[New Post] Bloggers inspiring other bloggers

The orples and I are exhausted from inspiring other bloggers.  They were going to sit this one out, but being good little orples, decided instead to take a break.  Thanks to Uncle Spike, they have a place to sit and rest on this visit.

The Orples taking a break on Uncle Spike's blog.

The Orples taking a break on Uncle Spike’s blog.

While they are resting, please feel free to stroll through Orpleville and see what they’ve been up to in their adventures,  including our fellow bloggers, using their material to travel the world through.  Feel free to come along.

[New Post] Cousin It

Who needs a cousin it when you have orples running around? And to add to that scenario, check this out: Izzy grows trumpet trees on her blog , ‘isadoraartandphotography’.  It’s a good thing, too, because those trumpets look pretty heavy. These two are obviously natural musicians. I guess when you’re orples, once you’ve transformed from oranges into mobile little characters, nothing is impossible.

The Orples  groov'in to the tunes.

The Orples groov’in to the tunes.

While they play their tunes, please feel free to check out the neighborhood. 🙂 If you would like to be included in our adventures, leave me a comment, and let me know. You can pursue previous postings for the details. Happy blogging, everyone. 🙂

We missed you, Simba

Ever since Olivia and Oscar saw Sophia’s dog, they haven’t left me alone. So we’ve circled back to Africa just so the orples can visit her cute little companion. It looks like Simba likes to have his ears scratched.

Have you ever seen a spoiled dog? Well now you have, I'm sure.

Have you ever seen a spoiled dog? Well now you have, I’m sure.

It seems the orples always leave us hanging in the end to entertain ourselves. We may as well visit the neighborhood and see who else is up to what, while we wait for these two to play with Simba.

[New Post] A Pop of Color

For today’s Photography 101 theme from Novermber 16—A pop of color, this background is perfect!

Colline’s daughter drew a lovely little street scene, which the orples couldn’t resist. They love cruising through those black and white settings since they show up so well against the neutral background.

Olivia and Oscar love strolling down the street, admiring the scenery.

Olivia and Oscar love strolling down the street, admiring the scenery.

While these two browse through Colline’s blog, you can check out the rest of the neighborhood. If you’d like to add your name to our list of blogs to explore, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know.

[New post] Photography 101, Weekend Two: Play With Light

Say ‘Thank You, Dolly’, for providing a photograph for this challenge. While Dolly (allaboutlemon.com) is playing with lighting effects, the orples and I are swimming in the Red Sea.

The Orples swimming in the Red Sea.

The Orples swimming in the Red Sea.

These two will swim anywhere. Olivia, being a lady, didn’t want to start without her hostess, but Oscar didn’t want to wait. I think we should go visit the neighbors until Dolly shows up to swim with us. If anyone else would like to come along, let me know and I’ll add your name to my ‘to go list’. Remember when you go into the archives from here, this will be the first post you see, so please keep toggling down to see what comes next. For those of you who don’t already know, if you’d like to leave a comment, just click the title to open an individual post. Happy blogging, everyone. 🙂

[New post] Photography 101: Mystery

I don’t know who comes up with these challenges, but the orples and I came across a mystery just the other day. Madhu is always shooting off really, really interesting subjects during her travels in her blog, theurgetowander. Being the sweetheart that she is, Madhu invited the orples and me to come play in her domain. We came across this sleeping leopard. It’s a mystery to me as how that poor cat can sleep with those noisy orples chattering away.

How does that leopard sleep with all of that chatter going on?

How does that leopard sleep with all of that chatter going on?

I think Olivia is more mystified by the size of the huge feline. And Oscar is wondering if Olivia is brave enough to wake the leopard up. I certainly hope not. I don’t think Olivia would stand a chance if he’s not a happy camper when he opens his eyes. If you want to see what other adventures the Orples and I have been up to, come with us to visit the neighbors. Today’s post will be the first subject you come to, so just toggle down to see our previous postings, from the newest to the oldest in this category. Enjoy your travels. 😉


One of our newer friends, Justin, over at JT Avery Photography, has invited us to explore his blog. And so we did. Justin has lots of photos to play in, although, It appears the orples have been sidetracked.  Oscar has seen his reflection. Who’d have thought he’d be vain? Of the two, you’d think Olivia would be the one primping in the glass.

If you've never seen orples primping, here's your chance. :) Enjoy.

