Sunday, May 31, 2009

Scavenger Hunt

My friend Boo introduced me to a scavenger hunt at Nicole B's when she joined the fun in late April. I hesitated in joining at first, but decided a little over a week ago to join. (Nicole B. - I take part!) I had a lot of fun looking for the items on the list and am looking forward to the next one.

Here are my photos, hope you enjoy!

1. A souvenir - a little pair of wooden shoes from the Holland Tulip Festival in Holland, MI.

2. A fish - I had no luck taking a photo of a live fish, so my daughter found this cute one in a book.

3. A religious building - The Methodist Church of Lake Orion.

4. A fire department - Orion Township Fire Department #2

5. A manhole cover - It's located in my front yard. I like the design on it!

6. A postcard - I bought to send to a friend in South Africa.

7. Water - This is an old mill sight near my favorite walking trail.

8. A communication device - This phone was my mom and dad's first home telephone. I loved playing with it as a child. I broke it when we moved and am still sad that I did.

9. A Life event - My precious little one standing for the first time. She's determined to grow up too fast!

10. A foreign stamp - My lovely friend, Kerren sent my girls a calendar from South Africa with photos of amazing animals in it. These were a few of the stamps from the package.

11. A tree - It sits across the road from my house.

12. The living space of a non-human - I love the swan and her cygnets. I hope to get photos of them all on the lake soon.

13. A street mirror - It was my first photo for the scavenger hunt. I was so excited to have found it!

14. A decoration fixed on a house - I had a hard time finding a decoration fixed on a house, so when I saw this I knew it was not time to be picky.

15. A foreign flag - The German flag.

16. A fire - I love this photo! It's one of my favorites.

17. An antenna - I had hoped to find something more interesting, but luck was not on my just a plain old antenna.

18. A phone booth - This was a challenge. Luckily my daughter saw this phone booth last night.

*What was almost my phone booth photo - My attempt to be creative - a photo of my phone in a booth at McDonald's, just in case I didn't find a phone booth. (Yes, I received a lot of strange looks during my McDonald's photo shoot.)

18. A "verboten" sign -

19. A beach - It's as tiny as it looks. It's in Green's Park.

20. A cityscape - Downtown Lake Orion.

22. Something goofy - We were driving down the road yesterday and I saw him. I had to take as many photos as I could while we were sitting at the stop light. I am not sure why but his head and facial hair are half shaven, but my guess is for Red Wings ice hockey tickets.

** What was almost my goofy photo - a store window display.

23. Something carved - A lovely mask from our friend in South Africa.

24. An eye - My third lovely daughter's eye.

25. Something rural - I grew up farming and all that comes with it. I love taking photos of old barns. I knew this one would be perfect for the scavenger hunt.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Bees and trees

We have two weeping cherry trees in front of our house. Most of the year I think we should cut them down and plant something else in their spot. In the spring though, these two trees are so beautiful when they bloom. One has white blossoms, the other has pink. The tree with the white blossoms bloomed a week or so ago.

I was almost afraid to walk out the front door due to all the bumble bees buzzing around. I have never seen so many bumble bees at the same time. At any one moment it seemed as if hundreds going from blossom to blossom.

I couldn't help but try to get some photos. Let me just say the bumble bees were not happy about me disturbing them and nor were these photos easy to take. I didn't realize how fast bumble bees were until I tried to photograph them.

One photo of the pink cherry blossom bloom.