Photo Challenge Double-play: Book(shelves)

By what I’m going to assume is sheer coincidence:) , this week’s OWPC and Travel Theme challenges both have a book theme. So here’s my entry for both, showing off my bookshelves.
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As you can see, not all of the shelf space is dedicated to books. There’s quite a few geeky collectibles on display.
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Odd Ball Challenge ’16 – Week 15

It’s been a while since I’ve made a COB submission, but something so cool happened this past Friday that I had to take pics of, and I thought I’d share them with you this week.


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Wednesday Wisdom – Langston Hughes

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

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April 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of  #National Poetry Month.  Our Wednesday Wisdom features poet Langston Hughes, an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.  His poem, “Dreams,” compliments the image of Galileo, the great horned owl, who lives at the York Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, ME.  Since his injury and rehabilitation he is now an ambassador for owl and raptor education for area children and adults.  Galileo can no longer fly but he is part of an organization whose mission and dream is to provide medical services, safe sanctuary and humane treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released back into the wild.  Our National Wildlife Refuges often partner with local wildlife rehab facilities for outreach and up close wildlife viewing and study.

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CFFC: Alleys ‘n Such

Hope you’re all having a good Sunday. Here’s my entry for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge.


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Wednesday Wisdom – Annie Dillard

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

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Our #WednesdayWisdom  and our last #WomensHistoryMonth spotlight is on American author Annie Dillard and her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), which is often cited – like Thoreau’s Walden – as a great source of inspiration for aspiring science writers and has swayed many to pursue natural science careers. Our celebration of nature writers like Dillard is also a recognition of how nature-based literature gives people with limited experiences in the outdoors with an amazingly rich connection to nature through stories.

Taking risks also includes the faith that the resources are in place – “your wings” – to stay aloft and fly.  This gorgeous osprey hails from the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, a green respite nestled within the urban setting of the city of Philadelphia. Refuge lands are a thriving sanctuary teeming with a rich diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants native to the…

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