Brownie Hawkeye

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I love taking part in photo challenges! Today, I’m submitting this photo of my vintage Brownie Hawkeye Flash to Cee’s Black & White Challenge. Her topic for the week is any kind of camera or photos of photographers.

T050714-black-and-white-4his is an image I captured back in December with my Canon 70D. I posted the colour version of it on my other blog at that time. I desaturated the photo in Lightroom earlier today so that I could  (re)use it for this challenge.

The prints from this camera were square, so, to honour the vintage camera, I did a square crop for both versions of this photo.

If you’d like to see the colour version of this photo and a very short snippet about how this camera made its way into my family, click here.

Love in Ten Sentences

I was asked—0ver a week ago—by Terry from Through the Lens of My Life to participate in the “Love in Ten Sentences” event. I didn’t get to it right away because I was about to embark on the 5 Days Challenge when she asked.

I finished my 5 Days Challenge on the weekend and I was super excited to get started on this one. I grabbed a pen and a notebook and sat on my bed to jot down a few ideas. What better way to wind down for the night than by writing about something as wonderful as love, right? Umm… It didn’t go quite  the way I had planned. It quickly turned into a negative Nellie tear-fest that lasted 3 days.

I thought I’d wait until I got in a better frame of mind, then I would write it again, and nobody would be the wiser, but I decided against that. I’m going to go ahead and share the sour version.

Love is for fools.

Love can really suck.

Love is hard work.

Love is not fair.

Love made me blind.

Love crushed my spirit.

Love bled me dry.

Love hurts like hell.

I still crave love.

We all need love.

The “rules” for this challenge are to write ten sentences of four words each. Each line should include the word love. We are also supposed to include a favourite love quote and then nominate 10 other bloggers to do the same.

I’m not going to nominate anyone for this challenge—I don’t want to risk triggering some other poor hormonal person to loose their grip for 3 whole days. However, if you think this is something you’d like to do, by all means, do so, and leave the link to your post in my comments.

Oops. I almost forgot the love quote. I’m choosing a line from the Alannah Myles song Love Is.

“Love is (love is) what you want it to be.”

P.S. Terry, please don’t think that by nominating me for this that you were in any way responsible for my 3 day tear-fest. If it wasn’t this, it would have been something else.

5 Days Challenge: Day 5

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There was a young lady who lived in a zoo.

She had so many kitties, they nearly drove her cuckoo;

She gave them some treats after their grub;

Then pet them all gently and put them to bed.

This is my cat lady spin on the old Mother Goose nursery rhyme. In case you’re wondering, no, I’m not the young lady who lives in a zoo. These photos were taken at the animal shelter where I volunteer.


I was nominated by lrod to participate in the Five Days Challenge and asked to post five photos—one per day for five days—and to write a story to accompany each photo. For each day that we post we are supposed to nominate one person.

Today, is the final day of this challenge and I am nominating you. Yes, YOU! If you have not yet taken part in this challenge, I am asking you to post a photo every day for five days and to write a story to go along with each photo. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction, and it can be a short paragraph, a  page, or a poem. Each day, select one person to carry on this challenge. This challenge is meant to be fun. If you don’t think it will be fun for you, please, don’t feel that you have to accept.

 

5 Days Challenge: Day 4

Horse_at_barn_october2014Until somewhat recently, I’ve been afraid of ALL horses. Now, I’m only afraid of MOST horses.

Those who’ve known me for years tend to be surprised when they learn this. They assume I’d be at home around them because I’ve lived next door to them from the time I was born until I was eighteen. In fact, it’s because of my proximity to horses in my formative years that I am so nervous around them.

Ever since I was a wee thing, I had been told by my parents to stay far away from them because they could hurt–or even kill–me. Their warnings were reenforced each time I saw their owner battered and bruised from being kicked, or thrown. That sort of thing seemed to happen at least once or twice a year. I became so scared of them I couldn’t even feed them carrots or hay in the presence of a trusted adult. I was an adult myself before I got brave enough to even attempt to hand feed them.

Last autumn, I had stopped by the pasture next to my childhood home to get a load of manure for my garden. I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible as I shovelled the shit into the back of my father’s truck, but horses noticed me, and they were all were eager for attention. I was frightened by only one of the team—the one in the photo above. His movements were too abrupt and unpredictable for me to feel comfortable enough relax around him. There were two others who seemed somewhat trustworthy, the fourth was a real sweetheart. I couldn’t get enough of that one. In fact, I now make a point of going to visit her when I’m in the neighbourhood.


I was nominated by lrod to participate in the Five Days Challenge and asked to post five photos—one per day for five days—and to write a story to accompany each photo. For each day that we post we are supposed to nominate one person.

Today, I’m nominating Rebekah, author of colderweather . I am asking you to post every day for five days and to write a story to go along with each photo. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction, and it can be a short paragraph, a  page, or a poem. Each day, select one person to carry on this challenge. This challenge is meant to be fun. If you don’t think it will be fun for you, please, don’t feel that you have to accept.


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 I had already had this post saved as a “draft” when I discovered that the theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is “farm animals”. How perfect is that?

This is my first time submitting a photo to her challenge from this blog. I have submitted once before from my other blog. Coincidentally, the same barn is in the other photo.

Caturday, March 7th

MinnieThis is Minnie. She’s all grown up and is doing well now, but she had a bit of a rough start. She was left to fend for herself in the parking lot of a Walmart store when she was a baby. Lucky for her, she was taken into the shelter where I volunteer.

I “borrowed” her one day to snap some beauty shots of her for the web. Thanks in part to those photos, she ended up in a good home.

P.S. See that white tail sticking out behind her? That’s my boy, Moe. He loves kittens. He has a great time when I “borrow” them for photoshoots.