Things That Are Rough: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge


Here’s my entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things That Are Rough. Some textured bark on a pine tree.

Rough pile of old icy snow

What was once an inviting, fluffy mountain of snow is now a dirty pile of chopped ice. It melts a little each day but freezes again at night. Try to play on this and you’ll slip, the rough chunks of ice scratching your hand as you brace your fall.

Cactus and yellow flowers in New Jersey

I featured this photo of the catci in a recent post about a trip to a rose garden last summer. Thanks to my friend Maria F., I now know their name: Opuntia humifusa. Thanks, Maria!

Bee and pollen on thistle

Here’s a very happy bee on a pointy thistle.

Note scratched into the paint on an old door

This is rough on an emotional level. When I read the note that was scratched into the painted-over glass windows on a padlocked door to an abandoned house, I couldn’t help but wonder about the circumstances. More photos and speculation in this post from several months ago.

August Flowers

Goldenrod flowerI was going to say how much I like goldenrod and that it’s the birth flower for the month of August. I’m glad I fact-checked myself because turns out August’s flower is gladiolus. I suppose in my mind, goldenrod symbolizes August because that’s when it blooms, adding bright swaths of yellow to the landscape.

Bee and pollen on thistleAnd here’s a very dusty bee on a thistle.

P is for Petals

Trying to confirm the name of this. I always thought tulip tree, but it seems those have yellow and orange flowers?
Trying to confirm the name of this. I always thought tulip tree, but it seems those have yellow and orange flowers?

I looked again for blooming trees and found so many different petals. What a dramatic difference in so short a time.

one white blossom on tree

The tree that had only one blossom on Thursday had completely opened by Saturday morning.

tree with white blossoms, blue sky

Here’s another before and after.

pink blossoms almost open on tree
On Thursday they are just about to open

I like the bee that I happened to catch in this one.

pink blossoms on tree
Open on Saturday, with a bee hard at work

Here are some more petals. I wish I could identify these trees. I typically think of the classic cherry blossoms as being pink, but last year I did see some white ones on a farm I visited.

white tree blossoms
Are they some kind of ornamental apple or cherry tree? They do not produce fruit.

This tree does not produce any fruit so I think it’s an ornamental cherry… Maybe? They look like cherry blossoms.

pink blossoms on tree maybe cherry
Possible cherry blossoms. They have a faint sweet scent.

Unfortunately we are supposed to get lots of rain soon. I hope it doesn’t wash all these blossoms away.

white tree blossoms
Celebrating the pretty petals before they are rained out


I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.