Floral Emotions

Sometimes my heart sings with the colors of joy. Flowers are messengers that there is always beauty to be found in this world.

Sometimes it’s all about stirring memories. (A favorite in my backyard many years ago.)

Sometimes I focus on the inner life revealed and wonder about this quiet space.

Sometimes growth is slow to evolve. I wait with anticipation.

Sometimes I’m just at peace with what is and dream along with the winged angel.

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Over the Hill

This Lens Artist theme ‘over the hill‘ peaked my interest. Here are some memories from Jasper, Alberta.

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir.

Eyes glazed with wonder

Anticipation high


What was hidden

Comes into view



The moments


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Flavors of Waiting

Waiting for the rain to stop

Waiting for the right time

Waiting for a sign

Waiting for relief

Waiting for tomorrow

Waiting has many flavors

It can put life on pause

It can be unnerving

It can poison the moment

It can be a friend or your nemesis

It can also invite moments of stillness

Revealing layers of hidden strength

It can open the mind to new possibilities

Infusing light into the darkness of tunnel vision

It can allow gratitude to bloom

While singing a mantra of hopeful expectation

I smile

And wait

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Only Three

The Lens Artist challenge this week is to pick three favorite photos, which is almost impossible, but I will show you three close-ups in the avian/animal world that were pivotal in my journey in photography. The memories kept flooding back as I perused my archives.

This seagull duo portrait (2020) was formative in experimenting with the creative editing of a background to fit my vision. Many hours of experimentation and learning.

My first successful chipmunk photo of a creature that rarely stays still. This image only needed a bit of a crop and contrast enhancement. I didn’t learn how to crop until 60 years young.

This one was an emotional choice. Long gone, but always remembered. Monochrome conversion accentuated her sweet eyes and soul. This photo was taken close to her last day. I’ve learned to love the B/W feel of certain images.


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Hidden Worlds-Almost Surreal

The Lens Artists theme this week is to interpret surrealism. This is my first post in ages. My creativity was sparked by the possibilities. It is so surreal being here again.

Forest floor shines with magical growth when colorized.

A more dream-like transformation about how nature is all interconnected. One can choose to see or not see.


This vase holds two bamboo plants with decorative, glass pebbles.

It was just there. never really contemplated, until…

Its hidden, tangled world was lit up with early-morning sunlight. It intrigued my photographic eye. Below is a cropped, otherworldly hyper-focus.

How odd… almost alien.


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Curious Light

(* Photo taken in early morning light. Editing inspired by a temporary illumination of this shell.)

Poetic resonance

Escorted by a dream

Tides of time ebb

Revealing timeless unknown


Moment of light

Sheds relevance

On here and now


I smile into the future

Remembering to focus

On optimistic dreams

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Bitter-Sweet 2021

Most memorable skyscape of 2021 after an early summer storm.

I didn’t take many photos in 2021 (life happened…), but this cloud formation called to me and I’m so happy I took the shot.


Sometimes images have many lives

Drifting into the future

When curiosity brings them back to life

Creating a new world

For the original to inhabit

I spent many moments playing with editing old photos since my fresh supply was lacking due to mobility issues. Here I present the steps to the final result of one of my creations.

Step 1 – My peace lily from 2016 inspired the final image. I love to explore the alternate world of abstraction and investigate the interaction between shape, light and minimal color. I was very new to exploring the possibilities of photography at this point. Intrigued by the life of shadows.

Step 2– Isolating the shadow shape of interest.

Step 3– Beginning to play with the abstract possibilities of top, floral shadow.

Step 4– Final 2021 image of a starry, fantasy world.


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Strangely Happy

Once upon a time

I held onto a dream

Of second chances

Waiting through the months of struggle

Never broken

The greys suddenly embraced the light

Colors of the changing season lured my eyes

The body felt lighter

Gratitude filled my soul

Now I can whistle a tune

Sing to the rhythm of autumn

Share my blessings



***Hip replacement surgery on Sept. 8 was successful and the body is slowly healing.

These photos were taken off my balcony early October. One day I’ll be able to touch a leaf personally and smell nature up close.

Now only the yellows are entrancing the eye. Soon winter will wrap its cold finger around the landscape.

Quality of life has improved and my step is lighter.

I am strangely happy.

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Inspiration in Limbo

Inspiration beyond reach

One day drifts into another

And then

Something stirs inside

“The circle opens

To let the inside out”

Inspiration flitters on the edge of consciousness

Waiting to be freed

And made visible

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” (Unknown)


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Nervous Energy

Time’s stitchery


Leaving me blind-sided

Interfacing between wobbly odds

Scrambling to find a new mantra

A new way to be

To see deeper

To breathe between two worlds

*Personal Note: Hip replacement surgery scheduled Sept. 8. Scares the hell out of me. Trying to distract myself from destiny.

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Sudden Outburst

Majestic cloud ballooning

Holding rainbow ribbon

Before time slips away


Zooming in. Photographer’s luck to get the raven into the shot.


*It’s all in the angle.



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The Unexpected

Up early before sunrise, witnessing the sliver of a moon rising as the sky lightened. I was inspired to bring my camera out on the balcony. Waited until it got close to this cloud formation.

