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Odds & Ends...

...literally!!



Sometimes, I really really wonder just why I photographed something....being that it's an odd subject. Like these two that follow. The odd ones. The first one, it's an old, abandoned in the bay, boat. Of course, occasionally, I see birds perching on the dilapidated and rotting wood craft, like it was meant to be there, for them. I really find it odd that it's not been removed from the water after all this time!! Then, the 2nd image of an old rusted spike: why did I take time to snap a photo of it? Don't ask me. Maybe 'cause I thought it uniquely attractive in composition?!! By golly, I think I hit the nail on the head!!!

ODDS--

Then, these. At least I can figure out the whys here! Two cute rear ends!!! Yet, the first one could probably also be considered an oddity! At least for MY generation. No? Yep, you're right, showing off the underwear and the exposing is part of the age-old style of teens. Typical. BUTT, cute. At least the 'feathered' one of a Wilson's Plover in this case.

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Next...Why were these two photos saved? I thought both were prime real estate for blogville 'oddville'. One, the speed limit. I guess by limiting the speed, you won't drive your vehicle off into the ship channel, giving the slow pace, you have time to stop before hitting the water? Or perhaps 15MPH was posted for the gulls, to slow down and use caution...human crossing? [Lydia Ann Lighthouse in the background by the way] The other photo which is part of a line of an old pier that has seen its better days? That's obvious, don't you think?  Yet, on the other hand, I see some kind of strange alien creature with seaweed hair, two 'odd' ears and pox marks for the mouth, a bird's beak, and two vacant, grimy, slimy eye sockets? Awwww, come on, you can see I'm right on this one!!!

ODDS--


Happy Trails To You!! Or think of it this way....one of my favorite works of art of the Old West theme is one done by James Earle Fraser entitled "The End of the Trail" [c. 1890s]. I've attempted to paint it years ago, my mother even had my painting framed and hanging in the living room. Of course my painting was amateurish compared to the 'real thing'. And, after my parents died, I have no idea what happened to it. Still, it remains a favorite piece of art for me...not my painting, but the original work of art. See the sculpture here or read about its history here. So, to commemorate the subject, with a bit of a twist, I share these two images of the "End of the Trail".  A fence lined hiking trail for Good Fences...

ENDS--


One of the photos in this following group, I have it figured out! The reason I took it. Other than there being another fence for Ms. T's Good Fences, they were playing a round of golf that I always enjoyed playing when long ago, we DID play a round or two...called, ironically, ODDS and  ends evens. The way it's played is with doubles [a couple]. In Odds and Evens, one player hits the tee shot on even holes, the other hits the tee shots on odd holes; simple. The next photo is really odd. Why I took this photo is an oddity in itself...highway stanchions crossing the North Bay Shore. Maybe I was in dire need of being odd that day...I do know I've been known as the odd ball.

ODDS--

Let's face it...I'm a sucker for photographing the likes of this action! Aren't these cute? Oh ya, and after seeing this odd couple I end it all with the conclustion of flight #END2014 --- photo taken at NAS CC Station along Ocean Drive near the base entrance where the Navy has flight training ---and historical value here - our President George H W Bush qualified during WWII as a pilot at NAS naval base. From wikipedia: "Former President George H.W. Bush was in the third graduating class, June 1943, and the youngest pilot ever to graduate. NAS Corpus Christi".

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96 comments :

  1. What a great post Anni! :))
    I love all your pictures, I'm myself an odd searcher :D
    Love taking pictures of pretty things, cool things, nicely
    arranged things by nature, nice shapes, and later I ask
    myself "why?" :D

    Love that alien post and the duck "ends" :))

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

    Möwe


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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed my post today.

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  2. You have me chuckling this morning---great post. How in the world did that young man's shorts stay on???
    If you didn't see it on Good Fences, here is a link to a young gal's blog that came to mind when I saw your pic of the paintings, http://rluphoto.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-fence-to-line-path.html
    Have a great day!

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    1. I was hoping for a bit of humor. Glad you enjoyed this Gayle. I'll check out the link after I pay my commentors a visit. Thanks.

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  3. Hello Anni, I love the alien post, very cool looking. And the duck butts is cute! Neat collection of oddities. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen...happy day to you too.

