Oct. 17 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Lighthouses

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

I collected lighthouses for many years and have quite a few novelty items and some collectables. I downsized a couple of years ago by selling off about 1/2 of my stock. I kept a few of them and have them scattered throughout my house. I thought I would share some photos of a few of them that reminded me that lines are everywhere even on a cylinder shaped object. Hope you enjoy an open-mind interpretation of Lines and Squares.

The image (top) is my lighthouse made from wine corks. This hangs in my guest bathroom. It was made by a local craftsman.

Novelty lighthouse made of wood & has drawers.
These lines are not so straight, but it’s cool. They are drawers.
Painted lighthouse
Part of painted art on a screen. No, I didn’t paint this.
Framed print of St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida
Print of St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL
Framed sepia print of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina
Sepia tone print of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, NC. The original lighthouse.
Printed lighthouse quilt.
Prints on a quilt my friend made me years ago. Not part of the downsize!

Oct 16 – BOTD – Northern Flicker

Norther Flicker perched on a tree limb in Bozeman, Montana.
Northern Flicker – click the different links – they go to different pages.

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

This was day 9 of our vacation and it was our birding day. We saw a lot of birds while on our trip to Yellowstone & Grand Tetons, but none of those days were dedicated to just hiking & birding. On this day, we saw several life birds (will be featured on other bird of the day posts). The Northern Flicker was not a life bird, but this is the best photo of one that we’ve ever gotten. This beautiful bird is part of the woodpecker family & is 11-12 inches in length (28-31 cm).

We were exploring and heading down one of the trails at Glen Lake Rotary Park in Bozeman, MT when we spotted an opening to a very green patch of grass. Turned out to be a public golf course. We walked around the edges where the woods and the pristine maintained lawn was as to not disturb the golfers. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday, so there were players scattered from the tee boxes to the greens & in between.

I circled around this pond observing 9 mallards. I wasn’t paying attention to anything else until I looked up. Frank & I saw this Northern Flicker up in the tree about the same time. This image is the result of Frank’s master photography. I can only take credit for spotting this magnificent species. The Northern Flicker is found in every state in the lower 48 states in the US, Alaska & Canada.

Oct. 16 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Waves

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Tide coming in with waves in a straight line one Little Talbot Island State Park, Florida.
Little Talbot Island, Atlantic Ocean waves

Oct. 15 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Beach Sand

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Ripples in the Sand on the beach at Little Talbot Island.
Ripples in the sand as the tide goes out.
Veins left behind in the sand & shells after the ocean retreated during low tide.
Sand, shells and veins left in the sand by the power of the ocean at low tide.

Oct. 14 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Palm Trees

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Palm Trees damaged by beach erosion and salt water encroachment.
Beach erosion from several hurricanes
Close up of remnants of Palm Trees in a line after several major hurricanes.
Remnants of Palm Trees on Little Talbot Island, Florida

Standing in as straight of a line as they can before the next major storm takes them down.

FOTD – Pretty in Pink – Haiku

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Pretty in Pink
Attracting insects
Pink buds pollinated bloom
Garden is beauty.

Oct 13 – BOTD – Great Blue Heron w/Wood stork

Great Blue Heron & Wood Stork fishing in shallow water at Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa, FL.

It’s been a while since I featured a bird of the day. Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

You are getting a two-fer today. In the foreground you are seeing the stealthy Great Blue Heron. In the background, you are observing the Wood Stork. Both are avid fisherman…fisherwomen…fisherbirds…well, that’s what they do for a living…they fish! 😉 This photo was taken at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

I was inspired to feature the Wood Stork because of a fellow blogger, novelist & emmy award winning journalist da-AL. She posted an Australian White Ibis & I responded to her about how much it looks like the Wood Stork. She had never heard of the Wood Stork. Check out her blog by clicking on the link above.

Living in the Moment – Day 2 – Sept. 14, 2019 – Traffic Jam

We left Mammoth Hot Springs and headed into the heart of Yellowstone. If you missed that blog about the hot springs, click here and see my obsession with the cone.

Today we had planned to visit Lamar Valley, a must see for anyone visiting the park. One of the things to remember when visiting Yellowstone is that you are on the park’s schedule. This is truly a wild place and you have to adapt yourself to any and all things that occur in the natural world. That being said, we were hungry and anxious to get into the valley and cook a delicious lunch. Good thing we had some snacks to stave our hunger pangs.

We came through the park from the North Entrance outside of Garner, MT.

We’re heading down the road enjoying the beauty and wonder of this majestic park when all of a sudden the traffic stops. Traffic jams in a large city or even your small town can be a nuisance & cause stress & anxiety. Getting in a traffic jam in the middle of Yellowstone is quite something else. Granted, there were roads under construction in the park and we chose to avoid those areas. It’s a great idea to check with the Park Ranger when you enter the park to get the 411 on what’s going on with road crews. We had been stopped for several minutes and were very hungry at this point. We thought of every possible scenario as to why traffic was stopped when we started to move slowly forward. We were creeping, but we were not moving much. As the cars creeped around the corner on the downslope of a hill, traffic stopped again and we could finally see why.

