Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

My dear friends,

Just want to let you know that I dropped my laptop and messed up the wires, the screen is cracked, and the snaps are off. The pointer goes wild and is uncontrollable. Right now my laptop is flipped open, but I can’t close it without cracking it further. I’m in Portland, Oregon and will be going back to southern California on Saturday, October 21. I’ll wait to have it fixed or get a new laptop. I don’t know how to carry my laptop on the plane. If I’m lack of communication with you, please blame my computer!!!

I’m not able to search my archives for bird photos. It is with great effort that I use steady hands to find one seagulls photo from our trip to Key West. There are other bird photos, but won’t be able to post them.

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Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The most impressive sand was what I found on Bondi Beach, Australia. The sand was as fine as flour. The color was beige. The amazing thing was the cleanliness of the beach. On the same trip to Australia, we went to Port Douglas which is north of Caine where Great Barrier Reef is located. We walked on the sand, then took a path to a higher spot overlooking the long stretch of the beach for photos.

As far as sand, I include a photo of the sand beach at Makena, Maui, Hawaii where we got married. We went to spend our anniversary there.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

“I’d like to challenge you to document an hour of the day in your image(s), in a way that captures some of the essences of that hour.” – Frank

Yesterday afternoon, my son-in-law Will put baby Autumn in the “front pouch” carrier on his chest and went for a walk. My daughter Mercy had a tough night feeding Autumn. I went with Will for the walk so that Mercy could take a nap.

The weather in Portland, Oregon is changing. The trees started to show the beauty of autumn. One tree is quite indecisive, only half of the tree changed the color. The other half seems to be lingering. Another tree has pretty red, orange, yellow, and green colors. The green would soon disappear as cold air increases.

The nearby park is surrounded by huge acorn trees. The ground is a haven to the squirrels this time of the years. They eat some and hide some away to prepare for the winter.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Signs

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My daughter Mercy just called me two hours ago. Her baby is showing signs of readiness to meet the parents and the new world. She went to the doctor today. She started having contractions and is dilated to 4 cm.

Hooray! I’m so happy for her. I’m home for a few days to take care of some business right now, but we are going back to Portland, Oregon tomorrow morning. We’ll meet our grandchild in the next day or two.

I pray for a smooth delivery.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Signs

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual Stones

We took a family vacation to China. When we were in Beijing we visited one huge department store that sells items made with different kinds of stones. One piece of display caught my attention. The sign didn’t specify the kind of stone, but by looking at the price which was 1,800,000 Chinese Yen, I could tell that the stone must be unusual. I think it was a jadeite. The amazing thing was that one hundred horses were carved in this stone. All one hundred of them were galloping in different positions.

We also visited the Imperial Gaden in the Forbidden City which was the Imperial Palace from Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty (1420 – 1912). One section of the Garden had the “Exotic” stones on display.

On another vacation, we went to London. While in London, we visited Stonehenge which is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge consists a ring of standing stones with each stone around 13 feet high, 6 feet 11 inches wide and weighing 250 tons.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stones

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Dark

I wish we were living in the neighborhood of Mercy and Will. We could hop over to each other’s home for dinner with one phone call’s notice. We love to play board games and we could play games until it’s almost bedtime. Mercy and Will are pretty spontaneous about going places on weekends or going out to eat on week days. We love to join them frequently. Well, since we live 1,000 miles apart, we try our best to visit them as often as possible. Many times I go by myself especially before my husband retired. I usually went for a long weekend, arriving Portland on a Thursday and returning to California on a Tuesday. One reason for doing that was for Will and Mercy to pick me up after their work, and for Lynton to pick me up after his work. I had a good time taking sunset photos on the plane.

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Approaching Portland during sunset
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Arriving Portland after dark
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Approaching Ontario, California during sunset
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Almost landing the Ontario airport

Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Dark

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is WATER.

After posting photos of sky and ocean, I want to go inland to find water. I have visited many botanical gardens and Japanese gardens where manmade waterfalls and ponds are beautiful features. I love to capture the images of the goldfish.

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Los Angeles Arboretum, California
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Los Angeles Arboretum, California
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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

I recently visited Moulton Falls in Washington State and had a wonderful time with Will and Mercy swimming in the river. We only went to one area with a small waterfall. Will does kayaking often in this river and used to ride down the highest fall.  We also visited Multnomah Fall in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon a while back. Multnomah Fall is 620 feet high and is the tallest fall in the State of Oregon.

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Multnomah Fall, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Waterfalls