Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Number 7 - and Some Flowers

Surprise! The Great Blue Heron in my header has flown away and left nothing but blue water behind. It's time for a sunny change. It is my fourth revamp since I began blogging - oh... about - nay, exactly seven years ago, today. This cheery sunflower will adorn my blog for the next while - however long that may turn out to be. To help kick-start the new look, the images in this post will be all about the flowers found around here - either wild or in our yard. I hope you enjoy the bouquet.

Since this is my seventh blogiversary, I decided to look back and see who my first seven visitors were - those who still stop by, that is.



The first comment ever to land on my blog came from Frank, of course. He was the one who encouraged me to start blogging. Thanks, Frank! He isn't doing any blogging himself, these days but he does still stop by for a visit. Hopefully he'll start writing over at his Baron It All blog and perhaps posting photos at Canon Fodder again soon.

yellow iris

orange hawkweed

By my second post, Crabby began commenting. So, aside from Frank (always #1), she has been my longest standing, consistent visitor. She leaves great, funny comments and has a fine, humour-filled fitness blog of her own called Cranky Fitness.

pink and iris

moss phlox

It was mid-October before Leah began stopping by. She continues to post wonderful content over at her blog, The Goat's Lunch Pail and so very kindly keeps on coming back to my cyber world whenever I post. She's having surgery for bowel cancer, this week. Please keep this always-grateful, inspiring lady in your best thoughts.

fresh as a daisy


Shortly after that, the lovely Sue from Photowannabe left me a comment, and like those mentioned above, she too continues to visit regularly. Among other fine posts, she likes combining her wonderful photography with the alphabet. Stop by her blog to see what I mean.



It was New Year's Eve when Shammie first stopped by. She was known as ex-Shammickite then but eventually, she decided that once a Shammickite, always a Shammickite so she soon dropped the "ex." But she's never dropped my blog, and I'm most grateful for that. Give her a visit over at Rook's Nest.

beautiful swamp2

flower and bud

It was March 2008 before Out and About in New York City photographer Daryl left her first comment. She was sent by David McMahon from Authorblog who originally did the Post of the Day. Later he handed that baton over to me, and the POTW was born. He no longer blogs but many of you beautiful people are here because of David and for that, I will be forever grateful.

grape hyacinth

Arizona Sun blanket flower - Gaillardia

My seventh regular visitor who still visits today is the lovely and funny Michelle from House of Lime. She too, found my blog through David. Michelle/Lime is a fine writer with a terrific flair for humour. You won't regret it one bit if you stop by her blog for a visit.

Thank you, to all who have come by over the past seven years. And for sticking with me. The blogging world is a very encouraging, affirming and supportive community, and I'm thankful for, and enjoy each and every one of you who so kindly stop by to comment. I also appreciate those who silently lurk. If you're one of the latter, and have never commented before, I'd love it if you said "hi!" Maybe just this once?

More photos coming up soonish.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Dock of the Bay and Posts of the Week

I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay wasting time.
~ Otis Redding/Steve Cropper

I love our dock. Well maybe not the dock so much but rather the view of our lake which usually includes the dock. Though the conditions are different in most of the images, you might find this post a bit repetitive because many of them are of the same view - the dock. There's only so much one can expect from a dock. What can I say? You just can't teach an old dock new tricks.

first light
The first spark of light appears in the sky, soon to ignite the morning with vibrant hues. You can still see the solar powered lights on the dock. To them, it's still night.

misty morn10
Before too long the sun and clouds unite to provide colour and drama in the sky. The nights are cool. The day is warming. The hills are misty with change.

misty morn daylight
Before too long, most of the early morning colour is gone but the mist remains while the temperature rises.

home seen from the water2
Let's shake things up a little bit. Can you handle the excitement? Here the same dock as seen from the water. You can tell that our renovations are still incomplete.

gull and catch2'
I'm not the only one who is fond of the dock. This seagull spent quite a bit of time here, one day. It was only when I started snapping a few photos with the long lens, that I could see why.

gull and catch
It was hidden by his shadow in the first photo but here, you can plainly see that this gull had been busy fishing.

gull and catch4
Despite my distance from the gull, he seemed to sense my presence and grew uneasy with my prying camera lens. Seconds later he took off with his dinner.

dusk on muskie bay
Dusk on the bay is usually a subtle blend of colours. Since we face east, it's the morning which outdoes itself from one time to the next. But when the mosquitoes permit, it's still a lovely sight to look out over the bay before nightfall.

I seem to have fallen into a once-a-week posting pattern. I may or may not continue with that pace for a while but I do think I'll get back into more frequent posting, once summer is done. I'm just not in any hurry for this beautiful season to be over. I hope you're enjoying yours. More photos coming up sooner or later.

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And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.


Dependence Day
by Michelle
at House of Lime

We Were Constellations // Once
by Brian
at WaystationOne



Bird and Butterfly Stand-off
by Gail
at Louisiana Belle

Holding Up the Sky
by Fiona
at Lady Fi

Back Stroke
by Montanagirl
at Montanagirl's Photo Blog

Bride and Groom
by Andy
at Eye Candy

Kenya Anniversary
by Sue
at Photowannabe



by Birdie
at Ditching the Black Dog



In and Out
by Betsy
at My Five Men

The Way I See It
by Leah
at The Goat's Lunch Pail


An Awe Filled Moment
by Tabor
at One Day at a Time



Recommended by: Gail
Wonder Into Worship
by Anita
at Did You Bring Your Camera


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you