Let’s Brighten up Monday!

Mondays are notoriously rough days, and today really started out with a bang. The “go back to bed and stay there” kind of bang. Instead, since I’m a grown-up, I’m out in the world doing grown-up things. It seems like the next-best thing to going back to bed is looking at pictures of flowers.

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The two in the middle might be weeds. But the last one’s a clover. Totally a flower.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

This week’s photo challenge challenges us to “photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are.” It goes without saying that to capture the place (not city) where I grew up a) won’t happen until I’m home at Christmas, which defeats purpose of participating in this challenge, and b) would provide photos which aren’t remotely urban.

Thus, my response to the challenge was to photograph the place where I am now, though I fear they may fall into the “street photography” category than “urban,” as described in the post. I hope you enjoy, nonetheless.

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Caribbean Carnival 2012

Saturday was the Caribbean Carnival in Mattapan, a neighborhood in south Boston. Bright colors, loud music and great food. At least, I assume there was great food – my husband assures me it was across the street from where we were. Across a street that was barricaded to prevent crossing. I’m pretty sure we missed the best part, but we very much enjoyed what we saw.

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Lots of feathers, skimpy costumes and jewels were the flavor of the day.

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Going to need a new costume for next year’s parade!

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This is the guy Darth Maul wants to be when he grows up!

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She did not look happy to be there. I imagine it was a little warm under all those feathers.

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I have to say, I was shocked some of these costumes were allowed in public.

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This woman was not a performer – this is how she dressed just to watch the event.

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It was a lot of fun to see the national pride, and people proudly wearing the colors and waving the flags of their native countries.

An Evening’s Walk, in Flowers

It’s been a while since we were able to take an evening walk. Between thunderstorms (no, YOU hold the camera!) and my bad leg, we’ve spent a couple weeks inside the house. Got out for a bit last night, and for a longer walk tonight.
At the end of the walk, I managed the pics you’ll see in the previous post. Earlier, though, were these:

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Sunday Sunset

After yesterday’s post, which was in response to a “sunset” challenge, I found myself out tonight when the evening held a gorgeous sunset. So, more sunset pics, and my apologies to those who are offended by such badness.

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It’s unfortunate that our view of the Boston skyline is almost directly south; the gorgeous sunsets we get, and it’s nearly impossible to include the skyline in the photo. One of these days, I’m going to get on a boat, and demand that it hold perfectly still under my tripod …