If you’ve never seen orples primping, here’s your chance. 🙂 Enjoy.

While those two fool around, admiring themselves, come check out the neighborhood. Be sure to give us a holler if you want to play, too. We’ll link back to you, and of course, would love a ping-back or a re-blog to keep the invitation’s rolling. Those of us involved in our Orple Adventures are having a ball.

The Orples visit South Korea

AD Martin allowed us to tag along when he went to South Korea. OOADMartinKorea These guys are having so much fun traveling the world. You should come with us. For a preview of some of our other adventures, be sure to browse through my category ‘Visiting the Neighbors‘ to see what is happening in our neighborhood. Happy blogging everyone. 🙂

Blogging 101: Be Inspired By the Community

First off let us say this, I already feel blessed to be a part of a spectacular community that is quickly growing, as the orples and I keep stumbling on new blogs, and wonderful people. As we travel through cyberspace, we find ourselves exploring the world, tromping through the wilderness, visiting our neighbor’s domains.  Sometimes, I find it hard to squeeze in my own adventures. Believe me, Inspiration is not a problem for us—by any means. The world is at our ‘twigtips’.

One of Sonel's lovely friends meets the orples.

One of Sonel’s lovely friends meets the orples.

The above conversation came about as the result of a delightfully surprising ping-back my friend, Sophia (in Africa), created on a thread I began, involving a fly. Mr. Fly looked so cool sitting on that beautiful flower in ‘Sonel’s blog‘.

Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.

Meet Mr. Fly. This is where this story started.

and then, this happened ….. After Sophia invited us to come and stroll through her blog, the orples met Mr. Fly (above), only to be told to go away.  Sophia stepped right up to the plate in the orple’s defense. She and her friends told Mr. Fly a thing or two, as you can tell by the conversation in the first picture with Ms. Barbet. I’m suspect this story isn’t over yet. No matter, while we waiting for that tale to unfold, if you would like to visit the neighbors, to see what our friends are up to, you’ll find the orples have been globe trotting, enjoying a variety of adventures, worldwide.

Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he'd relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.

Someone please tell Mr. Fly that he might actually have fun, if he’d relax long enough to stop and play. He seems to be so serious.

Anyway, back to our original story; Sophia told the story of Mr. Fly and his bad manners to the fine folks at Michelle’s Pet Challenge, and wha-lah! Sophia not only honored me with mega-links—I might add—she fulfilled her weekly critter challenge—two birds, one stone. Sophia really outdid herself, too.  I am still awestruck, and grateful for the effort she put into her beautiful post. I suspect she had fun doing it on her end. I know I’ve enjoyed the conversations on our end. If you would like to join the orples as they explore our world, prey tell through a comment on my of my blog posts. Leave me a link to your blog. Introduce yourselves. Check out what we’re doing, already. Read my other posts to follow the conversations, through post content, and comments to find out what we’re up to. Be nosy. All are welcome. Grab a badge and be an orple-keeper, too. As Olivia and Oscar always say, “The more, the merrier.”

[New Post] Photography 101: The Natural World

Walking along in the natural world, Olivia and Oscar scampered ahead of Robin, whose blog is Breezes at Dawn, and me, while walking in the woods not long ago. Wouldn’t you know, they weren’t gone five minutes when they got into trouble. This time it was Oscar rescuing Olivia. Usually it is the other way around. While we’re waiting for the orples to get UN-wedged, let’s continue to walk around through Robin’s blog. This is a different Robin than the Robin we surprised last week, when we played hide and seek. In case you don’t remember, click here, to see what I’m talking about.

The orples always seem to find trouble. I think Olivia has managed to get stuck.  Poor Olivia.

The orples always seem to find trouble. I think Olivia has managed to get stuck. Poor Olivia.

We will catch up with the orples when we get back. Maybe by then Olivia will have squirmed out from under that log. I sure do hope Oscar won’t be in too much trouble for laughing at her. If you care to stroll through some of our other adventures, please come with us to Visit the neighbors. And finally, if you’d like to be an orple-keeper and pickup your badge to proudly display your love of orples, please do. Oliva and Oscar would be almost as thrilled as me, if you do. And as always, the orples love ping-backs. Anyone familiar with the orples knows they love to make new friends.  Sonel went overboard with her ping-back, but we love her for it. 🙂 Check this out. She includes her own little story as she displays some awesome photos of her backyard friends along the way.