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Wave Conqueror

My family vacation started Saturday and this year I decided to be adventurous and bring my grandson, Arai. Having a 4-year-old in a 7 hour car ride is enough to drive most people insane.  Somehow we both managed to survive and made it safely to OBX, Outer Banks North Carolina.

Arai had the pleasure of waking up at 5:30 am yesterday morning to go see the sunrise with me and Pop-pop.  He was amazed.  Although this was not the best view of a sunrise since 75% of the sun was covered by clouds, which Arai thought was a mountain.

I let him get his feet wet in the ocean but he had other plans.  When he was finished he was totally soaked from the waist down.  In this picture I am not sure what he was thinking but if I had to guess it would be that he conquered the waves.

 

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Mid-day Feast

 

This juvenile bird, I believe it’s a Hawk but not too sure, was feasting on his lunch when I was visiting the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge the other day.  It watched him for a few minutes and he was fascinating to watch.

This image below is of another Hawk that was just resting.

 

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Treescape

I photographed this image the other day when I was at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge.  I like how the jagged wood in the center of the tree resembles a cityscape.  To me it looks like tall buildings.

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Satisfaction

Football is (almost) a mandatory activity for all little boys here in the US.  And when you have big cousins that play college football it is definitely a mandatory sport.

Arai is now 4 years old and playing his first organized sport, FOOTBALL.  He has been telling is mom for a while that he wants to play football like his cousin RJ.  The day finally came for him to play and at first he did not want to play anymore because he wanted to go to the playground instead.  After he met Coach Marcus he was ready to play.

 

I think he was happy and satisfied that he played some football.

 

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And There He Is!!

Friday my grandson, Arai, had his Pre-K graduation ceremony (due to his birthday he will be doing another year of Pre-K).  Although it was a small service visibility was limited, since the graduates were short.  However, I was able to capture his GREAT smile between a couple of out of focused parents.

 

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A Little Ripple

This tulip was originally posted about 2 months ago for Monochrome Monday.  I decided to play a little in Photoshop on the original image to see what it can become.

I followed a YouTube video, Best Technique to Create Realistic Water Reflections to create a reflection and a little ripple to resemble water.  It is not perfect but it came out ok.

 

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Mr. Pete and Arai

The area that I live in is fairly rural.  There are farms and a couple of horse ranches in my little town.  I have been telling Arai that we will top by one soon.  Well today is the day that we went to see the horses.  We went to the ranch that is about a mile from our home, Arai was so excited during our short little ride.

The owner of the Ranch is Mr. Pete.  Mr. Pete took time with Arai to explain a few things about horses, like how he should not approach a horse and how a horse sees (since eyes are on he side of the head).

Arai was excited and cautions at the same time.  Here are just a few of our moments.

The Adventure Begins – Arai and Mr. Pete

Mr. Pete was really nice and took the time to explain and answer his questions.  He even helped me.  I always thought that a pony was generic name for all young horses but I have been corrected.  A Pony is a type of horse, a foal is a baby horse one year or younger, a colt is a young male horse and a filly is a young female horse.

 

Another moment created for my grandson.

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Between Flights – Update

Last week on WP and Instagram I posted a black and white photo of a fly resting on a flower which I called “Between Flights 2” and, well it got chosen to be in our local newspaper, The Courier-Post, for todays printing.  This is the 4th photo of mine that has been printed in the paper!

 

 

 

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It is Solved!

The “seed pods” that I recently posted are not seed pods after all.  I posted the photo on Instagram and asked if anyone knew what it was and the answered was revealed.

Cedar-apple rust fungus or the technical term Gymnosporangiu, jumiperi-virginiana. It takes approximately 2 years to get to this point.  I have seen these before, without all the orange things hanging down, and assumed it was a seed pod.

 

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Alien Seed Pods 3

This seed pod is still morphing into something out of this world.  It now looks like shredded carrots.  I wonder what it will turn into?

Have you seen anything like this before?

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