Bulldawgs and Yellow Jackets: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This week, Cee asks that you find photo inspiration in the chorus of the song, My Favorite Things:

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Since I live in the city of Atlanta, in the Land of College Football, my immediate thought on reading these lyrics was the intense rivalry between our two state university teams, the Georgia Bulldogs (dog bites!)

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and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (bee stings!).

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Which brought back wonderful memories of football games at my alma mater, the University of Georgia.

Tailgating!

Tailgating! Image source: some random dude (my camera and ticket stub, though) Photo “collage” by me.

(As you may gather by the hair styles and price of student tickets, this was quite some time ago.  Look, is that a dinosaur in the background!?!)

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Image source: my college roommate, Beth.

I never spent much time watching the actual game, but watching all the people and hanging out with my “besties” amidst the excitement and fervor of a game day, was a highlight of my college experience.  I’m very fortunate to count quite of a few of my college buddies as friends still today, and they are definitely a source of support and joy, in good times and bad.

Recently, I acquired some new happy images to associate with the Georgia Bulldogs.

My husband, who also went to Georgia, dug out an old Bulldogs blanket to make a bed for our sweet foster pup, Beau, who is rapidly becoming part of our hearts and our family.

Beau, cuddled up on his Georgia Bulldog blanket with all of his toys.

Beau, cuddled up on his Georgia Bulldog blanket with all of his toys.

So, when I’m feeling sad,

I can simply remember some my favorite things (old and new!) and then I don’t feel so bad!

(Gooooooooo dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof.)

Oh, Go Fly a Kite! (Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge)

Scrambling a little this week to get my entry into Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which comes from the song, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!”

Every spring we vacation in Rosemary Beach, Florida with the whole family. Racing around on the beach,  dragging a kite through the sky is a big part of our fun!

With tuppence for paper and strings, You can have your own set of wings,

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With your feet on the ground, You’re a bird in a flight, With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite

High as a Kite

Oh, oh, oh! Let’s go fly a kite, Up to the highest height!

Flying DuoLet’s go fly a kite and send it soaring,

IMG_2854Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favorite Things, Verse 3

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
Silver white winters that melt into springs,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this Week is particularly challenging, since I live in Atlanta and there’s not a lot going on in the way of silver white winters.

However, we did have a couple of freaky snow storms last year (known as Snow-pocalypse and Snow Jam 2014), so I can at least give you an interpretation:

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Views of the snow storm from my eyrie. It was quite lovely, until the reality kicked in that I was trapped there overnight.

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A southern “blizzard.”  Normally we just have the Dairy Queen kind.

 

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And yes, it was one of my favorite things, for about 5 minutes, warmly bundled and clutching a hot toddy.

 

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Snowflakes were doing something to my nose and eyelashes. Please note the designer gloves. I felt like a heel.

 

And since it’s Atlanta, where the weather changes its clothes swifter than a runway model:

It all melted into spring in about 48 hours.  The next week it was 80 degrees.  Seriously.

It all melted into spring in about 48 hours. The next week it was 80 degrees. Seriously.

This Land Is Your Land: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This week, Cee brings her Fun Foto Challenge to an American classic, a song I remember as a wildly off-tune warble from my grade school assembly days: This Land Was Made for You and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,

I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled
and I followed my footsteps, 

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 

And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.

The anthem somehow survived the crappy crooning of my childhood to invoke some really lovely imagery for me as an adult. A few random photos from my stash, representing my favorites:

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A golden valley

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My Favorite Things Verse Two: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

I had so much fun participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge last week, that I couldn’t wait for this Tuesday’s assignment: find photo inspiration in the second verse of the song, “My Favorite Things,” from the Sound of Music.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.

I was feelin’ artsy and I had a giant stockpile of props and inspiration a mile down the street, so I decided to do a “creative” interpretation, à la the Wally World way.

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Rose colored ponies…

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and crisp toaster strudel,

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Disney Belles…

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And cat toy bells…

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and a row of boxed noodles,

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ETs that fly ‘cross the moon on their bikes…

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And everything’s rolled back, just look at that price!

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Tardy to the Party: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

I’m just now pulling my head out of mythe sand from the holidays and getting back into blogging.

More importantly, I’ve finally had a chance to catch up with some of my favorite bloggers and see what they’ve been up to.  Quite a few of them have been responding to various (and very interesting) challenges from “Cee’s Photography,” so I did a somewhat nosy mosey over to her site to see what was going on.

And OMG, she has the most fabulous photo challenge using song verses to inspire subject matter in photos.  Last week’s challenge (thus the tardy to my party) was the first verse of “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things

I do hope it’s okay to jump in a little late, because I have:

Brodie, the Detective Inspector.

Brodie, the Detective Inspector.

an awesome whiskery kitten photo, that I feel cannot be looked at enough, because it makes me smile (and admittedly, inwardly “squee!”) each time I see it.

As for the rest, we are visiting my Mom-in-Law, Linda, this weekend, and she’s got tons of awesome props for photo inspiration and staging.

I’ve had so much fun running around the house this morning making and taking pictures, that I would love to share my other (interpretive) images:

Some of Linda's gorgeous stained glass artwork

Some of Linda’s gorgeous stained glass artwork

Raindrops on roses…

It's copper, it starts with a "c" and I found it in the kitchen...

It’s copper, it starts with a “c” and I found it in the kitchen…

Bright copper colanders kettles…

Well, warm, wooly fingerless mitts. Still, very close.

Well, warm, wooly fingerless mitts. Still, very close.

and warm woolen mittens…

A "tableau" at the wrapping table.

A “tableau” at the wrapping table.

brown paper packages, tied up with string…

(This challenge has been one of my favorite things!)