Bison crossing the roadway in Yellowstone National Park
Just the beginning of the crossing.

What a site! This traffic jam wasn’t due to road repairs or an accident. Nope, this was the boss of the plains! BISON HAVE THE RIGHT-A-WAY! PERIOD! I was in Buffalo Heaven. Couldn’t believe it! Seeing bison and getting a nice shot of one (or a few) was on our bucket list for this park and this crossing gave us our first “up close and personal” look. And wow….what a look! These majestic animals grazed pass us less than 8 feet from where I sat in the minivan.

When travelling, often times, you will see a yellow diamond shaped sign that has an animal on it (Deer or Bison for example) with the large words “CROSSING” on them. You almost never see anything. Like, they are going to take that exact path at that moment like a traffic cop stopping you right then. Animals don’t work that way, but it is good to be aware so we don’t smash our car.

In Yellowstone, you always have to be aware of all wild creatures as they don’t follow the same traffic laws as us humans. Know the signs are everywhere, even when there isn’t a yellow diamond reminding you of such things. The bison just step out onto the road with their entire herd in tow. This wasn’t our only bison crossing while visiting the park on our 10 day vacation. It is quite common & thrilling each & every time. But your first time…..well, I’ll just leave it at that.

They strolled right next to me as I sat in the minivan with my window rolled down.
The lone straggler.
Bison moving off the roadway after 30 minute delay in Yellowstone National Park.
Took about 30 minutes for them to get passed our vehicle.

Best advise for visiting Yellowstone National Park is to have a loose schedule because there will be delays from time to time. Enjoy those remarkable moments that may have you running a little late. Even if you’re hungry and late for lunch. After all, you are on vacation, so soak it all in & enjoy what nature has to offer. Today was the perfect example that this amazing park belongs to the animals that live there and we were lucky to have them share it with us. Open your eyes and feel the magic in whatever it is you are doing!

“Pancho & Lefty” by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond Songs. Pancho & Lefty was written by Townes Van Zandt who passed away at the early age of 52 in 1997 from cardiac arrythimia caused by years of health problems stemming from substance abuse. His story is interesting & you can read more by clicking the link. Van Zandt first recorded Pancho & Lefty in 1972 on his album “The Late Great Townes Van Zandt”. Ironic, don’t you think?!?

Townes Van Zandt, country music songwriter
Townes Van Zandt

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard took Pancho & Lefty to #1 on the Country charts in 1983. In the year that CMT was all videos…all the time. Watch carefully & you will see Van Zandt appear in the video.

The song & video portrays Pancho, a Mexican bandit & drifter who is betrayed by his partner Lefty. Lefty was paid off by the Mexican federales to kill him. Van Zandt never ruled out that this song was based on Pancho Villa, a well known Mexican revolutionary general who led a raid against a small US-Mexico border town in 1916, but met resistance by the US Government, causing Villa to flee from capture.

Pancho & Lefty
Willie Nelson
Living on the road my friend was gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron and your breath's as hard as kerosene
You weren't your mama's only boy but her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye and sank into your dreams
Poncho was a bandit boy, his horse was fast as polished steel
He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to feel
Poncho met his match you know on the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dyin' words ah but that's the way it goes
All the Federales say they could've had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose
Lefty he can't sing the blues all night long the way he used to
The dust that Poncho bit down south ended up in Lefty's mouth
Day they laid poor Poncho low Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go there ain't nobody knows
All the Federales say they could've had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness I suppose
The poets tell how Poncho fell and Lefty's living in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold and so the story ends we're told
Poncho needs your prayers it's true but save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do and now he's growing old
They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose
A few great Federales say could've had him any day
They only let him go so long out of kindness I suppose

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Pancho & Lefty lyrics © Katie Belle Music, Will Van Zandt Publishing, JTVZ MUSIC, KATIE BELL MUSIC, BUG MUSIC O/B/O KATIE BELLE MUSIC, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING OBO WILL VAN ZANDT PUBLISHING, WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING OBO JTVZ MUSIC, BUG MUSIC O/B/O WILL VAN ZANDT PUBLISHING

SoCS – Ground Hog

Ground Hog in Bozeman, MT

Linda Hill has prompted us with the word “ground” this week. This post is part of SoCS: This ground hog messed with me for over 20 minutes. Playing peek-a-boo. I’d raise my camera & he would duck back into his hole. I’d lower my camera in disappointment. I finally got a decent one after all my patience (or lack there of). Photographed in Bozeman, MT on our last day of vacation.

Here are the rules if you would like to participate:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

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