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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Setting up Christmas lights at Lake Mirror – taken with iPhone 4S-edited with Instagram.

Here is the Weekly Photo Challenge link for “Geometry”


Lessons from a Dragonfly

A dragonfly accepts it’s brevity of life
With its gossamer wings feeling the breeze
Full of freedom it watches our joy and our strife
Its wisdom learned flitting from water to air to trees
With wings that shimmer showing purpose and duty
Obedient to all of life’s changes in flight
Modestly it shows us its outer beauty
Always gracious, mindful and full of delight
So whether what life gives you is good, bad, or sad
Show others that inner beauty counts and matters
Make your actions amount to many smiles and be glad
For the dragonfly knows it lives a brief life this way
So I learn from this creature to live wisely each day
And make every minute special to those that you love
As the dragonfly watches our actions from above

~Ruth O’Neill


This picture was taken at Lake Bonny Park. We ventured off the trail a bit and I saw these two butterflies fluttering around and land on this high bush/tree. I wish I could’ve caught them both in view. I love the beautiful color. I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by.




When I took this photograph the first word that came to mind was mystery. I felt this even more when I was processing. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


Historic Federal Building, downtown, Lakeland, Florida. This building was built between 1917 to 1919 and used as the Post Office in Lakeland until 1963. In 1963, it started housing other governmental agencies. It appears to be vacant at this time. I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

The theme for this Week’s Photo Challenge is:  Urban.  My husband and I just moved to Lakeland, Florida in March after living in Tampa, Florida for the past 9 years.  We are both originally from the lovely State of Maine.  I already love Lakeland.  Although, it is a bigger town/city, downtown isn’t that big compared to the Tampa Bay area.  From what I have seen so far, downtown Lakeland, has both its busy and serene moments.  I hope you enjoy my vision of this Week’s Photo Challenge:  Urban.  To check out the Daily Post or to enter an entry of your own, click here.

Cafe Downtown Lakeland.

Polk Theatre

Kentucky Ave

Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille

Check out additional entries below:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban–Calm before the storm! | Simply Charming
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban (NYC) « warmhotchocolate
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Even A Girl Like Me
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « Ruth E Hendricks Photography
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Adventures We Seek
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « The Hoppy Mommy Bunny
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge : Urban « Try 2B cool ‘n smart…
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Julia’s Place
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | travels with toby
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban «
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | mothergrogan
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN | 撮影部
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Life and Ink
  15. splash « yi-ching lin photography
  16. Weekly photo challenge: Urban | Anotherdayinparadise2’s Blog
  17. Urban living, urban cities, urbanisation « MindBlur
  18. Las terrazas se disfrutan en verano – People enjoying summer in the streets (Urban: Post a Week 2012 #postaday) « Dario Alvarez, Fotógrafo 2.0
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « Haecceity
  20. Weekly photo challenge: Urban « Alice through the Macro Lens
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « I did it … for Johnny
  22. this is as urban as it gets « joyfulwise
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Portugal in Pictures
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Untitled Adventure
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban – Spokane – Going Home | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | travellersoul76
  27. The Nature of Urban « elspethc
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « GrayPencil
  29. How to Join the Run Against Stroke 2012 | Lesson Plan of a Comatose Teacher
  30. Weekly photo challenge: urban « and also, dogs
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | quite simply…
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | artistisk
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban « a weirder fetish
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « weird & cool stuff seen while out & about
  35. game on « yi-ching lin photography
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban | Just Sara
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban | Min lite av varje
  38. Balanava! Look! There, in the distance … « The Wanderlust Gene
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN (Urban Dwellers) « A drifter off to see the world
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « Mike Hardisty Photography
  41. A picture a day… #1 « prodigalmomma
  42. Urban Photography Challenge on WordPress « Terence S Jones – a guy with a camera
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban « Sin Polaris
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN (Steel and Glass) « Pictures in living color
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban | Mae East
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban life in Singapore « Janet’s Notebook
  47. Weekly photo challenge: Urban « Wednesday Night Knitting
  48. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: URBAN « Francine In Retirement


Sunday Post: From a Distance

This weeks entry for the Sunday Post was taken downtown Lakeland, Florida.  I saw this gentleman riding his bike across the street from where I was standing.  It appears from the picture that he might be homeless and possibly a former member of the United States Military.  To enjoy more entries or participate, click here!  Thanks for viewing and stopping by!


Diana, Princess of Wales

Before we knew the names of these lovely flowers, they reminded me of flowers made from icing that you would transfer onto a cake.  So lovely.  These were taken right outside a restaurant called the Garden Bistro, downtown Lakeland, Florida.

I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by.

Branches in the sky

When I took this picture, my husband and I were sitting on a bench in the park. I looked up and the lighting was beautiful. For me, the simple moments mean the most. I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by.

Pink Crape


Weeping Willow



The colors of this flower remind me of Thanksgiving and the Autumn season. Although, in America we set aside one day to acknowledge it, I am constantly reminded to be grateful and give thanks daily. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by!

White Ibis Beauty

I hope you enjoy “White Ibis Beauty.” I love watching these delicate birds. They always seem happy and “free as a bird.” Thank you for stopping by!

Wood Stork

The Wood Stork took me off guard. It is so pretty, and at the same time difficult to look at. Once you do it is challenging to keep your eyes off it. I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Dazzle me with Orange

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I hope you enjoy these pictures of this Monarch butterfly I was so fortunate to capture at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL.  Monarch butterflies are my favorite.  You can distinguish a monarch from a viceroy by the two black dots on the lower wing and the lighter underside.  I must admit it was definitely challenging and took quite a bit of time.  Thank you for viewing and stopping by.

Ceraunus Blue

At first glance I was not sure what type of butterfly this was. When I looked it up, a tear came to my eyes because it appears to be a Miami Blue Butterfly. In April of this year, Miami Blues were put on the endangered species list. I have contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to inquire and confirm. The USFWS has confirmed that it is not a Miami Blue, it is a Ceraunus Blue. The USFWS was kind enough to provide a key of the differences and traits of similar butterflies in Florida. If you are interested, I have attached for your review. Thanks for stopping by and viewing!

Here is a short video about the Miami Blue Butterfly.  It is worth the few minutes 🙂


In the Moment


This is a Heron that I captured at Lake Mirror in Lakeland, FL. It seemed to be meditating and enjoying the moment of serenity. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


This Photo was taken at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL. The colors are so vibrant, it is so happy! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy!

Hibiscus Umbrellas



Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

This is an elderly duck that was sitting in solitude enjoying the breeze. I chose these for this week’s photo challenge because as we age from moment-to-moment we are all growing in age, spirit, and as our true self. I hope you enjoy these pictures. Thank you for stopping by!

You can check out other photographs that were entered in this week’s photo challenge and more about the challenge itself here!


This is a Basilica Spider (also known as Mecynogea lemniscata) that I shot at Lake Bonny Park. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for stopping by.

A Bridge in Lakeland

A Bridge in downtown Lakeland that is part of Lake Mirror Park on the outskirts of Hollis Garden. It looked so beautiful to me. I love spending time walking around Hollis Garden and then taking a stroll around Lake Mirror Park.