Category Archives: Sunrises/Sunsets

Make Your Voice Heard

Now, doesn’t that sound official?

As I mentioned recently,  it seems that writing my blog sometimes seems like homework “these days”.  I’m contemplating perhaps going to no schedule and just posting at will.

So I thought I’d conduct a little poll, my first ever, I believe. If you would, please select what subject you like to see MOST here on the blog.

 

Hopefully this will give me the little push I need, so that blogging will be more fun than “work”. Writing is easy: it’s the subject matter that’s tough.

Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Random Five Fall Friday

Last Friday of September, first Friday of fall: I think this calls for five random thoughts:

1.) It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen a hummingbird; perhaps they’re winging southward. I sure will miss those little flutterers until they return next spring.

2.) Although the calendar says fall, the warm temps still say summer. And this petunia agrees.

3.) Things that make you go hmmmmm. How did that squirrel get that huge black walnut in this hanging basket. Wouldn’t it be fun to have that on video?

4.) It’s been a while since I’ve shared any photos of “my” wild horses at the Outer Banks. So here’s one from a recent trip. This is Valor, a little filly born earlier in the summer.  The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who oversees the horses, commented on one of their Facebook posts that she just can’t decide what color she wants to be.

5.) Tomorrow is the Autumn Vintage Market on Main Street in our little town.  My friend, Donna, and I are planning to take it all in…followed by lunch. The forecast: “times of sun and clouds, high 79”.  Ah….

Happy Fall, y’all!

~These Days Of Mine~

Just For Fun Friday

Our area of southeast Virginia has, once again, dodged a major hurricane. We are having some wind gusts, probably in the 30-35 mph range, very little rain, and the tides are a bit higher than normal.  But, all in all, a much better situation than what was being forecast for us earlier in the week.

So, because of that relief, I thought we’d just have a fun blog post today. I shared this photo of Wednesday’s sunset on my Facebook page. It wasn’t until I uploaded it that I realized that it looks like an animal rising out of the water.

Several of my friends commented with their opinions, so I thought I’d post it here for my readers. (Sorry for the repeat, FB friends and Marshall.)

Most folks guessed the same animal, so let’s see if you agree! I look forward to reading your thoughts.

And for those of you in Florence’s path, prayers and good thoughts for you.

~These Days Of Mine~

“Camera Hog”

The idea for this post came about a couple of weeks ago as a result of the final picture in today’s post.  I didn’t realize just how many folks, over the past few years, have taken pictures of me taking pictures.

This would be a good time to explain how I have come to take so many photos. “Way back in 2000, Motor Man and I were planning a trip to California. At the time, we had a tiny digital camera. He wanted to upgrade for something nicer before our trip. While we were at the store, looking at different models, he asked which one I liked. I made the comment that it should be his choice, because I wasn’t going to “lug around” a big camera like that….

(clearing my throat) ….Those are words that I have “eaten” many, many, many times since then.  In the years since, Motor Man has told everyone that he’s not allowed to touch our camera. (Not true….)

So today, I thought it would be fun to share photos that have been taken of me using OUR camera…not mine: OURS.

This first one was taken by our friend, Bev, in January of 2012. She and her husband had taken Motor Man and me to Corolla to see the horses. This trip, basically, began our obsession with visiting that area.

During the summer of 2012, after purchasing our 4-wheel-drive Jeep, Motor Man and I took our former neighbor, Susie, to Corolla to see the horses, and she took this picture. We later sold the Jeep (and now have a Tahoe), but that Jeep was fun, and I love this picture: the beach, the sunrise, and Motor Man waiting patiently for us.

This colorful shot was taken by my friend, Donna, at sunrise in the Outer Banks, in July, 2015.

This next picture was taken by our friend, Pam, in September, 2016. It was also at Corolla (do you see a theme here?). Motor Man and I were giving her and her husband a tour of the area, and I was, of course, taking pictures of “my” horses.

Motor Man took this with his cell phone of me at an outdoor concert we attended in August, 2016.