Intrigued to see what it would look like in monochrome. Turned out to be quite dramatic.

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“Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.”

Faith Sullivan.

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The Wonder of Trees

“There is scientific evidence that trees communicate and are sentient beings. Human beings exchange information mainly through sound and vision. … Well, it has been discovered that plants also communicate with each other, have intelligence, and pass information intergenerationally, just like we humans do.”



Offspring seed the earth

Flying with wind spirit

To unknown destinations

Yet some stay close

To Mother tree

Who nurtures her kin

Sensing their needs

Through mycelium threads

And fungal highways

On symbiotic pathways

Connecting all forest life

In a belowground network

Where grand schemes unfold

To the benefit of mankind




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Fantasy Invitation

Come sit with me

At the edge of fluid dreams

Where worries crumble

Drifting somewhere and nowhere


Our senses will be carried away

By the cascading tumble

Of a pristine waterfall

Echoing past the mountains of tomorrows


Let’s sit together

In a circle of kindred spirits

Reveling in poetic banter

Exalting the human experience


Let’s speak deep truths

In different colours

Finding warmth in harmony

Beyond this world of discord

(This is my daughter’s painting that I edited. She was having difficulty adjusting to her present moments in sobriety and I guided her in the need to tap into her creative spirit. The waterfall scene is a reflection of her meditative, safe and happy space.)



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Pre-Dawn Trance

(Somewhere… the aves are hiding in those branches.)


Sleeps eludes me again

Lured to my balcony oasis

In this warming season

Here, sitting in pre-dawn darkness

I am at peace


Soon the serenade will begin

Hidden from sight

An orchestra of songbirds

Will entrance my senses

To my daily delight


Time stands still

Thoughts crumble

I am hypnotized

Until twilight reveals itself

And the sun radiates a new day

Songbirds fill the air

With symphony of voices

Hearkening new day

(Hills in the distance from my balcony.)


(Sun catches balcony railing.)

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I’m Back For Now

Standing in unchartered territory

Witnessing the fine line

Between free will and destiny


It’s been a hell of a ride

Waiting for medical intervention

To ease my chronic pain


For too long

On the periphery of truly living life

Faith was almost lost

Quieting the mind

Engaging in the moment

Inhaling the sunrise



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Intimate Moment with Photography

Window opens

To intimate connection

Nature draws me in


My mind flutters with creative intent

Inner revelation excites the soul

Where silence invents the moment


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Except When …

Bane of photographer

Mobility issues

Influencing options


Except photography itch

Hard to deny

Throws out its call

Changing seasons

Whispers to the soul

Hard to resist

Long drive

Riding out the pain

Yearning for quiet hideaway

Reach final destination

Except others intrude on the space


Camera in hand

Except battery dies

Adventure suddenly ends

Except I did get a few

Hopefully redemption next year



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Wisdom of Pathetic Fallacy

V. J. has asked us to be creative with the literary term “pathetic fallacy.”

It is the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature.

I have many faces

Yet my core nature never changes

I am wisdom of the ages

I am the ultimate survivor

I have surrendered to the seasons of time

Sometimes I stand alone

Yet the sun warms my weathered body

Sometimes I am bathed by soothing waters

When family surrounds me

Gurgling laughter pleases me

I am yesteryear, today and tomorrow

Close your eyes now

And breathe in my strength

Remember me in stormy days

When the waters freeze over

And the clouds fail to part

I am your rock


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A Matter of Symmetry

This is the Education Center at a local park.

Monochrome/cropped version.

I wanted to remove all extraneous details around the subject and make it look otherworldly. I think the creation of a moody sky adds to the total effect I was searching for. Pyramid power!


“Pyramids are believed to be extremely sacred in many cultures around the world. Many churches are built with pyramid-like steeples and ancient pyramid structures can be found not just in Egypt, but in South America and parts of Asia.

The Native Americans also sat in tipis to conduct rituals and ceremonies, which have a pyramid like shape to them. It was believed that this shape helped to connect them with the earth and the heavens above.” (Tanaaz)

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Road to Inspiration

Turned a corner on the drive to Jasper National Park and started tingling with a sense of awe. This was one of the first sightings of many magnificent peaks. I hadn’t been to the Rocky Mountains since I was a teen.

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” (John Muir)

Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations.”

Final destination. The gorge at Athabasca Falls. Moving waters churn below the layers of ice and eroded rock. I stand above and I am mesmerized with wonder.


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Negative Space

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion.”

(Ed Heaton)

Negative space may very well be white, but it also may be dark, colored, patterned, variegated, a gradient, or even a background image.”

