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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

First of the Month - Mistletoe Skies

Now that most of the leaves have fallen in my neighborhood, I noticed that, in addition to the usual squirrels' nests, some trees also have bunches of mistletoe clinging to their bare branches. How timely for the December edition of Kentucky Skies monthly photos!

All year long I've been scanning the sky, camera in hand, in order to participate in a monthly photography meme that attracts aspiring photographers from all over. The idea is that we look at our surroundings and record the changes from month to month. The host for this meme is Jan at Murrieta 365 . Here's how it works: "The goal is to capture one thing repeatedly on the first day of each month. It can be a landscape, a person, an animal, a project; whatever your focus is fine. It can be a record of where you are each first day of the month." So, just in time for the holidays, here's "mistletoe skies":

I had intended to learn how to do photo mosaics before December so that I could share a year of Kentucky Skies. That's still on the to do list, so I'll just post them the old fashioned way. It's quite fun to see what was photo worthy from month to month:

November - Leaf Peeping
October - Pastel Sun Flare

September - Norwegian Skies
August - Sun Flare

July - Rocket's Red Glare
June - Great Balls of Fire

May-KY Derby Balloon Race

April - Spring Greening

March-Sycamore Sky

February- Winter Skies

January - KY Sunset

Happy Holidays to all you First of the Monthers and readers! I hope you get caught under the mistletoe some time during the season!


TexWisGirl said...

a great set of photos! sorry to see the mistletoe, though! we get it here in Tx too. can overtake a tree.

Jan n Jer said...

wow Faye...after looking at all of your first of the months skies, I realize I missed a few. Love the hot air ballons n the fireworks. Nice shot of the trees with mistletoe...for some reason I thought mistletoe grew on bushes...DUH!!!
You asked on my blog...how far do I go to get my country shots...well..not far at all, anywhere from 1/2 mile to 5 miles. I am lucky to have such beautiful scenery so close to my home!

Millie said...

What a great shot for December. I don't think I've ever seen mistletoe~it doesn't grow here in Iowa.

Pamela said...

when you drive thru southern Oregon -- you see mistletoe growing in the big old trees. None around here. But, we have lots of magpie nests that look similar from a distance!

Debs Carr said...

Beautiful pictures, thanks.