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Cook22 01-03-2011 05:43 AM

Photo Challenge #108 ~ Get Creative with C {01/03/2011}
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Back to work tomorrow, so I'm posting today while I've got more time on my hands :D.
I had another plan, but I need good light and the weather isn't cooperating, so I turned to the alphabet for some inspiration instead.
Let's go for C, since we've already had A & B.

I have a China Cat - he may look a bit like a Cheshire one with that big grin, but as you can see from the second photo, he's actually a Kerry cat. I was pleased to find his legend (bad grammar and all) - a bit crumpled, because I got him twenty years ago and it's been stuffed in a little china bud vase to keep it from getting lost.

Also a China Cup - from my grandmother. We used to use these occasionally when old family friends came for High Tea. We also used to use a silver muffin warmer, which is something else I still have.

So think Creatively and Come up with your Cs.

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katiedoodlesgran 01-03-2011 04:05 PM

awesome. I realy like the cat and the legend is cute. I love the china cup.

c-mouse 01-03-2011 05:23 PM

will do

yellowrose46 01-04-2011 11:58 AM

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Sabrina.....great challenge! I love your pictures too, especially the one with the delightful legend! Such a pretty teacup too! Here are some C photos. Some of my copics, and a calendar. I have a calendar in every room of my house except for the bathroom. This one is right by the front door.

cletracloversgirl 01-04-2011 12:03 PM

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This is a Christmas picture of my Cat Sally helping me wrap gifts....

Cook22 01-04-2011 12:16 PM

You did well for calendars!! We didn't get given one single one, and we didn't get one in Greece last year because we were really after the tourist season and all the nicest ones were gone. I had an Audubon bird one in my Amazon.com basket, but as I am asking my half-sister to forward stuff to me I didn't want her to have something as big as that to deal with. So we've printed two pages to be getting on with. Love that cardinal photo in yours. I could live with seeing that every day for a month.
Lovely cat, too :D.

Cook22 01-04-2011 12:43 PM

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Two abstract Cs from me.
Sure it was cold this morning, but I didn't think it was that frosty that someone needed to have been so generous with the salt in work - it was pretty Crunchy underfoot. (Mind you, when it is frosty or icy, I am glad they are so diligent).
And the Chaos that is my desk. Hard to believe that I do tidy it at least partially every day, and totally at least every couple of weeks.

yellowrose46 01-04-2011 01:14 PM

Well Sabrina, my crafting table is a lot worse than yours. I can't even use it! That's why I am stamping on my dining room table now, but it is getting cluttered too.

UnderstandBlue 01-04-2011 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by Cook22 (Post 17764352)
Two abstract Cs from me.
Sure it was cold this morning, but I didn't think it was that frosty that someone needed to have been so generous with the salt in work - it was pretty Crunchy underfoot. (Mind you, when it is frosty or icy, I am glad they are so diligent).
And the Chaos that is my desk. Hard to believe that I do tidy it at least partially every day, and totally at least every couple of weeks.

You have such a cool space!!!

cletracloversgirl 01-04-2011 06:52 PM

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another "C"...my Cletrac HG...Hubby's OC3 and pap's OC3/HG

Cook22 01-05-2011 12:28 AM

My brother would love those! He always liked machinery, I can remember him spending days watching and chatting to guys working on the road one summer. He's disappointed his oldest son hasn't inherited that love - maybe there's hope with number 2. Obviously a shared love in your family :D.

huldap 01-05-2011 05:02 AM

Chocolate and Cookies :)

cletracloversgirl 01-05-2011 06:00 AM

mmmmmmm.........they look so yummy!


