who said that!!

In our travels, we’ve come across some interesting, often pretty funny, signs. Every once in awhile I actually get a chance to take a photo of them. On our last little short trip, I spotted this one in a field. Hubby was nice and pulled over so I could get a picture.

anybody hungry?

anybody hungry?

As we went on down the road, we stopped at a little second-hand shop. I had to get a picture of that sign! If I had some things, I could no doubt sell them here.

got any things you want to sell?

got any things you want to sell?

At a farmer’s market, I noticed a fellow selling flowers. Nope, it wasn’t around Halloween.

booquet

But this was the topper. I have a whole LOT of dust collectors in my house, but nothing like this. Hey, anyone else have a super industrial-size dust collector in your living room??

industrial-size for big houses

industrial-size for big houses

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Fifteen-star night

almost morning

almost morning

Every photo has a voice, but they don’t all speak my language. This week’s photo challenge is to share a picture taken at night. This one (not retouched except for the blog name added), was taken sometime between 4:30 and 5 a.m. overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. We’d been driving all night, and needed a break. This was the vista that refreshed us.

I looked at many other entries (229 so far – true story!!). Some I could see but just could not hear. A few crooned, one or two shouted, many whispered; these are the fifteen I heard most clearly. For me, these were the stars of the night.

  1. These shots on Joy Returns inspired me to try again. I’ve never successfully photographed the moon, although I’d like to…just once in a blue moon. *groan* sorry – I had to say it.
  2. The photo taken from the White Tank Mountain Regional Park on  Journeys with johnbo was bittersweet. I remember spending much time there with my late husband (a native Arizonan). That photo brought back very good memories.
  3. The photos on Eyes to Heart are as close as I’ll ever get to the dream of visiting Italy.
  4. The snow at night on An upturned soul whispered a welcome. Read her description – it’s is as beautiful as the photo.
  5. Summerfield84’s English Blog made me look twice and listen hard. Just LOOK at that reflection! It was like getting two photos for the price of one – and I do love a bargain!
  6. Steve Says…something I ponder often while people-watching. Where are all those people going? What are their lives like? The light around that street lamp looked like it was coming through frosted glass.
  7. On Exploratorius, the sand dunes and the sky – oh my! It reminded me of a fun trip to the Florence Dunes on the Oregon coast with my best friend.
  8. Following My Joy brought real joy to these ol’ eyes. I’ve been to Port Hueneme, but I’m not sure I’ve been to this particular beach.
  9. On a blog called iChristian, my favorite was the cross on the hill with the sunset on the water. It sang, “The Lord gives life its beauty, and without Him there is no life, no beauty.”
  10. This one on Broken Light: A Photography Collective was crisp and clear, but not what really spoke to me. The artist was watching for the sky to turn black as night approached. “But instead, it kept on lighting up and glimmering, as if the sunny skies were fighting back the night….I remember wondering how a battle could be that beautiful.” That visual intrigued me more than the photo itself.
  11. These were on a blog called the other pictures. I was totally amazed at the colors of the first one, and the beauty of the lightning in the second one.
  12. Lonely Travelog had a photo of the Eiffel Tower that was gorgeous! It reminded me of my four days there a few years ago, and how often I tried (vainly) to get a good picture. I’ll just look at this one instead and remember the fun of that trip!
  13. Jasper Smits beckoned me to visit Iceland. I’ve never seen the northern lights other than in photos.
  14. I love the desert, especially around Phoenix. These on @vannilla  clearly called to me, reminding me of my days in the Southwest.
  15. And last but definitely not least…I found this shot on [pictures people listen to] whispering to my eyes, “Come over here and take a look.” You can just make out a person walking into the unknown, unlit path. The blog title invited me in, and the photo kept me there visiting.

I have to say, after looking at 229 entries, I came away with a much more profound respect for the WordPress team that chooses entries for Freshly Pressed. Hard choices sometimes! Which ones did you hear the most clearly?

Irises

I love this week’s photo challenge theme of “a work of art.”

We took a long walk last night after dinner – a good thing, since I had more dinner than my tummy is accustomed to entertaining. On that walk, we saw these gorgeous irises – a true work of art! Since my son gave me an iPhone for Mother’s Day, I realized I had a camera right there in my purse! Sometimes these new-fangled electronic gadgets do come in handy.

I have never seen irises of this size before. The purple is one of my favorite flowers (partly because it’s the state flower of Tennessee). I don’t know if these are GMO or not, but they sure were beautiful! And those little wild irises we discovered in our own back yard are lovely too.

simply beautiful!

simply beautiful!

I’m tellin’ ya what’s the truth with my hand up – there is no artist ever lived or ever WILL live that can outdo the Lord. He is the Master Artist, as these beauties can attest.

inside job?

Remember that post all about outside looking in? Well, I’m still outside, trying to look in. Every day I pass this government building, and I wonder what’s inside. I’ve never actually seen a building under wraps like this, and for such a long time. I wonder . . . could it be the offices of the Dept. of the Interior under there? Or maybe the local chapter of the FBI?? Whatever the case, it’s definitely an inside job! Will they ever have The Reveal, or will they leave it as an undercover job forever??

move along, nothing to see here

undercover work?

dept. of the interior?

dept. of the interior?

FBI hangout?

FBI hangout?

long shot?

Oh – by the way . . . I’ve been doing a little inside work of my own, and hope to have something to show for it soon. Not that it will be a ⭐ attraction, but it will be fun to share. 😆

outside looking in

Once again, it’s time for that wonderful, mind-bending Friday Photo Challenge. This week it’s about ‘inside.’ There are so many ‘inside’ photos on my hard drive that it was hard to choose. But choose I did – these are a few of my favorites. Each gives an illusion of something being inside something else.

this looks like it's going right inside the red rock hills

Come on inside – the walk is great!

These red rock hills are in Oregon, and that path looked like it disappeared right inside the hills. We were on the outside looking in . . . it beckoned to us to come follow where it led – so we did.

dunno what was going on inside his head to ride like this on the freeway

dunno what was going on inside his head!

This fearless fellow didn’t seem to have a lot going on inside his head. We were sitting in a loooooong line of stopped traffic on the interstate in Ohio, and he came scootin’ up the high-speed lane beside us, trying to get farther up the line of traffic. They even go BETWEEN lines of traffic in California – scared me so bad the first time it happened! If you look at his bike, it looks like we’re ‘inside’ that little shiny thing below his gas tank – see the reflection of our little red car? See us waving and yelling “Hi world”? Oh. Well, pretend you can see us, OK?

looks like one building is inside another

looks like one building is inside another

This was in St Louis when we went to see the Arch. As we were walking down the street, I looked up and saw that reflection. It looked for all the world like that building had swallowed up its neighbors.

What says ‘inside’ to you?