This week’s Foto Friday Fun includes 8 images chosen by readers picking a number out of my photo archives. Seems to be a theme going this week for birthdays.
Arija wants to see #9125, as “part of my DD’s (read darling daughter) birth date. Indiana is one of those rare people who make a huge difference in other people’s lives through teaching her natural dye practice and throwing in a different view of world we live in: being kind to all beings and only leaving green footsteps.” I’m sure that Indiana is a nature lover like her Mom and both would have enjoyed sitting quietly with me in the Abrahamskraal bird hide at West Coast National Park. The Cape Shoveler was just one of many species I saw.
Susie picked #1993, “the year that both my son and my granddaughter were born.” In 1993 I was taking an illustration art course at Western Washington University and one of the assignments was to design a logo to be put on T-shirts for a gathering of the American Society of Mammalogists. My idea wasn’t the final selection but I still like it.
Sherry chose #1847 and I know she thrives on sunrises, and sets too, so this image of a sunrise over the Indian Ocean from my porch at Tsitsikamma National Park should make her smile.
Jo chose #1979 for “Our younger son, Angus turned 34 yesterday (16th May) so that’s his birth year!” Well Angus isn’t really very old but this scanned photo is old so not the best quality. I was 24 years old and standing with my long-time friend Eddie at a party. Surprised I can even remember that party as I drank a powerful punch made by mixing everything people brought to the party in a huge tub. Hic.
Erin chose #524 “for next Friday since that is next Friday.” And now Friday is here. Don’t freak out or panic these bugs are brooches made from sterling silver. The spider’s body is turquoise and the grasshopper is malachite. If you don’t know already, I LOVE Jewelry.
Bibi wrote, “Put me down for 7781, the last four of my Serbian ID for foreigners book!” These Burchell’s Zebras are foreign to many yet I saw countless numbers of them at Addo Elephant National Park, not always in such an intimate moment. They remind me so much of horses that I want to ride one, even though I know better. I saw more Burchell’s at Kruger National Park plus the slightly different Mountain Zebra at Mountain Zebra National Park.
Firefly chose #7177, the last four digits of his phone number. I think he should use that phone to make a reservation at the Old Mill Lodge in Oudtshoorn, not too far from where he lives. As you can see by the date on the main house this Dutch architecture has been around for a while. The Old Mill provides very nice accommodations, tasty food, and a swimming pool plus raises ostriches and goats with the Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop.
Elaine chose #1945, “the year I was born.” I’m not sure if she was born in the fall when this photo was taken on the drive into Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Love when the aspen turn gold and contrast with the deep evergreen forest.
So how do I pick these numbers? I simply put your chosen number in a photo search and see what comes up. Usually several choices as I start from 01 every month. I ended up taking 9855 photos during the recent trip to South Africa. If I’d kept numbering sequentially from the start of my photos on the computer I’d surely be over several 100,000. But I’m math challenged so not going to add them all up, although I thought about it.
Thank you for playing along with Foto Friday Fun. It’s so much fun to dig through my archives and pull the stories from my memories. If you’d like to join the fun leave a number between 1 and 9855 in a comment and maybe you can see your chosen image next week.
Which one is your favorite from this week?
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