Cook22 01-05-2011 06:28 AM

LOL, I thought of chocolate too, but I'd used that for shades of brown.
Yummy looking cookie.

yellowrose46 01-05-2011 06:45 AM

Hulda, your goodies made my mouth water. Good thing I've got my breakfast taco on the plate so I can have some protein before I think about sweets!
Taishea, I take it that your earth moving equipment are all classics. It looks like these photos were taken at a 'show'. Great shots! My ex-husband would love to see these!

cletracloversgirl 01-05-2011 07:25 AM

Yes, Ina..the Cletracs are little farm crawlers that were used in SW Pa...they were used for many things..these are the smaller ones (they still weigh in at 1.5 tons!) We have many that are older and several that are newer....and the pics were taken at Brownsville, Pa at the Gas and Steam Engine show this past August....Hubby uses the one witht eh bucket around his Dad's farm....they built a high crop OC3 a few years ago...it is a cool machine....We enjoy the hobby of restoring the crawlers...mine is not restored but in original paint it is 1944..you can still see the very faded decal...Hubby's is a 1956 OC3 it was the last year Oliver made the OC3..and Pap's is mid 40's about 1948 maybe....it has a Carco winch mounted on the back....The larger Crawlers were used in the woods for timbering and such....they had crawlers for potatoes...there is a bunch of history available on www.cletrac.org. glad that some would enjoy the pics......Taishea

armadillo 01-05-2011 03:42 PM

Gosh, Hulda, good thing I didn't see your images before I went to the grocery store this morning! Those look soooo yummy and my mouth watering for sweets.

armadillo 01-05-2011 06:44 PM

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The first C is Chihuly glass sculpture at the Botanical Garden's entrance, the second one is a crested saguaro and the third one is a close up of the crested part. The saguaro is at the Gardens also.

Cook22 01-05-2011 11:12 PM

We all love seeing your saguaro :D. And that sculputre is amazing - it must be so beautiful to see. I love glass sculptures, and I think they look wonderful outdoors - or in our Botanic Gardens more likely to be indoors.

armadillo 01-06-2011 04:50 AM

Sabrina, thank you. The glass sculpture is gorgeous, especially at night.

kimyjo 01-06-2011 06:30 AM

Oh Chihuly! That's great! I didn't think of that. Love the picture of the sculpture! I visited a Chihuly exhibit early this year, at night. It was just beautiful!

armadillo 01-06-2011 05:29 PM

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Here are some more Cs I photographed today. The first one is a creosote in my yard. Unfortunately creosotes aren't much to look at or to photograph. The second one is a portion of the Castle Hot Springs Road.

armadillo 01-06-2011 06:14 PM

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Castle Hot Springs was a resort back in the late 1800s to possibly mid 1900s. The rich folk like the Vanderbilts, Fords, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Wrigleys, etc would take a five hour bumpy stagecoach ride on a 24 mile dirt road to get to the resort. During WWII it was commissioned as a military hospital for the injured and supposedly John Kennedy recuperated there. Across from Castle Hot Springs on Salvation Peak flies the American Flag that was given special dispensation to fly 24 hours and is maintained by the American Boy Scouts. Many of the buildings have burned down and there is always talk of rebuilding the resort but so far nothing has happened. There are grounds keepers there at all times. This is the first time that I have seen it when it didn't have a lush green lawn.

Cook22 01-07-2011 02:04 AM

I hope that some time it gets restored - although run-down places have their own appeal too. We used to visit a garden that was state-owned but not really maintained - it was a wonderful wilderness. It's still a nice place to visit now that it's better maintaine, but it's lost a lot of its character. And I'd love to visit a house in England where I once worked as a cook. The year after I left the owner made some agreement with English Heritage, but instead of restoring it totally I believe they run it as a way of showing what happened to old houses when the old money ran out and things ran down from their early splendour.
The creosote may not look interesting, but I was so glad you shared that photo. I assume it's what the creosote that used to be used for treating wood comes from, and I was fascinated reading about it. I love that smell!

Cook22 01-07-2011 04:55 AM

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Church, clock, cupola - take your pick :D. I passed four churches yesterday and you couldn't see the bells in any of them.

