Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

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My brothers and I were unfortunate that we lost both our parents at a fairly young age. And as our own families grew, we found it rather hard to accommodate all the nieces and nephews and grandbabies in our rather small homes. We opted instead to have a siblings only Christmas celebration where we go to dinner and then to a special outing. This photograph was taken the year we went on a carriage ride to see the Winter Wonderland Christmas lights in Tillis Park, a St. Louis County park. I look forward each year to our outings and although we get together several other times throughout the year, the Christmas season wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

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Fire dancing may not be traditional magic, but it is definitely magical and magnificent to watch. Royal Lahaina Luau, Maui, Hawaii.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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My brother asked me to photograph house doors for a poster called “Doors of Webster Groves” to be sold in his gift shop in Webster Groves, Missouri. Residents were asked  to submit  entries along with a  $10 donation to the Webster Groves School District Foundation and from those entries, he and his staff chose twenty-five favorites. One of those favorites was a tiny “fairy door” at the base of a tree.

Tiny doors of like this  apparently  originated in Wayford Woods in the county  of Somerset, England. According to an article in The Guardian:

“the first fairy door appeared more than a decade ago, a beautifully handcrafted work of art with a working handle, hinges and a little bed tucked behind it.
Since then, doors in all shapes, sizes and colours were added, some adorned with names and numbers. Some builders opted for grandeur – Grand Hollow Hall boasted a door with clear gothic influences. Others went for a more homely style, installing the sort of cosy door that might have appealed to Bilbo Baggins.

Most were fixed to nooks and crannies in the mossy bases of trees. Many visiting children, apparently convinced that fairies lived behind the doors, often left them notes, snacks or presents. As many as 200 doors were in place at one point”.

But, as with many things, too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing. The fairy doors drew such crowds to the residential area that a decision was made to remove the doors.

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The completed “Doors of Webster Groves” poster is available for purchase though the” gift shop” link above.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

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Not exactly chaos, more likely organized chaos. The Cambridge dictionary defines organized chaos as:

a situation in which there seems to be a lot of confusion and no organization, which makes you surprised that the results are good

That definition seems to fit perfectly with the annual motorcycle trek to Sturgis, South Dakota and the surrounding cities. It has been estimated that as many as one million motorcycle enthusiasts visited  Sturgis and the surrounding areas during the 75th Anniversary of the rally in August, 2015. This image, taken in the small town of Deadwood shows only a small portion of the organized chaos that occurs in the Black Hills during this week.

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