Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue

It’s Spain’s Constitution Day, and it seems appropriate to celebrate their holiday while we’re over here. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Actually, we didn’t see anything very holidayish here in Mojácar on our day ride to El Marchal, but we did have an awesome ride.  The featured photo is of a ladder snake … Continue reading "Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue"

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Thanksgiving Challenge (modified)

Cornucopia borrowed from the Web It skipped my teflon coated sieve-like brain that we had had 40-50 mph winds — which may explain the absence of said turkey — either tucked away inside the house, or somewhere in Indiana! The squirrel seemed just fine but made no comment With Nancy’s permission, I submit a Black … Continue reading "Thanksgiving Challenge (modified)"

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Challenge of the Month, December 2019: Reds

Let’s try for a simpler, less controversial challenge this month, shall we?  This month’s theme is the color red, used in any way that seems appropriate to you: as an accent, as the dominant color, as a Santa Claus suit, as a planet, as a flower, as a flag, as a pannier.  The opportunities are … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month, December 2019: Reds"

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Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something

The last three months have been very busy. That’s not too good when you have a very finite level of energy. But we made it through – but that did mean not much riding or internet time, as all my energy was spent on work, study, attaining a new job and various medical stuff. However, … Continue reading "Monthly Challenge – finally finding a flag, kid or row of something"

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November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba

I’ve deleted this post, but am leaving its place here for the sake of the attached comments.  The reactions to this month’s challenge have been quite a surprise to me, and educational.  I’ve got mixed feelings about the subject but thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I’ll come up with something hopefully less controversial … Continue reading "November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba"

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November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day

I was rueing the fact that the November kid’s challenge came too late for Halloween this year, but little did I know that Portugal doesn’t celebrate Halloween. They celebrate All Souls Day, the day after Halloween and the first of November.  Perfect for the November challenge, and perfect for doing double duty for the Holiday … Continue reading "November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day"

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BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

I accepted Nancy’s Holliday Challenge and I warned her that it would involve ME telling stories about ME and MY Town.  I quickly started posting my Halloween entry before she had the chance to say “No, not YOU Greg.”  A very smart move on my part, I must say.  I suppose she or anybody else … Continue reading "BLAME NANCY G. FOR ISSUING A HOLIDAY CHALLENGE"

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Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!

This month’s challenge was inspired by Halloween, because it’s such a great time for children watching.  Unfortunately Halloween falls in October this year, but maybe you could trick the judges and treat us with an early entry. Whatever.  This month is dedicated to children – yours, trick or treaters, kids on bikes, waifs on the … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!"

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Equinox Challenge from the verandah

I live about 17kms east of the city and from my veranda I notice the position of the sunset on the horizon change constantly but sometimes the clouds don’t want to co-operate. Astronomy fascinates me, these two photos were taken two days apart and the city skyline creates a great reference point. Do you know … Continue reading "Equinox Challenge from the verandah"

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Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest

With the coldest and wettest (or hottest and driest, depending) part of the year on the horizon, is your cycling interest flagging?  If so, we’ve got just the challenge to revive it: Flags!  National, regional, ecumenical, corporate; straight out in a gale force wind, lightly luffing in a breeze, completely limp; up a pole, on … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, October 2019: Flagging interest"

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The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before

The headline and the featured photo say it all:  Never before in the history of Minnesota prairies has the landscape been so alive with color as it is today at Dakota County’s Spring Lake Park.  At least I’VE never seen it in such beautiful bloom before, and I come from a school of thought that says … Continue reading "The Prairie Is In Bloom Like Never Before"

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Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors

On the cycle to the Climate Strike Day from work I sprung into line with these guys.   Lots of protesters and students at the Rally, not happy the way we’re wrecking the planet and destroying their future. So where am I?     Don’t like crowds so I cycled back to work and stopped … Continue reading "Falling into line with some Aboriginal skeleton warriors"

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September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road

I’m pleased with how this month’s challenge is going so far.  Lots of participation, lots of creative contributions.  Keep it up! Here are my entries for now, but I’m sure more will follow.  The featured image is from our ride up Bakeoven Road to Shaniko through the high desert.  A great ride, through a beautiful … Continue reading "September’s challenge: Bakeoven Road"

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“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads

Hi again, folks.  As Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’M BA-A-A-A-CK!” I don’t actually believe anybody noticed (or cared) that I’ve been gone, but I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve been doing anyway.  I was on a three week bike tour, mostly in the state of Washington.  I enjoyed it immensely.  August was … Continue reading "“A STRAIGHT LINE EXISTS BETWEEN ME AND THE GOOD THING.” -Talking Heads"

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September Challenge — In Line

From Illinois, the expected –> Raleigh aligned with corn field And then, a soybean field Raleigh aligned with road, roadside, poles, wires, and corn field Parked going the ‘wrong way’  🙂 Raleigh aligned with rails and tree lines Interesting intersecting (almost!) contrails Raleigh was aligned with the one running from top to bottom, it really … Continue reading "September Challenge — In Line"

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August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest

Last day of August!  I’ve just got time for one last challenge post before closing the book. This one has lots  of trees, but I featured the skeleton of a dying Sycamore maple out of respect.  The post as a whole though might interest both tree and quest fans, because it’s the first stage of … Continue reading "August Challenge: the Portland Heritage Tree Quest"

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Challenge of the Month: September, 2019

Just a reminder that there are still a few days left in August, so there’s time left to share with us that favorite tree you’ve been procrastinating on.  For those impatient types or folks that like to think ahead a bit though (we’re looking at you, Suzanne), here’s the challenge for September. This month’s theme … Continue reading "Challenge of the Month: September, 2019"

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August challenge: the trees of Irvington

We’re staying this week in Irvington, one of Portland’s inner east side neighborhoods.  It feels a bit like living in an Arboretum, with a great diversity of mature trees – there must be fifty different species here, often grouped in short rows along parking strips, each block featuring a different tree than the one before. … Continue reading "August challenge: the trees of Irvington"

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