Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

I was very excited by this week’s photo challenge. For as long as I can remember, the golden hour–when shadows are long and light is short–has been my favorite time of day. Ultimately, I couldn’t decide among 3 older pics, so I’m sharing them all, newest first.

From March, 2012:

Sunflowers: 7:55am, March 29, 2012

Sunflowers: 7:55am, March 29, 2012

From December, 2011

Jack raking on Christmas Eve Eve, 12/23/11

Jack raking: 5:10pm, Christmas Eve Eve, 2011

From July, 2010

My street, 8:15pm, July 29, 2010

The view from my front door: 8:15pm, July 29, 2010

As an FYI, I prefer the golden hours of evening to that of morning…maybe because I’m a night person at heart!?!  🙂  What about you?

Until next time….

🙂 🙂 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge : Wrong

Today’s submission dates back to June 2008, when a freak storm ripped through our former neighborhood with devastating results:

Microburst Damage June, 2008

A tree through the window!!?!! SO wrong!! 🙄

This photo was taken on the clear and beautiful morning after the previous night’s 10pm chaos!

See the ornamental porch peeking out beneath the tree?  Technically it wasn’t designed for “hanging out” but you can imagine how a spot slightly diagonal to her bedroom window appealed to Maggie and her teenage friends ➡ in the warm months, she’d climb over the gap (and railing) with deckchairs/cds/magazines and whoever happened to be visiting: instant summer fun. 🙂  I realize most parents would’ve put the kabosh on such things, but I LOVED hearing kid sounds trickle down whenever I’d sit on the “real” porch, below…..but I digress!

When I tell you how FAST this storm roared through, believe me!!! Every tree on the street went from 0 to 60 in an instant and the wind was so LOUD!  I ran into Mag’s room yelling “Get the chairs!! they’ll launch like missiles”  HA!  Wrong missiles to worry about!

Trees felled in Microburst, June 2008

Surveying the damage!  Immediately after the storm, June 2008

The storm we experienced is known as a microburst,  a column of sinking air that lasts only a few seconds but produces dangerous winds at the surface. They often do tornado-like damage at ground level and can knock planes from the sky at upper elevations.

Afterwards, what scared us most was the sequence of events. We barely struggled the porch furniture through the window (and backed away!!) before the tree sailed 4ft into the room….still attached to what you see outside!!!!!

They say timing is everything…what if we’d gotten it wrong?!

Until next time….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

I think it was Cee who mentioned tossing blurry photos, and I’m inclined to agree with her!  Unfocused shots grate my last nerve so badly, I delete them faster than you can say “Cheese!”  😉

Last night I was down on my haunches, phone poking out of my pocket and happily dead-heading Super Cosmos,  when suddenly I heard, “click!”

Unfocused Palm Tree with Super Cosmos

Surprise!! An unfocused image I can tolerate! 😉


Until next time…..