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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

song*ography | we've only just begun ...


it all started with Pikachu 
that little yellow cutie caught Allyson's eye in her initial Pokemon days 
(Kindergarden/1st Grade) 
and from there ... Japan.

We are less than a month before she leaves to start her job in Tokyo 
and still so much is unknown. 
Like exactly where in Tokyo she'll be placed, 
or apartment status, 
or what she'll need (futon, refrigerator, washer/dryer - all the above);
but it'll work itself out.
It normally does, one way or another. 

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 Before the risin' sun, we fly 
So many roads to choose 
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run 
and yes, we've just begun 

We've Only Just Begun | The Carpenters 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | artfully ...

the GOOD ...


summer's bounty

the RANDOM ...


catching a bee at work
(perhaps not so random)



the FUN ...


inspired by others to look for leading lines

and spend some time outside.

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This week I'll get plenty of time outside at the Greenbrier Classic PGA Golf Tournament.
Blog posts may be sparse, but I am excited to explore with my camera,
oh, and watch golf.

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 [click below to check-out other good.random.fun going on over at Random-osity] 

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

little.things.thursday | garden visit ...


I was concerned that my timing was off.


Perhaps I would be visiting the garden too soon, or possibly too late.


Hopeful I would find a few flowers 'ripe' for photographing.


Ultimately, as with all things, it depended on how you look at it.


Whether just budding, fully bloomed, or near death - all were beautiful in their own right.
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Upon arriving at the garden it was empty except for two young ladies walking around, smelling the flowers, and taking selfies.  They seemed to be having a good time and enjoying the morning, so I walked to a distant corner to give them their space and where I could go about my business of photographing flowers.  As we each gradually worked our way towards the center, one called over to me.  My first guess was "you've got a big camera, so (of course) you must know how to take professional pictures with a cell phone".   I was wrong.  The blond wondered what I would think if they cut a few flowers.  They quickly assured me that it would only be from bushes with multiple blooms and that they would only take a few.  I appreciated that they even bothered to ask, but I was in no position to either grant or deny them permission to cut flowers.  Personally,  I explained, I wouldn't because the garden is for the public to admire and if everyone who visited left with a few flowers, eventually there would be no flowers left to enjoy.  The brunette went on to explain that they wanted the flowers for a few the women at the Women's Shelter.  With it being Father's Day, many of the women at the shelter were pretty down, women who had suffered abuse at the hands of their father. Having had the good fortune to be raised by a loving and amazing man and then to be married to one who treats me wonderfully as well as our children, I had not considered how the day would feel to those less fortunate.  I told them that if done correctly, clipping flowers is a way to help foster new growth.  I could not give them permission to take flowers, but it was not my place to tell them they couldn't.  I wished them a good day and went about my business as they carefully went about their business scouting for flowers in need of pruning, careful to leave plenty for the next visitor.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

black.white.wednesday | embrace the journey ...


[trolling in Huntington, WV]

I made my way to Ritter Park Sunday morning to get some pictures of the rose garden before the rain.  Rain that never showed but all the same served the purpose of planting a boot to my rear to get out with my camera.  It has been a dry spell (photographically speaking).  Other than 'events' warranting some "good" pictures, THE camera has been parked, and I have instead relied on my cell phone to "capture the moment".
Lazy?  Uninspired? Unjustified?

On my way to the park I was tempted to venture to another local spot just to explore.
But I didn't.
I, like a trained animal, left point A, went directly to point B, circled wide afterwards, but promptly returned to point A.  Thinking to myself as I rigidly followed the dots how much I envy those who throw practicality to the wind and take that left turn to the unknown.
Camera in hand, ready to capture to journey, less concern with the destination.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

song*ography | take me to church ...

Take me to church 
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies 
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife 
Offer me that deathless death 
Good God, let me give you my life



  Take Me To Church | Hozier

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My deepest condolences to the families of the victims,
the members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,
and the community of Charleston, SC.
Death is hard enough - senseless, hateful death is unconscionable.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | stragglers ...

the GOOD ...

Among the weeds around the pool area a/k/a the kitten farm a/k/a jungle
(translation: area normally groomed early in the spring, but thus far untouched)
some of the day lilies have bloomed. 


 the RANDOM ...


This plant and I have too much in common:
frazzled
at our wits end
exhausted from the heat
and can't do a thang with our hair


 the FUN ...


Fun is when you zoom in on a picture of a gawd-awful 5 foot tall weed and discovery the wonderful details. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

little.things.thursday | fore ...


This is happening in just a couple weeks.

Attending the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tournament has become an annual tradition for me and my husband.
He volunteers.
I walk the course, snap pictures, and if the autograph gods are smiling, score him a signature or two.

It is one of the last professional sporting events where you can be so close to the 'action' without spending major bucks.  The local tournament has afforded us the opportunity to see a few big name golfers and a good many "they might not be Tiger Woods, but they ARE playing golf for a living" players.  Even more, the opportunity to see up and coming stars, like this nice young man who my husband pointed out several years back and said "he is the one to watch".  Several tournament wins and a green jacket later - I'd say my husband was spot on. 
If you are ever in a position where you can take in at least one day of seeing a professional golf tournament (men or womens) - do it.  You will never look at this sport the same way again.
And how many other sporting events can you be a spectator
and also get in your exercise/step quota for the day?


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