Oddball Animals – COB January 28, 2018

Oddball Animals – COB January 28, 2018

cob-bannerCee’s Oddball Challenge is for those photographs that don’t really fit into a common category. There is no theme to this challenge; what is odd ball is up to you. For this weeks challenge, I pulled out some old photos with an Animal Theme. More vacation photos. 


What an inviting place to sit!

Alligator Jaws. Belize
Alligator Jaws. Belize


But then again, this guy is not too inviting either.

shark (1 of 1)
Shark mouth entrance. Padre Island

A pair of pink flamingos

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Pink Flamingos. Roatan

I think this one came off my husband’s camera.

Deer Head (1 of 1)
Deer Head

To end it all, a cuddly towel elephant

Towel Elephant (1 of 1)
Carnival Towel Elephant


Cee’s Odd-ball Challenge – Vacation Oddities

Cee’s Odd-ball Challenge – Vacation Oddities

Cee’s Oddball Challenge is for those photographs that don’t really fit into a common category. There is no theme to this challenge; what is odd ball is up to you.  


For this week, I have chose some odd vacation photos. The  “Kokopelli” below was discovered in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

“Scrappy” is an unusual elk to be sure. Taken when we stopped for gas, somewhere in South Dakota.

Metal Elk
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

 Many towns have taken to painting murals on the sides of old buildings to commemorate the town’s history and culture. I can’t remember the town, but the two below were taken in Colorado.

Colorado Mural
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding
Colorado Mural
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

Of course, if you are looking for oddities, there is always Branson, Missouri

Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding




Imitation in Photography

Imitation in Photography

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more forgiving, starting with myself. Here is my first opportunity. Each week, Lost in Translation creates a photography challenge based on a theme. I thought this week’s theme was Imitation but apparently that was a theme from September! Since I went to all the work of putting this post together (and sort of like it, if I say so myself), I decided to post it, even if I can’t link it back to the original. BTW, if you are interested in this weeks challenge (which ends tomorrow) visit Thursday’s Special photography challenge.

Imitation – A thing intended to simulate or copy something else

In deference to the old saying, imitation is not just flattery. Imitation takes many forms, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear (or don’t wear). Imitation is found in art, movies, even nature.  Isn’t it ironic that the medium of this challenge is the photograph, which is nothing more than an imitation of the real subject?

Below are my contributions to the photo theme ‘Imitation’

To imitate is to pretend. In the photo below, a beautiful woman poses for photographs wearing tight jeans and a vest. But she is only pretending to wear clothes; in reality she is wearing nothing but body art. Photo taken at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota 


Film often imitates life and life imitates film. The photo below of King Kong climbing a skyscraper was taken in Branson Missouri. Here, a replica of King Kong imitates the movie King Kong, which is an imitation of …not sure I really want to find out

King Kong climbing skyscraper Branson Missouri

Nature is the great imitator (sorry Charlie Chaplin) and uses camouflage to blend into with their surroundings. In this photo, a small insect mimics the green leaves of a plant, barely seen unless you look closely


Is this a woman imitating a fish, or a fish imitating a woman?  Taken at Mermaid’s Gardens in Skagway, Alaska


Finally, imitation finds its way into our life through art as few of us can afford originals. my last photo is a replica of Van Gogh’s 3 Sunflowers in a Vase. This massive painting can be found in Goodland Kansas and was part of the Big Easel project 


I hope you enjoyed by interpretation of ‘Imitation’. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs and texts on this blog are copyrighted by me, Susan Spaulding and may not be used without permission..







Multi-Colored (One Word Photo Challenge)

Multi-Colored (One Word Photo Challenge)

Welcome All to 2018. I came across a new photo challenge quite by accident  and I this would be a great way to start of a new year of blogging. The theme is ‘Multi-Colored’.  I hope you enjoy these, and feel free to leave me a message letting me know what you think.

Thanks to Travel with Intent for hosting the challenge.

This first one is one of our trees seen through the colored glass of my hummingbird feeder

©Susan Spaulding

Autumn  Leaves

Colorful Trees
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Early morning on the Lido Deck of a cruise ship

Breeze (5 of 7)
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New York City (Time Square)



The Zombie Contingency (Sunday Photo Fiction)

The Zombie Contingency (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Photo Credit: Anonymous

For centuries, the Ectos chose to live peacefully in the shadows. A once mighty race, the atrocities of the Hominini forced them into exclusion. The Ectos could not understand why the larger and more powerful Hominini feared them. All the Ectos wanted was to co-exist. But how?

