Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sunrise Reward

Sunrise Reward

Sunrise Reward

I am not a morning person. I hit my snooze alarm multiple times before I can bear to get up. That means I have to set my clock to ring early as a buffer so I have time to hit the snooze button. I am not above trying to fool myself into getting up on time.

I say “thank you” as soon as my feet hit the floor. I think that starting the day with words of gratitude is a good habit. Still, I go about my morning routine in a blasé manner. Routine is routine after all.

Maybe, I like the little thrill that comes from beating the clock, the adrenaline rush of meeting the press for time. Maybe.

I do know that the best reward for getting up early is a view of a beautiful sunrise!

(Posted in response to the photo challenge: Reward. Also posted in Lucile’s Photo Rehab clinic.)

Bittersweet Ballet (One Word Photo Challenge-Bittersweet)

Bittersweet Ballet

Bittersweet Ballet

Ballet Haiku (Bittersweet)

Little girl dreaming
Of being a ballerina
Dancing on her toes

Grown woman dreaming
Of twirling with abandon
While still in control

(posted in response to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Bittersweet)

Snow Days

I must admit that I am not a big fan of snow. But, I do appreciate the beauty of the falling snow. Viewing the pristine, white snow covering the landscape is not a sight to be taken for granted.

I shoveled my sidewalks and driveway twice today and now they are covered again! I guess that’s winter for you.

I haven’t heard the welcome growl of a snow plow yet, but the city did a fast job of clearing the main roads when it snowed earlier this week. the secondary neighborhood roads were addressed later. Right now, it is a slippery mess.

With warmer temperatures and rain on the way tomorrow, I look forward to the washing away of winter and the march toward spring!




Beacon Haiku (Glow)

Light in the distance
Warm glow drawing me closer
A call to follow

(Posted in response to the photo challenge prompt to compose the subject off-center,
obeying the Rule of Thirds)




Seeing my brother pull into my driveway with Pal in the passenger seat is one of my favorite sights. My brother is my best friend and Pal is my best pup, so I always look forward to seeing them.

Today, I rushed to get my camera phone when I saw Pal peeping out the window. He seems so interested in the surrounding view. I wonder what he is thinking.

My brother is strong and smart. Here, he seems to be in deep thought. I wonder what he is thinking.

I believe I managed to capture many kinds of reflection in this picture! What do you think?

(For Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic, I took this picture with my i phone 5s and edited with the camera+ app. Edits included use of the portrait scene to adjust lighting, increasing contrast, straightening the shot, free form cropping and adding black framing.)

Saffron Hills (One Word Photo Challenge-Saffron)

Psalm 121

Psalm 121

This is a photograph of a section of stained glass in a nearby chapel which displays an associated message from the biblical book of Psalms. The verse may give you comfort in trying times.

Psalm 121
“I lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

( posted in response to JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge: Saffron)

Sunday Spirit Song-Redeemed

Weathered Symmetry

Symmetry of Nature

Symmetry of Nature

The double trunk of a tree, with moss highlights, displays weathered symmetry in nature.

Posted in response to the weekly photo challenge: Symmetry)

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

This morning, the first words I wrote down were in a text to my brother.

“Happy Wednesday,” it stated. “Did you see the morning moon?”

I figured he may have already seen it, since he usually notices such things. But just in case he had missed it this morning, I attached the photo so he could see it too. I knew he would appreciate the view.

I don’t know how rare it may be to see the moon in the daylight but it is definitely unusual. It makes me smile whenever I see the moon surrounded by blue skies! It seems like I am seeing something special, something I need to take a moment to enjoy!

Looking at the moon makes me feel connected to the world and everyone in it. Do you feel the same way?

(Posted in response to the daily prompt: first light. For Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic, note that this photo was taken with iphone 5s with no edits except for slight adjustment to enhance clarity.)

Trio (One Word Photo Challenge-Seafoam)

Seafoam Trio

Seafoam Trio

Sea Haiku (Float)

Slivers of the sea
Rising above the surface
Sea foam memories

(Posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Seafoam)

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