Weekly Photo Challenge: Point of View / Update

Cancerous Aphids
Cancerous Aphids, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

voracious monsters
destroying vitality
metastatic cancer

Cancer – Any evil condition or thing that spreads destructively.

These voracious, ravenous aphids extracted so many nutrients and vitality from some of our plants, that they became very, very sick.  We saw more aphids than we had ever seen before in our yard, and as a result, we also saw more ladybugs than we have ever seen, attacking the cancerous aphids.


As I wrote previously, we are in the middle of a frightening cancer battle.  My mother was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer…4 out of 4.  What is Stage 4?  Per our surgeon, it means cancer has metastasized from it’s original site to other organs.

Each doctor visit and surgery result over the last two months brought worse news, showing more and more spread, and leaving us in an endless nightmare.  The cancer is extremely rare, aggressive, and high-grade, for which there is NO standard treatment and no clinical trials because of its rarity.  There is no known cause.  It is not curable.  The prognosis is……….well….…all I will say is that people have been known to beat the odds and we are hopeful and determined that she will beat it.  It is a very scary time.

Cancer treatments began this week.  Two weeks ago, we made a quick trip to another high rated cancer hospital for a second opinion, and were more assured we are headed down the right path with her initial treatment plan.  Because of the cancer’s aggressiveness, we needed to start as soon as possible after recovery from her last surgery.  The treatments are a rigorous regimen of two days of chemotherapy every two weeks for a minimum of six months.  It’s too soon to see what the actual side effects will be since everyone reacts differently to the drugs, but we know what the common side effects are.

Hopefully the treatments will turn out to be a swarm of ladybugs focused on and succeeding in obliterating the cancer!

Again, I will not be as active in the blogging world but will do my best.  Thank you for all of the wonderful well wishes you continue to send for my mother and for staying with me through these tough times.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Point of View.  I’ve used the theme in two ways – one in the photo itself, and one regarding focused treatment.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Hummingbird Wings
Hummingbird Wings, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

amazing swiftness
forms wisps of elegant swirls
hummingbird flight

This is a black-chinned hummingbird at one of our feeders.  I normally photograph hummingbirds at high shutter speeds, but for this photo, I decreased the speed to 1/60.  It makes for an overall blurred photo of the hummingbird in flight, but I like how it captured the motion of the wings.

The photo below is one I posted last autumn of a mule deer buck in our yard chasing after a doe during the rutting season.  He is running FAST!

Huntin' for Lovin'
Huntin’ for Lovin’, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a photo that means MOVEMENT to you.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

I missed the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge from May 25, because I was vacationing in Moab, Utah. Even though it wasn’t officially summer when I went, today is the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. For me, this post is about summer vacation.

Gemini Bridges Trail
Gemini Bridges Trail, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

We enjoy outdoor activities and a couple of those include hiking and off-roading. Hubby also enjoys mountain biking. The Moab area with its breathtaking national parks and Slickrock biking is a great place for these activities!  One of the trails we took during our trip was the Gemini Bridges Trail. It is one of the more famous mountain biking and popular 4×4 trails in Utah. The trail’s namesake destination, Gemini Bridges are natural bridges; a “massive rock span that has been cleaved down the center into two parallel bridges.” The trail leads you on to their flat tops where you can experience spectacular views and look 250-feet down over the edge, if you aren’t afraid of heights.

You will see many spectacular rock formations along this trail, like the one in the above photo. If you’re like me, you will need to be with patient travelers who don’t mind stopping frequently so you can fill your camera’s memory card with the surrounding beauty, large and small, and experimenting with different camera settings. In this photo, there is a dune buggy parked in the shade of the tallest rock (lower left side of photo), but it’s too dark to see. I hoped it would be visible to give a perspective of how massive the rocks are. I was also intrigued by the number of airline contrails in the sky that day.

The following photo was taken when we reached Gemini Bridges. To understand how large this formation is, you can see my hubby standing on the bridge taking a photo of me taking a photo of him. I didn’t look down over the edge, though. The cautionary butterflies in my stomach were holding me back, it was windy, I really didn’t want to get any closer to the edge, and I got some of the photos I wanted!

Gemini Bridges
Gemini Bridges Trail, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Closeness, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).
Linking up with Camera Critters and Macro Monday.

Here is another close-up photo from the ladybird world.  How does the saying go?…oh yeah…”two’s company, three’s a crowd!”
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Red Shoes
Red Shoes, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

Intriguing display
Traversing walls and ceilings
Chaotic pattern

I took this photo in the mid-1990s.  This is a photo of an actual room near the tomb of Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.  These are red shoes nailed to the walls and ceilings, and in the lower left part of the photo, there is a sideways painting of some flowers in a vase.  I don’t know the meaning behind this display and have been intrigued with it ever since I looked into this room.  Distorted episode?  Distorted thinking? Does anyone know?
(This photo was scanned in from a negative.)

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