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Title: Just checking in
Post by: Candice on June 27, 2021, 05:27:17 PM
  Hope you all are staying well and cool!!   :hug:
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Post by: Shadow on June 28, 2021, 03:37:10 PM
Hi Candy. We are good. Enjoying a respite from the heat. How are you?
Hi to all the gang  :)
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Post by: Candice on June 28, 2021, 09:13:12 PM
I'm doing great!  You can keep the heat and just a little bit of the rain.  Garden is loving it all though.   
(https://i.postimg.cc/D4s2WGVV/Resized-20210612-090350.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/D4s2WGVV)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Mhayes on June 28, 2021, 11:01:00 PM
Just got back from Portland, OR before the heatwave.
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Post by: Candice on June 29, 2021, 12:09:31 AM
Are you getting the rain we're having in OK?
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Post by: Shadow on June 29, 2021, 06:58:33 PM
Lovely flowers Candy!
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Post by: schen on June 29, 2021, 09:25:02 PM
After the tornado scare (it touched down a mile from us with F3 force), we went through a heatwave then followed by rain, rain, and rain. This is after one of the driest springs in the area.
With the rain, the wildflowers are coming out. These are taken at the abandoned railroad track by my workplace.


(https://i.postimg.cc/SXv0Bqr9/IMG-8475.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SXv0Bqr9)



(https://i.postimg.cc/KRr6Ztfx/IMG-8495.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRr6Ztfx)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Candice on July 01, 2021, 11:57:12 AM
Schen, it's amazing what the change of the weather does.  While it may not suit us, there are some plants that take full advantage of it.  Our areas have been full of wild flowers!! The fleabane is beautiful and I hope you munched on a few of those dewberrys!! 
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: schen on July 07, 2021, 07:06:34 AM
The wild berries are tiny but very flavorful. The rain stopped and was followed by another heatwave which is supposed to end this afternoon after some severe thunderstorms. This year's weather is a real rollercoaster ride.
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Post by: schen on July 07, 2021, 07:14:33 AM
I finally made it to this infamous Humboldt Park Lagoon. It became a sensation two years ago when an alligator was spotted in the water. How did an alligator more than 5 foot long got up to Chicago is still anybody's guess.

(https://i.postimg.cc/N28bS9Kw/IMG-8448.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/N28bS9Kw)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Candice on July 08, 2021, 01:31:30 PM
Beautiful, Chen!!  As for the alligator, perhaps someone finally got tired of it as a pet. I remember those alligators being sold at TG&Y when I was a girl.
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Post by: Mhayes on August 04, 2021, 09:10:03 PM
How beautiful Schujen.
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Post by: jesterjeni on August 06, 2021, 01:02:31 AM
Wishing everyone is safe!!
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Post by: jesterjeni on August 06, 2021, 01:19:03 AM
I’m actually working on trying to get a book of poetry published
This pandemic is rough on everyone
I’m hoping all of you are staying safe !!
I thought I would share a poem I wrote with all of you wonderful people!!


I went home today

I wasn’t brave enough to visit my parents graves

The majestic splendor of yesteryear
Filled my heart

The streets rolled by
like  a time capsule


The excitement of being able to see an old friend

The joy of seeing where I grew up

The hidden history in that small house
That we had all once called home

It beckoned me to look at it
To remember it
To feel it

It saddened me
To know that within its walls was something different
Someone different
Decades had passed

It rejuvenated my soul
If only for a moment
To talk to my friends as if they were a part of our family- because in many ways
They were

reminiscing about my childhood
My mother
My father
My brother

For a moment- they were alive
For a moment- I felt alive

Life is just moments
They are lived - experienced
And pass
Like a whisper
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Post by: Mhayes on August 06, 2021, 11:10:00 PM
Beautiful Jesterjeni!
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Post by: schen on August 07, 2021, 10:00:21 PM
Jesterjeni, thanks for sharing. Now I am getting a little sentimental.
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Post by: schen on August 08, 2021, 09:06:00 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/QKm4BWDJ/D80-DEFE8-E972-494-B-BD9-C-1-F08-DE566568.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QKm4BWDJ)

