WW Photo Challenge: Tower

T is for Tower

Not far from my house is the headquarters for a towing company. Their building is kind of down in a hollow, but they need to be able to keep in radio contact with the trucks in the field, so they built this REALLY tall tower for their communication antennae. I stopped by one day a month or so ago to point my camera wa-a-a-y up and snap this picture. If you zoom in you can see the guy wires that angle off to anchors in the distance, to keep the thing upright. It is noisy with birds and brightly lit at night, presumably so low-flying planes know to keep clear.

It’s an impressive structure, and got me to thinking about communication. We see towers like this one everywhere. People like to complain about how they ruin the scenery, but that’s not what I see. I see the importance we humans place on staying connected. We want our cell coverage, our Internet feeds, our news broadcasts. Yes, sometimes we are overly invested in instant connectivity, so much that cell phone addiction is a real thing. (Here’s a more scholarly article if you’re interested.) Still, it comes from the basic human need for community. So, on the whole, I don’t mind the towers.

What do you think about the? How do you stay connected with people? And what’s your relationship with your phone?

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter T. It might be a textbook, a turtle, or a tie fighter. Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Olga Godim’s custom cover this week touches a favorite idea of mine: Time Travel! Check it out here.


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

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WW Photo Challenge: Scaffolding

S is for Scaffolding

This is how one of the buildings on my college campus looked last summer. The white tiles had proven ineffective and were letting water into the walls, so they had to go. The construction (which is still ongoing as of today) is hard work and disruptive to the learning that goes on inside, but I was fascinated by the intricate lacework of that scaffolding. It’s beautiful!

If you live in the northern hemisphere, as I do, my guess is that there’s been some construction going on somewhere near you. Were you able to find any beauty in the midst of disruption? Or do you have to just grit your teeth and recite the mantra of everyone dealing with renovation: It’ll be great when it’s done!

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter S. Stew? Socks? Silly children? Show us what you’ve got!  Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Here’s another custom cover from Olga Godim on the theme of storms. Check it out here.


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

WW Photo Challenge: Rain Over the River

R is for Rain Over the River

Okay, this isn’t actually a river. It’s Black River Bay, where the Black River empties into Lake Ontario. Close enough, though to illustrate the letter R. It wasn’t raining where we were, in Sackets Harbor, but on the other side of the bay rain was coming down. I got this nice image of the dramatic sky, complete with a wheeling seagull. Very atmospheric (literally!).

Personally, I love rain. Of course there can be too much of it, like there was last summer when Lake Ontario swelled to dangerous levels, not to mention the catastrophic floods people have experienced in some places. Still, a steady rain can be soothing. Especially when it’s not falling directly on me.

How about you? What do you think about rain?

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter R. Rabbits, rutabagas, roses, or rings–anything works.  Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Here’s another lovely custom book cover by Olga Godim, this time featuring roses (for the letter R). Check it out here.


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

WW Photo Challenge: Quality Quilt

Q is for Quality Quilt

My father was born in 1922, and his grandmother (my great-grandmother) made this quilt for him then. She used a fan pattern, and though it’s hard to see in this image, there is extensive quilting in all the blocks and a little ring embroidered at the point of each fan. It’s almost 100 years old, and it still looks terrific! Though I’ve shown it here on the bed, mostly we hang it on the wall, using a system of rings and webbing to make sure not to put too much stress on the hand stitching. I love having such a beautiful, skillfully-made thing in my home, bringing me closer to my father and my family history.

What do you have that connects you to your family and your past? I’d love to hear about it.

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter Q. Show us a shiny quarter, a tree-lined quad on a college campus, even a thrilling game of quidditch!  Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Another lovely custom book cover from Olga Godim for the letter Q: a queen! Check it out here.


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

WW Photo Challenge: Pretty Playground

P is for Playground

Doesn’t that look like fun? This charming playground is one I pass by often, and I finally stopped one day last August to take a photo. It was summer, so it was mostly empty (I was careful not to get either of the two children there that day in the picture). During the school year, it’s swarming with noisy, active kids.

Playgrounds have certainly changed a lot since I was small. No more rusty spinning roundabout, metal slide baking in the sun, or bare asphalt to peel the skin off your knees. But all I remember from the playground is having fun yelling and running with my friends.

What do you remember from your childhood playgrounds?

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter P.  Pandas, pumpkins, or persnickety relatives are all good options! Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Olga Godim has a new book cover for this week. Pirates! Yay! Check it out here.


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

WW Photo Challenge: Old McDonald’s Farm

O is for Old McDonald’s Farm

Old McDonald’s farm is real! It’s a big, active farm in Sackets Harbor, NY where children can go on hay rides, play with farm animals, and generally get to see a real working dairy farm. We visit there regularly toward the end of summer to get the best fresh corn around. Not far from their farm store is this cluster of structures that present an intriguing industrial look, in sharp contrast with the cows and cornstalks you see on the rest of the farm. One cloudy day I stopped to get this shot of some of the machinery that goes into keeping a farm going.

When you see the name of the farm do you start singing “E – I – E – I – O”? I know I do. Isn’t it interesting how songs we learn as tiny children never really leave us? What’s the oldest song you remember from your childhood?

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter O. You might share your pet owl, your olive collection, or your October calendar. Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

We have another custom book cover this week from Olga Godim, this one focusing on owls. Check it out here!


*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!