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Friday, August 24, 2007

PhotoHunt: Happy

The photohunt theme this week is happy. I explained about photohunt in my Saturday post last week which was my first week of participating. Checking the literal meaning of happy, I found four distinct definitions in the online Merriam Webster's dictionary. The meanings ranged from good fortune, well adapted, pleasure, all the way to dazed irresponsibility. Since we will need 15 inches of rain to pull out of the drought where I live, I consider any rain to be a fortunate event. Each and every shower this summer has made me very happy. Thus the rain dripping off of the hibiscus pictured below is my first happy photo.
The rose of sharon (hibiscus) is well adapted to survive where I live. I am always pleased to see flowers in my garden. Which leaves the last meaning given for happy, a state of dazed irresponsibility. For me blowing bubbles on my deck, for a few minutes, when I should be doing some tedious task is a pleasure well worth the irresponsibility. That's why bubbles are featured in my happy collage below.
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My daughter is 22 now and has always been a bright spot for me so I included pictures of her growing up. My parents lived long enough to know my daughter and that made me very happy, therefore, I included some shots of my daughter with her Grandma and Grandpa. I like the theme, happy, and look forward to seeing what everyone else did.



98 comments:

jams o donnell said...

I would be very happy with a hibiscus in bloom. THat is a wonderful collage of photos. Have a great weekend

Jonzz said...

I like the collage.

Anonymous said...

Love your happy collage - that's a wonderful idea! Oh and I'm totally with you on the subject of rain... I'll be delirious when we get our first shower, hopefully next month!!

Anonymous said...

lovely pictures you have. have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous said...

wonderful take on this weeks theme. Beautiful flower!!

MaR said...

Beautiful hibiscus and great collage, what a happy post!!

eastcoastlife said...

You have such a happy collage! Beautiful pics of your parents and daughter. Lovely.

Berto and Kwala said...

the flower pic made me feel happy and peaceful. family pics are always happy!

great take on the word happy

Anonymous said...

I love this theme! The collage is so neat with all of the smiles and joy. The one of your daughter dancing with your dad is just the best.
I am sitting in the cafe at our gym right now where I decided to have lunch...because God's Water is pouring down in buckets!
That is making everyone happy except poor AbbeyDog who is most likely hiding in the closet due to the angry thunder.
Oh well, she is a big dog now.
Love, K.

It's so much easier to be happy.
-Kate Gulden (M. Streep)
from the movie "One True Thing"

changeiam said...

Lovely photos especially the collage. Wanted to do something similar and I'm glad someone did it instead :) Here's mine

Thriftin' Gal @ Junk In My Trunk said...

Lovely collage you have made, and the flower is beautiful too :)

Kucing Mafia said...

Hibiscus is Malaysia National flower... where i came from. Nice to see someone out there happy with a blooming hibiscus.

Carver said...

Thanks so much to all the photo hunters for stopping by. I'm having fun visiting the other early photo hunters. I'm glad I'm not the only one who posted early this week.

Kim, I'm so glad you are getting some rain. Poor AbbeyDog, maybe EmmaDog will give her a hug while you're out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to visit my site; I'm waiting about my add to post my happy Photo hunt. What a beautiful blog you have. I adore the hibiscus and I'd like to have one like that in my garden. Like the collage too; It's a good idea!

Susan Demeter said...

Wonderful choices for the theme! Hope you have a happy weekend! :)

SabineM said...

Lovely photos!
Kids grow tooo fast I know!
The collage was a great idea!
I don't know where you live, but I live in Southern California (and I am Swiss Born) so RAIN MAKES ME SUPER HAPPY!
Didn't think of putting that up as my hunt though!

Carver said...

For Sabinem, I live in NC and we've been in a bad drought all summer so maybe not as bad as southern CA but pretty awful. Thanks again for all the photohunters that have visited and for the comments.

Anonymous said...

youre very creative with that collage!

happy weekend

Anonymous said...

its a delight to see a blooming flower!

Anonymous said...

great idea for today's theme!

happy weekend!

Rach said...

Love the collage! Happy weekend :-)

ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

I love Rose of Sharon. I have 2. One is a bush and one is a tree. The bees love them too and that doesn't make me happy :) I love your collage :)

Hootin Anni said...

Your happy post is truly super! I love the flower and how you captured the rain drops! And the collage is fantastic!!

Thanks for visiting my 'happy' hunt photo.

