Feeling Weathered

Winter hit these plants hard. In summer they are broad-leafed and sumptuous, but come November they have succumbed to the cold. I was struck by how much they reflected by own November attitude and snapped this picture. They’ll come back strong next summer — and so will I.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Weathered


Seasonal Samples from 2017

The WordPress photo challenge for this week is to post my most meaningful photo from 2017. First I ruled out any photo I’ve already posted this year. Then I ruled out the photos who are truly the most meaningful, the ones from my daughter’s June wedding, because I don’t post recognizable photos of people. Picking one favorite from the remainder was so hard I didn’t do it – I picked four. Here’s my representation of 2017 in pictures that represent the four seasons. Three of them I took at my home; the summer one is from work. I hope you enjoy them!

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: 2017 Favorites

Climbing to the Moon

On September 27, 2015 there was a total lunar eclipse, and I went with many other folks to the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, NY for the event. After a show explaining the science of what was about to happen we climbed up to the roof to watch the real thing through their telescopes. I wasn’t able to get good photos of the eclipse itself with my little phone camera, but I snapped this shot looking back down the stairs. The experience helped me feel connected to my fellow science lovers and to the giant, impartial spin of the cosmos outside our little world. Keep looking up!

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Ascend

Little Lily

This is my friend’s dog, Lily. She was at a Christmas party yesterday and was delighted by all the people she could make friends with. Especially when it was dinner time and we all had our plates balanced on our knees. Surely someone was going to drop a tidbit for sweet Lily!

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Cheeky

Still Waters

Water lilies only grow where the water is still and quiet, because they are rooted in the soil under the pond with their leaves and flowers floating on the surface. This is one reason they are sometimes symbols of peace. I took this picture at a marina in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada. The boats may range up and down the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, but here in the marina things are safe and calm.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Serene

They Call it Fall, After All

I’m taking a moment away from family, food, and fun on this day of Thanksgiving to post an image I took just last week. We have some burning bushes in our front yard and love the amazing color they turn each autumn. What fascinated me this time around was watching the color turn gradually from top to bottom. The gorgeous hot red literally fell down from above. I’m glad I found a day dry enough in these wet weeks to snap a picture before it lost all its leaves.

Enjoy the colors, and I hope that, whether you celebrate a holiday today or not, you are able to find gratitude in your life. I always remember a Native American message I heard once: Giving thanks for blessings yet unknown, already on their way. Know that blessings are on their way toward you.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge; Transformation