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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.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Macro Monday from a Russian Garden


Just home from travels on the rivers and lakes of Russia. Here are some macros that I took in a Russian garden in Mandrogi Village on the Svir River, a day's cruising from St. Petersburg. Most amusing being this photo of a pumpkin carved in Russian. Small world!


And then two examples of Russian sunflowers:


And this fantastic sunflower seed head:


Here's Mandrogi from the boat--a small village where old crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, and vodka making are demonstrated:

For more closeups from all over, or to enter your own macros, be sure to check out Lisa's Chaos here every Monday.

 

18 comments:

Linda said...

Very nice photos! Love that pumpkin...guess things are the same the world around! Looking forward to seeing more photos from your trip and glad you made it back safely! Welcome home! I am sure Chet was glad to see you!

joanygee said...

Welcome back and thanks for sharing. Wonderful colours especially the sunflowers.

Lane Mathias said...

Red sunflowers! Nice to see you back Faye.

Terri Buster said...

Nice shots- have a wonderful week!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful colors and great selection of excellent photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

TexWisGirl said...

welcome back! i bet chet is a happy boy!

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love those sunflowers Russians.

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures, the Russian sunflowers look a little different.

Jan n Jer said...

Welcome home Faye...those flower shots are awesome and love the pumpkin too! Looking forward to more pics of Russia. Did Chet give you lots of sloppery wet kisses! LOL

Living Life said...

Welcome back Faye! I'll bet Chet missed you lots!

I'm sure you have lots of photos to share with us! I just love the reddish sunflowers. I just posted some sunflowers to my blog yesterday!

Kim, USA said...

Faye those are lovely shots. I can only imagine how many seeds are those in one sunflower ^_^
Kim, USA

Janice said...

Nice artistic shots, Faye. I'm impressed!

Janice said...

Nice artistic shots, Faye. I'm impressed!

Carletta said...

The flowers are gorgeous!
When I saw your comment on my blog I realized I hadn't 'seen' you around in awhile. Hope your trip was full of Happy Trails.
Welcome Back!

Marie said...

Such fascinating sunflowers! Glad you're back! I bet you had an amazing trip!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos! I love the fall colors.

Debs Carr said...

Beautiful pictures! I love this time of year when everything turns golden and red.

Sayre said...

Wow - I don't think I've ever seen a red sunflower. I'll be the field was just spectacular!