And, finally, the inspiration for this post.  Recently, around the time of sunset, we were crossing a little bridge near our house. Motor Man dropped me off, so I could take a picture (imagine that). After crossing the bridge, he turned around and came back for me. There’s a tiny, waterfront restaurant near the bridge, and our friends, Terry and Sindee, just happened to be there at the time having dinner.  On the lower right, the sunset is reflected in the water.

I suppose all these pictures just reinforce what Motor Man has said all these years.

My name is Dianna, and I AM a camera hog.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cell Phone Camera To The Rescue

Monday, at the end of a day which included an inch and a half of rain, the sun “came out in time to set” (one of my Mom’s sayings).

I grabbed the camera and headed out to get pictures of the sunset. Motor Man doesn’t like me to go out in the yard without my cell phone (just in case I need him), so that was in my hip pocket.

I took a few pictures with the camera, then decided to take one with my cell phone, so I could share it with Marshall and my friend, Donna.

One section of the sky (upper left) had a small area that was an unusual pale aqua color. I tried to capture it, but it was impossible.

A few minutes later, this reflection caught my eye. It reminds me of buildings in a city scape.

When I came back inside, I was going to show the pictures on the camera to Motor Man. It was then that I saw the message that there was no memory card inserted.  The chip was there….it just wasn’t inserted far enough. So…no pics on the camera.

But that amazing little cell phone, in a very small way, came through for me. It’s hard to imagine our lives with them, isn’t it?

~These Days Of Mine~

Randoms ‘Round The Yard

It’s smack dab in the middle of summer, so, today, I thought I’d share with you some photos from around our yard.

1.) Every summer, I buy hanging baskets of geraniums for our front porch. If I can find them, I prefer the ivy-leaf variety with the variegated blooms. This year, I purchased them from a different location than in the past, and they’ve been prettier than I can ever recall. (I have been very faithful in watering them regularly.)

2.) Gold finch continue to be regular visitors. They always make me smile.

3.) I don’t recall planting this rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan), but I don’t know that they ‘volunteer’, so perhaps I did. The deer enjoyed munching on the leaves before I discovered it, but apparently they don’t like the taste of the bloom. Now, the entire plant is covered in netting.

4.) I shared this photo on Facebook earlier in the week. Several years ago, I planted this petunia and placed it in the old wooden boat we have in our yard. I never water it, never pay it any attention.  I walked out to take a picture of the sunset one evening, and something pink caught my eye. (Shhh….evidently the deer haven’t noticed them either.)

5.) And a sunrise shot.  I’ve often mentioned that early morning is my favorite time of day. I love to watch the sun rise from our deck: listening to the birds, the ducks and the hum of work boats in the river.

Feel free to share your randomness today, and I hope your weekend is a good one.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Friday

This and that thoughts and photos for this last Friday of June.

1.) Pinterest comes through once again. I saw this simple-to-make bird bath, decided to try it, and in less than an hour of putting it in place, there was a gorgeous “golden” visitor. (The black stakes are actually garden hose “guides” that I used to, hopefully, keep the deer from knocking over the bird bath. So far, they’ve worked .)

2.) Speaking of gold finches, for my birthday, my friend, Janet, gave me this adorable feeder on a stake. Again, the birds took to it immediately.  I think his little legs, hanging on, are so cute.

3.) My “gypsy garden” continues. You may recall my ongoing efforts to save certain plants from the deer, and how creative I have to be with barriers. So far, I’ve managed to save a couple of volunteer sunflowers, but you can tell the deer enjoyed dining on most of the leaves before I put the netting in place.

4) And my ONE garden phlox that has survived, thanks to the cage Motor Man made for it and some cross piece deterrents across the top. I have hopes for the buds on the others.

5.) Sundae girl, on her window seat at sunrise, waiting on a hummie.

Bonus: this weekend is our small-town festival known as Olden Days. Main Street is closed off for a car show, live music and craft booths, and a raft race takes place on the Pagan River. This popular festival was started back in 1991, and I always look forward to it.

Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~