She’s Got the Whole World in her Hands

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I came across this Tiny Planet Photo Challenge  yesterday hosted by photochallenge.org. Please do take a minute to check it out. Considering all you have to do is download a free app for your phone, it shouldn’t be too hard for everyone to participate. Easy peasy, and I had sooo much fun creating her own little world.

WP’s Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to show us where our hearts are. Well, there you have it. I may not be able to offer her the world, and it will definitely not always be sunshine and rainbows, all I can promise is to do my best.

“She’s got the whole wide world in her hands…”

C’mon, as if that song didn’t come to mind when you saw this picture?  It’s been stuck in my mind ever since.

Photo Quest(s)

It has been a personal quest of mine to capture some of the birds of prey in my area. You know, like an eagle, or a turkey vulture, or a hawk. It never ceases to amaze me how oblivious these animals seem to be. They can be sitting on the side of the road, watching dozens of cars drive by, but the moment you turn around and try to photograph them, they fly away.

see what I mean?

Regardless, I love these photo quests I go on. My daughter usually passes out in the car  gently falls asleep, giving mommy some much needed alone time. And if she doesn’t, it gives us a chance to go out and explore our surroundings. Whether it is…

the geese gathering in the fields, the black birds swarming around us like schools of fish, or collecting rocks on the side of the road (her favorite).

Our time, on Sunday, was not in complete vain. I was completely taken by surprise when this Great Blue Heron decided to land twenty feet in front of my car. I fumbled with my lens, almost landed in the ditch, and got a few fuzzy shots of him flying away. Luckily, he didn’t fly very far. And so I crept, very slowly, to get this:

Not the prey animal I had in mind, but definitely a very satisfying experience nonetheless.

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Home Grown Talent

We were thoroughly entertained last week when we attended the local dance recital. There was everything there from little girls dressed in Scottish kilts to the high school seniors showing off their physical prowess.

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She looks like she is flying, doesn’t she? Grace and agility – definitely something I admire.

For the Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Harmony

I spend a lot of my spare time just watching the animals here. Most of the time, it is just for pure entertainment.Here is a goat playing King of the Castle…

She did that for a good hour, jumping on the back of any ewe that was lying down and challenging any lamb that came up to her.Or how about the ducks…

…that bravely linger by the dogs, stretching out their necks, hoping to sneak a piece of dog food. They use their beaks to nuzzle through the wool of resting ewes to find bits of grain in the winter; in the summer, they gingerly pick  flies off of their legs. The one in the picture was just poked in the eye.

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Or those precious first moments, like this curious lamb that snuck up onto a sleeping Simmie. Note the little goat that was about to lay down with her.

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Kuma and Indie like to play together, each of them will chew on the other`s foot or hoof until Kuma becomes too excited, elicits a play-bow and runs off. Indie chases after her, running and bucking down the driveway. Indie is special like that, she plays with everything.

It never ceases to amaze me or amuse me, how well everything gets along here.

For The Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony