These are not pictures of ritzy dinners, but rather a play on the word “entry” as in Tree Square Challenge Entry. Sometimes often I have to explain my attempts at humor, and yet I keep plugging away at it. There are only three tree days after this. Remember Becky’s only rules are square and trees.

Please click on the link under her logo to see the cutest portrait in a tree ever.

#TreeSquares Portrait in a Tree

My goal for this month for #Tree Squares was to start at home in Prescott, AZ and spiral away, highlighting trees farther and farther away from my home. Australia and Greece are as far away as I ever got from home. I have no pictures digitized from Greece, but trees are ubiquitous in Australia, so no worries for me. Since today is Tanka Tuesday I’ll attempt to write a themed Haiku (Expedition) to highlight this picture.

Australia Trip #18: Birds and Friends in Brisbane

Birds in Australia, unlike the birds in Prescott or Woodlake, like to pose. I don’t know what the government there is paying them, but they love to have their photos snapped.

A bird portrait in paradise using the turquoise and red preset in Bridge

Haiku’s are not supposed to be titled. They are not supposed to be about humans either, so this may be something else besides a Haiku, but it has the pattern 2-3-2 of the modern Haiku. I love the girl’s grumpy expression don’t you? Do you suppose she’s had one too many solicitation calls and this bird is the last straw?

Fishing Expedition

long necked
Long-legged
sharp beak

"Don't look
unless you
bring food."

Marsha Ingrao

This isn’t a photo class, but I had fun playing with this particular photo and adding different presets to it.

Birds are not the only ones who love to be photographed near beautiful trees. The unsuspecting can only imagine that if someone is trying to take a picture of a tree, and if they walk in front of it, they will get shot.

My favorites, of course are getting friends to pose. I’m not great at this type of photography, but if I didn’t ask once in a while, I’d never have any pictures of those who matter most.

This next picture begged to be shared even without using it for a portrait.

Someone else will have to tell you what kind of beautiful tree this is.
sprawling
angles give
shelter

leaves fall
bugs, birds, crawl
explore

Marsha Ingrao

Finally, writing this post has been like going to the grocery. I had one thing in mind and one only. A quick easy post highlighting the beauty of Brisbane, Australia. One photo. So before I sign off for the night, here it is. My one photo post.

Bird’s Response to my Photo-taking Expedition

I'm not
visible
now leave

Marsha Ingrao

As you can see, I’m running late with my posts. Tomorrow is Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge. The topic: Exciting. I apologize ahead of time, it probably won’t be up at 7:00 am.

Have a great night, sleep well.


78 responses to “#TreeSquares #27: Portrait “Entrees””

  1. judeitakali Avatar
    judeitakali

    A gorgeous post. Loved the images and poetry and the expedition theme was perfectly conveyed.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jude.

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      1. judeitakali Avatar
        judeitakali

        My pleasure.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano Avatar
    Gwen M. Plano

    Beautiful, Marsha. I loved your interplay of photos and haiku. The whole journey was exquisite! 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Gwen. Haikus are a lot of fun. They show my true self which is not super deep or introspective, but literal and a little silly.

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

    This was fabulous, Marsha! I loved the birds. For whatever reason, birds love me. Once, I had a parrot land on my shoulder in a tropical-themed restaurant. He would not leave—even followed me into the bathroom! You’ve got some great photos and poetry! So nice to see you! I’ve been so busy. I’ll add more in my post to explain, but I’ve taken on a part-time receptionist job. Sometimes you have to take what the universe drops into your lap and run with it. Hugs, my friend. ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Oh my gosh, Colleen. As if you didn’t have enough to do! Wow! I bet it is fun, though. You are so friendly and have such a kind way about you and a kind face, I think you would be the perfect receptionist. 🙂

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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

        LOL! Thanks, Marsha. I worked in accounting for over 20 years so this is wonderful. It’s nice to engage with people! Most of the clientele is older so it’s really nice. ❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We baby boomers haven’t given up the ghost yet. We still dominate in places. Prescott is definitely a boomer town. 🙂

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          1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            Yes. Lots of older folks here. I can retire and get SS until I’m almost 68 years old. Believe me, I’ve got a few years to go before I hit that age. I might as well add to my SS while I can. 😀 ❤

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You should. As a CA teacher, we opted out of SS and get State Teachers Retirement System. I get $210 a month from SS. LOL That’s after Medicare. Even though I worked some between 60-68, I couldn’t add to it, so for the most part, I didn’t work other than blogging and writing a book and volunteering in the community. I’m not sure where I would have fit work in.

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          3. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            Yikes! That’s rough. Ron took his SS early as he was disabled. I’ve worked for years so this will be a good change for me. ❤

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Fortunately for us, state teachers retirement pays well. I also saved the maximum amount I could during all the years I taught. We’ve invested that money in real estate. So, though we aren’t rich, we have plenty to live comfortably. That’s one reason we love our condo here. It’s is economical and allows us to do the things we want and need to do.

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          5. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            Bravo! We were not as lucky in that situation, but we always seem to have what we need. I’m younger than my hubby so it’s important for me to keep adding to my SS. ❤️

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Very smart. What we do now, and it has seemed like a job is that we have bought a condo in Scottsdale and we are turning into an Air BnB. It’s taken a month to get it ready, but I think we are ready to go now. It’s been a lot of fun, but has taken much more money and more work than we thought it would. It’s well stocked, now. and ready for customers.

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          7. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            That’s awesome! Good for you! What a great idea. ❤️

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            The jury’s not out, but we hope it is a good idea.

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          9. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            With COVID there is no telling! I wish you well with this new adventure. I think it’s cool!

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks Colleen. It’s the AC. The temps this week you are going to be missing terribly. Up to 122 in places.

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          11. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            Yup… that’s why I had to move. I couldn’t stand the heat. It’s been a blissfull summer here in Michigan. Yes, we have some humidity, but I can handle that better than the blazing heat. We made the right decision for us in moving. ❤

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  4. Elizabeth Avatar

    Beautiful photos and poems! I’ve heard lots of good stuff about the birds in Australia. It seems they are very comfortable around people, and they are gorgeous!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They seem to be unafraid of humans and always willing to pose.

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  5. Jim Borden Avatar

    that tree is amazing, and so are the colors of the bird in the last photo. looks like it was a wonderful trip…

    by the way, I came across an app that is like Shazam, but it is for identifying birds by their sounds. I used it today for the first time, and it seems pretty cool, but I have no idea if it is correct! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s very cool. Will it identify birds in photos as well?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Jim. When our monsoon is over I’ll get back on my computer and check it out.

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            Thunder and lightening. I unplugged. Better today, and we need the rain so badly.

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          2. Jim Borden Avatar

            I think the whole country could use a bit of rain; I just wish it came down in a less extreme way!

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            It’s not raining her right this second, but it could at any time. Yesterday it came down in buckets where I was, but Vince was at home and he didn’t get any. It’s keeping the temperatures in the 70s, though, and that’s appreciated.

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          4. Jim Borden Avatar

            I guess there’s nowhere that has perfect weather everyday… 🙂

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          5. Marsha Avatar

            Fain now. It was beautiful this morning. But I am grateful for every drop.

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          6. Jim Borden Avatar

            Yes, rain is critical for the environment, and in a way, I find a good rain good for my soul…

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          7. Marsha Avatar

            I do too. I find too many clouds bad for my soul if I just stay inside. 🙂

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          8. Jim Borden Avatar

            a rainy day is an excuse for me to jut stay home and relax and rejuvenate…

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          9. Marsha Avatar

            That’s what I did today. Silent witness – way too many episodes.

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          10. Jim Borden Avatar

            I have not heard of that show…

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          11. Marsha Avatar

            I’m binging on it right now.

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          12. Jim Borden Avatar

            with a good cup of coffee?

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  6. Cee Neuner Avatar

    That big tree is simply marvelous Marsha. What a fun post. 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. I discoverd how to see my photos from my iPhotos storage. I think I have 2 TB of storage space there, and I’ve never been able to access it to organize it since I had a PC. Last week I downloaded the app that allows me to see the photos in my file manager. Another huge step in getting organized.

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  7. BeckyB Avatar

    well this is rather fabulous isn’t it 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, and now it’s time to write TreeSquares #28. I’m down to that now – last minute.

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      1. BeckyB Avatar

        no rush, I’ll be here for the next few days 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I know, three. I have #31 written and #30 planned, so that just leaves tomorrow, and I still have lots of choices – even a clever one like you did today.

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          1. BeckyB Avatar

            ooh love clever ones 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            This has been super fun, Becky B.

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  8. willowdot21 Avatar

    Love your photos and that you have slipped you verse in, so very apt 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      See, inspired by you! Seriously, I read your post before writing mine. 🙂

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        Lol , well I am flattered 💜💜 you are good 💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I am not good. I am Always Write. 🙂

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            ☺️☺️☺️

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  9. RuthScribbles Avatar

    Wow! The big ancient tree! I could stare at it forever!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Ruth. Isn’t it amazing? I’ll probably never see another one.

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  10. bishopnjengajohn Avatar

    I am happy to meet you God bless you

    My email jesushealer827@gmail.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Nice to meet you.

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  11. VJ Knutson Avatar

    Don’t know what the tree is, but it sure is marvellous!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My friend Carol shared it in her comment. It’s a Moreton Bay Fig.

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  12. Norah Avatar

    Southbank is one of my favourite places, Marsha. When were you there? I’m sorry we didn’t meet up (we probably didn’t know each other then). That bird eyeing off the girl is an ibis, often called a bin chicken here. They love getting scraps from tourists and the bins, especially around Southbank. The beautiful big tree, as the eternal traveller said, is a Moreton Bay Fig. Moreton Bay is the bay to the east of Brisbane. The colourful bird is a rainbow lorikeet. I love when they visit my garden. 💖 It’s so nice to see my hometown in your shots.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I am so sorry I missed you, too, Norah. It was four years ago now, so it was before we met. It was probably the most exciting and brave thing I have ever done in my life -travel wise. I could never have made the trip without Carol and Leanne, especially Carol. She really is the eternal traveler, and made sure I saw something special every day. I loved Brisbane. It was beautiful – and very wet one day.

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      1. Norah Avatar

        Surely we’ve known each other longer than four years, Marsha. Actually, I just checked back on our email correspondence. You wrote a guest post for readilearn at the beginning of 2018 – that’s 31/2 years ago, so we must have known each other before that. https://www.readilearn.com.au/readilearn-writing-lower-primary-classroom-guest-post-marsha-ingrao/
        It can be very wet here at times, but generally beautiful. I’ll catch you next time you’re here. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          At the time I visited Carol and Leanne I had been blogging just five years. I felt like they were very close friends even though we weren’t close geographically. I met both of them in person in 2016 when they visited separately. So It had been only four years. That’s a pretty long time. I think we are at about that point, my friend. We have connected, as I have with a few of my other friends online. We meet lots of people in life but form lifetime connections with just a few. You are one of those.

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          1. Norah Avatar

            That’s so nice, Marsha. I feel that too. 💖

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  13. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I really enjoyed your haikus, Marsha, and the pictures are beautiful and vivid.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Robbie. I enjoyed writing them. Pictures and writing are what make blogging so exciting and enjoyable to me.

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  14. Maria Avatar

    The Moreton Bay Fig is extremely beautiful! Wow! The rest of the post was great too of course. I like how you played with one of the photos in different filters.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Maria. I had a lot of fun with the entire post – not to mention the trip during which I took the pictures. 🙂

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      1. Maria Avatar

        I bet the trip must have been fabulous!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It was amazing. I probably took at least 1,000 pictures.

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          1. Maria Avatar

            How fun!

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  15. the eternal traveller Avatar

    That big tree is a Moreton Bay Fig. More happy memories in this post. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree. That first day in Brisbane was like walking into heaven, so bright, so colorful, water everywhere, greenery. Best of all great friends, meeting new people, and taking pictures of memories to last a lifetime.

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    2. BeckyB Avatar

      yay, thanks for the name!

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        You are welcome. Are you doing a compilation of the different species that have been posted? Now that would be a lot of work, wouldn’t it? What’s wrong with me – nobody needs MORE work! 🙂

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        1. BeckyB Avatar

          lol!!! If only I had time, I would love to have done that

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            LOL. I’m sure someone has, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t know if Vince’s app on his phone will identify trees. For the ones in Australia, Carol is like a tree encyclopedia. She knows so much! 🙂

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