More hummingbirds. Just because…

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I love these little birds and love to photograph them!

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Hummingbird darts lightly through the world, spreading its message of joy and beauty, and teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of everyday existence. Hummingbird brings the gift of joy. Learn to laugh and be happy.  (Anonymous)

Don’t eat bananas when the chrysanthemums are in bloom !

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Over 30 years ago my allergy specialist advised me not to eat bananas when the chrysanthemums are in bloom.  Apparently they are in the same plant family, and my slight allergy to chrysanthemums could be multiplied several times over if I ate bananas while the chrysanthemum flowers are in bloom.  Because I was not a banana eater I forgot about the warning until two days ago when my doctor’s words came back to me loudly and clearly.

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Chrysanthemums in bloom on our back deck

We have chrysanthemums blooming on our front porch and on our back deck.  My allergies have been out of control, causing a stuffy nose, headaches, a cough, plugged ears, and an on-again-off-again ache in my right ear.  And I have been eating a banana with my breakfast cereal every day since the end of April.  I spent 5 days in the hospital in April, and when I came home I had to transition slowly from a liquid diet back to a regular diet.  At first, bananas were the only fruit I was allowed to eat, and I have continued to enjoy them every morning since then.

The day before yesterday, my doctor’s 30-year-old warning popped into my head. “Don’t eat bananas when the chrysanthemums are in bloom!”  I am enjoying the chrysanthemums that are blooming.  I have stopped eating bananas, and  I feel somewhat better.  I hope I will continue to improve.

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Chrysanthemums in bloom on our front porch

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Resting in the cabbage leaves

I love this photo!  It makes me laugh out loud!  Soon I hope to do a post explaining the cabbage.

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Taken at Babyland General Hospital, Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids

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Purple iris

From my “photos only” blog…

captured for a moment

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Time enough

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The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Purples

 

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Stand tall and find the sunlight…

The growing season for sunflowers may be over, but this lovely mural (photographed on a very rainy day) is a reminder always to look toward the sunlight.

 

Painted on the side of the Batesville General Store in Batesville, Georgia
Painted on the side of the Batesville General Store in Batesville, Georgia

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I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.  (Anonymous)

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings

From my “photos only” blog.

captured for a moment

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Phoneography: In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  (John Muir)

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Strange Stone Animal

Doesn’t this large rock in the creek look like a strange hump-backed animal ?

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