Wilson said...

oh! great!...lovely photos you got!...Have a nice weekend...c",)

Anonymous said...

I almost put up a photo of a bubble too :) Great photos! Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...

Rain would make me very happy as well! My vincas are the only flowers still alive at my house (our drought is so bad that we can't water; if we get caught they will turn off our water).

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos for this week's theme.

Anonymous said...

Great photos for this weeks theme! :) Btw, love your flower pics here!

Paulie said...

Good slant on "happy." I enjoyed all yoru photos and explanation too.

Come and see mine.

jmb said...

Lovely photos Carver. One of your beautiful flowers and lovely photos of your daughter with her grandparents. It's a great theme this week.
regards
jmb

Katya said...

Happy memories are the *best*! Great job with the collage!! I love your take on Happy!!!

Anonymous said...

You have a lovely family. I love this collage. I think I'll do a digital version of my daughter. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

I like happy flowers. Especially the two happy flowers in the second photo. :)

Patricia said...

We have experienced a drought this year, too, and I am very happy that it is raining as I am typing! Lovely photo, and wonderful memories! Thank you for finding "happy" at Pollywog Creek!

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Definitely happy pictures!

Samantha & Mom said...

That is a beautiful flower and wonderful memories in your collage!
So HAPPY and a great take on the theme this week!! Have a nice weekend.
Your FL furiends,

Anonymous said...

Very sweet shots.

Anonymous said...

Lovely collage of happy moments!

Anonymous said...

great collage adn flowers always make me HAPPY

welcome to the hunt

Andree said...

you've solved the hibiscus mystery for me: I didn't know it was rose of sharon, which I sort of know. So now I'm happy!

Anonymous said...

what a lovely happy collage! gorgeous shot of the hibiscus ... :)

Everyday Healy said...

Mmm.... I see a happy family. And, nothing has been more precious than that... nice and meaningful pics! :)

Anonymous said...

a different take on happy theme. Love that hibiscus flower we call that "gumamela" here. Nice collage too

Jose said...

What a great collage of so many happy memories. Pictures are still the best way to keep memories alive.

Lau Niang said...

the hibiscuss flower happens to be my country's (malaysia)national flower as well. Great shot you have there. Thanks for dropping by at my site by the way ;p

Anonymous said...

The collage is superb and the flower is lovely too. great happy photos.
Sara from farmingfriends

Anonymous said...

What a lovely happy family collage of pictures.
The weather this year seems to have been particularly extreme everywhere. I have been like you, happy to see any rain, but this year - far, far too much!

Clare said...

that's a really interesting take on the theme, I love the collage.

Michele said...

Wow... so pretty. I loved the way you did this.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Unknown said...

Wow, you did plenty of work and thinking for this phoyohunt. Greqat addition! I love the collage.

Anonymous said...

yr family pics r heart warming

Anonymous said...

wow! i love that collage. must have taken u time to compile all those precious photos. :)

Anonymous said...

happy faces especially of the people you love just lift your heart, isn't it?

thanks for dropping by!

Love Bears All Things said...

Good choice! Lovely Photos! I live down south where we need 15+ inches of rain also. It has been too long.
Mama Bear

Spicy said...

Just looking at your collage must make you happy.....and all the memories it invokes. Have a happy day!

Detroit said...

Great creativity! I love that you enjoy blowing bubbles off your deck when you should be doing something else! hee hee

Enjoy the weekend!

Stine said...

Great collage - thanks for visiting!

Iv├┐ said...

thanks for visiting mine.. =)

here in my country, we call hibiscus as gumamela... =)

JC said...

:-)

CRIZ LAI said...

Hey.. I have not seen a purple hibiscus before. What we have here are red, orange and yellow. Nice shots for the theme. Happy weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/08/photo-hunters-happy.html

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wonderful photos for the hunt this week! The collage of happy photos is great!

My happy photos.

HartofDixie said...

Beautiful collage! Love the flower too. Thanks for visiting my page.

Anonymous said...

What a great happy. I think often we forget the wonders of the small things--like rain.

lissa 07 said...

glad you got some rain. Those happy shots your family is a nice collage.

Linda said...

Blowing bubbles has always made me quite happy, too, and now that I think about it, it has been way too long since I've done it. Memo to self - go buy some bubbles!

Have a terrificly happy weekend and thank you for your visit!

Carver said...

