Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scavenger Hunt, October 2014: Colorado


October has been a spectacular month
in Colorado this year!

Unusually warm days and cool nights,
bright blue skies.

I love October almost as much as I love September,
and I can't wait to see the photographs everyone has collected.


Bright Flowers in Autumn Garden




October's List

1.  O is for Orange
 An Orange Chihuly Creation
Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado, USA




Orange Autumn Leaves Near Sunset




Angel:  A Study in Orange, Black, and White




2.  6 p.m.
 
Colorado Sunset, Just Before 6 p.m.




3.  Morning
Tumbled Construction Pipes on the High Prairie
Morning Walk




4.   Something You Bought
A New Internet Service

I had to scramble to come up with something I bought!  
I've been laying low since my trips 
to Europe and Nova Scotia.

You can see our new internet box 
just to the left of my Dad's photo
on my writing desk.




Engraved Map

This is the last thing I bought especially for me, 
on Portobello Road in London last June
(but I just took the photo):
a 1736 map of the Bay of Fundy
and the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia.





5.  Light
Light in Space



Light on Water



Light on Flowers





6.   Close Up
A Close-up of Dragonflies for Noushka,
a true master of dragonfly close-ups.



Orchids Close Up




7.   Favorite
This is my favorite photograph that I took in October,
a busy squirrel burying an acorn in the ground.



Red is my favorite color,
and I loved these red Chihuly sculptures 
at the Denver Botanical Gardens.





8.   Lunch

Sad, I know, but when I'm writing, 
I just need fuel!



9.   Childhood


This October I have been spending much of my time
working on my Lansdowne Letters posts, 
my memoir of our family's time in the North, 
and photographs from that time.
This photograph is a childhood favorite of mine
with we five little MacBeaths 
with our mother Sara and our dog Gretchen.
My father took it, not me ~
but I have played with the old image.


Picnic on Lake Attawapiskat
Sara, Gretchen, Donnie, Roy, Barbie, Bertie, and Me
Northern Ontario, Canada, 1961



10.   Your Sky
Morning Sky




Colorado Sky Above and Below




11.  Color
Water Lily




Bold Chihuly Blues
Against a Red Wall
and a Blue Colorado Sky



Spots of Yellow on the Vanishing High Prairie





12.  Your Shoes

I didn't have the heart to make my shoes big!
I sure hope Kezzie doesn't look at these, LOL!




November's List:
N is for ?,  12 p.m.,  People,  Look back,  Joy is,  Out and about,  Paper,
Window,  Hair,  Funny,  Something you found,  Whatever you please

Thanks to Jill (Greenthumb) 
and her Made with Love blog 
for setting up the scavenger hunt.

51 comments:

  1. Great shots as always, kitty sitting there all regal and the squirrel with his arse in the air were my favorite haha

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    1. Haha right back, Pat! I have a real soft spot for kitties and squirrels! Happy Monday!

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  2. Thanks, Pat! You have a soft spot for kitties, I know! I bet yours would love to chase squirrels!

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  3. Very nice! I like all the vibrant colors.
    Is Angelnyour kitty? I didn't know you have a cat!

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  4. Oh good grief, my fat fingers strike again. Make that "is Angel your kitty".

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    1. Hi Terry! I don't have a cat. I'd love to, but my Terry doesn't like them living with him. And we do love to travel, so it's not really fair to a pet. Angel belongs to my friend, Kathi. She is an awesome masseuse, and Angel likes to visit when I have a massage. Angel and I have been good buddies for a long, long time.

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  5. Wonderful collection of photos. I also love that squirrel burying the acorn; getting set for winter! How fortunate that you had such a lovely October. I wish I could say it was the same here, but it wasn't. Our October was mostly miserable, and taking beautiful autumn shots like last year just didn't happen. Oh well, maybe next year.

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    1. I hope next year has a better fall for you. I love fall, but if it's not a good one, it can be downright miserable: raw and cold and gray. We had surprise snow this morning, and I had a flat tire. Well, not so flat that I couldn't limp to Big O and get it fixed without harming the rim. They are so great there. Happy new week to you!

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  6. I love this series of photos!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I hope that your week is off to a good start!

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  7. Wonderful Photos all! Angel the cat reminds me of one we had when the children were little. They theorized she was made up of four or five different cats because of all her colors.

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    1. Thanks Geo. Your comment about your children and their cat reminds me just how wonderful kiddos are. I love how they think! Have a good one!

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  8. Your pics are great, my favourite is the red wall, with blue sky and Bold Chihuly Blues (whatever that is!)
    Joy x x

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    1. Thank you, Joy! Those bold colors really gripped me. Chihuly is an amazing artist who revolutionized the making of glass. I am quite taken with his work. Have a great day!

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  9. What a lovely set of photos, the light on the water were the Lilly pads are is lovely..and thank you for joining my blog..hope to see you soon.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I'm looking forward to enjoying your blog! Take care!

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  10. Great photos, I love all the Chihuly sculptures!

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    1. Thanks, LBM! I love Chihuly's work! And if I ever win the lotto, I'm going to buy myself a piece. Have a good day!

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  11. I know how much you loved those Chihuly pieces and I can see why! Thanks very much for sharing them here!
    Love the photo of you with your Mom and siblings, you all look like kids I would have liked to play with, we would have been best buddies, I just know it! xx
    OH! And to look up at those Rockies every day would just lift my soul!

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    1. Thanks, Kay! I know we would have had a blast together as kids! And those Rockies do lift my soul every day! I'm hoping I can get back to the botanic gardens one more time before the Chihuly exhibit closes at the end of the month

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    2. I hope that you are feeling much perkier! Have a happy week!