‘Maybe if we show them a better way,’ said their Queen. She sent out her best messengers to teach the Hominini the secrets of a perfect society.

‘To their builders, share the secrets of our architecture,’ she said

‘And to their scientists, teach them the ways of travel.’

She sent messengers to their government leaders, extoll the blessing of communal living and shared responsibility, and to their artists, the path to creativity.

No secret was withheld. The Queen waited for news that the Hominini were ready to join with them in peace.

But none returned.

In her anger, the Queen declared: No more will we hunker in the shadows. We gave them a choice and they refused. Now they must suffer the consequences.”

 “What will you do, mighty Queen?”

‘The Hominini have one great fear that will be their undoing. Time to execute the Zombie Contingency*.’

* The Zombie Contingency is a fear that every bug you ever killed will one day come back to seek revenge. Once executed, there is no turning back. All we can do is pray. 


Praying Mantis (1 of 1)
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding



Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. Thank to the anonymous contributor for this week’s challenge.



Adding Beauty to Life

Adding Beauty to Life

What can you do today to add more beauty to your life? 

That question was posed to me this morning while journaling. One of the ways I find beauty is through photographs. The photos below were taken early this foggy Autumn morning.

I love how the leaves burst with color. The fog provides an eerie glow in the background.

Fall Morning (2 of 1)
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

I am the first to admit that what I capture through the camera lens cannot compare with what I see with my eye. With a little editing using Adobe Lightroom, however, I can come close.

Fall Morning (3 of 1)
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last nearly long enough and life gets to busy too really enjoy it. Now that it is November,  there won’t be many more days before the weather turns cold and the leaves turn brown and drop.


Fall Morning (1 of 1)
Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

I hope you find a little beauty in your life today, no matter where you are.

CCFC – The Letter J

CCFC – The Letter J

It’s Saturday morning and although I have a million things I need to do, I took some time to have a little fun with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week is Letter J. The rules are the photo subject must be least 6 letters long. The “J” can be anywhere in the word, and using an adjective to extend the length of the word is perfectly OK. I had lots of ideas but couldn’t find time to photograph so I had to settle for some vacation photos. There is always next week.

Many thanks to Cee’s Photography for providing the opportunity to play around with photography in a creative way.  If you are interested in joining Cee’s Letter Challenge, check out this link Challenge

My first ‘J’ photo is Alligator Jaws. This was taken in Belize. 

Alligator Jaws

The next “J” is beautiful Jamaica. This was taken from the top steps of Rose Hall, the home of the famous ‘White Witch of Rose Hall’. 

Jamaica (1 of 1)

My last ‘J’ is Juneau, Alaska and the Mendenhall Glacier.

Glacier Juneau (1 of 1)



A day at the beach

A day at the beach

Every afternoon, Tommy and his mother strolled two blocks to the beach. At three years old, Tommy displayed a remarkable talent for building sandcastles. His father boasted that Tommy was ordained to become the next Frank Lloyd Wright. His practical mother pretended no such grandeur. To her, Tommy was just a little boy who loved playing in the sand.


Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding
Rumors (Friday Fictioneers)

Rumors (Friday Fictioneers)

Photo Prompt: J. Hardy Carroll

The Madison Shoe factory closed 50 years ago. Rumor was the owner walked in one day, fired everyone on the spot, then locked himself inside. A week later, the police found him hanging from the rafters. None of the normal suicide reasons applied; he just killed himself. His son tried to sell the factory but there were no buyers. Like the old man cursed the building when he died. It belongs to the city now. Kids drive by on a dare, searching the windows for the old man. He never shows himself.

That’s the rumor at least.

Friday Fictioneer’s is a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting this challenge and J.Hardy Carroll for this week’s prompt.

Cee’s Foto Fun – The Letter E

Cee’s Foto Fun – The Letter E

This week is Letter E – Needs to have two E’s in the topic word (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.).  For my photo subject, I chose  ‘Weeds’. A weed is any wild plant that grows in unwanted areas. We do have a lot of weeds in our yard but some like the ones below add a natural beauty. So maybe they aren’t really weeds after all.  

WRP2 (3 of 5)
© Susan Spaulding

I am not sure what the one above is; below is the dandelion weed. Every child’s favorite.

WRP2 (5 of 5)
© Susan Spaulding

The next one is the remains of Black Eye Susan’s. They bloomed in late summer but are starting to die now.

© Susan Spaulding

This one is called White Prairie Aster

© Susan Spaulding

This one is a type of foxtail.

© Susan Spaulding