5 Day Black & White Challenge (Day 4)

Today’s B&W Challenge post is a study in glass, water, light, and shadow. While it’s not a great image, it was an interesting exercise. Literally. I lay down under the glass top table in the dining room and, unsure of whether I’d manage to get back up on my own again, contemplated what it must Read More …

5 Day Black & White Challenge (Day 2)

A few years ago, we explored the Art Institute of Chicago. They have an amazing collection – Trip Advisor claims they’re the #1 Museum in the World. I’d quibble, unless they were hosting that delicious Chocolate Exhibit again. But that’s tantamount to bribery! I’ve always been partial to the Museum of Science and Industry – Read More …

5 Day Black & White Challenge (Day 1)

Cheryle of Lightwalker’s Blog has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged me to the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. It is a lovely white gauntlet, by the way – I pick it up off the dusty, gray earth, brush it off, and hand it back to her. “You had only to ask…” It’s Read More …

Spring! 1000 Words + a Picture

Friday marks the official start of spring. What better time to restart the 1000 Words + a Picture event? They say that a picture is worth 1000 words; to a writer, those are fighting words! But to a writer with a new camera – well, surely some compromise is possible? Surely a picture plus 1000 words Read More …

Sunny Pi Day Nature Walk

I woke up in darkness, well before dawn, and felt giddy at the sight of clear, white light streaming through the slats in the blinds. I pulled them apart, just to be sure it wasn’t the next door neighbor’s floodlight, or the searchlight on some rogue drone – both more likely than clear skies, stars, and Read More …

Bees & Assassins in the Back Yard

This little red assassin bug (left) is considered “highly beneficial” despite its sinister name.  It eats other insects that are considered “pests.” Although its bite can be painful, it isn’t toxic or dangerous to humans. Bees, too, are important to our survival. That doesn’t stop me, normally, from doing a frenzied sort of dance-and-run-while-screaming routine Read More …

Connect

Connections to the Past & Present Ancient Egyptians believed that a person whose name was recorded somewhere would not disappear after death. The cartouche, or oval surrounding the name, was meant to protect the individual from evil spirits in life and after death. The cartouche has become a symbol representing good luck and protection from evil. I wear Read More …

Solitude

The tale of Riley the Rollerblade Bird is a true story with an unlikely happy ending. It is a cautionary tale of the dangers of “good intentions.” It is a sad little tale about the everyday tragedies and indifference of nature. And today, it provides the inspiration behind a poem to illustrate a photo. The Read More …

Clearly, Water

Dihydrogen monoxide: essential, yet deadly. What other substance on earth has claimed so many lives and fueled so many bitter conflicts? We often take it for granted, but we can’t go a week without it. There are nefarious souls who would bottle it up at the natural source and sell it back to us at Read More …

Home is in the Imagination

When I think of “home,” I think of family. I think of the various places we’ve lived, the houses within whose walls we dwelled, the character of the communities we’ve been a part of, that have become a part of us – and yet, I know that when you try to go back home, it’s Read More …