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    1. Into oblivion with my sharp, pointy velociraptor claws!!

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  13. Love all of your shots, but the skies of colorado are my favorite! What is it about our sky? Almost every day I admire one view or another!

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    1. Hi Dreaming. I bet it feels good to be home! I don't know if I could ever live in woody country again. I am a total sky lover ~ although I wasn't too crazy when I looked outside and saw big, fat flakes of snow falling out of those low and gray clouds. I'm spoiled by the wonderful fall we have had. Take care!

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  14. Hello dear Fundy
    Now that is a magnificent post, so colorful, so interesting, I feel like saying WOW at each photo shown here!
    some are very graphic, you do have an for what is beautiful and harmonious!
    The Chihuly sculptures are something else, so elegant and stylish, they fit so well in this decor. I bet you spend much time in this garden!!
    Many thanks for the link to my rare dragonfly, was I thrilled to capture these shots!! :)
    Love from France, keep well :)

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    1. Hi Noushka! Terry spotted the dragonflies. He said there were all kinds in circles, and I came running. By the time I got to where he saw them, they were flying away. I got one shot in. It's the best dragonfly photo I've ever taken. Of course, your dragonfly photos are in a class all their own! But I was happy with mine. I don't have your gift of patience and hard-earned skills with complicated cameras, so I'll just have to keep feasting my eyes on your amazing nature photography! Have a happy week!

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  15. Wow, you have some really wonderful photos this month. Love all the Chihuly sculptures and all your choices for light. Lovely to see the photo from your childhood too - I chose to do something similar :) x

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I had a lot of fun with this month's items. Of course it helps to have had a gorgeous fall and a beautiful Chihuly exhibit in Denver's Botanic Gardens. Have a good week, and happy hunting with your camera!

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  16. The Scavenger Hunt meme is new to me and I love it. Just once a month? Maybe I'll try it for November. Your photos are inspirational! And, I'm not using that word lightly. You capture light and detail and shape and texture with an awesome awareness of the beauty around .One of my favourites was the one of your desk, with the photo of your father on it. As for those shoes, I like them. They've taken you to places I may never see, except through your eyes :) (Catching up.. will be back later today to comment on your dad's suspenseful story that I enjoyed last evening.)

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    1. Thank you for another uplifting comment, Carol! Those shoes are really great for tramping around a city. They got me all over Paris, London, and Reykjavik last spring, but they're less good on uneven rocks! The scavenger hunt is great fun. Jill in Australia hosts it, and there are people participating from different parts of the world. You'd be a natural because you are always capturing fascinating things with your camera. I do hope you give it a try! Have a great evening!

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  17. I once had a terrible modem for my internet. Would often get so hot that it would shut itself out of order.

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    1. That would drive me crazy, Adam! I'm really happy with my new modem. I was always having to reboot the old one. Have a good one!

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  18. Your photos are beautiful. I love the kitty's colors.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks Janie! I love Angel's colors, and she is so soft and purry! Have a great week!

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  19. Great photos - I really love 'light' and all those Chihuly sculptures too!

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    1. Thanks, Louise! I'm glad that you enjoyed them! Take care!

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  20. Wonderful photos! I love Chihuly. We had a gorgeous piece on my college campus, years ago. :)

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I fell in love with Chihuly's work the first time I saw a glass bowl that he had made, and now he does architectural installations. His studio is amazing. Have a good one!

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  21. Love your photos. True art and beauty. Can't beat the one of Angel either with her many colored coat.

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    1. Isn't Angel a cutie? Thanks for your kind words. Have a great evening!

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  22. Chihuly's Glass ~~ that's all I have to say!

    One could intersperse these beautiful pieces of art work anywhere and everywhere. LOVE!! LOVE!

    So glad your autumn has been a great one weather-wise.

    Cheers!!

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    1. Cheers, Ron! I wish you and Jim could have been here to enjoy the exhibit. I wish it were going to last beyond the end of the month! Take care!

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  23. Nothing wrong with those shoes!!!!!!!!! Comfy, practical, well-made, good-heel-height!
    You have some super photos- those morning concrete tubes are intriguing!!!
    I am totally enamoured by Squirrelkins! The light photos are beautiful!x

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    1. You're so kind, Kezzie ~ and always so well put together. I'm a fashion wreck! LOL! But I do love those shoes because they are everything you say! *Hugs!*

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  24. Difficult to choose a favourite from all your gorgeous photos! I love all of them! But "Light on Water" and "Favorite Squirrel" are just great! :)

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  25. Thank you, Claudia! As you can probably tell, I have a problem with picking a favorite ~ anything! LOL! I love photography so much, and I'm having delicious fun seeing the photographs of fellow scavenger hunters! And it's fun to see Brazil through your eyes! Have a great day!

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  26. Louise! You have outdone yourself here. You have one sharp eye and are a great composer of photographs (does that make sense?) Your composition and framing are wonderful to look at.
    Like Ron, I love the Chihuly glass sculptures! And the 'light' in #5 is fascinating.
    thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Jim! You made my day! The composition and framing eye come straight from my dad! The more time I'm spending with him these days (I so feel he is with me!), the more I realize we're more alike than I ever dreamed when I was younger. (Does that make sense?). Thanks for your wonderfully unfitting flurry of comments! have a good one, my friend!

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  27. The original hand coloured Bellin map is marvellous Louise. This particular detail map of BOF is rare. Larger composite maps by Bellin showing all the Maritimes are much more common. You can even see the pre-dyking of the Acadians in North Grand Pre when Long Island was an island. Very nice!

    Hope you are well. Best - Mark

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate the time and energy you put into making them very much.