Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


Transmogrify: “to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”

I have to admit this word stumped me. I guess I’ve heard the word before and even though I was a fan of Calvin and Hobbs, I don’t remember the transmogrifier, the cardboard box that Calvin used.

I took this photo a couple years ago on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. My husband and I were sitting on the veranda of our cabin and watched as the sky steadily changed and darkened and harkened the oncoming storm.

It’s funny when you see a photo you haven’t looked at in a while. I stared for the longest time at the left side of this photo wondering what the heck I was seeing. I kept thinking the shiny pointed object was the blade of a knife and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how a knife had gotten into the picture. It was only after zooming in on the image and studying it for a while, I realized it was the light reflecting off the top of a deck umbrella. Phew. Solved that problem. I thought I had a gremlin or something! Perfect for a Freddy Kruger Halloween!.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

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A couple years ago, I got to go on my son’s honeymoon to Panama City Beach, Florida. I’m sure my new daughter-in-law would rather her new groom was with her, however, he had been accepted into the Fire Academy and couldn’t take the time off. I went with her to spell her from driving alone the entire twelve hours from our home in St. Louis. One of the places we visited while in Panama City was Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Conservatory. I had been feeding this giraffe grain from my right hand when he decided he would rather have the whole bag. What fun!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

Many times when I see the weekly photo challenge word, an image instantly comes to mind. Looking at the word “Spare”, nothing immediately to mind so I decided to look at the definitions in the dictionary. Webster’s described “spare” as both a “transitive” and an “intransitive” verb. Of course, this harkens back to English classes of many years ago, and I have to admit, I have no clue what transitive or intransitive verb is.

Going again to the source of all knowledge, Google.com, I found an explanation under grammar-monster.com. A “transitive” verb is a action that is done to something or someone and an “intransitive” verb is a action that stands alone. But down at the very bottom of the definitions, I found the explanation of the word “spare” that most often comes to mind to me. To have a “spare” is to have an extra; have more left in case you run out of something; like “an heir and a spare” which the Princes William and Harry were once called.

After I thought about it in that context, the following photo came to mind. It was taken during Bike Week in Sturgis, South Dakota, and it is very obvious that should one motorcycle not be enough, there were plenty to “spare”.

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Footprints in the Sand, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Footprints in the Sand, Sandy Point National Refuge Wildlife, St. Croix, US Virgin IslandsFootprints in the sand at Sandy Point National Wildlife Reserve on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Exploring the western end of St. Croix on our visit three years ago, we ventured to the Sandy Point National Wildlife Reserve which is home to some of the islands leatherback sea turtles. It was obvious there were no turtles in sight as the sand beneath our feet was untouched before we walked the beach.

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