Wooden Visitors

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week, it’s “Anything Made of Wood,” to which I’ve added a slight tweak: Visitors on Wood! How else can I show off this motley crew?

Won’t you step into my parlor . . .

Old Log Cabin Steps

There’s nothing as inviting as sun-warmed wood. Just ask Mr. Toad . . .

Toad on Bridge

There’s Ms. Beetle who’s just come for tea and conversation as long as no busy birds are around.

Beetle hoping to escape notice

And Professor Squirrel who, needless to say, having had his fill of nuts and crumpets, relaxes on the porch rail listening to the pleasant strains of his hostess’s voice through the parlor window.

Squirrel Napping

And then the oddest visitors of all arrive! But no matter. There’s room for everyone on sun-warmed wood.

Shadowy Characters

The Dark Jinn of Moloch

Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #327; Photo by Paul Theodor Oja on Pexels.com

He set himself free, the dark jinn of Moloch.

The year was 2020. The mood was erratic.

They blamed it on the Orange Can, and then a lab’s contagion.

The daily murder of the unborn remained unheeded.

No one saw his face. No one knew his name.

The dark jinn was loose, but he was no man.

He had come to stay. It would be written as his day.

To watch the world burn came the jinn of Moloch.

Pigeon Talk

O, ten times faster Venus’ pigeons fly
To seal love’s bonds new-made, than they are wont
To keep obliged faith unforfeited! 

–Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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He’s either curious or chiding. Either way, we’re interacting animatedly.

Joseph’s 2020 Home Photo Challenge

Disco Bell Pink

For Joseph’s 2020 Home Photo Challenge, on our walk the other day we passed these hibiscus twins in “disco bell pink,” obviously loving the head-turning attention they receive. Shameless beauties!

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Disco Bell Pink’

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities in the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson