Saturday, May 12, 2007

Five For Five

Five little turtles lined up and ready for a nap. Norfolk Botanical Gardens.
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"Try to be like the turtle ~ at ease in your own shell." ~ Bill Copeland
The days are getting warmer and the sun shines on the cool waters of the bay. Turtles were everywhere in the water; many searched out an old log to bask in the warmth and the bright rays of the sun. These five are lined up in a row as if for take off, completely relaxed? Or poised for a rapid escape.

Blooming crabapple trees, pastel blossoms with five petals. Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

"The greatest gift of a garden is the restoration of the five senses." ~ Hanna Rion
The crabapple trees (Malus sp.) were blooming profusely a few weeks ago at the botanical garden. Each blossom of this species begins as a rounded "cherry bud" of dark pink; then erupts into five velvety petals, pale pink to white. Some species have a fuschia bloom and a few sport red ones. By mid summer the small red crabapples will be hanging in abundance off each limb.

Five American Coot (Fulica americana). Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach.

"Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth...a sense of humor!" ~ Unknown
These little water birds are quite funny to watch. On land their curved backs and off balance center of gravity forces them to run slightly bent like little old men. In the water they splash like little kids and bob their heads into the water leaving wiggling behinds up top, or they completely submerge then pop up like a fishing bob. Birds with a sense of humor!

Five tiny candy coated chocolate kisses.
Hershey's version of the ever famous M&M's. Yum!

"Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit." ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
Do you remember the big Cuckoo Bird who was "Cuckoo over Coco Puffs!?" This is how I felt the first time I tried these little colorful bites... So how could I help but line them up in various configurations and snap, snap, snap away? It was a hard shoot though... the candies kept disappearing from the bag and from the picture set up... and kept showing up in my mouth! Now how do you suppose that happened!? OK, I admit it... I ate my subjects. (Sigh!)

Five cats sleeping together on a bed.... this is a one-of-a-kind picture.
(Clockwise from upper left: Lady Willow, Miss Chloe,
Miss Clover, Mr. Rhett and Miss Scarlett)
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"Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner." ~ Stephen Baker
In this case the bed can only hold five cats and this is the rarest of rare sights. Lady Willow's presence is usually met with hissing and spitting and a general disruption of the normal pattern of things. Miss Chloe didn't know she was sleeping next to Willow and as soon as she figured it out, she moved... and fast.

So, here are my choices for this weeks theme.... you really didn't think you could get away without at least ONE cat picture did you?

The theme for Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt this week is "five". You can go here to "Grab the Scavenger Hunt code" and here to join the blogroll. This really cute logo is available there as well. The link to other participants is in my blogroll on the sidebar.

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