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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 . . .

Shadow:

Sundial

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.

Keys:

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.

Smile:

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.

Unedited:

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).

Spice:

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.

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Scavenger Hunting

This week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday items really appealed to me for some reason, and I had fun looking for ways to fulfill them all week. They were Forest, Morning Light, Touch, Newspaper, and Coffee or Tea.

Forest:

Into the Wood

OK, I know this isn’t really a forest. There are forests around, but I haven’t had a chance to visit any yet. On Friday, my sister and I drove over to the coast and spent a fun day exploring Ventura. This pretty little garden had been freshly mulched with bark chips, and I wish I could have captured the scent with my camera. It may not look like a forest, but it sure smelled like one!

Morning Light:

Clear Day

I’m not sure whether morning or evening is my favorite time here. Both are beautiful. The house is on a hill overlooking a valley to the mountains beyond. But we are also surrounded by higher hills, which means that we are in shadow at sunrise and sunset while the mountains around us are being painted with light and shadow. It was hard to choose between the front view and the back. I decided on this one because I liked all the birds lined up on the wires to greet the day.

Touch:

Paired Off

I don’t know any of these folks, but I enjoyed watching them play on the beach on Friday. I was using my point & shoot, which has quite a shutter lag, so I was surprised to discover this sweet, brief moment when I reviewed my photos.

Newspaper:

All the News That Fits…

This is a small town, and our local paper is a weekly called the Country Journal. I like the format — it’s the size and shape of a magazine, which makes it easy to handle, and the content is good, too. There’s always something interesting to digest with a cup of tea.

Coffee or Tea:

Coffee Love

Speaking of tea…. When my daughter told she was going to get me a Keurig for Christmas a couple of years ago, I said No thanks. I didn’t want one. I drink tea most of the time, and figured if I ever wanted a coffee I could go out for it. She said, “Well, tough. You’re getting one anyway.” Guess what? I fell in love with my little Keurig the minute I took it out of the box. Look at that gorgeous red! And it’s absolutely perfect for someone who only drinks a couple of cups of coffee a week. Thanks again, Kids!

By the way, the pastry, grapes, and peaches are from our farmers’ market and the green apples are from my own tree. I may not have a forest at my doorstep, but there are other compensations!

Linking up with Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Click on over and check out this week’s other interpretations.