Friday, January 23, 2015

Random Memories and Posts of the Week

A few random photos. I hope you enjoy.

little red brat
This adorable little red squirrel is young. His tail isn't even long enough to keep his head warm. He was hanging around our place for quite a few weeks but like so many other sweet creatures around here, he just upped and disappeared one day. Anyway, on this day, he held this position for the longest time and though it was shot through glass at near dusk, you can still see the forlorn look on his adorable little face. "Where have all the peanuts gone?"

cardboard face
Here's another rather unhappy face. It's the cardboard in which the charger and cord came with a Kobo Arc. Seeing faces in everyday inanimate things is called pareidolia.

The bright eye of a female Hairy woodpecker checking me out through the kitchen window.

It kind of looks as if the walls are bowing inward but that's just the shadow cast by the openings in the side of that lamp, and they're actually on the wall behind it - which ends at that hallway off to the right.

STELLA! She's Frank's sons' beautiful girl.

laundry in the sun2
Laundry never seems to end. And rarely does it catch my eye in an attractive way but I liked the way these towels looked in the sunlight which streamed in through another window.

hello beauty
Don't we get the most beautiful visitors?

More photos coming up soonish.


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.


The Best Medicine
by Shammickite
at Rook's Nest


New Year's Day 2015
by DJan
at DJan-ity

Lake Roger's Park
by Author R. Mac Wheeler
at R. Mac Wheeler



Zero to Ten
by YaYa
at Whispering Pines


by Jim
at Suldog

Coffee, Reflections and Music
by A Cuban in London
at Un Cubano en Londres

The Hair
by Joe
at Cranky Old Man


Abstract Lights 
by Linda
at The View From Squirrel Ridge


Recommended by: TexWisGirl
Nature Smiling

by Paul
at Shutterbugs Capturing the World Around Us

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


TexWisGirl said...

thanks for shining some light on paul's GLORIOUS post! ;)

LOVE that tiny, itty-bitty squirrel!!! OMG! and stella, too. so cute! you do get some awesome visitors! off to go visit some blogs, now!

TexWisGirl said...

(the link to cuban in london has an extra dash at the end - might stop folks from finding the post.) :)

Hilary said...

Thank you, Tex. Clearly, I don't pay you enough. ;)

Linda said...

Thanks for mentioning my Abstract Lights! They are fun to do.

Love that deer photo!

Bob Bushell said...

Number 1 is my favourite, it is out of this world. All pictures are special Hilary.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

neat photo of the walls and shadows of the lamp

chilly today, but nice and sunny

Linda said...

That little squirrel in the first picture really touched me. He is so cute. We have lots of gray squirrels, but no others.

Love the deer looking right at you. So handsome!

joeh said...

Something about the towel picture.

Thanks for the potw

Leah J. Utas said...

Love how you love the light. And that squirrel just looks so downcast.

Suldog said...

Thank you, Hilary! It's always a wonderful surprise to have a piece of mine chosen as one of your "Posts of the Week". That it was one wherein I was serious, rather than my usual sort of semi-humorous fluff, makes it even more so. It makes me feel like Curly from the Three Stooges getting an Oscar for portraying Hamlet.

Barb said...

Hilary, I like visiting you, too - I don't wonder that the critters are drawn to you. I see in your former post that you've had cold and snow - so have we here in the Rocky Mountains of CO. I just came home from skiing in it. I love your inside photos of the light and Stella is gorgeous.

Leave It To Davis said...

The red squirrel....just awwwwwwwww!!!! I hope you went and found some more nuts for him! The deer is beautiful....and I see faces in the swirls in my bathroom floor, and they never look the same. I didn't know there was a name for that! Learn something new every day!

DJan said...

The first and the last pictures just stole my heart right away! And thanks for the POTW! :-)

William Kendall said...

Stella's adorable!

I wonder if animals we photograph wonder what on earth that little device is we hold up in their presence.

L. D. said...

I like all of the photos but the dog's shot is wonderful to see.

messymimi said...

"Pareidolia" is a new word for me -- i never realized my propensity to see faces that way had a name.

Poor little squirrel, i want to bring him something! You do get beautiful visitors.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I' smitten with that squirrel, Stella, and your visitor. (why can't I ever spell squirrel right?)

Terra said...

I especially like the squirrel photo, and I must tell you I bought a valentine card for my husband and it says "I am one smitten kitten." Shhh, don't tell him, but I thought you would like the smitten word.

Tabor said...

You have the most marvelous photographic eye. I learn from you everytime I come here and am working on trying to replicate the soft romance lighting you find in everything.

Andy said...

I was impressed with your red squirrel. For the first time in 30 years that I have lived here one showed up at my my backyard this winter. I put peanuts out for them. He was the first squirrel that figured out how to get seed from my squirrel proof bird feeder. Just like your's he has disappeared. I hope he is only hibernating and will return.

