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Teddy and I share a birthday – we are both 52 today!  He got a new silk bow to celebrate our birthday.  Teddy was a gift to me from my godparents when I was first born and as you can see, he’s experienced a lot of love over the years.  We’ve been companions through thick and thin. There was no question what photo I’d be posting for this theme.

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It doesn’t get any grungier than this fella.  He had crawled out of the mucky, swampy area on one side of the path and seemed to be headed towards the cool pond not far from the nesting goose.  Hopefully he was just headed for a dip and not thinking he was going to get some eggs for dinner.

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During our walk at the arboretum we headed towards the pond in search of some good shots for this theme.  We happened upon this nesting goose just perched along the shoreline overlooking the water.  Her protective mate was just beyond, hissing and showing his teeth so we didn’t stick around too long.  I wished I could have had a peek at the eggs she was sitting upon.  I was curious about how many eggs were in the nest.

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The ducks at the arboretum were enjoying an afternoon snack in the pond, and the bright orange feet caught my eye because they were such a bold contrast to the dark water and black and white feathers of this duck derriere.

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These are Bald Cypress roots, or Knees as they are sometimes called.  The roots protrude from the ground around the tree.  We visited the nearby Arboretum today and this was the first time I’d seen these.  The looked like petrified gophers to me, or some sort of magical and mystical creatures that had been frozen in time by an evil being.

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I have a feeling I’ll be posting more than one “Reflections” picture during the course of this challenge.  It’s a theme I like capturing when I have the opportunity.  More often than not it’s a water shot, so I like that this one was a little different, capturing the reflection of the tile table in a glass of red wine.

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A selection of cooking tools you won’t find in most modern kitchens.  A honey spoon or dipper in the front – these wooden utensils capture honey in the grooves to drizzle over a steaming hot biscuit.  The center is an old pastry wheel that DH’s grandmother gave me.  It’s used for cutting pie crusts and it had been on long-term loan to her younger sister but when her sister stopped baking (at 88), Granny insisted on having it back so she could give it to me.  The utensil in the back is a lemon zester used for scrapping lemon zests for adding flavor to your meals.

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A neglected porch on a seemingly abandoned home on the north fork of Long Island, but it still had enough charm to catch my eye.  The table and the empty flower pot seemed to call back to a time when the home and porch shared better times.  I could almost picture the family coming and going as someone sat on a rocker enjoying a cold, freshly squeezed lemonade.

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I figured I’d post another tool shot after the girly-girl pink flowers from yesterday.  This belonged to my father (and perhaps my grandfather) before it found it’s way into my toolbox.  It’s an old Plane, for shaving and smoothing wood.  I remember watching my dad shaving the edge of a wood door to reduce the friction when it was sticking in the humid summer weather.  I layered a couple of pre-sets and played with the coloring a bit to soften the shot.

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After a dreary gray winter spring is trying to arrive (despite the drenching rain that came today compliments of Ron I’m sure).  The Rhododendrons are getting ready to burst into bloom – should be in full regalia this weekend when it hits 72 with sunshine in abundance.  I may regret using the Pink theme before my azaleas join the party, but right now this cheerful pink bloom seems to fit the bill.

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These massive steel cables and the fasteners intersect the space above the Rotunda at the NY Mets’ new Citi Field stadium.  I’m not sure just what they do, but I’m pretty certain they are an intregal part of holding up this part of the stadium.  (enlarge the photo to really experience the space)

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This beautiful sculpture of an Osprey, titled “Morning Call”, overlooks the harbor and marina in Greenport, LI.  Made of welded bronze wire, this sculpture by R.J. Bessim was fashioned from beams salvaged from the World Trade Center.

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Primary colors are groups of colors that can be combined to create other colors.  Although you were probably taught in school that Red, Yellow and Blue were the primary colors, the choice is actually arbitrary depending on the use and need.   Some color wheels use four primaries and include Green in the mix.  In printing you’ll see magenta, cyan and yellow as the primary colors.  Orange, green and violet were the primary colors used in an early color photographic process known as autochrome.  These yellow pencils were in a glass sitting in front of a red vase and I liked the bold contrast of colors – Red and Yellow, two of the traditional primaries I grew up with.

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One of the last remnants of the construction shots…  This shot of a pair of blue rubber gloves has patiently been waiting for it’s turn to be posted.   The gloves had casually been left laying on the cardboard but the bold blue and white with the “slashes and splatters” of the brown kraft of the torn cardboard caught my eye.  They almost have the appearance of a modern art painting with the bold, contrasting colors and expressive patterns.

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From the Bill of Rights – Third Amendment to the Constitution: 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Another photo from yesterday’s event.  I was proud to be speaking out for a change I believe in rather than sitting by, quietly complaining and doing nothing.  I was proud to be part of this peaceable assembly to exercise the free rights that we as Americans enjoy because of the blood, sweat, tears and hard-fought battles of our forefathers before us and the soldiers that defend us, then and now.

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Today across the country American taxpayers gathered in groups small and large to let their voices be heard, to shout aloud that they oppose the growing federal debt, excessive taxation and out of control spending.  This gathering in the small town of Riverhead, NY drew a crowd that I’d guess to have been about 500 people.  This small event was part of a much bigger event.  Around the country there were hundreds of groups meeting, with crowds numbering in the thousands.  Playing off the Boston Teaparty that took place many years ago, this grassroots movement referred to itself as the Tax Day Tea Party.  If you’re interested in more information you can check it out here.

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I thought you might like to see the inside of those pretty red, yellow and orange peppers that were the subject of a recent post.  I guess this is getting some bang for my bucks – two photos and a meal all from one trio of peppers.

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Primary colors (red, blue and yellow) have a Complimentary color that is mixed from the two primary colors that sit directly opposite on the color wheel.   Red and Yellow mix to make Orange, which sits directly opposite Blue, making Blue and Orange Complimentary colors.  When mixed together in paints, complimentary colors make a nuetral, murky gray but in when displayed side by side they make for a bold yet eye-catching and pleasing color combination.  I love putting daffodils in this blue and white pitcher that belonged to my grandmother, especially when they have these bold orange trumpets to compliment the blue.

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A busy day this Easter Sunday so I’m relying on the archives posting this photo taken back in March.  I’m guessing it is probably an old anchor chain, it’s now spending it’s days defining the edge of a parking lot in Greenport, Long Island.  I like the massive quality of the links and the added structure of the crossbar to give additional strength to each link.  This is a chain you can depend upon.

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Easter eggs are a traditional symbol this time of year with decorated eggs given to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime.  From Wikipedia’s info on the symbolism of the Easter Egg: “The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth.”  

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating!

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