Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says

The Sign Says...

The Sign Says…

Please place carts here! I don’t typically shop at big box stores, but I must admit, I do like Target. And I love their logo and the red balls along the sidewalk in front of the store. In my opinion, they do a good job with their graphics, hence my choice today. I also like how they did the graphic on the sign to actually match the shape of their carts. This shot was taken with the camera in my iPhone 4s using the HDR option.

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Susie Strong

Our friend Susie Lindau is undergoing surgery for breast cancer this morning. Those of us who follow her blog and love her for her wit and humor are banding together to send a message of love and support. We know she’ll be fine and back to blogging, hiking, mountain biking and later in the year, skiing, but today we send healing energy for her complete recovery. Here’s the link to Susie’s blog: susielindau.com

We’re with you, girl!

Love,

Cathy

A Great Weekend

Poudre River

Poudre River

With our late spring, it seemed that all of my usual gardening activities came down to this one weekend. Fortunately, it lasted four days and I got a lot done! My vegetable garden is now fully vested and growing and I was able to purchase and plant my annual flowers that grace the outside spaces around our home – the decks and the courtyard. Definitely a work weekend, there is something very satisfying about getting all of those projects completed. It’s now time to enjoy the summer!

With the frenzy of chores, Peter and I did manage to see a movie on Sunday, and we went for a 31 mile bike ride yesterday. Here’s a shot of the river from the parking lot at the trailhead of the Poudre River Trail. It’s one of our favorite paved bike paths in our area. It starts in Windsor, Colorado and winds its way along the river for almost twenty miles to the town of Greeley. We were able to take our road bikes and ride at a fairly fast clip, while passing beautiful river scenes, red-wing blackbirds, pelicans (yes, we have pelicans in Colorado), hawks and sandpipers. We turned around at the 15.5 mile mark when we encountered these:

Time to Turn Around

Time to Turn Around

How was your holiday weekend?

Weekly Photo Challenge – In the Background

In the Background

In the Background

Here’s my interpretation of “In the Background” for this week’s challenge. It’s a portrait of Peter scuba diving off the island of St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean with his new best friend!

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Macro Monday #2

Stacked Tulip

Stacked Tulip

Here’s my submission for this week’s Macro Monday. Not only is it a macro, it is focus stacked – a technique where multiple shots are taken with progressive focusing and then combined using a program called Zerene Stacker. Because macro lenses have such a narrow depth of field, it’s about the only way to get this effect. I also used my CamRanger which tethers my Nikon D600 to my iPad and allows me to control the camera from there. Amazing technology!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Escape

Coyote Ridge Open Space

Coyote Ridge Open Space

When I want to escape from my day-to-day obligations and activities, I don’t have to go very far. Hiking in Colorado is a favorite past-time and with many trails within just a few minutes of my home, I can escape to a place of tranquility and peace. Here’s a shot I took earlier in the week on the Coyote Ridge Trail – five minutes from my house.

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Wish Me Luck

Open Wide

Open Wide

My sixth dentist in four years
The first one botched a crown,
then wanted to put a filling in
the jaw where the bone had eroded
I didn’t let him but
now I have a 9mm pocket…

The second did help me.
In the second opinion,
he identified my cross-bite.
You need braces, he said,
to save that tooth.
After being tortured
by his hygienist with the
damned Ultrasound thingy
He examined my teeth
through my new braces
and said: Well, you’ll probably
lose that tooth anyway
but at least your teeth will be straight.
Thanks, Bud…

The third, the periodontist,
was great. After looking at my mouth,
he said: You have a very weird bite.
(Really, that’s exactly what he said)
Get that fixed or anything I would do
won’t last…

The fourth, my orthodontist, is a great guy.
Eighteen months of braces
while listening to me whine,
Then Invisaligns, which I’m still wearing.
My teeth are aligning and it’s a great
weight management program to boot.
He’s been with me through all of this
And I am grateful.
The pocket hasn’t gotten worse,
maybe it’s a little better,
and I still have my tooth…

The fifth was my most recent
general dentist. I didn’t see her much
except for an exam where she
always said: You’re stable.
Hmmm, stable.
I guess that’s better than not.
The thing is, she had her hygienist
do so many superfluous tests on me
that she never had time to actually
clean my teeth, except with the
ultrasound thingy – which now
kills me because my teeth are sensitive
from the braces – even when I begged
her not to…

So why did I go four times?
Maybe loyalty, but mostly inertia.
The thought of going through
interviewing and trying another dentist
and telling my story one more time
is just plain daunting.
But I would never treat my own patients
the way I’ve been treated there…

So here I go again.
I see number six today.
Maybe today is different
Maybe this new guy will listen
Maybe he’ll treat me with respect
and just maybe he’ll be a very good dentist…