Tuesday Photo Challenge – Healthy

With the new spring growth, this small but thriving pine tree is really very healthy. Just look at the vibrancy of the green against the pine straw background. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have the morning sun peeking through the trees to light up the young branches.

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This weekly challenge is sponsored by Frank Jansen on his blog ‘Dutch Goes the Photo!‘  Follow the link to see other great ‘healthy’ entries.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – RGB

Today’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is to find a picture with the colors Red, Green, and Blue. I went back to our trip to Copenhagen and the Queens favorite Summer Residence – Fredensborg in Northern Zealand.

This first photo is on the street/plaza walking up to the residence:

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The second photo is of one of the palace guards. The guard house behind the soldier is a dark red (currently in shadow). You can also see the scarlet piping in the uniform.

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Thanks again to Frank Jansen for sponsoring his weekly photo challenge for the past year. Follow this link to his blog ‘Dutch goes the Photo!‘ to see all of the RGB entries.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken

I dug into my archives for this photo from Yellowstone National Park. The theme this week is ‘Broken’. Take a look at all of the broken tree trunks scattered over this hill overlooking the river. They look like scattered pickup sticks.


You can join the fun on ‘Dutch goes the Photo!’ blog run by Frank Jansen. Follow the link and make a contribution.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Morning

It is definitely morning in North Carolina. Seeing Frank’s weekly challenge was about ‘Morning’, I decided to go outside and see what the morning had to offer. Here is a picture of the street in front of our house looking east toward the sunrise. The sun is behind some clouds, which allowed for this picture:

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A few minutes later, the sun peeked out and I was able to get the long shadows of the trees in our front yard spreading across our front lawn and onto the house:

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Then I decided to capture my own long shadow:

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So, many thanks to Frank Jansen at ‘Dutch goes the Photo!‘ for sponsoring this weekly challenge. Follow the link to see Frank’s blog page and discover some of the other entries.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forward

This week Frank Jansen is challenging us to post photos with the theme ‘Forward’. You can find Frank’s entry and those of the other participants by clicking through to his blog ‘Dutch goes the Photo!‘.

I have three entries for this challenge. The first is from St. Maarten:

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The second is from St. Lucia:

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And the third is from our local Veterans Day parade last year.


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

That is me in the middle. The middle son (circa early 1950’s).


Those are not Tommy Hilfiger stripes on the shirts. The shirts were probably on sale at Montgomery Ward’s children’s department. Sorry if I am dating myself, but those were good times. If you were good, you got your one bicycle at Christmas when you were 9 or 10 years old and you made it last until you learned to drive your family car (singular, not plural).


Remember the old red Coca Cola signs? Remember getting good ice cream at the local Howard Johnson’s restaurant? Probably not, because most of you were not yet born.


(Picture Credit: Brighton Allston Historical Society at http://www.bahistory.org)

Growing up, we had one rotary dial phone in the house that was a party line with one or more of our neighbors. Our phone number was HE6-0997. HE stood for Hemlock. There were no area codes at that time.



There was no such thing as a ‘play date’. Our mother told us to go play outside. We didn’t come home until my father whistled us home for dinner. There was always something to do, some place to explore, some trouble to find. That is when our bicycles came in handy.

This challenge is sponsored by Frank Jansen at the blog ‘Dutch goes the photo!‘. Follow the link to find other nostalgic entries for this week.