Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.

Here comes our happy model for the Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Portrait of a handsome rooster standing regally for the first vertical shot…

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and quickly turns to his best (bug search) side for the landscape or horizontal view.

Rooster wants to know: Portrait or landscape…which do you prefer?

Bon appetit!

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OH, Drats! This Summer HEAT WAVE took my Foxy Roxy!!

“Heartbreak is LIFE educating us.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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Roxy, before her egg laying days…

Roxy lost her life yesterday. She was a foxy feathered friend who gave an egg a day, kept the bug population under control and was a constant companion to our one rooster. The cause of her death is unknown and being a very young chicken, age was not a factor. I suspect the extreme heat wave lingering over this land (with day temperatures brewing in the triple digits) may have been a factor. It is difficult to keep outside animals from heat related injuries and fatal mishaps during extreme heat temperatures. A regular, fine mist, water sprinkler throughout the day, I guess, was not enough to keep Roxy cooled down. I just do not know.

It was a sad day anyway, especially for her rooster companion. I also found myself tearing up just the thought of Roxy passing without anyone outside to help her.

I know Roxy was just a hen, and around here, hens are easy to come by, but somehow, have you noticed when you give a name to anything, it seems like the named item becomes the Velcro that sticks itself to your heart? Maybe next time I will cautiously give a name to anything that may strongly attach to my heart. Away with you, Velcro! Arrgh.

Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.” ~Rev. Joel L. Morgan

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Have you ever named something and later found your heart grieving when their final time came sooner than expected?

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Hey Y’all! Hope this finds you in great spirits and hey, if you ever need inspiration or simply great graphics, hitch up the horses and ride yourself over to Jakesprinter’s weekly SUNDAY POST : Road. This week the theme is ROAD. I love dirt roads, country roads, erm, any roads that the only potential traffic jam is a herd of goats.

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What type of roads do you fancy?

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Take care and please, do not run over the goats!

Simply Home-grown

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home-grown tomato.”

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vine ripened and delicious…

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If not home-grown tomatoes, what fresh produce would you prefer to grow and later enjoy the harvest?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

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Camera: Oh, hey ya little fella . . . I’ve come to take some pictures.

Calf: Hey Camera, I heard you thought the herd was unfocused today and not at all ready for their photo shoot.

Camera: Looks like I’m right. You guys are not ready!

So unfocused.

I blame the herd.

Have you ever had days when you wish the herd* were not so unfocused?

*replace the word ‘herd’ with your own personal herd name: children, employees, fellow workers, students . . .

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