Monthly Archives: October 2015

Creepy, Spooky, Eerie



Happy Halloween!

The Imagecraft Bootcamp challenge this week was to make a creepy Halloween image. I tried to follow the host’s general guidelines for image changes using my camera+ app. I cropped a simple picture and rotated it so that the perspective was more unsettling. I desaturated the picture to black and white. I decreased the exposure and increased the contrast to make it seem more like night. Then, I increased the grain and clarity to make it seem grittier. The final touch was adding a blue filter which added a creepy glow.

I think it looks like a crypt coming up out of the ground. Spooky and eerie….

If you flip the image, you may be able to see that it is actually just a old porch stoop. Here it is compared to the original image:

Beware of your eyes playing tricks on you today! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Winter Dread (One Word Photo Challenge-Winter)

Winter View

Winter View

Winter Dread

Because of dreaded winter
I can’t enjoy fall

Because of dreaded winter
Fall is no fun at all

I dread the temperature so low
I dread the way wind will blow

I dread the cold and ice and snow
I dread the fear my car won’t go

Because of dreaded winter
Fall colors fade away

Because of dreaded winter
Blue skies turn to grey.

*posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Winter

In full disclosure, I really do appreciate the beauty of fall! But, I really do start to worry about the winter weather! How do you feel about fall and winter?

Watch Out!



Be careful! You may not expect to see a line of ducks in a fast-food parking lot but, at this Burger King, you might.

This restaurant is located next to a duck pond. You can get your meal and go sit on a bench to enjoy the view while eating. I noticed this sign as I went through the drive-through lane. There was not a duck in sight. No ducks were in danger, but I was ready to take it slow!

*posted for the weekly photo challenge:

Dogwood (One Word Photo Challenge-Spring)

Spring Dogwood

Spring Dogwood

You may have recently seen the autumn photos of a Cardinal in my dogwood tree. Here is a picture of the dogwood tree in its springtime glory. My goal is to catch a photo of a Cardinal surrounded by white blossoms next spring.

I was longing for spring weather this morning when I had to scrape ice from my car windshield. Brrr.

*posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Spring

Sonnet of the Robin



Sonnet of The Robin

Fly, Robin fly!
You sing your sweet song
Your notes never wrong
Music fills the sky

Soar, Robin soar!
Take flight tree to tree
Your wings set you free
Fluidity you can’t ignore

The sound waves you send
Floating in the air
Carried on the wind

Pleasure to declare
Songs that you lend
Joy you must share

*posted for writing201, poetic prompt-pleasure, poetic form-sonnet, poetic device-apostrophe

(Extra)ordinary Dew

Morning Dew

Morning Dew

Dew Haiku (Mundane)

Drawing attention
Drops glistening in daylight
Morning dew on web

Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:

Country Market-The Changing Seasons 10

It’s October and the Country Market is gearing up for Halloween. Pumpkins are waiting to be carved into Jack-o-lanterns. Frankenstein and Count Dracula are hovering over produce.
A haunted house, with do not enter warnings, is being set up for brave greenhouse visitors looking for a scare. I imagine the scares will be gentle but I don’t intend to find out. Unless I am a character in the haunted house, they are not for me!

This is my tenth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page.

Apple Butter Elegy

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Apple Butter Elegy

My Momma would have liked it
Autumn apple butter

Apples and spices and sugar
Tart and warm and sweet

Jar still waiting to be opened
Crafted with kindness

Bursting with all the flavors of fall
My Momma would have liked it

*posted for writing 201, poetic prompt-flavor, poetic form-elegy, poetic device-enumeratio

My mother passed away just this August and I have been thinking about her and all the things
she would have liked this season. I sure do miss her!

Autumn Cardinal

Autumn has arrived and the leaves of my dogwood tree are changing. I captured these photos of a beautiful cardinal enjoying a bounty of berries. The cardinal happens to be the state bird of Virginia and the dogwood is our state tree! His bright red feathers are eye-catching, even when surrounded by colorful fall leaves. I was enthralled by his majestic beauty.

*posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge-Autumn

*also added to Lucile’s photo101rehab clinic




*posted for writing 201
poetic prompt-face, poetic form-found poetry, poetic device-chiasmus

Okay, this is only in the format of found poetry…even this took a long time! Can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

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