|On Sunday, I began week 50 of my 366-day photography project. Father Earle is leading a group of youth on a pilgrimage to France. Here, Father Earle, the youth, and their two adult leaders are being commissioned for their pilgrimage. They are traveling with another church group from Western New York. I am sure that they are safe; they were nowhere near Nice and the horrors that occurred there recently. We live in a sad and sorry world, where humans harm and take the lives of other humans for reasons that are nearly impossible to understand.
My photography project is about documenting my world. But, as a journalist, I would be remiss if I never mentioned the bigger world outside of my own personal experiences. I feel that we are all connected, that humans bear responsibility for one another, and that we can do better.
|Here is an old wagon that was repurposed as a planter.
|Little bicycle, little planter.
|Mmmmm, delicious beverage. Fruit-infused water.
|There is so much creativity in these gardens. It was a delight to visit them and to see what people have been doing to bring color and delight into their world.
|A shoe shaped planter is definitely an unusual object.
|Here is a bumble bee. It is a gentle, easy going, and fairly large bee and is well known as a pollinator.
|This looks like a nice, relaxing place to sit.
|Old industrial building. Not sure if it is still in use.
|View of the bridge from a garden.
|Water features in a garden are usually quite pleasant and relaxing. Below are some of the other delightful sights at the various gardens that I visited on Sunday.
|On Monday, I finished rehabilitating a garden that had been badly overgrown. Then I came home and made a small bouquet.
|Here are some of the things that grow in my garden.
|The tree is loaded with apples, which should be ripe by early September. Considering the fact that we are experiencing drought conditions, it is quite amazing that the apple tree is doing as well as it is.
|On Tuesday, I was busily pruning shrubbery at a garden that faces the river. Watching the water felt peaceful and serene.
|This bridge is quite lovely.
|Closer view of the bridge.
|Docks along the river.
|Wednesday was a hot and humid day so I stayed at home and finished this painting for Amy.
|Later, I went back to the river and took these pictures. In the distance, you can see Niagara Falls, Ontario.
|I found this face at the straw bale house at Riverside-Salem Environmental Chapel.
|Walls of the straw bale house.
|Later, I spotted this rabbit in the back yard at home.
|This is Zoe. She is very photogenic.
|On Friday, I went to work in a different garden and found these two little squirrels snacking on the seeds that fell out of a bird feeder.
|They are not afraid of humans. They allowed me to get quite close to them to take their pictures.
|The world doesn’t seem to frighten this snail, either, as it emerges from its shell.
|On its way.