My imagination must have been napping when I read Frank’s photo challenge earlier this week. Nothing came to mind for the prompt “crawl.” He had a photo of a snake. Since I’m not a fan of snakes, I knew I wouldn’t go that direction!
An idea crept up on me earlier today. Crawling through photo file folders, I found a few not-so-creepy-crawlies on flowers. Bugs don’t creep me out like snakes do. And most of the bugs that have appeared in my pictures fly as well as crawl.
Here are three photos of Japanese beetles on flowers and one image of damage done. All were taken in early July 2011 when the beetles invaded our flower beds, voraciously eating their way through foliage.
One Japanese beetle crawling on a single zinnia doesn’t look too destructive.
One cosmos with seven – or more – Japanese beetles doing their thing.
Japanese beetles are certainly crawling all over the marigolds, but are they feasting?
Shredded leaves tell the tale of the beetles’ visit.
I can’t decide which is more fun when it comes to a photo challenge: grabbing a camera to take a new picture OR browsing through digital photo files.
Frank Jansen Photography’s photo challenge this week is rose. I’m sharing three pictures from my files and one from trying to come up with something new.
First, a yellow rose in our yard from a few houses ago. I think that may have been the only place we lived with roses in flower beds. That is only because the prior owners had planted them!
Photo: TLClark, 5/30/08.
Next up, a rose with an interesting center. I can’t tell from the series of pictures I took if the rose is in a bouquet or was a single stem. Nor can I tell you what the occasion was – although it was part way between Christmas and my birthday.
Photo: TLClark, 1/15/12.
Finally, a rose of another color. It’s clearly from a bouquet on the dining room table. The bouquet may have been on the altar at church – but that’s a guess since other photos taken that day are all at the church.
Photo: TLClark, 1/22/17.
I wanted to do a new picture for the challenge but there are no roses in the house. So I started thinking of the word “rose” as the past tense of the verb “rise.” While baking frozen rolls for supper I couldn’t resist this last picture. The dough rose before I put it in the oven, then rose more while baking.
Here at our house we save all our quarters for Little Bear, the gentle guardian of the bank on top of the dresser.
Little Bear on Bank. Photo: TLClark.
It’s no ordinary bank. Made from solid oak with an old-fashioned mail box door protecting the coins, it was hand-crafted by my father. Dad has made many over the years – mostly as wedding gifts or to welcome a new baby.
Bank of solid oak and an old mail box door made by my father. Photo: TLClark.
I don’t remember when or even why we decided only quarters go in our bank. But two bits here and $0.25 there adds up after awhile.
Little Bear counting quarters spilling out of the bank. Photo: TLClark.
By the looks of it, it’s time to take it to a rather traditional banking establishment. We’ll let them use their coin counting machine to calculate the total. But having done it before, I know Little Bear is sitting on a nice little deposit.
So, should we spend it on a weekend trip? More books? Or a shopping spree at a quilt/fabric store?
This post in response to this week’s Tuesday Photo challenge by Dutch goes the Photo! You can read about the challenge here: https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/01/22/tuesday-photo-challenge-flow-2/