52 WeeksPhoto Challenge!Week:12 – Street

This is a weekly challenge hosted by The Girl That Dreams Awake. Head on over to see her post as well as others that join in. The Featured Image is from the the Spanish city of Cartagena.

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From Spain, we travel to Denmark with our first picture taken in the small village outside of Kronborg Castle:

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Here is the street leading up to Fredensborg Castle, also in Denmark:

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From the old world to the new world we go to the island of Puerto Rico:

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And finally to the streets of San Francisco:

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Sunday Trees – 258

Today’s Sunday Trees are from Lake George, NY. The pictures were taken by my brother Rick near his home there. These pictures show the start of a beautiful fall leaf peeping season with the maples in their colorful glory.

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Thanks to Becca Givens for sponsoring this weekly ‘event’. I’m hoping the fall season brings us many more pictures of nature’s glorious autumn wonders. For more Sunday Trees pictures go to Becca’s “On Dragon Fly Wings with Buttercup Tea“.

Interlude 1 – 4 Billion Years Ago

Today’s Daily Prompt is the word Millions.

Here is a short excerpt from my science fiction novel Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance where I use the word millions in its truest sense.


 

Interlude 1 – 4 Billion Years Ago

As the Nu scout ship approached the twenty-seventh star in this promising stellar nursery, the crew’s anticipation was palpable. This star had the appropriate yellow light spectrum. The giant gas planets circling the star were at a distance that precluded liquid water. However, there were at least three planets between the gas giants and the star in the zone where water could exist in its liquid state. This could be the first star in the nursery where they could begin their work.

“Set our heading for the largest planet where we can refuel. From there, we will have an excellent view of those interior planets,” AlvaResh said. “Record as much as you can of our pass through the outer shell of debris around this new star. If we find what we hope, we will need to establish our initial base there. I want to know both the water and mineral content of each body we pass to select our first candidates to send to the planet with the greatest potential.”

AlvaResh was now a seasoned leader. The “Crossing” had tested the Nu to their very limits. The pod had had to share the tiny interior space of the Harbinger for millions of years on minimal rations. After all, the void between the galaxies was enormous indeed, with nothing to hold their interest but their slowly approaching galactic neighbor. Boredom was their biggest enemy. It was only through the force of the leader’s will that they were able to keep focused on survival and the rebuilding of the Nu race and a shorter-lived race of warriors to combat the Esss when they arrived.

Now, in this star system, their real work could begin in earnest.

 



 

on September 4, 2016

Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

This is a picture of Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park. It rests on the continental divide and drains into both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

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Here is the text form Wikipedia on this lake. I think it is better to quote directly rather than paraphrase:

“Isa Lake is located in Yellowstone National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[2] The lake straddles the continental divide at Craig Pass and was first discovered in 1891 by Hiram M. Chittenden, who was exploring the best routes for a road to connect Old Faithful and West Thumb geyser basins. Chittenden named the lake after Miss Isabel Jelke, from Cincinnati, though it is not clear why.[3][4]

Isa Lake is believed to be the only natural lake in the world which drains to two different oceans.[3] (For similar cases see List of unusual drainage systems.) The east side of the lake drains by way of the Lewis River to the Pacific Ocean and the west side of the lake drains by way of the Firehole River to the Atlantic Ocean.[5] This is the opposite of what one would expect since the Atlantic Ocean is east of the lake and the Pacific Ocean is to the west.

The lake is easy to visit as it is adjacent to the road that now connects the Old Faithful and West Thumb geysers basins, on what is known as the “lower loop” of the figure-eight roadway which traverses through Yellowstone.”

Thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting this challenge. It really gives me a chance to explore the world of black and white photography. You can visit the challenge page here. Go take a peek at her photos and all of those referenced in the comments section.


 

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Thursday Doors – Oct 20, 2016

Today is the third day for my guest photographer Rick Waugh to show his stuff. The pictures in this post were taken in Kiel, Germany. Any questions about the doors can be placed in the comments and Rick should be able to respond. The featured image shows two sets of doors though several open archways and a beautiful cobble stone street.

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Next we have the ‘no dogs allowed’ door with a nice splash of red (Hi Helen. Look back at the red box on the left side of the archway as well).

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This double door with the arch above is very much like my own front door. I guess this is why they all my door ‘European Style’.

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The next door I want you to compare to an earlier Monday Window post from September 12th. Just follow the link to see what I mean.

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Here is a beautiful wooden double door with “Wilhelm-Spiegel-Haus’ over the lintel and some very nice metal work over the windows:

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Finally we have a series of three pictures from the St. Nikolai Church in Kiel.

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Thanks again to Norm Frampton on Norm 2.0 for hosting this weekly challenge. Follow the link to Norm’s page and see what he has to offer this week. You can also follow the blue link on his page to see all Thursday Door posts from this week.

A Waiting Game

Today’s daily prompt is the word Waiting. I did a scan though my novel Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance for the word waiting and found fifteen occurrences. This chapter seemed like the best entry to match the prompt. Let me know what you think.

 

Chapter 79 – First Sighting over Lake Victoria

Colonel Okello had already picked up the alien craft on radar when the next call came in.

“Alpha leader, this is Mwanza Control.”

“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader. Over.”

“Alpha Leader, your engagement orders are as follows. Do not engage the alien ship. If it releases any kind of craft onto the surface of the lake, you are to destroy that craft once it has cleared the alien vessel. I repeat, destroy any released watercraft after it has cleared the alien vessel. Acknowledge.”

“Mwanza, we are free to destroy any released water craft once it has cleared the alien vessel.”

“Alpha Leader, you are also cleared to go in weapons hot in full defensive mode. If the alien vessel engages any of your team, you can go weapons free. Acknowledge.”

“Mwanza, we are weapons free to defend ourselves if attacked.”

This was much better. Clear rules of engagement were a blessing for the team leader. Now, where was this thing going to land? It appeared they were headed to an island south of Mayuge, Uganda.

“Alpha team, this is Alpha leader. Make your heading thirty-five degrees on my mark. Let’s beat this bastard to the landing zone. Mark!”

The wing of four F12s came about crisply on the new heading just as the alien vessel cleared their horizon from the northwest, coming in at a steep angle to the surface.

“Mwanza, this is Alpha Leader.”

“Mwanza.”

“We have the bogey in sight and are anticipating a landing on Nainaivi Island. Please alert local Ugandan authorities. We will establish a circular pattern around the island, recording and transmitting video to you in real time. Once the bogey has landed, we will make regular passes over it from multiple directions. Over.”

“Copy, Alpha Leader, we confirm receiving all four live video streams.”

Now it was a waiting game, if you could call cruising at over 1,000 kilometers per hour a waiting game.



 

on September 4, 2016

Fast-paced military science fiction, I was very impressed that this is a first novel for Mr. Waugh. The author has really done his homework, as he has worked with many concepts of science, history, anthropology, space travel and military technology in this book. The story “reads” very well, editing is good, I only found 3 or 4 instances where the wrong word was used or misspelled. I really like the chapter structure and the 3 main story lines that are going on (two alien ones, and one human). I can’t wait to get the next installment of this story–hope it comes soon.
Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.
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You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Urgent or Not

Urgent or not,
I’ve got what I’ve got,
I have nothing more,
To give to the boor.

He asks for the world,
It must be right now,
The crisis depends
On the ‘what’ and the ‘how’.

The attitude check,
He says that you need,
Is really his problem.
His problem indeed.

Dr. Suess would just say,
He should just go away,
And leave you to solve,
This problem today.

You’re good at your job,
You know what’s required,
Send him back to his office,
For he’ll soon be retired.

He needs a chill pill,
Something large, something blue,
Something so hard to swallow,
Something too hard to chew.

At the end of the day,
We go home to play
With the kids and the dog,
“Nothing urgent” I’d say.


Picture compliments of http://www.mirror.co.uk  from the link here.