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  4. Love your odds and ends, Anni. And yes, I can certainly see that sea creature with ears and seaweed hair. You come up with the best titles! :-)

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  5. You have an artistic eye and it makes sense to shoot "odds." There IS art in strangely shaped components as well as those with both symmetrical and asymmetrical subjects. Your rusted spike is a perfect example of odd art.

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    1. I never consider it art....you are so astute Ms. G.

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  6. Another great set of wildlife images. Wishing you a great Sunday.

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    1. Thanks...hope your day was a good one.

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  7. Yep, love your odds and ends and particularly the duck butts today and you always manage to start my day with lots of giggles and smiles!! Thank you for sharing the fun!! Have a great new week!!

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    1. Thanks Sylvia....it makes me happy when my visitors enjoy what I post.

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  8. Well, I do love the duck butts! LOL!!

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  9. I like the odd photos, don't stop snapping them.

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    1. Okay....will do. [insert wink]
      Thanks Paula.

      How are you feeling today from the wasp stings?

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  10. MOL MOL MOL Anni we love all your photos. Mom says beauty is everywhere if we open our peepers.
    We love the duck tushies
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. I seem to have a fixation with duck butts. LOL

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  11. I too take odd photos and sometimes when I down load them it takes me a minute or two to find in the
    photo what it was that I seen at the time==and sometimes it is just fun to snap photos and then get home and find a treasure to two in them--
    love your photos so keep snapping!!
    smiles

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    1. Thanks....and yes, I have found a thing or two in/on a photo that I didn't realize was there at the time.

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  12. The ducks really tell the story of the "ends"...great capture, and a fun post, Anni.

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    1. Thank you Linda. How are you enjoying Maine?

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  13. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos and your explanations!! Sorry you lost track of your painting from years ago. I'm sure your mother treasured it.

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    1. She did like it...enough to have it framed. I should try to paint another someday.
      Thanks Terri

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  14. The answer to why you took them and why you save them is simply because you can :)

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    1. So I can....you're so right Ann.

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  15. I take pics of everything that moves or doesn't and save almost all and use almost none. I can't explain it!!

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    1. Lol...this sounds a bit familiar.

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  16. Of course, I'm the odd one because I love all the "odd" photos. That old pier post reminds me of a donkey's face. How do kids keep their pants up at all when they wear them so low? Thank goodness my Grandsons haven't started that...yet.

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    1. ...a donkey. Yes....could very well be. My two grandsons don't wear their shorts like this either....at least around ME. lol

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  17. I always like odds and ends! How are those shorts staying on his body? lol

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    1. exactly my thought Michelle.

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  18. I see nothing odd about any of the pics ... I believe I have pics somewhere in my archives of duck butts too :) AND seriously, how can they even walk with their butts (the teens) hanging out like that. Pull up your pants young man!! Nobody cares what color underwear you have on.

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    1. I know....I guess the teens with their pants to their nether-lands...well, they'd truly waddle like a duck, right?

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  19. I read a book about a driftwood artist, and one of his masterpiece was a horse. When I was young, we kept ducks next to a creek, and often wonder how long the ducks were going to dive with the tails up.

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    1. I know...sometimes they immerse their heads for far too long it seems.

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  20. I love that picture of the ducks!

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    1. Quack up! Sorry...couldn't resist. Thanks!!!

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    1. ...thanks Denise. How are you doing today?

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  22. Very interesting and fun, too!

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  23. Oh I always so enjoy your summaries that go with your great photos and today was no exception, made me smile the whole way. Have a delightful week Anni. Oh and I saw the Fritz Hilton again the other day while photographing...yikes...a juvenile Mississippi Kite. That man is 90 years old, and his photography and paintings of wildlife are truly so lifelike, amazing~

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    1. I envy you both in the fact you actually met Mr. Hilton....AND you've conversed with him a time or two. That would be a thrill of a lifetime!!!

      Thanks for the compliment Mary.

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  24. Sometimes I snap photograph of odd things too.

    As for showing part of butt or underwear is a no-no for me. Maybe am just old fashioned.LOL

    I "saw" a horse running in the photo of the dried seaweed \with its' two ears sticking out :)

    The last photo of the duck diving is priceless

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    1. I too am old fashioned when it comes to having your pants/shorts pulled up to the waist!!!

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  25. Cute shots. That post really does look like a horse!

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    1. The imagination runs wild....like the horse you see. Thanks Fiona.

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  26. I agree with ladyfi that post is meant to be a horse. Funny what attracts our attention when we have a camera to hand.

