Give ’em your heart?

You have a lot of nerve asking for an All Time Favorite WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- All Time Fav..

This is a particularly cruel style of torture to choose ONE.  I have pasted 7 and deleted 8 (don’t ask, sometimes the computer wins).   And where the hell did the ONE I was thinking of go anyway!  I’m sure it was on this drive, or maybe not.  Well I guess this other ONE will have to do…… and this one.  Delete. AAARRGGHHH!

Ok, I got it.

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Marking a photo as a favorite is quite difficult for me.  Imprinting a little heart as a sign to the others on the screen that they are inferior…..

OH CRAP! just saw that “Favorites” was plural.

I enjoy shots for different reasons.  Most of the time I take photos revolving around a theme.  They obviously hold memories.  A favorite place, time, event, or all the above.  But maybe it’s not “favorite” so to speak but more of a photo that initiates a flood of memories attached to a person who has passed on.  This is the trumpet that played Taps at my grandfather’s funeral.

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Sorry to see you go WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- All Time Fav.

 

Fire and Knives (Belonging)

I have and will always belong among the fire and knives.

As a young lad I had several of the plastic Bowie knives.  I would break them within a few days of purchase.  Graduation to just shy of a million pocket knives and soon enough I had lit the driveway on fire.  I was destined to become a Chef.  Ma even said “I should have known.”.

I can sense the shine of a knife store around the next block.

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Be it in a kitchen or in camp I gravitate like moth to the flame.

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Master Oakley’s Marshmallow Brulee

Campfire smell is not a sign you need to wash your clothes.  To me it’s the much sought after smell they should try to put into laundry soap.

If someone made campfire scented laundry pods I would buy them.  (If you do, then make a complete line up…. Juniper, Hickory, Pine, cherry, ect…)

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Place in the World

poke around my blog to see more of my handy work. Chef Gurr Work and Play

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Twisted Sister?

“Oh we’re not gonna to take it. NO, we’re ain’t gonna take it!….sorry,  echos in the ear of a younger me and my Twisted Sister cassette tapes.

Now back to the prompt.

In the picture it’s not the cow in a chef’s uniform that seems twisted.  It’s the watermelon cow with a bite out of its back.  Take a look and tell me what else you see.

Thanks Amsterdam for keeping things interesting around every corner.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- Twisted

Unlikely

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Upon visiting Chateau de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne just north of Saintes, France the curator told us he had just set up a Cocotte show on the third floor.  Not what I was expecting to hear!

This replaces the Indiana Jones scene with the golden head and sandbag for me.

Or see but I was super excited!  Just look at these beauties!

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The curator happened to have a friend with the largest collection of cocottes in I’m not sure what demographic, but it was quite sizable.

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Being a chef and lover of evenly heating cookware I figured it was a sign.

Later in the week I welcomed our hosts back to their home with a nice batch of short ribs procured from a local butcher that had worked in that had worked/owned that butcher shop with the picture on the wall from 1974.

right out of the vac seal.  No moisture loss at all.  Wow.

I tourned carrots, potatoes and zucchini to go alone with them but then plated and served hot (as it the priority) so no photographic evidence of the final plates.

Thanks for the prompt Michelle Weber!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge-Unlikely

LINES

French vineyard maintenance is absolutely astounding.  The land is covered with vineyards that are meticulously pruned and straight.

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Day after day they park their utility car on the edge and prune before the vine shows  any green.

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This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- Lines is a pleasure.  The lines of the vines, the lines of the rows, and the line of the posts.

Prolific

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Lorikeets are always looking for love and taking care of each other.

In Australia we saw a few here and there.  Maybe three or four in a tree.  They seem to always be paired up.

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Then we hit the motherload at a campground in Queensland.  They had a feeding station and it was total mayhem!

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What was a few in the trees chatting to one another turned into at least 30 in an instant.  They came from thick bush and tall eucalyptus trees.  Zipping by our heads to get their beaks on a bit of soaked bread.

Later that week, in another town, we heard the same commotion as we exited a grocery store at dusk.  In the trees around the parking lot there were around a hundred lorikeets.

These fellas really are prolific.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

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Awakening

If it’s not the cocks then it’s the cats.

 

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Hero,  waiting for the Let-er-iner

When I think of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo ChallengeAwakening, I hear the roosters.

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Traveling the world housesitting along with petsitting has involved dogs, cats and chickens.   But sometimes it’s not even the ones we’re watching announcing that morning has arrived or rather, about to arrive.  Those chooks could use a new watch.  At 3am the sun is NOT about to come up.

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As for the cats.  I’ve always attracted cats.  We have one and I am the feeder, the let-er-outer and the..well just repeat those titles as many times in the day as you can.

In Australia we met a cat I mentioned him in another post titled Happenstance.   His name is Patrick, he was an old male that had the power to startle a middle-aged heavily snoring male straight out of bed wondering and saying “what the hell was that?”.   He has since passed on but I won’t soon forget his roar.

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I’ve been using these weekly challenges to push me to write.  Thanks again,

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge .

Smile

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Wat Ban Den near Chiang Mai, Thailand holds a massive reclining Buddha with a striking smile. My attention kept coming back to the red lips even in all the gold and decorative tile work.

To me it looks like a smile of contentment.

Thank you WordPress for the nudge today.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Rise/Set

As a Chef Instructor and a turkey hunter I am very used to the early rise.  In last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge/ Favorite Place I posted a number of good rises taken from one location.  I’ll still post a few rises for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Rise/set but I’ll try to focus on the sets.

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Ok, one more…

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Through the palms

And this…

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I do love chasing daylight and I’ll pull the boys out of bed at stupid early O’clock and look that rath right in the face to catch a good rise.

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It never occurred to me that I would take a photo of the solar eclipse projected on the shadow of my brimmed hat.  The midday sunset blew my mind.

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