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SHS Oct 7


Happy Sunday! I’ve enjoyed thinking about Scavenger Hunt Sunday all week, and looking for images to fulfill each prompt. This week the topics are: Shadow, Keys, Smile, Unedited, and Spice. Here we go . . .



This noontime shadow of a pine tree in my garden reminded me of the symbol for a tree used on architectural drawings. I liked the crisp outline of the branches clearly showing the circular shape of the tree from the sun’s-eye view.


Breakfast Bar

I didn’t find any interesting literal keys to photograph, so I’m going with a more metaphorical interpretation. One of the keys to successful gardening is knowing the challenges to growing things in your area. A couple of days ago I saw for myself the reason why this particular plant never seems to grow.

The other key here is not to believe everything you read on the internet. Many sites state that bunnies will only nibble as high as their noses. My mistake was in thinking that meant from the ground. Clearly my rabbits are smarter and more athletic than average.

The filter-blur effect is from an actual filter . . . my screen door.


Hello, Handsome!

This guy has been hanging around a lot lately, making me smile every time I see him. He’s just so darned cocky. Did you know that roadrunners eat other birds, as well as lizards and snakes? And that they stalk their prey like a cat? It’s fascinating to watch him as he hunkers down flat and creeps along the ground trying to sneak up on the smaller birds in the garden.

On this day, I saw him through the window, grabbed my camera, and quietly stepped outside. He came trotting through my open gate and up the flagstone walk straight toward me while I snapped away. About four feet away, he noticed my presence and veered off. He paused on these timbers and had a casual look around (“I’m not scared of you!”) before heading on up the hill.

I think he’s so beautiful. If you click on the picture, you can see there’s a lot of green in the feathers on his back. When the sun hits them just right, they’re iridescent.


Owl Drug

I went into the bathroom one afternoon and my eye was caught by the late afternoon sun coming through the pebbled glass window and illuminating these bottles. I took several images and will probably play with some post-processing later, but this is my favorite SOOC (straight out of camera).


Hot and Cold

Lunch — a homemade tamale and spicy green salsa from a vendor at the farmer’s market, with sliced cantaloupe from a local grower for a cool, sweet counterpoint.

And that’s a wrap for another Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Check out the links over at Ramblings and Photos and see what everyone’s been up to this week.


22 thoughts on “SHS Oct 7

  1. What a great set of photo’s. Love your keys and smile!

  2. I really enjoy your posts…Photography increases awareness…I feel bad for the other birds that the roadrunner eats…

    • Linda, I do too, but most of the time they get away. The day I took this photo, all the little birds had retreated to the trees, and a chorus of their alarm cries followed his progress through the yard. And…I also remind myself that roadrunners need to eat, too.
      It’s good to hear from you. I hope all is well!

  3. Good shot of the roadrunner! And what wonderful shadows from the tree branches – awesome!

  4. Nice shots…love Keys!

  5. Wonderful pictures. I love Keys and Smile!

  6. I love your shadows shot! I would love it if you shared it with my new Sunday Clicks photography link up . No need to worry about adding the button or anything this week 🙂

  7. Hi friend-my faves are the bunny (sorry about your flowers) and the unedited. Both for their gorgeous light. Just look at those ears illuminated. I bet your SOOC images will be even more fantastic after editing, but it stands just fine right now. Happy Sunday to you.

  8. Beautiful bottle shot. I had to LOL about your athletic bunny – too cute.

  9. What a cool shadow! Love the bunny shot too!

  10. Yes, that sundial shadow is very cool. I love to follow along as you continue to explore your new home and your new guests.

  11. i really love that shadow shot! nice collection.

  12. What a fun selection of photos. Very creative interpretation of keys, and such a cute bunny. I love the bottle still life — just beautiful!

  13. Smile and Keys are my favorite shots. I also liked the Spice shot.

  14. Love this group of photos! My favorites in the group are “shadows” ~ when I first looked at this one I saw a giant interpretation of Queen Anne’s Lace. Also, “unedited.” I love what the pebbled glass did to the light and a beautiful arrangement of bottles!

  15. Such creative photos. The detail on the Roadrunner is amazing. I love the bottle shot!

  16. love the bunny and the roadrunner! 😉 great shots.
    and the tamale… and cantaloupe… reminds me of my two month mission stay in Mexico… my “papa” would bring us mole tamales (oh man..yum) and slice cantaloupe to go with it… for breakfast! =) I would love to eat one right now!

  17. Beautiful photograhs! Hope you are well and that you are enjoying California!
    happy weekend!

  18. Such beautiful, magical photographs. I love the tree shadows, the light that strokes the bunny’s ear, the bright melon, and the dreamy quality of the bottles — and oh, that roadrunner! What a handsome fellow. Love these!

  19. Loved looking at your SHS photos and reading all about them. The shadows from the tree branches are wonderful. Your ‘lunch’ looks absolutely delicious… if I could only just pop over with a Bangla Currie from Brick Lane in London, what a feast we could have!

    Thank you so much for commenting on my photos resulting from the Kat Eye Studio A Sense of Place workshop here in the UK at Hampstead, North London, and photo-walk in the Brick Lane area, East London.

  20. Oh, I love all your photos here – but the rabbit is my favorite. Really, that’s a breakfast bar!

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