Lens-Artists #97: Pastimes

This week’s challenge comes from guest host Sue (Mac’s Girl) at The Nature of Things. She has asked us to feature hobbies or interests we have enjoyed over the years or something new we have discovered during this time of staying at home.

During this time of staying at home each day consists of a few of these activities: Reading, cooking, walking and photography. A major outing is an occasional grocery store run.

Reading

I’ve always loved to read and I have really enjoyed having the time to read more than usual. These days I get most of my books digitally from the local library and I often have four or five books on hold. My favorite recently read book is  Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. As you can see from the next photo, I’ve just about worn out the cover for my IPad and my two favorite books have been read and reread many times.

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Favorite reads
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My favorite place to read

Cooking

I’ve had a lot of time to spend cooking and baking during the shutdown. I’ve enjoyed using fresh produce from my favorite produce stand whenever I can.

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Fresh produce from my favorite produce stand

Walking

Before the shut down I walked on the days I wasn’t going to water aerobics or going to the gym at the local YMCA. During the shut down my main exercise is walking. For a while the beach was closed and most walks were in my neighborhood. Now that the beach is open, I walk on the beach at least once a week.

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Early morning surfer
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Horseshoe Crab

Photography

I’m always looking for things to photograph. Recently my garden has been full of birds, butterflies, and blooms.

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Ruby Female Throated Hummingbird

The Tybee Island Lighthouse is across the street from the parking lot for the beach. I was excited when I saw the flag flying Friday morning in honor of Memorial Day Weekend.

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Honoring America’s fallen heroes for Memorial Day weekend

Please take a moment this Memorial Day Weekend to remember all of our fallen military heroes who gave their lives for our country.

Many thanks to guest host Sue (Mac’s Girl) for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Pastimes

 

Pairs of Monarch Caterpillars

We are in the middle of the butterfly breeding season. I’ve seen pairs of Monarch butterflies flying around our yard recently and the females have been laying their eggs on milkweed leaves in my small backyard butterfly garden.

This morning I counted seven caterpillars on the milkweed including two different pairs munching on the leaves.

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Pair of Monarch Caterpillars on Milkweed
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Pair of monarch caterpillars on milkweed

After about two weeks of eating, the caterpillar will be full grown and will make it’s crysalis. Approximately 10 days later the monarch butterfly will emerge.

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts Day 9 -Pairs.

 

Curve

For the Day 8 Discover Prompt Michelle chose curve. I browsed through my photo archives to find these curves in bodies of water we have seen during our travels.

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On the road to Inverness, Scotland
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Creek through the Georgia Salt Marsh
Five Finger Rapids
Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River.
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The New River in West Virginia
Thelma and Louise drove into the Canyon at Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts Day 8 – Curve.

 

Lens-Artists #91: Simplicity

This week  Patti’s challenge is to show what Simplicity means to me.

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

After three weeks of social distancing I have really come to appreciate the simple things – a phone call with my brother who lives on the other side of the country, a video of one of our granddaughters, social distancing outside with neighbors, and enjoying the little things in nature.

Here are a few of the simple things that brought me joy this weekend.

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Sunset over the salt marsh
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Morning walk
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Wildflower on the side of the road
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Morning Sky at sunrise
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Blanketflower in the garden
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First Monarch caterpillar of spring

Many thanks to Patti for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Simplicity

Discover Prompt Day 3: Song

The last time we were away from home before the social distancing and shelter in place began was in early February when we traveled about 30 minutes from home to attend a Willie Nelson concert.

One of my favorite Willie Nelson songs is “On the Road Again”. I can’t hear it without thinking about how much fun we had being on the road on one of our many RV trips.  I look forward to the day when we’ll be able to go on a road again.

 

To learn how to participate in the today’s prompt, visit Discover Prompts Day 3.