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Troubadour - any wandering singer or minstrel.  Savannah Sparrow - taken near Olympia, Wa, I really appreciate the comments!
May 22, 2015  Lexicon Challenge, Entry #2 is "Haboob."  According to Wikipedia excerpts:  "Pronounced:  habūb.  More common of the giant haboobs are found in the Sahara Dessert, the Arabian Pennisula and Iraq.  The arid and semiarid regions of North America—in fact, any dry region—may experience haboobs. In North America, the most common terms for these events is either dust storm or sandstorm.   During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they move from all directions into the thunderstorm. When the storm collapses and begins to release precipitation, wind directions reverse, gusting outward from the storm and generally gusting the strongest in the direction of the storm's travel.  When this downdraft of cold air, or downburst, reaches the ground, it blows dry, loose silt and clay (collectively, dust) up from the desert, creating a wall of sediment that precedes the storm cloud."  You can see the rain moving in from the distance.  As we were traveling this dirt road, the wind was fairly strong.  You can see the dirt blowing off the road in the foreground, and it being blown higher in the mid-ground.  This photo was taken through the windshield of the car, so there are some spots in the sky, that I didn't have time to remove.  Thank you Judy for creating such a clever and challenging challenge.  I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries today.  "If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm." ~ Frank Lane  Have an awesome Friday!!!  Linda http://www.lgood.smugmug.com
5/22/15 - For the Lexicon Challenge:  Zymurgy - the practice or art of fermentation, as in wine-making, brewing, and distilling.At the brewery/restaurant; these beer processing tanks are behind a glass wall, hence the reflections you see.  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the rays spreading across the Front Range.
05-22-2015 - Color Paroxysm aka Eruption or Explosion       Link to Photo  Without Frame   
Quiescent (being at rest; quiet; still) jaguar at repose on the river bank  Rio Cuiaba, Pantanal, Brazil  Other images of a variety of Pantanal wildlife can be seen here: http://goo.gl/vpTSAL  22/05/15 www.allenfotowild.com
Folly "a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park." From the Canal & River Trust website: "Built in the early 19th Century, the gothic-style, Grade II listed Drayton Turret footbridge is located near to the entrance of the Drayton Manor theme park and is among the most ornate bridges anywhere on Britain’s canals.  With two gleaming white turrets linked together by a wooden footbridge, the bridge looks more like something you would find in the pages of a fairy-tale book rather than along one of the nation’s busiest waterways.  ..The bridge dates to when Sir Robert Peel (British Prime Minister and founder of the police force) built his new mansion at Drayton Bassett. The canal ran through his estate so it’s widely thought that Sir Robert wanted the bridge to be a feature along the canal rather than the more practical styles typically seen along the waterways."
Entry for week 2 of Judy Horton's Lexicon Challenge Urticant - adj.  Causing itching or stinging This term is probably more appropriate for things which cause an immediate or nearly immediate sensation, such as stinging nettles, or certain caterpillars with urticating hairs, but poison ivy is the thing for which I had a recent photo, and boy, does it cause an itch if you are susceptible to it, as I am.  DP142-2015  Posted Friday, May 22.  Taken May 14, 2015 at Hidden Lake Gardens  Title:  Lexicon Challenge Week #2 - Urticant
May 22, 2015  Friday “LEXICON” Challenge Week #2  Velocipede - a human powered land vehicle with one or more wheels.
May 22 2015 rodomontade  We took a walk at the zoo yesterday and happened across a training session for their bird show.  The trainer was teaching this guy to pick up an aluminum can, fly to the trash barrel and drop the can.  What does all this have to do with today's word rodomontade? It means to crow. :-)  Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's Amen license plate.
21.05.15 - Photo Walk  These are just a few shots from my guided photo walk on Wednesday evening, it took me most of yesterday to finish processing all the shots! This was one of the best photo walks we've ever had, so much done and seen. We started off at the new tank memorial that featured yesterday as my Daily. Then we walked through the nearby university campus and out of the city along the Roman canal of Foss Dyke. There is a whole different world along there, a community living in old boats of all shapes and sizes. Then we visited an old waterboard pumping station, now derelict and the domain of graffit artists, with Mother Nature slowly reclaiming it. We also visited the nature reserve of Boultham Mere with it's colony of rare and endangered water violets, possibly my favourite wildflower. We photographed the sunset from the Main Drain, one of a complex network of flood defences around the city, before walking back into town as darkness fell. It was meant to take 2 hours but was nearer to 3 by the time we finished!
May 22 Thanks to all for your kind comments yesterday.  Circumstances did not allow the time for me to get online later in the day but I will try to catch up with everyone today.
The hummers love the lantana..if only the sun would come out!
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05.22.15  Bumbershoot: a protective gadget.  I didn't start with a word for today's challenge. I got a new umbrella and took a few experimental shots of my housemate Bethany holding it in the rain. I liked this picture, so I opened the thesaurus and discovered that there are several interesting words that could be used in stead of umbrella.  Parapluie. Gamp. Brolly. I chose Bumbershoot because I was shooting the umbrella.  Would this be a bumbershoot shot?  It had been pouring rain, but as soon as I decided to go out in the rain for pictures with the umbrella, it slowed to a sprinkle. The new umbrella was also dusty, so I need to wipe it down. I like Bethany's expression (Bethany is the 16-year old daughter of the family I am living with.) To me it is a little child-like and filled with awe or curiosity. I have her in profile, looking a little up into the sky, perhaps. Is she looking at the rain coming down? Or the sun breaking from the clouds?
Troubadour - any wandering singer or minstrel.

Savannah Sparrow - taken near Olympia, Wa, I really appreciate the comments!

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Troubadour - any wandering singer or minstrel.  Savannah Sparrow - taken near Olympia, Wa, I really appreciate the comments!
Troubadour - any wandering singer or minstrel.

Savannah Sparrow - taken near Olympia, Wa, I really appreciate the comments!

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