Red said...

I think your squirrel is pouting! Great series of photos.

stephen Hayes said...

That little red squirrel is so cute it makes me want to squeeze him, but I won't.

ellen abbott said...

Always fun to see through your eyes.

Shammickite said...

Hehehehe just realised you awarded me (and Isaac) a POTW, WOW!!! Thank you, Isaac will be so happy when I tell him.
Meanwhile, you have posted some more terrific pictures, love the basket of towels! And the little red squilly. Only big grey or black bruisers around here.
And as for your comment on my cake post... when I turn thirty, huh? I WISH!

Anvilcloud said...

That one picture is quite the optical illusion.

Cloudia said...

Sweet photos! Thanks for doing POTW

Seeing faces in everyday inanimate things is called pareidolia.

and thanks for THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALOHA from Honolulu

Frank Baron said...

I really like the lamp and hamper shots. Doozia dobra.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I know they want to move into my attic and chew the walls but GOSH red squirrels are cute :)

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice choices

Anita said...

I've missed my visits to you, Hilary! Once again, I'm trying to get back on track. Happy New Year!

Thanks for teachng me a new word. Your picture is an excellent example of "pareidolia."

The shot of Stella captures my heart this morning because my dog is sick. I wish she'd get back to the happy face that Stella has.

ds said...

Pareidolia. Thanks for adding to my vocabulary! Love love the lamp/hallway shot--it has the hushed beauty of a cathedral. You really do get the sweetest, most beautiful visitors.
More cool reading to catch up on--yay!!

Rita said...

Squirrels have territories and young ones are forced out at a certain age. So maybe the little one is now off defending its own spot? One can hope.

You do have beautiful visitors. ;) I love the play of light on the towels and the weird shadows in the hallway. Great random shots. Oh, and I didn't know there was a name for finding faces everywhere--LOL!

Daryl said...

Stella is a beauty ... so are the squirrel (!!!) and that darling deer ... and excellent choices for the latest POTW

Brian Miller said...

wow. that is a pretty cool effect of the light making the walls bow...ha....and what a cute pups...

hey i know a few of those posts of the week...smiles.

have a lovely weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm impressed with the photos you take through glass. I have never mastered fact, I'm pretty poor at it!

photowannabe said...

Oh that dejected little squirrel. What a precious picture. Love your Hairy Woodpecker too. You really have the wildlife right out your window. Love it.

yaya said...

I thought that little squirrel was blessing his food before he dug in! As always, you do have the best creatures and pics! Thanks for the shout out on my are way too nice! Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

I just want to reach into that photo, scoop up that little squirrel and cuddle him. He's so precious! I hope he's nice and warm somewhere. Love all of the photos but I fell in love with him. Congrats to the POTW!

Ruby said...

Very interesting and beautiful pictures in today's post!! I loved the squirrel!

Ruby said...

Very interesting and beautiful pictures in today's post!! I loved the squirrel!

Grayquill said...

If Stella is Frank's son's beauty....I kinda feel sorry for Frank's son.
Great pictures also :-)

Mage said...

Thanks for all your nice notes on this series. I'm also putting them up on Facebook, and have a good number of responses there too.

Granddaughter Zoe: She's typically full of energy and fun, but G and I really worry about her. Alcoholics on all sides and her father a psychopath in for 20 to life. So we worry.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Thank you once again for sharing your beautiful pictures and your POTW choices. You are a blessing, Hilary. ♥

Jenn Jilks said...

I love that, 'soonish!' Good you are out there in the world, as I sort of hibernate, hermit-like, around here! Put out my achilles tendon, too! sigh.

Gail Dixon said...

That is the most adorable squirrel EVER!

I follow Faces In Things on Twitter and it's certainly a day brightener. They'd probably love to get your cord package to share.

Congrats to all the POTWers. That's such a generous thing you do.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty shots. I really like the one with the hall and the light.

Merisi said...

It is always such a pleasant gift to wander amongst your photographs, read the words, breath in and enjoy!
Thank you,

Indrani said...

Awesome set of pics again. the little cardboard face made me smile. :)

Laura said...

what a beautiful series Hilary!

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks for the acknowledgement. It is an honour. especially as it sits next to your marvellous photos. Loved the one of the squirrel! :-)

Greetings from London.

What Karen Sees said...

I just love your animal and bird photos. Makes me almost think I can look our my window and see the views of nature that your camera sees!

Pauline said...

Joy - more good reads!

Such an eye for detail you have. My favorite this time around is the light on the towels.

Betty Manousos said...

great play of the light and shadow, hilary. awesome! and thanks for the to check them out.

big hugs!

The Happy Whisk said...

Love that first photo.