One of five sculptures of “Human+Nature” by Daniel Popper at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: schen on August 08, 2021, 10:11:48 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/4Y5TVwvp/210-C6-BA4-2097-4-CF1-ADE0-93-EC02170-DB9.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4Y5TVwvp)
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Post by: Mhayes on August 09, 2021, 12:29:51 AM
Wow, those are amazing Shujen!
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Post by: philbach on August 13, 2021, 01:21:49 PM
Well since things have slowed down here I have turned my attention to making up photos.  So a few months ago I purchased Mac Apps, Artmatic Designer and Artmatic Voyage.  These are hard apps to learn but they can produce some interesting scenes.
(https://i.postimg.cc/gXHm2NW2/Bird-Cluster.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gXHm2NW2)
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Post by: Mhayes on August 13, 2021, 09:32:47 PM
Looking great Phil! Would be interesting to see the before.
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Post by: philbach on August 14, 2021, 06:17:57 AM
Hi Margie.  There was no before.  The whole picture was synthetic.  Made from selecting and adjusting the water level, the sky, the sun placement, the atmosphere the boulders and whatever. 
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Shadow on August 14, 2021, 11:21:32 AM
Jesterjeni, Shujen, and Phil ... wow! Thanks for sharing. All of our creations have been in the kitchen. Tweaking cookie recipes and creating mystery dinners ... boredom has led to a need for lots and lots of exercise to work off all the taste-testing.  ;D  On the plus side, neighbors and friends are always happy to see us leave something at their front door.  ::) 
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: philbach on August 14, 2021, 01:28:17 PM
Well thanks, Shadow.  Here is another creation made with Artmatic Voyager.  This one I did not make but was included with its "examples."
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZWp5M2bW/outofthisworld.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZWp5M2bW)
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Post by: Shadow on August 16, 2021, 12:34:54 PM
Very cool Phil. Looks like a scene right out of a video game or sci-fi pic.
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Post by: schen on August 17, 2021, 10:21:39 AM
Oh no, Phil! Those two moons are too close to each other. The gravity is going to pull them together!  :hug:
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Post by: philbach on August 18, 2021, 05:54:42 AM
Well you are right Schen.  Just after I posted this the Moons collided and I lost the file.
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Post by: Candice on August 21, 2021, 03:43:38 PM
 :up:
Well you are right Schen.  Just after I posted this the Moons collided and I lost the file.

LOL  Way to go, Phil!! 
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: jesterjeni on August 21, 2021, 06:28:49 PM
Why not another?

My soul is ornamental
It lingers - it hides

It mimics a dark revine
All my feelings travel there

He has embalmed the air
Making it difficult to breathe

The winds of summer sigh

I run to the broken stairways
My feet stumble
Chasing a dream
Aspiring after things I cannot reach

I pay the price
For my senseless breach
With the downfalleness of spirit

My compass moves in all different-directions
Like a magnet of confusion

I try desperately to convince myself
This is not just an allusion

I am caught
Upon his speech his words hung
I wondered as I listened- why does this not burn the mouth of the forked tongue?

Why is there nothing soft and dear?
Why is horridness what I hear?

I sit with a mighty mysterious
Vacant kind of look

The mind has elevated itself
Beyond tranquility
With muted expression

His troubling theory’s and scattered accounting’s continue

He seeks to penetrate the veil
Shooting words of delusion

Streaming evil
Splicing the recordings in his head
As if my very being was molded by his cunning hands

I do not cry
Before I’m hurt

I just wait

He shuts up within himself
His deliberate habits repeating
It’s almost visible

There’s no room in his head to turn

He shall continually self profess
His attributes of wisdom
His narrow minded morals emerge

There’s many a grave yard
Of the voiceless

I do not wish to be among them
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: philbach on August 22, 2021, 01:34:00 PM
A few minutes ago a pretty sailboat came by.
(https://i.postimg.cc/p5BzJVx7/Sailing.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p5BzJVx7)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Mhayes on August 24, 2021, 11:35:58 PM
Nice Phil, reminds me when we had a Catalina 21 sailboat. No thinks of land locked Kansas as good sailing, but we have great winds and plenty of lakes.
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: schen on August 25, 2021, 10:22:42 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/MXt9sJcx/IMG-8750.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MXt9sJcx)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Mhayes on August 26, 2021, 09:56:09 PM
Beautiful!
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Post by: Candice on August 27, 2021, 04:10:13 PM
New Orleans will mark on Sunday the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's terrible disaster and in a chilling coincidence the city will face another challenge when Hurricane Ida hits the shores of Louisiana, apparently with winds of 125 mph.  President Biden declared a state of emergency and low-lying areas were evacuated
(https://i.postimg.cc/4nN9kgJ5/photo-2021-08-27-15-11-23.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4nN9kgJ5)
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Post by: Mhayes on August 28, 2021, 02:20:50 PM
This one is forecast to be worse. Hurricane Katrina was a Cat 3, Ida is forecast to be a 4 and the path will be worse for New Orleans by curving from the west.  This is just the start of Hurricane season.
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Post by: Candice on August 29, 2021, 12:19:53 AM
It all depends on if it can gather up steam and what direction it decides on taking.  My husband was born and raised there. He and his brother have been talking about it all day.  Thought I'd pass on his thoughts.
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Post by: schen on August 29, 2021, 04:00:51 PM
I grew up in the middle of a typhoon alley. Everyone was different but we also had high mountains that made the direction of approach very critical. It already made landfall with Cat. 4 strength.
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Post by: philbach on August 31, 2021, 03:53:01 PM
Well I was riding my trike late this morning and I was thinking of Chen's photo he posted of clouds.  I thought it was sort of whimsical or something like that then I looked up and took my iPhone out of my pocket and shot some clouds as well. 
(https://i.postimg.cc/zHRpv2zn/Lake-Church-Clouds.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zHRpv2zn)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: kiska on September 01, 2021, 03:42:21 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/PNZwBJWN/yellow-stable12x8-v2-copy.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PNZwBJWN)
Title: Re: Just checking in
Post by: Shadow on September 01, 2021, 10:56:42 AM
Love the pics gang!  :)