#Memorial Day 2017

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Normally, we think about all those who fought for American ideals and dreams on Memorial Day. I can’t help but feel it more personally, too. My dad was part of The Greatest Generation, the oldest generation with any living members who fought in a World War. 

He was 19 and a chemical engineering major at UW Madison in 1944, when he enlisted in the US Army. He spent his 6 weeks in boot camp, and was immediately sent to France. Two months later, he and a German soldier faced each other in a trench. The German’s bullet hit the pen in PFC Ranscht’s left breast pocket, and glanced off into his left arm, shattering the humerus. When he returned to the USA, he left his left arm in France.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Check out K’lee’s and Dale’s entries in the Cosmic Photo Challenge, and learn how to play along. With a theme like Man’s Best Friend (K’lee’s choice for this week), you’d expect a gallery of dogs at their most lovable and disarming, right? Maybe like this?

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Mina and Hugh, Sister and Brother, Man’s Best Friends

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

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That is this week’s theme for Dale and K’lee‘s Cosmic Photo Challenge. Visit both of them to see their always-amazing interpretations, and learn how to play along. They welcome your most extreme creativity from straight shots to post-processing par excellence!

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Dale and K’lee‘s Cosmic Photo Challenge theme for this week is I’ve Got the Monday Blues. Visit both their sites to see the beautiful, cool, and crazy stuff they came up with, and learn how to play along.

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I do love sparkly things.

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge, H20 (part 2)

Guest Host Lignum Draco suggested  Water for this week’s theme.

Soapfilm Pareidolia

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Soapfilm Pareidolia (artistic interpretation)

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge, H20 (part 1)

Guest Host Lignum Draco suggested  Water for this week’s theme.

Smooth as Mirrored Glass

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I found no rule against using a previously published photo here, so here it is again — unless you’ve never seen it before, then it’s brand new! 

San Diego, California in the USofA, is located in a coastal desert. Authorities claim we’ve averaged 10.34″ of rainfall a year over the last 30 years, but I suspect they round up to the next inch every time they measure — real glass-half-full kinds of folks.)

Every now and then, we do get enough rain to saturate the clay-infused ground and create some splash-worthy puddles. Some last a few days. That’s what I found a couple days after one of last winter’s storms, with the wind at a complete standstill.

I do love my iPhone camera — convenient and always ready.

(Full disclosure. I previously posted this image in response to the prompt, “Water”, for Dale and K’lee’s highly interpretive Cosmic Photo Challenge.)

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Dale and K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is a chance to make good art. (Thank you, Neil Gaiman!) This week, K’lee chose Shadows and Silhouettes for the theme. If you click on the theme, you can learn how to play along. Join us! Leave your fields to flower, your cheese to sour — you’ve got magic to do and good art to make!

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Silhouettes at stripey-sky sunset
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Hermini Stranger’s wand
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Shadows and spiders and flies, oh my!
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Moondream silhouette

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