(Ayesha Ambreen)

Time to move on

Let go of the past

It doesn’t serve you well

As the sun sets

Remember aging is a process

The future shines bright

Listen to your inner voice

Follow your passion

It’s the only way

Serenity awaits

In unlikely places

Create them



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Journey to Peace

(Photo of me taken by my daughter in August, 2020)


Aging can be a challenge

Years of wear and tear

Physically and emotionally

Can consume the body and mind

And leave unwanted residue

In the present moment


The road gets shorter

Perspective changes

Trying to clear the air waves

To a higher vibration

Where understanding

And peace with oneself

Lies waiting


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Stuff Happens


In our existence

Is the constant flow of change

Stuff is always happening

Or waiting to happen


Sometimes change is signaled

By a lurking sense of apprehension

That gut feeling

Sometimes it’s revealed in lucid dreams

A riddle to be unraveled

Created by the subconscious

Sometimes an angel leaves a feather

Challenging physical reality

Sometimes it’s an unexpected knock

At the door of your consciousness

That signals an inner need to change

Whatever stuff happens

It’s meant for only you


“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” (Alan Watts)


“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” (Henri Bergson)


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Scent from the Past

Waft of familiar aroma

Attached to a depart one

Slips into real time


Senses heightened

Thrown into a vacuum

Surrounding noise disappears


Empathic connection

Baring myself

To flame of emotion


Miss you…


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What a sight!

Here he comes

A sudden stop


Just enough

To freeze time

Then this wonderful pose

Just for me


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Berry Transformation

Inspired by taste memory

From a Curious Thyme

Taste buds tingle

Decadent, black berry delight

Frozen black berries tantalize the imagination.


I usually don’t photograph food, but decided to try with blackberries frozen in an ice cube. Melting in the hot sun, I had little time to experiment, but I was pleased with the curious results.

By the way, Curious Thyme is the name of the restaurant where the culinary delight was photographed years ago.


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Seeking Sanctuary

“In restless dreams I walk alone”

On the edge of nowhere

Yet somewhere

Searching for sanctuary

Pausing to immerse myself

In the quiet waters

I listen deeply

And feel like

I’ve returned home

Listen to the wind,

it talks.

Listen to the silence,

it speaks.

Listen to your heart,

it knows.

(Buddha Groove)


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Traces of Touch

“We leave traces of ourselves…on whatever we touch.”

(Lewis Thomas)


Memories of long ago

When the flavours of touch

Were never ending

Melting like icecream

In and out

Of layers of time


Now emotions seep gently

Into calming, blue waters

Leaving the dark puddles behind

And joy is easier to find


Purplish-tinged intuition

Is touched by invitation

To meld with nature

Before summer’s warmth

Is just a memory


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Power of Thoughts

“Thoughts are mental energy; they’re the currency that you have to attract what you desire. Learn to stop spending that currency on thoughts you don’t want.”

“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”

(Wayne Dyer quotes)


Striving to keep hope alive

In the midst of forces

Beyond individual control

To be of substance

And uncynical

In a world turned topsy-turvy

(The above is using the key words in V.J.’s quotation example to create my own poem. “Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.” )


V.J.’s theme: Quotation


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Magical Guest

Yesterday, a surprise visitor joined me for my morning coffee.

On my balcony, seven floors up, this monarch butterfly gently landed on one of my knees and then fluttered to the other. I was awestruck.

Within seconds, it flew away and decided to spend some time on my bedroom screen window. I raced to get my camera and enjoyed a few photo moments with this precious creature.

I kept pondering what the universe was trying to tell me in gifting me with this random, magical event.

Was it a sign of a new chapter to begin, a shifting of my consciousness to be open to new possibilities? That life can be so unexpectedly magical as long as I keep being present and open to the whisper of the universe.


V.J.’s theme: New Chapter https://onewomansquest.org/2020/07/13/vjs-weekly-challenge-104-next-chapter/

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Theme Song

Dust In The Wind

V.J. has asked us to reflect on a theme song.

I don’t really have one, but this song by Kansas had popped up on the car radio multiple times through the years when it felt like I was in need of a message; after a loved one has died, when my world was caving in or when I needed to get unstuck from my worries.

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind…

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Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind

V.J.’s theme: Theme Song


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Time to Pause

Slowing down the pace

Invites surprising details

*Bubbles in a sink caught my eye.

Slowing down the pace

Adds interest to life

Grass snake surprised me as I entered my backyard a few years ago.

Slowing down the pace

Invites a curious sight

A pumpkin just relaxing nonchalantly in the sun.


V.J.’s theme: Pace https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/29/vjs-weekly-challenge-102-pace/

Ann-Christine’s theme: Surprise https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-103-surprise/

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Wave of Nostalgia

In this quiet moment

My hat sits waiting

Ready head out

In a search for tranquility

I walk alone

Oblivious to past worries

No decisions to make

Totally absorbed

A wave of nostalgia

Washes over me

Like a cooling breeze

On a hot, summer’s day

Then a tiny movement

Catches my eye

And I realize

I’m being secretly watched


(P.S. I lost that hat a few years ago in Hawaii, taken by wind.)

Patti’s theme: A Quiet Moment https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/06/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-102-a-quiet-moment/

V.J.’s theme: Decisions https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/22/vjs-weekly-challenge-101-decisions/

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Magic of Flowers

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.” (Jeremy Bentham)

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope. (Lady Bird Johnson)

Majestic beauty

Of the exotic

Left spellbound

Pausing in the moment

Mesmerized by wonder


Cee’s theme: A Single Flower https://ceenphotography.com/2020/06/13/lens-artists-photo-challenge-101-one-single-flower/

V. J.’s theme: Pause https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/15/vjs-weekly-challenge-100-pause/

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Rainbow of Hope

I am part of the world, but need to distance myself. It’s painful to watch the storms that surround us. Tears sometimes flow, triggered by a sense of awe of what humanity has come to.

