Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

It seems fitting that for this photo challenge I spare no subject matter, from a few stacked stones to a couple of crayfish and a solo snail shell.  The word ‘spare’ when used as a noun or an adjective is an extra of something, while when used as a verb, it can mean  to refrain from harming or destroying, as with the untouched shell.  In the event that a crayfish loses an appendage, it has a claw or leg to spare, regenerating limbs and living to fight another day.   As they grow, crayfish also shed their exoskeleton for a new birthday suit in a process called molting.  Sometimes one extra is not enough, as with a tower of stones or cairn used to mark a trail or other landmark.  North American trail marks are also known as “ducks” or “duckies” because they may have a “beak” pointing in the direction of the route.  The expression “two rocks do not make a duck” reminds hikers that just one rock resting upon another could be the result of accident or nature rather than intentional trail marking (Wikipedia).


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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5 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

  1. Olga says:

    Wonderful photos, Tyler. 🙂

  2. Olga says:

    Love your post, Tyler. ❤

  3. treesshrubs says:

    I had not thought of spare as a verb and was quite taken with that meaning ☺

  4. Thank you for liking my, Purple Clematis.

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