Thanks to all the photohunters for visiting and commenting. I'm trying to visit everyone and if I miss anyone it's probably because I couldn't get your page to load. Not sure if it's my browser but I've had trouble with a few.

To those who haven't seen an hibiscus like mine, Rose of sharon is a bushlike, and at time treelike, variety of hibicus. The flowers don't get as big as the tropical hibiscus and the leaves drop in the winter but then come back in the spring (or mine do). Mine also put out a zillion seeds so in the spring I have new plants coming up all over the place so that makes me happy because I'm a wild gardener.

My garden is so wild that some might question if it's a garden at all, ha. I even had one neighbor turn me in to the city because they didn't like my composting arrangement (years ago when I composted everything I could). The city inspector commended me on what a good job I was doing composting and that made me very happy.

Carlota said...

happy to see a happy hibiscus in bloom. great choices of your collage.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Crooked Eyebrow said...

What a nice post to go along with all your photos!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back to visit again!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flower!
Your happy collage great.

Anonymous said...

great photos! i love the first one, and the collage is quite creative! thanks for stopping by!

Nita said...

Wow, good selection of photos.
Have a great week!

alisonwonderland said...

you've got some good picks for "happy"! enjoy the weekend!

thanks for stopping by!

Sandy M said...

Love the collage of your daughter. I haven't even seen a hibiscus since moving to the desert. Beautiful flower.

ipanema said...

that's a beautiful collage! :)

Anonymous said...

I love all the happy smiling faces in your collage. Especially the porch chair, I bet you've have very happy times just sitting there :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love your collage! I, too, really enjoyed this weeks happy theme. :)

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures for happy. The collage is very clever! Thanks for stopping by!

Liz Hinds said...

Great take on the theme, Thanks for calling in.

yenjai.net said...

Wow. A huge collection of happy photo ^-^

Smalltown RN said...

that is a great choice for the theme wonderful photos....I love collaging.....very special...thank you for sharing...

Baba said...

I have some Hibiscus blooming on my front porch right now.I have the colors of yellow, pale pink and dark pink.This flower does well in our hot temperatures.Thanks for your visit.
Baba

Anonymous said...

This is precious!!!

FromShanToSlim said...

Very nice photo this week. I love the rose of sharon.

Anonymous said...

I got happy just looking at what makes you happy.
Thanks for visiting.
Have a wonderous week,
Frances

2be said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Great photos. I never thought of happy = well adapted. Fantastic

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a beautiful color of hibiscus. Thanks for sharing the beautiful collage of your happy moments with the family.

Thanks for the visit. Take care!

Bad Kitty Cats & Megan said...

Great flower shot. And what a wonderful memory the collage is. Happy Hunting Carver and it is nice to meet you!

Chris said...

Hi Carver - you were early and I'm late, very late.

Lovely photos. I especially liked the hibiscus ' cos I have one very similar in my garden which has recently been released from its overgrown neighbours. It still managed to produce some lovely flowers!

Interestingly, here in the UK it is not called 'Rose of Sharon'; that honour goes to hypericum, a low spreading, not always attractive, shrub with yellow flowers followed by berries in autumn. I'll post a picture to my blog for you in the next few days, if you want to check back.

Chris

Carver said...

Thanks again to all the Photohunters for your comments. I appreciate them all.

For Chris, I will check in on your site to see when you post the pictures of the hypericum because I'm very interested. One of the fun things for me about the photohunt is seeing different traditions and cultures and since I love gardens, hearing about different names for plants in very interesting to me.

Sue said...

What great photos. The flower is so pretty adn I love your collage. What a great idea for this week.

Janet said...

what a beautiful collection of photos! Thank you for visiting me :-)

Anonymous said...

Being with our love ones is indeed HAPPY. :)

Crystal said...

I love hibiscus!

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Journo June aka MamaBear said...

Wonderful happy photos!
Photo Hunters

Anonymous said...

All happy photos! And what great memories each photo hold. Hope you are enjoying photo hunters like the rest of us.

Carver said...

Thanks again to all the photohunters for stopping by. I am enjoying the photo hunt so much.

Anonymous said...

Loved the collage. Photos from childhood always have a special place in my heart. They capture an innocence and time gone by.

Thanks for stopping by to see my smiling boys.

Anonymous said...

Very happy photos. I'm partial to Rose of Sharon, too. The college, however, is my favorte of the two. Very happy, indeed.