Resetting the mind

In troubling times

A daunting task


Dark, stormy clouds

Keep rolling in

Blurring focus


Simple rainbow appears

Illuminating the moody darkness

Brightening the moment


Privileged to experience

The joy that still

Colors the sky


V.J.’s theme: Privilege https://onewomansquest.org/2020/06/08/vjs-weekly-challenge-99-privilege/

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Old and New

Abandoned barns meet wind power on Manitoulin Island.


Parliament buildings (1866) rising amidst modern architecture in Ottawa.

Wider view of the landscape. The pavilion on the right is home of the pillar in the above photo.

Rideau Canal was first opened in 1832 with the Chateau Laurier (in the background) in 1912.


Amy’s theme: Old and New https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/74124/

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Presence Missed

R.I. P. Peanut–May 28, 2020


Emotional risk

Of letting go

Ending the story

Witnessing heart stopping


Heart breaks

Presence missed

Gentle soul

Disappears from earthly existence


If only nine lives

Was a reality

And the cancer

Hadn’t written

A death sentence

So suddenly


One more day

Not possible

Time had run out

Peace was calling


Double-edged reward

Bitter-sweet mantra

Love is forever

Yet tears still flow


V.J.’s theme: Risk-reward https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-97-risk-reward/

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Instant Summer

Winter and Spring have been holding hands for too long. Frost two weeks ago and now instant summer. Landscape suddenly bursting with green. I took some quick photos at a local lake already being visited by swimmers. Life is good in summer’s warm embrace.

Mind wanders

Circling the view

To capture

A bit of magic


V.J.’s theme: Circling https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/18/vjs-weekly-challenge-96-circling/

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Circling bits and pieces

Snippets of life

Collected here and there

Nowhere and somewhere


Meaning percolates

In holding pattern

Mosaic unfinished

Fragments wander aimlessly


Stillness in the matrix

Concealing the future

Waiting for somewhere

To reveal itself


V.J.’s theme: Bits and Pieces https://onewomansquest.org/2020/05/11/vjs-weekly-challenge-95-bits-and-pieces/

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Remember when

Life was easy

Losing oneself in dreams


Remember when

Joy flowed uninterrupted

Innocent eyes twinkling


Remember when

Earth sang in colours

Flirting with senses


Remember when

Life was easy

And possibilities

Sent their invitation


V.J.’s theme: Remember https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/20/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-93-remember/

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Gossamer shadows

Unknown forces shift



Into fabric

Of temporal reality


Endures transformation

Resilience one’s foundation



Lucid time

Hope always reigns


V.J.’s theme: Behind https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/13/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-92-behind/

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Transported into Simplicity

Treasure of simplicity

Captivates imagination

Transporting senses

To yesteryear

When freedom of movement

Taken for granted


V.J.’s theme: Transported https://onewomansquest.org/2020/04/06/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-90-transported/

Patti’s theme: Simplicity https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-91-simplicity/

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Solace in Spring

After a long winter

Spring breeze filling the air

Yearning for open waters

Under sunny skies

Empty boardwalk

Contribution to social distancing

Benches empty

Waiting it out

Here I sit calmly

With my daughter companion

Wondering when it will all end


V.J.’s theme: Contribution https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/30/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-90-contribution/

Tina’s theme: Distance https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/lens-artists-challenge-90-distance/

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Imaginary Calm

Lady seen reclining

Feasting on imaginary tales

Words written long ago

When the world was full of wonder

Today she picks up a new book

Author unknown

Full of cliffhangers

Ending still to be written


V. J.’s theme: Imaginary https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/23/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-89-imaginary/

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Domino Effect Creating Chaos

History repeating itself

Microscopic invasion

World shaken

Difficult times

Troubled waters

Ripple domino effect

Grounding necessary

To dissipate fears

To find calm waters within

To have faith

That this too

Shall pass

V.J.’s theme: Domino Effect https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-88-domino-effect/

Ann-Christine’s theme: Chaos https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/lens-artists-photo-challenge-88-chaos/

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Serene Moment

Morning vision

Serene calm

Cooling breeze

Senses transfixed

By wonder


V.J.’s theme: Morning https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-87-morning/

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Two Faces of the Same Scene

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” (Loren Eiseley)


Miriam’s theme: Reflections https://theshowersofblessings.com/2020/03/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-87-reflections/

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Shadows from the Past

Befriended by

Dancing shadows

Playing in the sunlight

Swaying with breezy abandon

My shadow photographing this tree. (Images from archives)


Bren’s theme: Shadows https://brashley.photography/2020/03/09/photo-for-the-week-59-shadows/

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Timeless Wonder

Pondering the theme of cliches, I’ll try to wrap my head around the enigma of time.



A mystery

Circular and linear

Intertwined in space/time continuum

Affected by speed and gravity

Always a factor

In one’s life


Personal time is fluid

Time can sing to us

Through meaningful cliches


As time flies

One can lose track of time

While dreaming of a timeless love

It can save one

In the nick of time

If one plays one’s cards right

Or reads between the lines


But it’s always a matter of time

In the quietness before the storm

That can seemingly last forever

Change is inevitable

And the future can come

At the speed of light

And one is pressed with the reality

Where did the time go?

