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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
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
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.
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, 2015  Friday “LEXICON” Challenge Week #2  Velocipede - a human powered land vehicle with one or more wheels.
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."
Mother sandhill crane with her lone chick following her.  It was approximately 1 foot tall. Another case of being surprised by the encounter and not having my camera ready in time.  In fact, I barely had it out of the bag before these two were off the trail and on their way to being hidden by tall grass and brush.  These were literally the only shots I got.  Sadly, none of the two together.  DP139-2015  Posted late Tuesday, May 19; taken and processed ditto  May 19, 2015 Nature Center Trail, Kensington Metro Park, Michigan  Title:  Momma sandhill crane showing the way  Many thanks for the comments late yesterday and today on my May 18 post of the transformed rhododendron blossoms.
Blif is eager to learn, but as a puppy he also like to play and test our patience. Today we had  a 3 km walk on the beach without leach but with lots of tidbits. the only incident was when we met another dog. then all education was forgotten. Well the other dog was friendly and they played around for a time and then he joined me again
Old lady at sunrise
It is rare to get a chance to see blossoms of this plant (Asarum canadense, Canadian wild ginger).  They appear close to the ground, beneath a canopy of the plant's leaves.  This was a hot day, and the leaves were drooping on their stalks, exposing the flowers.  Adding to that was the slight slope to the ground which made it possible to position the camera at about the same level as the flowers.  DP141-2015  Posted Thursday, May 21  Taken May 18, Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor.  Title:  Wild Ginger Blossoms - Usually hidden under the leaves  Don't forget tomorrow's (Friday's) Lexicon challenge, week #2.  Have a little fun and join in.  Thanks for all the kind comments to recent posts to the DailyPhotos community.  All are very much appreciated.
Sunset - long exposure with 10 stop ND filter. Taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments!
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