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    1. I can see a horse somewhat...yes!

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  27. Very nice series of "odds and ends"!
    I hope you'll drop by this week's linkup:
    http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/variations.html

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  28. I like your photo sets today. My first thought on the pole was it looked like a horse head, but I think you are right- it is a bit monstery! Cute duck butts, and I just giggle at the boys with their pants hanging down..you know they have to be spending all day long pulling them up so they don't walk out of them. I guess there is some kind of "cool" factor there that I am way too old to "get".
    Ah well, such is life. Have a blessed week Anni!

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    1. Exactly....I feel the same way...I'm to old to get it. Thanks Terri.

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  29. I enjoyed your odds and ends as you call it.

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    1. Yep....kinda odd in an ending sort of way Carol...lol

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  30. Your final ENDS reminds me of what used to be the Duck Inn restaurant in Rockport! I think it is no more! They had ducks whose bottom was floating along on the ceiling. We are going to Rockport in October. Can't wait!

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    1. Rockport is one of our favorite little villages here in the coastal bend area.

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    2. Did the ducks floating on the ceiling look like these ducks?
      http://www.allenlopez.com/ceiling-ducks/

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  31. I think Anni that someone with a camera is always looking for that prize winning picture, you know, the one that appears on the covers of magazines.? I know I am but unfortunately I'm just not that skilled. A cynic might say that any fool could take such a picture if they had 10 grands worth of kit, but I rather doubt it.

    All good,harmless fun. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. But....we continue to try for that 'perfect' photo!!!

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  32. I love your odd and ends. . . when I travel I am always trying to come up with a new way to take photos. Once I did 'Butts across Rome', the same statues from a different point of view! (actually, considering some of the statues... it was a more decent view!)
    We miss you at the saturday photohunt!
    Sandi

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  33. Love your "odds and ends!" It was so very enjoyable. Have a grand day!

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    1. ....I'm enjoying your scavenger hunt finds this month!! Thanks Cathy.

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  34. All things come to an end! And some are better to look at than others!

    Love the old nail.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  35. So I think the odd seaweed haired creature is a horse that ran smack dab into a brick wall. :)

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  36. I very much enjoyed this creative post, Anni!

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  37. In the odd where you see an alien, I see a horse. Can't you see it? It even has ears! and such a nice mane...two eyes and knotholes for nostrils!

    Loved this post.

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    1. Most all have seen a 'horse' in that pier/piling!!!

      thanks Rose

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  38. dabbling duck butts are just so cute. :) like that trail. yeah, not so much into the underwear show.

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    1. dabbling duck butts....I like the reference.

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  39. I see a horse head in the 2nd ODDS photo, the fence one. And I love the bottoms-up photo you ended your post with. Fabulous photos all.

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    1. The majority is seeing a 'horse'!!!

      Thanks for the visit.

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  40. Spectacular Pictures.

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  41. Great photos...love the trail with the fences and especially those cute little duck butts :)

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  42. Oh Miss Texas friend, those are just awesome pictures! I'm still chuckling over those ducks! Just too cute! I always love your awesome snaps!

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    1. ...thanks Nancy. I'm so happy to see you. Hope you're recovering well.

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  43. Great post! - I loved your "oddities" and yes I saw that (creature) in the 3rd set down. Reminded me of a horse. I liked that rusty nail spike. Got a chuckle out of the person almost losing their pants and the upside down duck butts. - Some lovely fences today as well. - All in all you have a good eye for finding great things to share.

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    1. Thanks Ida....glad you really enjoyed it all today.

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  44. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog (gallorganico) and inquiring about the scavenger hunt. You definitely have time to complete it and would love to have you join in.
    Rinda

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    1. ...and thank YOU. I'm gonna try to find 'em all.

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  45. The caption of the post is so apt!

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  46. It's your "artist's heart" that causes you to photograph the unusual and interesting...I do it too! It's like you are drawn to such shots and can't help yourself. :-)

    BTW knowing your love of books, check out my last 2-in-1 review on Springtime in Magnolia, and Mom's review before it, in case you haven't. Have a great week. I think I'm back from my break! Now to try to get caught up! :-)

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    1. Ironic, I just visited you earlier with your tucson skies....now I must return and read your reviews.

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  47. Great variety of photos today. My favourite are the 2 ducks butts

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  48. Cute little duck butts sticking up in the air. I like that alien creature post.

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