As time runs out


The Enigma of Time
Elliott Jaques

“The enigma of time is the enigma of life: it has plagued poets and
philosophers from the beginnings of civilized thought. For life is lived
in time. Without time there is no life. But each one lives in his own
time. No two men living at the same time live in the same time. Each
one, living at the same moment, has his own personal time perspective, his own living linkage with past and future, the content of which,
and the scale of which, are as different between one person and
another as are their appearance, their fingerprints, their characters,
their desires, their very being.”


V’J.’s theme: Cliche https://onewomansquest.org/2020/03/02/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-86/

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Drama in the Sky

This growing, storm cloud was a wonder to behold.

Feathery front of mare’s tail clouds filled the sky.

Mackerel clouds, surrounding the setting sun, created an eeriness to the scene.

Cigar-shaped cloud announcing the end of a tornado warning.


All these photos were taken off my seventh floor balcony.


Cee’s theme: Clouds in B/W https://ceenphotography.com/2020/02/27/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-clouds/

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Unfolding Trust

No matter what one’s mission

A clear path can be elusive

Frozen in wintry challenge

Yet the heart is trusting

That it will unfold

As it should


V. J.’s theme: Mission https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/24/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-85-mission/

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Filling empty spaces

With dreams

Of new shorelines

Of discovery

On the edge between

Yesterday and tomorrow

Where the sun

Shines eternally bright

Evaporating coming storms


V.J.’s theme: Sun https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/17/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-84-sun/

Patrick’s theme: Shoreline https://pixtowords.com/2020/02/16/shoreline-pic-and-a-word-challenge-220/

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One Possible Future

This was yesterday.

This is now.

This is tomorrow.


Ann-Christine’s theme: Into the Future https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/lens-artists-photo-challenge-83-future/

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Angel On My Shoulder


Across time

Sends a message

To be mindful

Two strikes

Next time

Could be tragic


*I was recently distracted when changing lanes while driving. Hard to get grounded with back pain. Blind spot screams. Not paying attention. Close call. Heart takes a leap. Angel on my shoulder.


V. J.’s theme: Whisper https://onewomansquest.org/2020/02/03/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-82-whisper/

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Solving the Puzzle

Trajectory adjustment

Riding on butterfly effect

Missing puzzle piece appears

Seed of transformation

Invitation rises on horizon

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Colors quickly fading

Life turning into black and white

Spontaneous responses denied

Rules of engagement fall apart

Unable to hide in distractions

Holding onto rare moments of peace

Yearning for the normalcy of habits


V.J.’s theme: Habits https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/20/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-80-habit/

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Fragility of Aging

Psyche entangled in fragility

Ebb and flow of life force distracted

Pain an unwelcomed visitor

Unraveling quality of daily life

Subtraction overwhelms

Healing stands elusive

Photography sits in the freezer

Waiting to unthaw

Journey altered


  • A visit to my chiropractor in early November, 2019, altered my life unexpectedly. Something he did to my lower back, opened the door to unbearable pain.
  • Once considered a man of healing, now the unwitting antagonist.

V.J.’s theme: Subtraction https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/13/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-79-subtraction/

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Windows with a View

Never hesitate to open new windows in your life.

(Mehmet Murat Ildan)

Scenic view from Curious Thymes restaurant, Sudbury, Ontario. A foggy, drizzly autumn day a few years ago. Sadly it no longer exists.

The view outside a lounge in our hotel in Honolulu.

Aquarium window also in Honolulu.

Looking out the helicopter window overlooking the scene above Kauai, Hawaii.

Rare, vivid, winter sunrise looking out my sunroom window.


Amy’s theme: A Window with a View https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/a-window-with-a-view/

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Unlikely Portal

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ” (James Joyce)

Candle in a mirror

Illuminates portal

Entrance to possibilities

Creative energy surges


**These images were created by using my sectional mirror (below) and a candle.


Frank’s theme: Portal https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/

V.J.’s theme: Action https://onewomansquest.org/2020/01/06/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-78-action/

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Wintry Illusion

I see my thoughts reflected in the open waters

Accepting the illusion of warmth from the cold, setting sun

My heart is tranquil in this frigid moment

Knowing that transformation is inevitable


*Happy New Year to all those who have supported me on WordPress.

Cee’s theme: Hot of Cold Things https://ceenphotography.com/2020/01/02/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-hot-or-cold-things/

Patrick’s theme: Illusions https://pixtowords.com/2019/12/29/illusions-pic-and-a-word-challenge-213/

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Embracing cycles of life

Pausing to feel grateful

That I’m still here


V. J.’s theme: Pause https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-77-pause/

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Piece of the Puzzle

Fingers discovering keys into another world… Child’s joy in music and developing skill cut short by rapping on knuckles from harsh teacher, demanding perfection. Told mom at nine years old that I didn’t want to go back. Piano gathered dust. Child’s mind tuned-out to music, until the Beatles and Sound of Silence (1964) appeared on the magic box. I was ten.

“Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again…”

Poetic lyrics with a message drew me in.

