Foto Friday #34

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I grew up a country girl, so the hustle and bustle of a big city rarely appeals to me, but there is something about the freeways, waterways and railways in this photo of Glasgow, Scotland that make for an interesting picture. If the train (with its bright blue cars that match the water) had not been passing at the exact moment I snapped the photo, I suspect it would have been just another ordinary cityscape.

Photo taken from hotel room at Jurys Inn in Glasgow.

for Nancy Merrill Photography A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscapes

Once There Was a Warrior

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His hut is the farthest from the fire.

It makes him feel brave and independent.

He built it out of timbers, straw and stone

with sticks for a door to impede intruders.

His people are hunters and gatherers,

reliant on wild game and edible plants.

His hunt takes him deep into the wilderness

where adventure stirs his spirit and enriches his soul.

Though he’s content to share the air with all living things,

he realizes sacrifices must be made.

When day is done, he brings his bounty to the fire

which burns in a circular pit lined with stone.

The aroma of roasting meat fills the air

and beckons those in their hut to share his food.

In praise, their gratitude becomes a song

composed and chanted in rhythm with the wind.

The fire that moments ago was a tool for cooking,

now bears a mocking resemblance to the sun

providing warmth and brightness to the night.

Around a smoky campfire the stories begin

bouncing back and forth across the flames.

Like kindling, words spark imagination.

Truths lead to legends and myths are born of lies.

Tall tales come to a halt when the embers die

and people wander quietly to their home.

His hut may be the farthest from the fire,

but stories fill his dreams and he is never cold.

Poem prompted by photo taken at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The hut is a replica of one lived in 4,500 years ago by those who built Stonehenge.

Three Sisters

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When Faith and Joy left home

Hope was lost without them.

“Please come home”, she cried

“I can’t live without you!”

…so they did

and Hope survived.

Poem inspired by photo taken in Waterford, Ireland

Foto Friday #30

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Flamingos are large water birds who live near lagoons or lakes and have long necks, stick-like legs and pink to coral-reddish feathers. Flamingos are pink because the algae they eat are loaded with beta carotene, an organic chemical that contains a reddish-orange pigment. If a flamingo were to stop eating foods with this ingredient, its new feathers would grow in much paler and the reddish feathers would eventually molt away.

Groups of flamingos are called colonies or flocks. The colony works together to protect each other from predators and to take care of the young. Flamingos are monogamous, meaning they stay with their mate for life. All the flamingos in a group will mate at the same time so their chicks will hatch together. Baby flamingos are gray or white and will turn pink within the first couple years of life.

It isn’t really known why flamingos tend to stand on one foot, but it is believed that by keeping one foot out of the cold water they stay warmer. It also seems to be a comfortable resting position for them. Flamingos live 20 to 30 years in the wild or up to 50 years in a zoo.

Photo taken at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Color of your choice (Orange/Coral/Pink)