piggy-back grasshoppers

(photo ©Sometimes, 2020)

(I was sitting outside, minding my own business, when this critter ran into me and landed on the pavement nearby. I didn’t get a good look at it until later, when editing on my mainframe some snaps taken with my camera phone. Actually my subject was cats…so this grasshopper shot was a bonus.)

Cat Decisions


Now what?

Pearl isn’t sure.

Bob considers the situation.

say what?

Closer, so we don’t have to shout

Time for a nap.

(photos ©Sometimes,2018)  The colors in these shots are overwhelmed by the bright sunlight coming in the windows…except for Pearl, who is completely black and requires different camera settings to see her face.   The green paint is prettier than it appears, but could use a fresh coat of paint.   (The very thought of painting scares me!    and yes, I know we should have painted before we put the flooring down.   yikes!)

Science lesson for today…ants at work

1. walking along on my subject search…a team of ants moving an item

ants very good
2. an unidentified object that was obviously important

ants close good
3. something blocking the way

4. over or under?

5. get er’ up above

6. (center of photo) a major hurdle

7. upsy daisy

8. let’s go under this leaf

9.  whew!  good job so far

10. here’s the tricky part of the job

ants w yellow flower
11. down under the long green leaf, near the flower

ants w flower at destination
12. out of sight alongside the stone

Tile Art


Here are some pictures that just tugged at me to create while walking through my entry.  They are twelve-inch natural stone tiles.   I never noticed the (featured photo) before, but once the face popped out at me…at least three faces in fact…I knew they were perfect for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo challenge.     The eye just seems to adjust for the scene.

These shots remind me of mountain and desert terrain, the color scheme of the Southwest.      What wonders do YOU see here, boys and girls?   I’d love to hear….

(all photos © Sometimes, 2017)

tile 1

tile 2

tile 3

tile 4

tile 5

tile 6

tile 8

Promise in a Poem (Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge entry)


I am unique among my peers
having arisen from the Winter
more or less intact… if a bit bedraggled.
One might say the word—disarray?
to describe broken remnants
and staring, bleary rimless eyes
askew and discolored
arrangement of my limbs and leaves,
disheveled scraps of nascent green
tones, silky serrated edges of hemline.
Better days have been….and will be again
and my modest Winter garments
will have fallen to the ground.
Please don’t judge me—for who among us
can preserve the beauty and newness of Summer
beyond the ravages of rain and snow
and Cold from the relentless winds?
You are invited to return in half a year hence,
and feast upon my resurrected beauty
as new green foliage  and velvety petals
of red and white roses prevail.

© Sometimes, 2017

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 22, 2017



They seem to have fixed Add Media Thank You Word Press!!!



Ah ha!    It looks like it may be working… this guy in the chair is from an ebay listing I was attempting, but on closeup it is obvious that his make-up crew isn’t doing a very good job, so he hasn’t made the cut.       It does appear that Mama sitting on the chair here is also waiting for Make Up to return.      I believe these are some old (1950s I think) Marx Toys, which were originally plain pinkish-beige plastic, and someone tried to paint them.     The painter apparently wasn’t very good at painting facial features.   The bottom photo shows the family posing with a US Quarter… I had some with them sitting on my hand, but it made my fingers look fat.  (Kidding…I couldn’t get the crop feature to work.   🙂






A Maine-Coon.   He is huge but his Vet says he is “not obese.”    She predicted his size when she first met him when he was a scrawny little thing I rescued from the barn.  Referring to my other cats, the Vet said “they might want to be nice to him, because he’s going to be a big boy!”     He is now in his fifteenth year.

Playing with raindrops

The white streaks are not only pouring rain, they are on the verge of turning to snow.  This was taken four or five days ago.  🙂

raindrop 1
Raindrop 1

As I was sitting on the deck watching the rain/snow fall, I thought it would be fun to see if I could capture some drops.   These photos, following, are of individual drops into the same puddle…a couple of them are close-ups, and the orientation varies.   Since I am not an engineer (I know, not really a photographer, either… I will refrain from speculating on any mechanical aspects.  I just think the resulting pics are interesting and cool reflections of the puddle-water.   I hope they will fit right in with Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge for this week!

raindrop 3raindrop 4raindrop 5raindrop 2raindrop 4raindrop 5raindrop 3raindrop 6

All photos on this page are © Sometimes, 2016.

Oddities Post for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge

Some of the oddist things aren’t really odd at all, but are  quite mundane in the wonderful ways of the world.   These wonders of nature that just appear out of a photograph, seem as if they are just there for us mortals to see…and appreciate.

maple tree knot hole
maple tree knot hole

American Elm Bones

Here is the original of the featured photo…grand in its own natural state. 

(All photographs included in this post are © Sometimes, 2016)