The world showed another layer

Colors came back

I started expressing myself

In the poetic mode in early years

Then drawing and painting joined in

I had started my journey

Where creative acts fed the soul

Then life happened…

After forty years of ‘adult reality’

Creative spark still waited patiently

To befriend me again



V.J.`s theme: Music https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-76-music/

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Glowing Moment

Dappled light

Flecks of gold

Glowing through branches

Join my walk


Frank’ theme: Glow https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/12/03/tuesday-photo-challenge-glow/

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Satisfying Play

Sudden appearance

Blown in by the wind

Excites curiosity

Satisfies need to play

With eyes of a child


V.J.’s theme: Satisfying https://onewomansquest.org/2019/12/02/vjs-weekly-challenge-75-satisfying/

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Abstract Realism in Nature

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes…” ― Arshile Gorky

A water ripple encircled by wisps of floating grass…

Reflections in a pond...

Birch tree shadows across a rocky hill in winter…


Patti’s theme: Abstract: https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/11/30/lens-artists-photo-challenge-74-abstract/

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Sipping Life

Sipping moderation

Taste buds tingle

Relishing the journey

Aging changes perspective

Balance a must

Extremes only in youth


V. J.’s theme: Moderation https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-74-moderation/

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Beauty of Winter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

– Aristotle

“…in winter…you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” (Athabasca River Gorge, Jasper National Park, Alberta)

– Andrew Wyeth

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.”

– Terri Guillemets


Tina’s theme: Cold https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/lens-artists-challenge-73-cold/

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Fantasy Tree

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.”

(Walt Disney)

“Fantasy…opens our eyes to an unseen world and trains our mind to see beyond the visible.”

(Bryan Davis)


Frank’s theme: Fantasy https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/11/19/tuesday-photo-challenge-fantasy/

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Waiting can be glorious

Pivotal moment

When anticipation rises

New beginnings await

Simplifying life

When traveling light

Steps overcome

Walking into the unknown

Towards the light

Sky suddenly opens

Looking into the eye

Of wholeness


V.J.’s theme: Wholeness https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/18/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-73-whole/

Patrick’s theme: Waiting https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/17/waiting-pic-and-a-word-challenge-207/

Amy’s theme: Waiting https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/waiting-2/

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Depth of a Wish

(Image of sun dogs off my balcony taken recently when the temperatures plummeted. I wished for an interesting, new photo and here it is.)

A wish

Is a tricky thing

A momentary thought

A sparkle of possibility

Harnessing the luck

Of a falling star

Or celebrating growth

From year to year

Or is it more than that


If one lingers too long

A wish turns into something else

A hope for the future

Or a dream to be fulfilled


Wishes are fickle

Manifesting whenever they choose

Some almost instantaneously

And others languish in the ether

Waiting for the time to be right

And others never have a chance

To grow their wings


V.J.’s theme: Wish https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/11/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-72-wish/

Patrick’s theme: Depth https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/11/depth-pic-and-a-word-challenge-206/

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Cracking the Code

The crack is before me

Do I step over it

And stay in the safe zone

Or do I step on it

And force destiny’s hand


Do I hold its hand

And play the victim

Or do I laugh at it

And ignore its power


Do I sing to it

And pray for forgiveness

Or do I love it

And embrace its lesson


Do I photograph it

And claim the moment

Or do I live in it

And make it my story


Patrick’s theme: Crack https://pixtowords.com/2019/11/03/cracks-pic-and-a-word-challenge-205/

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When Darkness Falls

When darkness falls

Light lies in wait

Painting with graying pallette

To the eye’s delight

The sky erupts

Displaying its mood

While the flower lies safe

In the forest’s gentle arms

Tenderly awaiting

The sun’s awakening


V. J.’s theme: Wait https://onewomansquest.org/2019/11/04/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-71-wait/

Patti’s Theme: Monochrome https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/11/02/lens-artists-photo-challenge-70-monochrome/

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Too Early

Final fall colours

Meet Halloween snowstorm

Long winter ahead

Posted in autumn, Photography, Poetry | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Strange Reflection

Illusion warps landscape

Inviting dark emotions

Elongated alien forms

Emanating shivery truth


Happy Halloween! 🙂 (The above image is actually a reflection in a window that I caught recently. The lines in the background is a lake. )

V. J.’s theme: Alien https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/28/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-70-alien/

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“It takes a long time to grow an old friend” to fly through time with.

(John Leonard)

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.”

(Sue Fitzmaurice)


Tina’s theme: Seeing Double https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/lens-artists-challenge-69-seeing-double/

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Kindling Imagination

Light warps form

Distortions suddenly flare

Shadows slowly flicker

Kindling fires of imagination


Portal arouses awakening

Window creaks open

Shape-shifter enters

Perusing new reality

*Tribute to Halloween when the walls between our world and the spirit world becomes thin.


V. J.`s theme: Kindle https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/21/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-69-kindle/

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Autumn Layers

Chasing the light

Delineating shadows and lines

Layers of the fallen

Transformation ending

Landscape becomes moody

Barrenness a promise

The last hang on

Braving the winds of change


Amy`s theme: Layered https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/lens-artists-photo-challenge-67-layered/

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Farewell to Summer Fun

As the days grow colder

Memories grow fonder

Warming the heart

With candid moments

Playful opportunities

Minds exploring

Sensual learning

Sometimes fun turns to too much fun, as the day`s outing comes to an end. There`s a story behind that pouty face.

