Country Landscapes

Dale offers “country landscapes” as the theme for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I picked three rural scenes. The first was on the way to Cripple Creek, Colorado. The second was along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The third was a harvested corn field seen from a country road in northwestern Indiana.

Near Cripple Creek, Colorado

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Harvested Corn Field, Northwestern Indiana

My Outside Space

Picnic Table and Pond
Picnic Table and Pond

Dale offers the prompt “my outside space” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I took these photos a short walk from where we now live.

The leaves below are either from a sweetgum tree or a sycamore or something else entirely. The sunset in the bottom photo was taken from the other side of the pond shown in the top photo.

Sweetgum Leaves
Sunset Over Pond
Sunset Over Pond

In the Trees

Sunrise through palm trees
Sunrise in the Trees

Dale offers the prompt “in the trees” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Above the sunrise comes in and through the trees (Miami Beach, Florida), assuming palm trees, or whatever they are, qualify as trees. Below there is snow in, or on, the trees (Northbrook, Illinois). And below that there’s a park and mountains in the trees or perhaps it is the other way around (Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado).

Streetlight and Snow
Streetlight and Snow in the Trees
Park and Mountains in the Trees



Dale offers the prompt “faces” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. There’s a white bird looking at me above wondering what I’m doing and a grasshopper who let me take many photos of him.

Normally I don’t take recognizable photos of people. However, I do have a photo of myself which someone else took and that is below.


Public Art

Sand Turtle

Dale offers “public art” as the prompt for this week’s Cosmic Photo Prompt.

What you see above is part of a rather large sand turtle that lasted about a day at Myrtle Beach before the tide washed it completely away.

Below is a flower painted under a bridge that went over a brook for trains passing through an Illinois forest preserve. The forest trail following the brook went under this bridge. The graffiti kept changing over the period of time I walked that trail. I imagine by now that flower, like the sand turtle, is no longer there.


Whispers and Echoes recently published a 100-word story of mine called Spotting the Heretic. I am grateful to the editor, Sammi Cox, for selecting it. If you would like to submit very short stories or poems here are the guidelines.

Three Views From One Spot

Dale offers the theme “three views from one spot” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

This is a spot where the sunset was very beautiful a week or so ago. However, tonight it was overcast.

The first view shows a residential construction area. The land is raised higher and some of the drainage system is in place. The second view is a bit to the right of it. The third view is to the left and shows the edge of a fenced in dog recreation area.

First View
First View
Second View
Third View
Third View

On The Shore

Dale offers the prompt “on the shore” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

In the photo above are three royal terns (plus the legs of two others) minding their own business on the shore and wondering if I would mind mine.

In the photo below there are two birds (perhaps seagulls) watching the sunrise. There is actually a third tiny bird (sandpiper?) to the left on the shore.

Both of these were taken in southern Florida some years ago using my phone.

Sunrise with two birds
Sunrise with birds
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