One of Mother Nature’s Leading Lights

Thare the bullrushes growed, and the cattails so tall, And the sunshine and shadder fell over it all; ~ James Whitcomb Riley,* "The Old Swimmin' Hole'   Bulrush. Reedmace. Punks. Corn Dog Grass. Raupō. Cattails, to me. One of nature's leading lights. [Note:Today’s word/photo prompt is  “Nature,” and leading lines.  I am doing a sort of photo…

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Bigness, Vastness, Immenseness

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. ~ Emily Carr There's something about mountains, their mammoth proportions diminishing all life on earth. Mountains figure prominently in literature and song, as both awe-inspiring giants or cold-blooded killers, either sending souls into rapture or clutching…

Connection: The Ties that Bind

You're walkin' tough baby, but you're walkin' blind to the ties that bind, The ties that bind , Now you can't break the ties that bind. ~ Bruce Springsteen, "The Ties that Bind" Quilts symbolize connection in many ways. There's the mere piecing of the quilt, connecting to create a pattern. Then there's the quilt…

Solitude, or, Behind the Mask

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. ~ Omar Khayyam   Solitude is the time when the mask falls off, when the soul reveals itself. What's behind the mask emerges, free to fly, free to be.   [Note:Today’s word/photo prompt is  “Solitude.”  I am doing a sort of photo challenge at WordPress.com to get back into photography, which…

What is Bliss to Me is Not Bliss to You …

I woke this morning to fire in the sky, my kitchen windows portals to the universe. The knowing hit me: this is bliss, to see, to know, to feel. To be alive, surrounded by a heart-throbbing beauty that really has no name.  Mother Earth shares this bliss with us and with every living creature. Home, as…

Streets

“A street full of shadows will teach you what life is much better than the street full of lights!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan [Note: Today's word/prompt is "Streets." I am doing a sort of photo challenge at WordPress.com to get back into photography, which has gone on the backburner since I've had so many vision…

Home. What Signifies Home to You?

Home is where the hearth blazes and the old family photos line the entire wall. What means home to you??? [Note: Today's word/prompt is "Home." I am doing a sort of photo challenge at WordPress.com to get back into photography, which has gone on the backburner since I've had so many vision issues.] © 2016…

Water – The Staff of Life

Today's been one of those days where I ask myself how people do what they do, get up, drink their coffee, ride the subway or drive 35 miles, only to see a dog lose an eye - a veterinarian's sad day, or maybe just the usual indifference from an arrogant boss. When I started chopping…

On the Street where I Live … or Close, Anyway

Sometimes the details of daily life wiggle right by me. What my eyes don't see! Flabbergasting! But the camera misses nothing. Or so it seems. A slow meandering down the street today, a quick click of the shutter here, a slower one there. And my little town showed me a side I'd never noticed in…

Home is the Place Where …

“Home," he mocked gently. “Yes, what else but home? It all depends on what you mean by home. Of course he’s nothing to us, any more Than was the hound that came a stranger to us Out of the woods, worn out upon the trail.” “Home is the place where, when you have to go…

Triumph

  Thanks to a Julia Child Independent Scholar grant that I won from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a few years ago I spent a month in France researching a topic close to my heart: the culinary impact of European colonialism on modern food habits. The Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris intimidated me, its…

Treasure

Say the word "treasure" and images of jewel-laden pirate chests might dart through your mind. But in this world, treasure takes many forms. As for me, I have much treasure, but my most precious treasures illuminate this post. For how does that verse go? "For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Photo 101 challenge, day…

Warmth

Today I must render into photography the concept of "warmth." The underlying message is, of course, "painting with light." Without light, angles, and placement, no photograph has a chance of achieving anything more than a snapshot of a brief moment in time. Of course, the sample photograph that came with the assignment portrays something majestic,…

Connect

Connection, that's the theme of the day. Most people might think of interpersonal connections, how those seem to be eroding away via the technology that substitutes for face-to-face interactions. Others ponder bridges, both those that transverse water and the fragile ties of a spider's web, the stitches that keep flesh from parting after surgery, or…