One is eager to pack up and the other finds it hard to leave the playful possibilities.

In the end, the seagull finds itself alone exploring the beach.


Ann-Christine’s theme: Candid https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/lens-artists-photo-challenge-67-candid/

V.J.’s theme: Play https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/14/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-68-play/

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Celestial Invitation

Daylight cautiously succumbs

To cyclic vigil

Full moon parades

Its fiery luminosity

Old patterns unravel

Requiring new vision

In wake of dire warnings

A wobble in time’s matrix

Future at risk

Celestial invitation

To heed voices

Calling for change


V.J.’s theme: Sky https://onewomansquest.org/2019/10/07/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-67-sky/

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Harvest Time

In Sudbury, weekly farmer’s markets display locally-grown food, wild blueberries, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods and preserves, and sometimes live music. Always fun to experience the community vibe and take some photographs.

Love the look of wooden, bushel baskets that bring back childhood memories.

These unusual, textured gourds caught my eye.

A bit of a humorous touch with the hat on a pumpkin and the 714 pound, prize pumpkin stealing the show.

Just had to get a macro of this chanterelle mushroom.


Frank’s theme: (Farmer’s Market) Groceries https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/10/01/tuesday-photo-challenge-groceries/

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Standing alone

Savouring transition

Senses alerted

By fiery dance


V. J.’s theme: Savour https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/30/v-j-s-challenge-66-savour/

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Worth a Smile

Eyes smiling

With momentary delight

Subject of affection

Falls into sight


Happiness hormones

Lifting the spirits

Mood transformer

Well-being soars


V.J.’s theme: Smile https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/23/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-65-smile/

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Derelict barns can be found driving the countyside of Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

“The poetry of earth is never dead.”

(John Keats)

Sometimes a feel of country can be found close to home. This walkway led to the stream below.


Amy’s theme: Countryside https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/09/21/lens-artists-photo-challenge-64-countryside-and-or-small-towns/

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Time to Let Go

Autumn colors transitioning

Bending to the winds of change

Tenacious until the end


V.J.’s theme: Resilience https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/16/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-64-resilience/

Frank’s theme: Fuzzy https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/09/17/tuesday-photo-challenge-fuzzy/

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Magical Light

Two different perspectives at the same scene.

“Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.” (Roal Dahl)

“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”

(Trent Parke)


Ann-Christine’s theme: Magical https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/lens-artists-photo-challenge-63-magical-my-magical-garden/

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Candid photos from Anderson Farm’s yearly fall fair.

Bunny love. I kept the original colors. Loved how the gentle hands looked with the color in the bunny’s ears.

Beauty of alpacas.

Crafty dog watching a passerby.


Cee’s theme: Candid Photography https://ceenphotography.com/2019/09/12/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-candid-photography-human-or-animal/

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Riot of Colors

Architectural digestif

For long, abandoned hospital

Unwanted, hollow shell

Once an eye-sore

Ripens with vivid colors

Graffiti artist adds his touch

Eye-candy or too over-the-top

A matter of opinion


Interesting video of the processhttps://www.sudbury.com/lifestyle/timelapse-video-watch-canadas-largest-mural-take-shape-1665248


V.J.’s theme: Ripening https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/09/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-63-ripening/

K’lee’s theme: Architectural Digestif https://obzervashunal.com/2019/09/09/klee-and-dales-cosmic-photo-challenge-architectural-digestif/

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“Silhouettes say a lot with little information…” (Kara Walker)

Silhouettes can embrace a subject and set a mood.

Silhouetted leaves can create a sense of drama.

Silhouettes and shadows dance together to the song of nature.

Silhouettes can make one look up and wonder.


Patti’s theme: Silhouettes https://pilotfishblog.com/2019/09/07/lens-artists-photo-challenge-62-silhouettes/

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Weed in Disguise

Wild beauty

Medicinal, saving grace

In time of uncertainty

Daughter undiagnosible

Time passes with no answers

Milk thistle provides a miracle


*( My daughter missed her grade 7 school year many moons ago due to an unknown illness that cleared after taking milk thistle supplements.)

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And so it was and more

Hanging out in the raspberry bush

Laying with the warm earth

The drifting clouds told me stories

My happy, alone space

I think I was three


Looking out of the train window

Crying with the rain

I never wanted to move

Sinking into my first loss

I know I was four


Beside Cherry Lake was my new home

Crossing the waters to the distant shore

With big brother rowing

To pick wild strawberries

An adventure to fill my memory with joy

When the lake froze, I learned to skate

But big brother was hit in the forehead

With a hockey puck gone astray

And a little voice cried that he might die

My first fear of death

I was five


Then the flood came

Neighbouring houses were swept away

Ours was spared, but the floor slanted sideways on the edge of a cliff

I was afraid to go to sleep

Until the house was moved to my next life adventure

I was six


School started and new friends filled my days

I learned French easily with the praise of my nun

The love of playing the piano brought music into my life

Then one day, while waiting outside for my lesson to start

I made a bad choice

Writing my name on the convent wall

Next day, I fell into disgrace

My first experience with shame

On my knees, crying for forgiveness

I was spared the strap, maybe because I was so young

Fear of authority entered my heart

I think I was seven


I started to gain weight

Kept to myself

My swing was my happy place

The little girl had changed

Learned some hard lessons

With many more to experience

And a second move coming

I was eight


V.J.’s theme: Childhood https://onewomansquest.org/2019/09/02/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-62-child-childhood/

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Precious Pets

Parrot chumming around with my daughter. Worth the five dollars for a photo.

