Scaled Back

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is all about scale.

This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo.


Cleaning the windows: 72 floors up. The building so close behind them is actually a block down and across the street.

This is the first time I’ve actually seen them out there cleaning – I guess normally they come earlier in the morning.

While I love heights, have taken classes in aerial silks and enjoy rock climbing, dangling from a “string” 723 feet above the city is a bit too much for me.

“I’m not going to ride on a magic carpet!” he hissed. “I’m afraid of grounds.”

“You mean heights,” said Conina. “And stop being silly.”

“I know what I mean! It’s the grounds that kill you!”

— (Terry Pratchett, Sourcery)

Dressed in beauty

Photography101’s challenge today: The Natural World

Capture a moment, big or small, and pay attention to the lines and curves produced by nature.

A sudden moment, walking around a bend in the road near my Mom-in-Law’s house in Augusta, spellbound as magical flights of clouds and colors cloaked the sunset with twilight, as the chill of evening settled in.


A sky-flung veil of heliotrope brocade mirrored cloth of gold in the narrow lake, trimmed by the black lace of trees and buttoned by a diamond moon.



One of this week’s photo challenges is to show a photo that represents what “connection” means to you.

We took this in Rosemary beach last May, on one of our nightly sunset walks. To me, it shows the connection between sky, land and water, the connection between light and dark and of course, the connection between me and my husband.

NaBloPoMo Day 29: Let there be light

This week’s photo challenge on WordPress: in a new post created for this challenge, share a photo that captures a light source.

We’re enjoying a relaxing and lovely family vacation up in the North Georgia mountains.

It’s been amazing sleeping in with no agenda or schedule, reading a book curled up before a roaring fire or just sitting in front of the huge picture windows: drinking in the rich blue heavens, sunlight sparkling on the lakes below us, color saturating sunrises and sunsets in bands of jewel-toned strata.

Such a blessing to spend time with our parents; cooking, eating and drinking, catching up and swapping stories and watching old movies late into the night.

It’s so hard to break away to write, so I’ll accept the photo challenge and share instead a glimpse into our light-dazzled mountain views.


NaBloPoMo Day 9: Weekly Photo Challenge – Habit

NaBloPoMo_November_small_0I am definitely enjoying NaBloPoMo so far,  that is if enjoy is the best word. There’s certainly a thrill in the challenge.

I  do like that I’ve made a commitment to writing.  Well at least to posting – I’ve managed to put something up every day. I still have a feeling of accomplishment  however fledgling; that I’ve created something, taken one step closer to my goal, created a routine of blogging.

So far I’ve shown you a lot of images, but I haven’t shared a lot of words.  I’m hoping this will change – I do have things to say.  Right now, with the stress of work and the fear of failing, it’s all muddled into a giant puddle in my head, needing to be sorted and categorized and mastered.

In the meantime, I have pictures. 

That’s how the words start in my head, after all. I am truly grateful for the daily prompts and photo challenges giving me an opportunity to show you these images; the seeds of my words, the foundation of this new habit.

Coincidentally, this week’s WordPress photo challenge (and this day’s writing “cop-out” since I spent the entire afternoon cleaning the loft and doing unskilled surgery on my vacuum cleaner):

“Show us something that’s a HABIT. Capture a moment both constant and fleeting.”

Many bloggers posting to this challenge have shown moments from the habit of their daily lives.  It’s a lovely window into their uniqueness, illustrating the individual behind the post.

Here’s a snippet from some of my my “habits” – a snapshot of a typical midweek morning.  I hope you enjoy the look.

The first request for breakfast.

Upon waking, the first {semi-polite} request for breakfast.

The next request for breakfast.

The next request for breakfast, this one with a little more volume. And muscle.

Coffee on the veranda as the sun comes up.

Maybe time for coffee on the veranda as the sun comes up. More likely running maniacally around the loft looking for my I.D. badge or name tag.

It's one of the prettiest angles of the city skyline but it's a lot of cars between me and my office.

It’s one of the prettiest angles of the city skyline but there’s still a lot of cars sandwiched between me and my office.

Winding my way to the heart of downtown.

Winding my way to the heart of downtown.

Ten or twenty minutes to wrassle an elevator to the top, but the view outside my office is pretty sweet.  Now, on to work!

Ten or twenty minutes to wrassle an elevator to the top, but the view outside my office is pretty sweet. Now, on to work!