Where good Christmas trees go when they die. The local council comes along with a shredder and shreds them all down and then spreads it as mulch on various green areas. Smells wonderful - it's right beside my bus stop. Sadly sometimes vandals come along and burn them first, not so good. Ours will be going to the great green graveyard tonight.

armadillo 01-07-2011 05:00 AM

Sabrina, that resort has been closed for well over 50 years and has changed hands a few times. The two buildings in the photos I believe are the original ones. Gosh, if the state ever got hold of it, I think they would ruin the whole area because then they would pave the road! Yes, the creosote is used for treating wood and I also love the smell. Actually, I have two and they both came from seed!

yellowrose46 01-07-2011 06:26 AM

Audrey, I love all your photos! I never thought of creosote being a plant.........thought it was a chemical preservative for wood. The crest on the saguaro is so cool! I love the story about the Castle hot springs resort too. Was there a hot spring? I've swum in a hot spring pool in the Rock Mountains in Canada.......the air was icy cold and the pool was so deliciously warm.
I love all this dialogue back and forth.....great to learn about other areas of the world.

armadillo 01-07-2011 04:32 PM

Yep, creosote is a plant (tree) and it's oil is used to treat wood, especially railroad ties. I love the smell of it and sometimes will moisten my fingers and crush a few of the leaves. There is a hot springs there but don't know where it is, probably in back of the resort some place.

Cook22 01-08-2011 03:13 AM

They've banned creosote here on health and safety grounds, as far as I know. For a while there was even an issue as to whether people were allowed to buy the old railway ties (we call them sleepers here) for their gardens. But Dad always used to use it on the outdoor woodwork at home - it's one of those nostalgia smells for me. Like Ina I'd thought of it as being chemical until I saw your photo.

kimyjo 01-09-2011 08:09 AM

C is for camera
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I can't believe no one else has posted a picture of their camera for this challenge. Anyway here's mine. I just love my Nikon D60. Pictures were taken with my husband's Nikon D5000. Thanks.

Cook22 01-09-2011 08:37 AM

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I did think of camera :D. I like that strap too.
Here's a Crescent moon from me. It was below freezing last night, too cold to wait for any sort of interesting clouds to enhance it, and if I waited another few days it wouldn't be a crescent any more.

armadillo 01-09-2011 06:31 PM

Sabrina, I love your crescent moon. That's what I've been wanting to take but it's been too cloudy and overcast here.
Kimyjo, I also have a D60; can't say that I love but I do like it.

MelissaL 01-10-2011 08:57 AM

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My "c" is for Centerpiece. I had this on my holiday table for new year's day dinner. It's still hanging in there. :)

If it was summer I would have posted pictures of my vintage Corvair...but she's put away for the winter, so that will have to wait.

Cook22 01-10-2011 09:27 AM

I like the simple elegance of that centrepiece. Is that a white china bird as well as the you have in the close-up?
Make sure to revisit the challenge when your Corvair comes out :D.

MelissaL 01-10-2011 12:17 PM

Yes, Sabrina I got that little bird in a grab bag from the hospital gift shop and thought it looked cute there. I guess that is another C.

I'm always happy to show off my Corvair, I'll be sure to post pictures when she's all shined up and gorgeous.

armadillo 01-10-2011 02:12 PM

MelissaL, that is a lovely centerpiece and I love that bird in the "branches"

armadillo 01-10-2011 06:22 PM

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Sabrina, it's ALL your fault!! I don't know if I should be happy that you got my lazy self going or be scowlling at you for this C challenge!! I have driven over a thousand miles looking for all these blasted Cs but I will admit that I've had fun doing it and haven't done something like this in too long of a time; so THANK YOU!!! I have a whole bunch more of Cs that I took yesterday and y'all will probably get tired of me posting.

Here are the first three. The first two C for crater- Sunset Crater the front side and then the back side which was a better view and better lighting for that time of morning. The third photo is a twofer- an Anasazi Indian ruin called the Citadel and in the background are cinder cones.

armadillo 01-10-2011 06:28 PM

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This is C for Cameron, a photo of the original trading post that I don't think is used anymore and the "new" addition that has some very nice items with very nice prices, a restaurant and motel with nice rooms. Trading is still done there and it is a BIG tour bus stop; fortunately none were there yesterday. Whenever I go up north I always stop there for a break.

armadillo 01-10-2011 06:30 PM

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C for Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona.

armadillo 01-10-2011 06:32 PM

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C for Cathedral Rock also in Sedona.

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