I asked this fellow and his pet iguana to pose for me. Strange sight at a local festival.

My daughter’s precious cats, Peanut and Tommy. Munchkin is missing.

A rock pigeon decided to lay her eggs in my balcony, flower pot. I guess it’s like having wild pets.

Here’s the mama pigeon looking out for wandering, predator ravens.

I was intrigued by the beauty of this dog. A quick walk-by.

My Sassy who passed a few years ago.

“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

(A. D. Williams)


Tina’s theme: Precious Pets https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/lens-artists-challenge-61-precious-pets/

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Uncertain Journey

(Abstract of my long gone, peace lily.)


The mind is a puzzle

Molded by the brain’s intricacies

With magical possibilities

A source of inspiration

And a receiver of encryptic messages


Emotional attachment

To unfulfilled dreams

Triggers limbic resonance

Searching lost & found box

To recover the lost key

To believe in miracles


V. J.’s theme: Recovery ( I used recover) https://onewomansquest.org/2019/08/26/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-61-recovery/

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Frame within a Frame

When you really think about it, it’s all in how you frame your life.

Memories blur

Framing special moments

With a forever image

Bridge framing the sunset moment before the boat docking.

(Rideau Canal Sunset Boat Tour, Ottawa)

Rustic framing of vegetation draws the eye into the inner depths.

( Botanical Gardens, Edmonton, AB)

Sculptured family framed by nature.

Casual capture of my daughter busy in her kitchen, reflected in the frame of a mirror. Miss you!

Wall display in a fancy restaurant after the boat tour in Ottawa. (Reminds me of the song, “Ninety-nine bottle of beer on the wall.” ) 🙂

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” (William Shakespeare)


Amy’s theme: Framing the Shot https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/fram/

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If Only I’d Known

“Life is a journey and only you hold the key.”


Once hidden

Now reveals itself


Frank’s theme: Key https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2019/08/20/tuesday-photo-challenge-key/

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Different Angles

These are all photos taken inside and outside Laurentian University’s library a few years ago. (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

Main sitting area below the staircase. Looking up, you can just catch the edge of the bottom of the stairs.

I was lucky to get a few shots without people going up and down.

Now for the outside view that caught my eye.

Wanted to see how the above view would be transformed by sepia and monochrome.

Interesting refraction of light from this angle.

Reflections of the trees create an illusion.

(Yes, it was spring, but some snow banks took longer to melt.)


Ann-Christine’s theme: Angles https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/lens-artists-photo-challenge-59-angles/

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Just An Illusion

Playing with illusion

Creates a whisper

Of momentary wonder

“Photography is a great adventure in thinking and looking, a wonderful magic toy that miraculously manages to combine our adult awareness with the fairy-tale world of childhood, a never-ending journey through great and small, through variations and the realm of illusions and appearances…”

(Luigi Ghirri)


K’lee’s theme: Just an illusion https://obzervashunal.com/2019/08/10/klee-and-dales-cosmic-photo-challenge-whats-the-prompt-128/

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Transforming Old Beliefs


And negative assumptions

Clutter the mind

“Ignorance is bliss”

Twists the belief system


Seagulls are scavengers

Garbage eaters

A nuisance

Not worthy of esteem

Lowest on the totem pole


That’s what I was told


Photographer’s eye

Has opened a new reality

Seeing this maligned glider

As an elegant beauty


V.J.’s theme: Belief https://onewomansquest.org/2019/08/05/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-60-belief/

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Taking a Break

*This is the entrance to taking a break from the noise of city life.

(Windy Lake Provincial Park))

“Sometimes, just the warm sun and the sound of the waves is pure heaven.”

(Sue Alexander)


” Taking the time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.”

(Doe Zantamata)

This seagull took an interest in me when some people close by disappeared.


Tina’s theme: Taking a Break https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/lens-artists-challenge-57-taking-a-break/

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Worth Mentioning…

Do you ever feel

Like there is something more

Something our senses can’t detect

But in certain moments

When it is quiet

And time stands still

It shows itself


Perception is a mental impression

Shaped by learning, memory, expectation and attention

An interpretation of one’s changing environment

A discernment of meaning from moment to moment

A realization of what’s of personal value


The awareness of a fledgling thought

Not passed into storage

But molded into something new

A creative beacon

To guide one’s compass in life


Eyes see, but don’t really see it all

Perception is the key

Intuition a guide

A doorway into the unknown

A stearing wheel to awareness


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

(Henry David Thoreau)


V.J.’s theme: Worth mentioning… https://onewomansquest.org/2019/07/29/v-j-s-weekly-challenge-59-worth-mentioning/

Patrick’s theme: Beacons https://pixtowords.com/2019/07/28/beacons-pic-and-a-word-198/

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