. Sure, I wear them when it is freezing out and I don’t want to get cold. I also wear a gardening hat to keep the sun off my lily-white skin! Do I look good in hats? Absolutely NOT!!

So… I had to get creative. This week I am sharing a photo of our sun umbrella with the hnot Colorado sun beating down!

I figure anything that saves me from sunburn can be considered a hat and this works!

We had our first day of over 78 degrees F. yesterday (Happy Cinco de Mayo). Ron and I celebrated the day with a Mexican luncheon, margaritas, mojitos and some gardening! I planted three lovely Euonymus bushes whose leaves have a sunny yellow and emerald color that will compliment the colors of my house perfectly! I even decorated the oak tree which I thought had died! There are tiny buds appearing so it might make it after all.

Such is Colorado. One week a blizzard, the next week it is almost 80 degrees F.

Thanks for stopping by,

A DAY LATE!

The Seasons – Hugh’s Photo Challenge

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, who is being hosted by the ever fabulous, Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, we are to show what “Season” means to us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

I love the four seasons and that is one of the reasons we moved from Florida to Colorado… I know one extreme to another. It does make for some interesting weather, though! Here is a quick pick of the seasons as I have know them the last couple of years!

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Winter

This is a photo of our oak tree last November. It was our first Colorado blizzard. (This tree has no signs of growth this spring. I believe it has passed on to the great tree heaven up above)

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My granddaughter’s Azalea – first spring bloom in Florida

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Summer in Montana – a gently rolling stream back in the woods

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Fall in Colorado – Better pictures coming this year!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous day where ever you are! TGIF!

Is it Friday yet

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, we are to show what “Group” means to you. Maybe it’s a pop group or a group of people all of whom have something in common? Maybe it’s a group of animals or a group of objects in a store?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

group of apple blossoms

This is a “group of apple blossoms” I photographed last week here in Colorado Springs. Of course, over the past weekend, we got snow so that took care of the spectacular show that nature had prepared for us. Many of the trees in my neighborhood have buds starting to appear. I can only hope that our oak tree will soon follow suit.

Happy Spring everyone!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Solitude – Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Hugh, from Hugh’s Views and News, asked for examples of solitude. That I got…

Solitude at Pensacola Beach

Solitude along a country road

The solitude of a Colorado Highway

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of solitude. Many thanks to Hugh for sponsoring such a fun photo event! I love it.

Do you want to join in?

Here’s what you do:

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, shows Solitude.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 20 – “Solitude”
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

Hugh is looking for photos of something that shows a gap… I had to really think about this one. Then, I remembered the trip we took in 2009 to Glacier National Park in Montana. I distinctly remembered seeing beauty that was unsurpassed as we drove along Going to the Sun Road. These glimpses of grandeur would leap out at us from between the heavily forested road.

We took this trip in late September, that year. The rain started to fall and the further in elevation we crept the thicker the precipitation got. After only a few miles we turned back. This is one of the scenes I managed to catch in between the “gaps” in the trees of the forest.

Here is one more photo. This is a shot of St. Mary Lake (below).

At Glacier National Park that is what a gap in the woods will show you!

Thanks for popping in,

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 18 – Sweet

I have been so busy writing I have not had much time to join in Hugh’s FUN photo challenge! So here I am this week excited because the word is “SWEET!”

Of course, this conjures up all kinds of wonderful things that are fattening. What the heck? It’s EASTER week! Time to Enjoy the sweets that life has to offer!

Want to join in? Hugh says:

“For this week’s photography challenge, show me a photo of something that, in your opinion, is sweet. You can go down the same line as I and show me something that is sweet to the taste or maybe show me a photo of some newly born chicks. Then again, maybe sweetness for you is a certain somebody or a gift that you have received?

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which shows an object, person or is your interpretation of sweet. 
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 18 – “Sweet”
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.”

Here is my contribution for SWEET:

Moscato Wine

Banana Bread

Crustless Cranberry Apple Pie

Are you drooling yet? I am!

Thanks for letting me drive you all crazy with SWEETS!