279: Karma’s June Photo Hunt

A colorful bird of my choice

First off, my apologies to Karma for being late to the June Photo Hunt.  And my thanks for extending the deadline and giving me a little more time to participate.  Some of the photos will be new.  Some are from the archives.  I had to do a mix of both to come up with almost everything on the list.

One of the pond flamingos in the winter

The colorful bird is a Pink Flamingo from the Akron Zoo.  I have a history with pink flamingos and could have taken some photos of the pink flamingos that stand guard by the pond, but lucked into this zoo visit just in the nick of time.

A Grad

The grad was tough because I failed to take the time to get permission over the weekend and now that I’m doing things at the last minute, well, this will have to do.  My daughter-in-law, Merdi, graduated from law school recently.  My oldest granddaughter graduated from kindergarten.  I have photos of the two grads together, but without permission to post them I won’t use them so I went with this photo of the youngest grad in which you can’t really see her face.

A Dad

That would be my dad.  I lifted this one from the archives.  It was actually taken in 2007, but I cropped it for this post.  He’s lost some weight since this photo was taken.  And lost his wife (my mother) as well.

My dad called yesterday.  He’s in the hospital awaiting surgery.  That’s all I’m going to say about that for now other than I want all to go well as it seems we’ve lost too many loved ones lately.  All thoughts, prayers, and wishes will be much appreciated.

Something Purple

I took this photo of the Bittersweet Nightshade while out on my walk yesterday.  It’s one of the things blooming like crazy right now.  Last year we had one or two small patches of it.  This year it has spread quite a bit.

A butterfly with lots of something purple

The butterfly shot above (and the following two) are from the archives as well.  I did take a photo of a butterfly this month but since it already had its fifteen minutes (or less) of fame on the blog, I decided to use a few that have been in the vault for a while.  I don’t think they ever made it onto the blog.  They were taken at the Tyler Arboretum in July of 2007.

I’ve included the close-ups because people seem to prefer them.

Oh, okay.  I kind of like them too.  I’m actually surprised at how well they turned out since this was when I was still using my old (and first) digital camera.

I have to pass on the funny face.  I just can’t seem to find one.  I know if I go way back (to the Mummer’s Parade, for instance) I could find a few, but I was hoping for something recent.  I probably have something in the photos I took at the zoo.  I just haven’t had the time or disk space to upload all the photos yet.

A Cow

I captured this cow at the Akron Zoo.  Note to Karma:  Think of it as a mixed up Oreo Cow.  😉

Another Summer Day in the Great Outdoors

The weather today is fantastic.  Clear, sunny, dry, and in the lower 70s.  This is, in my opinion, perfect summer weather.  It’s a wonderful day to lie back in the grass and watch the wispy clouds float by so I did just that for a little while, soaking in the scents and sounds of the day as I looked up at the sky.

Growing over and around the woodpile

The photos are from yesterday.  I’m giving myself and the camera a break for a while.  I realized this morning that I never finished uploading the photos from our trip to Pennsylvania and New Jersey back in May, and half the photos from the past weekend are not uploaded yet either.

Multiflora Rose

I may have to seek professional help for my photography addiction/hoarding.  😉

Horse Nettle

30 Comments on “279: Karma’s June Photo Hunt”

  1. The butterfly photo is stunning! Love it!

    You might want to know that I was unable to get to this post from the email link. I had to come to your home page and access from there. You may want to repost to see if you have better luck–or, at least, know that you may get fewer visitors today.

    I hope your father is feeling better soon!


    • Robin says:

      Thanks for letting me know, Kathy. For some reason this posted with the wrong date on it so I had to post again (which is probably why the email link didn’t work). WordPress has been a little wonky lately.

      Thank you. 🙂

  2. Dana says:

    Your father will be in my thoughts and prayers today. Beautiful photos once again.

    (PS: I second what Kathy said about the broken link– mine didn’t work, either but I managed to find my way here!)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dana. 🙂

      WordPress has been giving me grief lately, especially with comments. I’ve noticed bad links to other blogs in email subscriptions too. They must be a little buggy lately.

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  4. You have my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything goes well.

  5. Robin, prayers to your Dad, I’ll add him with mine. Seems I’ve been hearing lots of sad Dad stories. Your addiction to photography is a good thing and you know you also teach us a few things along the way. Thanks for the stories.

  6. carlaat says:

    Will keep your Dad in thoughts and prayers and send good energy.
    I understand about photo addiction- so hard to delete them unless they’re completely blurry!

    • Robin says:

      That’s it exactly, Carla! I have so many that I really should delete as I doubt I’ll ever do anything with them, yet I leave the take up precious disk space. And have grand thoughts of buying a HUGE external hard drive to cope with it all. 🙂

      Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and good energy. 🙂

  7. Corina says:

    Ditto on the thoughts for your dad, and for YOU!

    The photos, as usual, are fantastic! I like the grad whose face we can’t see! She’s gorgeous!

  8. dragonfae says:

    Love the shot of the (live) flamingo! I’m never able to catch them off guard. 😉

    I’ll keep your dad in my thoughts/prayers. *hugs*

  9. Kala says:

    Beautiful images of the butterfly on the coneflower!

  10. Karma says:

    I’m so glad you decided to play on the photo hunt! First and foremost, I hope all is well with your dad. Hopefully you’ve already received good news by the time you read this comment.
    The first close-up butterfly on the coneflower is gorgeous. Love that. And I love your live flamingo (though the snowy one is cute too!) – certainly a most colorful bird. Funny you chose to use that cow for your bonus shot: when I worked at Old Sturbridge Village, we had one of those cows! When I worked as a milkmaid and did milking demonstrations for the visitors, there were always people asking to try. For safety reasons (for both the visitors and the cow), we couldn’t let them. We finally got that demo cow which “milks” water.
    That picture of the horse nettle is really something! It is a “something purple” too, and the background you captured it against is just perfect.

    • Robin says:

      I appreciate you holding off on the wrap up until I could get to it, Karma. It’s been a hectic time around here lately. I realize, looking at this post now, that I not only fussed up when posting it (hence the bonus post to announce the “Ooops”), but I didn’t transition between your photo hunt and my daily walk stuff well.

      I had never seen a demo cow until the day I took the photo at the zoo. Very cool (and healthy) idea for cows and people.

      And yes, the news has been good so far (regarding my father). Thank you. 🙂

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  12. Great job on the scavenger hunt! Of course, I’m sending positive thoughts to your family, and best wishes for your father’s surgery!!

  13. I’m a little late…. hope your dad’s surgery went well.
    The photos are beautiful! The one that really stands out is the rose 🙂

  14. Dawn says:

    Best best best wishes to your Dad. Hugs to you. Loved the photos too! 🙂

  15. Gotta love your winter flamingo Robin… and the mixed up cow… Great selection of shots for the hunt… 🙂

  16. Great photos and best wishes to your family!

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