Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wheel Song

The my town shootout topic this week is "wheels".

Wheel Song

Wheels take home so many things,
like steely glints and ragged dreams.
The axles turn in my soul,
I know they know where to go.
The darkness through the windows glare,
like ebon ghosts with silent stares.
I've shed so many skins on this ride
with each turn, I've cried, lied, died.
Wheels take home so many things,
like steely glints and ragged dreams.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This week's mytown shoot-out is lawn tools.  The only shot I had to fit the theme was this decorative shovel at my parents' house where I grew up in Mt. Laurel, NJ. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate!

Friday, November 18, 2011


The my town shoot out theme this week is symmetry.  What a great topic for a photography challenge!  I love symmetry in images.

This was taken near my house.
 This is a painting by my step-daughter.
 A symmetrical face--his name is Carrington.

 Butterflies are amazing symmetry.

Hope you enjoyed!  Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

They're Creepy and They're Crawly

The town shoot out challenge this week is creepy crawly, perfect for Halloween on Monday.  I am hoping to get trick-or-treaters but, unfortunately, we usually do not get many where I live.
I know butterflies are not very spooky, but they can be creepy and crawly if you've ever had one land on you.  I took the pictures of the butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield, CO--not officially my town but I do have family there that I visit.  The Butterfly Pavilion is definitely one of my favorite places.

 Spider webs are intriguingly beautiful and complex.
 I took this picture at Wheaton Village, the glass museum near where I live.  We were walking around the grounds at their annual fantasy faire and I attempted to take a macro shot of it.
Another butterfly from the Pavilion.

Hope you enjoyed and Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

The challenge from my town shootout this week was to find photos to represent the saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue".
 Here is an "OLD" house near where I live.  I am intrigued by it.  No one seems to live there and it is a fun place to photograph.
 Something "NEW"--seeds about to grow into dandelions.
 Something "BORROWED".  I use this coffee cup every morning, borrowed from my husband who used this when he camped before we met.
Something "BLUE"--the water in Punta Cana where we went for our honeymoon this past August.  If you want to see more of the beach shots I took, check out honeymoon.

Hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the theme!

Friday, October 14, 2011

How Sweet It Is!

 It has been a few weeks since I posted for the my town shoot out theme.  I couldn't resist the "sweet" temptation.  I stuck to a literal interpretation for this one.
 How I like my coffee, sweet, creamy, and hot!
A sweet, yet healthy, treat.
Who can resist a sweet plate of cookies? 

Hope you enjoyed the sweet journey!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last Song: Haiku

the sky cracks open
to let fall the autumn leaves;
summer's lullabye.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

FSO: Match the Quote

The Friday Shoot Out this week is to take a quote and match it to pictures from around town.  Being a big fan of quotes, I like this challenge.  I talk about my love of language in my previous post Why I Love Poetry.  Unfortunately, I will have to choose some photos from my archive since I lost the charger to my camera battery.  I had to order a new one that hasn't arrived yet.  I couldn't resist the creative challenge of this topic, though, so I hope you don't mind!
"And all this time, the river flowed Endlessly to the sea"--Sting (from his song All This Time).  I love this song and consider it part of my personal gospel.

 "There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats." ~Albert Schweitzer

 "I think it pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple in a field and don't notice it." Shug from The Color Purple I never saw the movie but the book is one of my all time favorites and is by Alice Walker.

"The caged bird sings with

A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom." --Maya Angelou from her poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Here's the link if you want to read the entire poem:
She also has an autobiography called I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which I really enjoyed reading.

I hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Now the Eyes, Now the Ears: Why I love Poetry

So many people have tackled trying to define poetry and its role in human existence. I think that the power of poetry is that it does not follow the typical logic of language. It takes language and makes it into something more holistic, less linear, more subconscious. When we read and connect with a poem, it is like something has communicated with a deep part of us that some do not connect with their entire lives. One of my favorite poets who captured the "soul talk" brilliantly was ee cummings. There is something miraculous in the way he used language. When he says in one of his poems, "now the ears of my ears awake" it captures exactly how I feel about poetry. A good poem will make me feel like I am listening with something beyond the sensory apparatus of my ears. I feel it deep in my guts rising through me, and I truly experience "now the eyes of my eyes are opened".    In fact this poem by ee cummings captures for me what it is to connect with a poem. 
However, not just poetry has these moments.  Some of this type of language can be found in song lyrics.  I talk about some of my favorite song lyrics here:
There are also some pieces of writing that are considered prose but have this type of poetic language. One example that has some of my favorite descriptions is F.Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby".  Sometimes when I read or hear this type of language, like in this novel, it takes my breath away by fact of its incredible beauty.
To read the poem by ee cummings with these lines, you can find it at

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Small Medium Large

The friday shoot out challenge this week is small medium large. 

 Here is a large body of water, the Atlantic Ocean down at the Jersey Shore (not that Jersey Shore!).  This is at Sea Isle City.
 Here is a medium sized lake at a park near where I live.
Here is a small lake.

Hope you enjoyed my interpretation! 

Thursday, June 30, 2011


The my town shoot out theme for this week is simplicity.  I have not particpated in a while due to not having a computer!  Plus, I got married which consumed much of my time for several weeks.  I hope everyone has been well!

This represents simplicity to me because of the focus on the geometric aspects of the bridge.  I also like simplicity in terms of an image being a metaphor for something singular yet deeply meaningful.  Bridges are this type of metaphor, an archetype, a universal message.
Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Flag Shoot-Out

The theme this week from FSO is flags.  I have not participated in a few weeks because I have been busy getting ready for my wedding which is Sunday.  Weddings are stressful to put together!!  Anyway, here are some of my flag shots:

The first shot was taken in Washington DC.  The second shot was taken at a bar near where I live.  That is my fiancee' next to the flag. 
Hope you enjoyed--let your creative flag fly!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Flowers, flowers everywhere!

The friday shoot out for this week is flowers.  Flowers, along with butterflies, almost seem to exist for photography.  They vary so greatly in colors and textures; they are like the living embodiment of joy and beauty. 

Hope you enjoyed!  I wish you all beautiful flowers!