Introducing: The WordWacker Photo Challenge!

As I mentioned before, the WordPress Photo Challenge is no more. I’ve looked around for a similar challenge for someone like me, who takes casual pictures with a cell-phone camera, but haven’t been able to find one. So, guess what: I decided to start my own. It’s a challenge I’m putting to myself, but I invite you to join in if you’d like. Here’s how it will work.

  • I noticed that there are (usually) 52 weeks in the year, which happens to be exactly twice the English alphabet, and that we’re coming up on the precise center of the year. So the plan is that I will run through the alphabet, starting at the first of the hear and starting over again in the middle, assigning one letter to each week. The day of the wee I picked is Friday. The chart posted above (and on the right of the page as well, where it will stay as long as the challenge is still running) shows the letter associated with each Friday. The alphabet begins with A on July 6 and ends with Z on December 28. If this year goes well, it will start over yet again on Friday January 4, 2019.
  • On Friday each week I’ll pick a theme and post it in the blog, based on that letter. For example (here’s a preview!), for the letter A on July 6, I’ve picked ACTION as the theme. I’ll post a picture of my own and some ideas for responding to the challenge.
  • If you’re interested in playing along, just post an image on your blog any time over the next week or so. You don’t even have to follow the theme if you don’t want to, but it’s more fun that way. If your blog includes a link to my post with the challenge, I’ll get a notice about it, and I’ll add a link to your contribution on my own page. That way everyone can check out each other’s pictures.

So, what do you think? I’m looking forward to having a photo challenge to work on each week, even if it’s just me. But the more the merrier, so I hope other people join in with me as well. I look forward to linking to your stuff, starting on July 6.


Out to Pasture

The WordPress Photo Challenge is shutting down! I’m shaken by this, since posting something for the photo challenge each week has been the backbone of this blog for a couple of years now. I like having the structure of this challenge, giving me a reason to bring new content to the site.

I will take a little time to figure out what my response will be, looking for something to replace that structure. I will have something lined up by next week. In the meantime, enjoy a shot of the two cameras I used before I switched to my phone camera. As you can see, I’ve always gone for something small so I could always have it with me. the one on the left is a Canon PowerShot (digital) – the older one on the right is an Olympus film camera. Yes, actual film! Yes, I’m that old! Before this, I used a Pentax 35mm SLR, also film, but it was too big to carry all the time so I traded it to my husband and got the Olympus.

So let us say goodbye to cameras past, and to the Photo Challenge, and look forward to what comes next.

Sailor’s Knot

My husband is a sailor, and sailors love knots. He owns and regularly refers to the Ashley Book of Knots, THE definitive compendium of nearly 4,000 different knots. This example is the Turk’s Head knot, where a single cord weaves over and under to make various shapes, from buttons on the end of a line to this lovely bracelet. He made a purple one for our daughter, and she wears hers constantly. (She only took it off once, a year ago, because it didn’t go with her wedding dress.) I tell him it’s the sailor’s version of crochet, which is also a single line twisted around itself to make complex shapes. I don’t think he’s convinced.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Twisted

Rain on the Roof

This is the view looking up through the cabin hatch cover on our sailboat during the rain. I was intrigued by the monochrome texture of the drops pooling on the thick glass. Looking at it now, it calls up the cozy feeling of being in that small space with water in all directions, but dry and warm inside.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Liquid

Lines and Rope

See all those lines there, hanging on the wall of the shed? Those are rope, but they are not “ropes.” Really.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is an avid sailor, so I’ve learned most of the associated lingo. I can not only tell port from starboard, I can tell a ketch from a yawl, a dock from a slip, a map from a chart, and topsides from decks. Today’s post is about a fun distinction: rope vs. line.

In the boating world, rope is a material lines can be made from. When you cut a length of rope and apply it to some purpose, then it’s not a rope, it’s a line. It’s kind of like the word “wood.” Wood is a material you can make things out of, including planks. A plank is a piece of wood and it’s made of wood, but it’s not a wood. In the same way, for boaters a line is a piece of rope and it’s made of rope, but it’s not a rope. On our boat we have some lines that are rope (such as the halyards and sheets used to control the sails) and others that are wire (such as the guys and stays holding up the mast). So what’s hanging there on the shed, coiled and ready to go, are lines that are made of rope.

This moment of obscure word lore is brought to you by the boating community, who wants you to know that it’s possible to go someplace slowly and uncomfortably and love every minute of it.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Lines