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K is for…

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word. Let’s see how creative you can we can be on this challenge.  Have fun with this week’s challenge. Husk Silkie rooster: Walkway, with chain link fencing Halloween skull

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Memory Monday, Week 49

October 1996 — A quick trip to Cicely, Alaska. The TV show Northern Exposure aired in the US from 1990 to 1995. It was set in the fictional small town of Cicely, Alaska; but it was actually filmed in the very real small town of Roslyn, Washington. In the fall of 1996, while my mom and I were visiting Leavenworth, […]

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Opuntia rufida

I’ve seen one or two of these cactus plants growing in yards near my neighborhood. They are a variety of prickly pear. I don’t know if the homeowners realize they have an edible fruit growing on their cactus — or maybe they just don’t want to risk getting skewered.

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WPC: Rounded

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of October 25, 2017. Goodbye, straight lines. Hello, curves. While I pondered my response to this week’s challenge, I happened to be reading a book called The Porcelain Thief by Huan Hsu. I acquired an uncorrected proof of the book purely by accident a few months ago, digging it out of a pile of used books for sale. I wanted to read it partly because China (the country) has always fascinated me; another reason was that some of the shards pictured on the book’s cover reminded me of a few broken pieces of pottery I found years ago near Mormon Island at Folsom Lake, during the winter when the lake level was down. Of  course, the shards I found are almost certainly relatively cheap, everyday dinnerware from the early 20th century rather than rare Chinese porcelain.  Still, the closer I study them, the more fascinating they become. I may never know what stories these small shards have to tell, but their curved decorations and shapes remain intriguing to me, and I protect them as though they were priceless artifacts. We peered into the pit… The walls were layer upon layer of collapsed kilns and shard beds. The rounded forms of broken teacups looked like clutches of fossilized dinosaur eggs. ‘Those shards two meters down, they’re about a hundred years old,’ he said. That was only halfway to the bottom. ‘And there’s […]

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