Split Second Story

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I must have looked at this flag every summer I visited my friend Judy and not noticed anything unusual about it.

It was only last year when I gazed at it, I realized it had 48 stars arranged in 6 rows of 8 stars each, while there were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies. 

The flag belongs to Judy’s husband Bill.

Bill’s father was killed in the Battle of the Bulge on January 12 in 1945 and the flag was sent back by Armed Services to the family after he was buried.  Bill was only two years old then, and did not get to know his father. Every summer, for the last fifteen years or so, Bill has been displaying the flag in memory of his Dad.

As I researched,  I found out that Alaska and Hawaii were not states at the time when this flag was made, therefore it had 48 stars instead of 50.

The flag reminds us all that there are deeds that must not pass away and memories that must not wither.

I am grateful to Bill and Judy for sharing this story with me and all my readers.

God Bless the United States of America!

This is my entry for the photo challenge Split Second Story  For this week’s challenge, attempt to capture  a candid moment of a person, place or thing. Tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image.

Twist

 

An year ago, we were visiting the city of Saint John (Fundy City) in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and these statues caught my attention.  They almost looked like real people. I took these pictures, sitting in my car. I wonder, is this how we look like when we are waiting for a bus or simply waiting for a ride?

This street art is my entry for the photo challenge twist.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. Te young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. The young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

If you are in transit this weekend, I hope you do not have a wait that feels like eternity.  Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

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Sunrise by the sea

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Ocean waves: the fizz, the froth and the foam

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A perplexed seagull and a dead fish washed ashore.

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Whoa! I was about to step on this camouflaged dead fish.

"Mom, look I found this sea shell", says my daughter

“Mom, look I found this sea shell”, says my daughter

A gorgeous sunset!

A gorgeous sunset!

Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.

Its time to go home, Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.

These pictures were taken at Sanibel island in December of 2011.

This is my entry for the weekly photo challenge: SEA

Whenever I visit the sea, I think of it as a Supreme, Enigmatic Abyss. In the pictures, the dead fish that were washed ashore were due to sudden drop in night-time temperatures according to local authorities.

Something to ponder: Each species plays a unique role  in maintaining the fine balance of the marine ecosystem right down to the itsy-bitsy plankton. So, are we playing our part?

With Labor day gone, summer is officially over in the United States. Did you visit a river, a lake or sea this summer in your part of the world? Did you see any unusual activity, fun or otherwise? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by.

For those of you who would like to see some very unique ocean pictures please visit my recently written blog post:

https://charuatmyniche.wordpress.com/category/travel-2/

My husband got me flower pots for our 20th Anniversary

August 7th 2013. We have been married for twenty years today.

It is hard to buy Anniversary presents as you get older,

With mundane chores and jobs, you crave to spend time with each other.

I’ve allergies to most flowers that smell and the hallmark cards just sit once they are read.

He wasn’t talking about the usual stuff, so I listened intently when my husband said,

“For our twentieth anniversary, I have the gift of some flower pots for you.

But, for this we will have to walk on the ocean floor our daughter, me and you”.

I was delighted for it was something he never bought me, “Flower pots” beyond my imagination and now for all to see.

Hope all of you enjoy this gift he got me, flower pots so magnificent, nature’s epiphany!

Happy Anniversary Honey! I love you!

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Lover’s Arch at Low tide at Hopewell Rocks. The Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flowerpot Rocks or simply The Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion in The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site in New Brunswick. They stand between 40-70 feet tall.

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Lover’s Arch upclose.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

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More flower pots

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An Awesome view!

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater?

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater in this rock?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

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High tide at Hopewell Rocks. On a good weather day folks can kayak around these flowerpots

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

Submerged Lover's Arch at high tide.

Submerged Lover’s Arch at high tide.