A Dry October Photo Walk

#Lens Artist – Amy, takes us on a photo walk as Challenge # 117. This week, and Terri with Sunday Stills makes it a dry one. Since we live in a semi-desert area, dry pictures abound. #Tanka Tuesday sweetens the challenge because it’s poet’s choice of theme and type of poem. So here goes, I’m going to combine all of the above along with Cee’s Flower of the Day and Becky B’s October Kinda Squares

My sister-in-law and her pets live with us now. Today we took our two dogs for a mile-long walk through the Woodlake Rose Garden. I was on a quest for pictures of dry beauty like a well-aged red wine.

For once, I couldn’t take pictures to make my Kiwanis group proud. Last weekend Kiwanis recruited 37 volunteers, students and adults who spread mulch to hold in the precious moisture.

Once we got past the Kiwanis section, which could be likened to garden of sweet white wine, I didn’t have to look far.

#Haiku 2/3/2

The garden sprinkling system fails consistently but the thirsty roses get some water. No one except Chuck House brings a hose and cleans them off. I wonder what would happen if all 7,000 Woodlakers came out to work in the garden for a couple of hours this fall?

Spiders are in heaven making silky webs to trap the dust and ashes in the air. The little bug on the rose can hide out almost anywhere in the garden except where he is. Does anyone recognized him?

Roses need deadheading constantly in the summer to keep them blooming beautifully. Due to COVID, we did not have the help this summer that we usually get from the students, and the Master Gardeners were not able to come until just recently. So you will see Zombie Roses on this walk.

Dilapidated, dusty
Throw-away roses
"Wait," shouted the grasshoppers.
"Look at this elegant weave
Spiders created."
#Tanka 5/7/5/7/7

The garden could be the Secret Garden before it was rediscovered. The potential of beauty is there, covered with what looks like years of neglect. In reality, it’s only a few weeks. On the cobweb blanket, you can see the ashes from the forest fires.

This rose has company that puts it to shame. The beauty of the morning glory is deceptive. It chokes out its competition, the rose and takes over if left unchecked.


Crumpled petals
#Haiku 2/3/2

Some of the plants are not as loved as the roses. My great-grandmother used to make persimmon cookies. I do not think she would be happy to see this dry tree.

Some areas of the garden have still not been adopted by organizations. In those area anything goes. In this case, the rose is surrounded, not only by thorns, but by weeds.

Lost in a weed patch
Propagating constantly
Drowning in ashes
#Haiku 5/7/5

Once in a while, you have to look up. The trees tell the long time story. Those blobs are cobwebs and debris.

After the garden walk, Cindy and Flo went home, Kalev and I drove home the back way on Sentinel Butte Road looking for more dry pictures. We weren’t disappointed. You can see the dusty, smoke-hazed, 157-AQI-sky. You can barely make out Colvin Mountain in the background.

It struck me that Woodlake is the perfect example of “the haves and have nots” when it comes to water. Wherever there is water, even just a speck, you see green life blooming. Otherwise you see brown deterioration.

Life-giving water
Sucked dry by super hot skies
Humans tricked the fruit 
Giving them a plastic teat
Yielding oranges once more.
#Tanka 5/7/5/7/7

I read this quote on Sylvia Bacon’s website,

“Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph”

Matt Hardy

The weed and dead limbs contrasted to attract my attention.

As I drove around the corner, the hillside on the left marked the end of the dry land and the beginning of irrigated groves of orange trees.

I hope I achieved my goal of seeing and composing the beauty in this dry photo walk.

These images are inspired and submitted for the following blog challenges:

Don’t Forget to Head Over to See Kerry


Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

55 thoughts on “A Dry October Photo Walk”

      1. Absolutely true. And the spider probably knows that; which is why it has probably built its web amongst the dead flowers…for trapping the insects. Nature has it’s own thriving industry. 😊

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  1. It’s really hard to keep a garden going when there’s no rain. We’re supposed to be having a warm, wet spring but we’re into the second month and there’s been not a drop so far. The only good thing for roses is they don’t get any black spot.

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    1. No black spot is good new, Carol. I don’t think I’ve even seen that! I hope you get rain soon. We are hoping for rain as well. We prayed for your Australian firefighters today. Our situation is still smoky. The fire has moved to Lake Edison area. I think our friends in Three Rivers are out of danger, but it’s still awful for them.


    1. Thanks, Becky. Droughts and subsequent heavy rains really are scary here. We had a normal amount of rain the winter before which causes lots of underbrush in the forests. Then the temperature goes up to 110, it dries out and become tinder for the fires.

      I am finally getting in the hang of taking square pictures and making my rectangular ones square. I love your challenge. I’d also love to do an interview for my Challenge Interview series if you would be interested. 🙂

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    1. Yup! You don’t sound like a fan of dry, my friend. I have to admit that it’s not my fav either, but if you isolate it from the rest of the dry, you can create something interesting at least. Thanks for the comment, John. 🙂

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    1. Yes, but by then you will have moved on to rain, apples, or turquoise! 🙂 I can’t believe how well you keep up with everything AND do all the other things you are doing right now. Good work, my friend. BTW, I was just copying your links to post in so many. However, I do love all those challenges. 🙂

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    1. Oh my gosh, you try so hard running Lens Artist and visiting all the participants, creating a new post every week. You guys are amazing! And your photos are over the top fabulous. 🙂 Thanks for doing all you do, Leya/AC. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Cee. I will doing more flower posts. I love flowers, and they are such great photo subjects. They always smile when they should, look coquettish, rarely move, and don’t balk at showing their age or plump figure. They are always the perfect model. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Colleen. I had the photo challenge all written when I finally had time to check your Tanka challenge for the week. I was thrilled that I could mesh them all together. It was sort of like adding the photos. Not every photo inspired me, so where it did, I wrote a poem. I loved the tanka with the grasshopper the most because what looks a mess to us, is food for the insects. I’m not that crazy about insects, but I appreciate that they are part of the ecosystem – even grasshoppers.

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  2. Although it is sad to see how quickly the lack of water affects these beautiful gardens, there is also amazing beauty in the flowers that have dried. Here’s hoping you have rain out there soon Marsha. Your images are wonderful!

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