A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

This is my first entry into Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Normally this wouldn't be something I would do. Given five subjects and seek them out to photograph can be a challenge, but I do like a good challenge now and then, so here goes.

What is it?
(answer at the end)

Fur Baby Sleeping
Sinbad napping in the late afternoon sun rays.
What more needs to be said?

I went with a different route than this subject was meant to be.
Done with an ultra wide angle at the grocery store.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday rules encourage you to use fresh photos but old ones are okay too. Well this is my "old one" and I like this picture from inside of an abandoned house in the middle of the desert with the natural decaying process going on. We all are going through a natural decaying process but rest assured, there is that bright light through the window.

I was really at a loss for this one until I drove by this raccoon roadkill.
It just spoke out to me "This is it."
The back half of the raccoon standing up on end looking as if he was squeezing down into a burrow.
Where the front half was, I don't know.

The answer to the first photograph is that it is a large container I have in my study. In it I have put a 1 inch layer of soil from places I have been, comprised of interesting material in their make-up.
Bottom to the top is:
From a 400 square mile alkali lake bed in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada
Red Rock Canyon in the high desert of California north of Mojave
Desert soil from Anza Borrego (I just like this place)
Salt from the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Arches National Monument, Utah
Death Valley, California
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
~ there is space for 4 more "special" places yet ~

I'd like to give a thank you to Ms. Becky at Shaking The Tree for encouraging me to do this.

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Mary Gene Atwood said...

what is it? is so fabulous. Great idea Ms. Becky!! Your joy made me laugh, and half, well, gross, but funny. Have a glorious week!

TexWisGirl said...

you did GREAT! thinking outside the box on several of those. love your soil sample container. love it! and sinbad is just beautiful...

Ms. Becky said...

oh.my.word. what a delightful post in so many ways. I love each and every one and I think you did a smashing job with your first hunt!!! and I just knew you'd be entertaining and no siree you did not disappoint. I guessed the first photo to be a container of layered spices with some cayenne and curry in there. the only one that looks like soil is the Arches National Monument sample. I love that idea. you are so clever. I do still have my miracle dirt from El Santurario de Chimayo though! my favorite of the bunch is no surprise. you've captured him perfectly in that light. I love when they curl their back toes like that - totally zoned and dreaming. now Daiseymae's infatuation will run even deeper once I show her this one. nice wide angle of the Joy too. Window reminds me of an abandoned factory I was touring a few weeks ago - all the crumble and decay but this old house is much more photogenic. love the symbolic reference to the brightness at the end of the process.
only you could photograph a dead raccoon and make it humorous. poor guy, but at least it was swift. you must have looked pretty curious out there getting that shot. maybe people took you for a roadkill statistician. I hope you join in the hunt again. happy Sunday to you and Sinbad.

Martha Z said...

An interesting assortment. I don't think I would have had the nerve to use that last image.
I like the first and have been to most of the places where you gathered your samples. I've been close to the Black Rock desert and Bonneville Salt Flats but never actually stopped at those two.

Janie said...

Interesting photos! I really like the idea of the soil layers displaying favorite places you have visited.

Lori said...

I will admit the last photo did stun me a bit.
But I like the rest,great set,the last one was just unexpected, sorry.


theconstantwalker said...

I was guessing at sand for the first image so I think deserve a point for that... the rest lost me a bit..Sinbad is so lovely.
Have a great week John.

Randy said...

Poor Raccoon. I love the first photo. Nice collection.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You did a good job. Love your collection of dirt and the macabre roadkill. Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Ashley Sisk said...

I never thought roadkill could look pretty...nice job.

Scott Law said...

Great idea on that layers of dirt and thanks for the list. Looks like you may have hit your hot spot with the scavenger hunt idea.

Nadege, said...

Poor raccoon. Gross but a bit funny.

Sinbad looks very relaxed.

Reena said...

Great collection! Loving Sinbad! And poor Mr. raccoon ... such a funny capture.

Unknown said...

Love the kitty of course and the Joy photo is great! Nice to meet you!