Lens-Artist Challenge #196: Humor

This week’s host, John of John’s Space challenges us to explore HUMOR in our photography. I had to scratch my head a little bit for this one. Did I have any photos that fell into this category? And then, suddenly a flood of memories of photos I’ve taken over the years started coming back to me.

First up: Backyard critters!

Our backyard critters, like these squirrels, are always quite humorous and entertaining! Seriously, the way they twist and turn their bodies to get to the food is quite fascinating to say the least!

Dogs:

Dogs have such wonderful personalities. They’re like kids and come up with the most unexpected!

And then, life just happens!

Well, the U.S. Post Office may not think this photo is as funny as I did. So much for getting through sleet and snow!

Everyday Humans:

I don’t know if this guy was supposed to be Shakespeare or Christopher Columbus, but he definitely turned a few heads as he came strolling through the bar in Beaufort, SC.

“Feed the birds… Tuppence a bag….” This man was a regular at the Pier on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He definitely had them eating out of his hands and off his head!

Things that make you go “hmmmmm.”

And then there are things you stumble on and wonder about the person who came up with an idea like this?

Signs. Signs. Everywhere a sign.

And of course, you can’t forget about the “signs that are everywhere!

Thank you, John for this fun and humorous trip down memory lane and the reminder that humor is all around us, even when it seems like the world is in utter chaos!

Keep your camera handy, folks! You never know when that once in a lifetime photo-op will happen!

Until next time!

~donna

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Happy Friday!

~Donna

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Thoughts – Staying Focused

My 52 Week Photography Challenge took a detour…….well it pretty much stalled.  I have no clue why except that I just grew busy with life and other activities.  It’s really ok because it served it’s purpose for jump starting my photography in 2019.  And, it definitely gave my father something to do this winter when it was just a little too cold for him to venture outside and tinker in the yard (read my post here  52 Week Challenge: Week 2 – “My Everyday”). The remainder of the challenge list has some fun/interesting topics coming up so perhaps I’ll get inspired and hit the reset button…..we’ll see ;-)!

Photography Challenge or not, I am still (err) focused on my photography and continue to find other outlets and opportunities to broaden my skills.  I finally pulled together my website (Donna Robinson Photography) and I have shot a corporate event and a newborn photo session, too!  Plus, I have a part-time job helping a friend of ours (a personal trainer) with his social media, shooting his instructional videos and shooting other content for marketing purposes.  So, yes, I’m still actively following my passion!

 

And then there is always our backyard.  Between the garden, the birds and the critters there is always something to photograph.  The camera and “the big lens” as my husband refers to it, comes out every evening as we sit on our patio and catch-up about the day.

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This beautiful blue tipped hawk was out shopping in our yard one evening.

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The squirrels are always entertaining at how nimble they are.  But, we had to scale back on the bird feeders because they were devouring our supply too quickly!

 

My husband moved the bird bath to the front of the flower bed and the activity has definitely picked up!  This little guy spent 2 – 3 minutes cleaning up!

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Let’s Ride!

But our favorite critters are the chipmunks!  They are fast and efficient in how they gather their food.  We’ve actually given three (3) of them names because of their consistent patterns for gathering food:  “Lefty” because he comes out from the rocks on the left side of the house; “Malcom” because he comes in from the top middle of the wall; and the “Righty” because…….well you get the point.

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This little guy found water in the base of this lantern.

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Seriously?!?!  When have you ever seen a chipmunk in a tree?  Needless to say, he didn’t reach the bird feeder………but, he found the stash we left on the ground for him.

Michael’s convinced that he can get them trained to eat out of his hands by the end of summer.  He may be right……one little guy is getting brave and comes closer to us every night!

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Now I know why some of my petunias didn’t make it!?!?

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The “Little Begger!”

 

How do you “stay focused” on your passion?

Until next time, Happy Summer!

Donna 

 

 

Finally Spring

Despite a few colder days in Atlanta this past week and a very rainy Sunday, I think it’s safe to say it’s finally Spring.  If you couldn’t tell by all of the trees and flowers blooming, the birds and critters certainly made it known by their presence.

 

 

 

Happy Spring……..Enjoy your week!

Donna

For the Love of Photography: “It’s a Feeding Frenzy!!!”

So, it’s been five (5) months since we moved into our new home.  For the most part, all of the moving containers have been emptied, neatly tucked away behind closet doors or buried in the back of the storage room.  Funny how all kinds of emotions and thoughts pop up when you move……especially when you look around at all of the “stuff” you’ve collected over the years. “Stuff” that you spent two thirds of your life collecting, only to find yourself spending the last one third of your life trying to give away!  I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a pack rat, but I would say I’m a “memory keeper.”  They are different, right?!?!?

Now that we have our own backyard, again, I’m finding  one of my favorite things to do is to sit on the patio and watch the wildlife entertainment.   With five (5) hanging bird feeders, two (2) hummingbird feeders, a birdbath and several ground feeders we seem to be attracting critters from all around the area.

At any given time we’ve had a multitude of  squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, cardinals, doves and a variety of finches circling around.  But, the squirrels clearly own the feeders and tend to drain them fairly quickly as you can see from these morning and afternoon shots below……..

 

I mean, seriously!  These squirrels will do anything to get to the food.  Talented beyond any trapeze artist, they will find a way to conquer the feeder!

 

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Coming in for breakfast!

 

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You would think this guy would make it easy on himself and go for the regular bird feeders.

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I guess they must really like the suet bricks!

 

 

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Those back feet must really be strong!

 

 

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I’ve been wondering why my flowers haven’t been growing, lately!

 

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Checking out the drain for food!

I’m willing to bet that we’ve spent a couple of hundred dollars on sunflower seeds, already…….thank goodness Costco sells it in bulk!