Weekly Photo Challenge – Shiny Bumble Bees

My latest distraction was from the new visitors in my garden – the bumble bees. One morning, my husband told me that there were bumble bees hovering over the lavender plant. I was so excited that I dropped whatever I was doing, grabbed the camera to go outside. I approached them quietly because I didn’t want to scare them away. I finally got close enough to see where they were going. But as soon I zoomed in the camera, they flew to another flower. I tried two mornings without success. The third morning gave me a better chance. They didn’t only hovering over the lavenders; they went over to the iceberg roses and stopped at each rose for a few second. It was long enough for me to take a few satisfying photos.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 58 – Survival & Life

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Mt. St. Helens, Washington 2016, Photo credit – Mercy Rossi

Force of Volcano

Destruction of land and plants

Greater is life Pow’r

Survival of dense lava

Outburst beautiful flowers

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Kiwinana at Ramblings of a Writer: 
Weekly Tanks Prompt Challenge: Week 58 – Survival & Life

Diligent Spider

Last five nights in a row, a spider spins his web outside the door of our side yard. We have spiders spinning webs everywhere. This particular spider anchors his web in a large area, then spins the biggest web I have yet to see. I tried my best to get the light from a good angle to capture the size of the web. I also include a poem written in October 2016.

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A tiny spider

Labors every night

Spins his web, in

Perfect symmetry

Innate architect

He waits for his prey

A fly, a moth, a butterfly

Meal for the night

Reward for the labor

Before Dawn

Down his trap

Hides away

When night is nigh

He starts his day

Spins his web, again

August 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

NASA Television will air a multi-hour show, Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA, with unprecedented live video of the celestial event, along with coverage of activities in parks, libraries, stadiums, festivals and museums across the nation, and on social media.

Map of the U.S. showing the path of the 2017 solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the eclipse from different vantage points. NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. And plans for this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse are underway – scientists are submitting research proposals, NASA is sharing information on safe eclipse viewing with community centers, and citizen science projects are developing.

Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across all of North America. The eclipse will provide a unique opportunity to study the sun, Earth, moon and their interaction because of the eclipse’s long path over land coast to coast. Scientists will be able to take ground-based and airborne observations over a period of an hour and a half to complement the wealth of data and images provided by space assets.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Elements

“For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. How do you capture something invisible like air or the movement of water?” – 

No place is like Yellowstone National Park that includes all the elements on this planet we call home. Its vast land covers mountains and flat land, waterfall, and volcano.

“Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

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 Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

Thursday’s Special – Slow

Thursday’s special – Slow
“Slow is my choice of today’s photo Challenge……due to my holidays, you have three weeks to publish your responses. The deadline is 9 August.” – Paula Borkovic
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The tranquility of serene water and quiet neighborhood at Laguna Lake
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Slow trotting for the horse’s exercising
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This family is in no hurry, fishing and enjoying the togetherness
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Time is frozen for this slow in motion turtle

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Slow