Archive for December, 2013

‘Tis the season of Joy, so this Week’s Photo Challenge Topic is appropriate. Joy brought to the world:

Nativity Scene

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This week’s photo challenge topic is One.

woman, sitting at dock

There’s a lot of single items in this picture: a single girl, a single sea gull, a single rose…but you have to look carefully to see those details. I think the story is more interesting if I zero in on those items…

dock, woman,

Girl by the Water (cropped version)

Perhaps she is waiting to meet someone? Or that someone  has just left her…she appears to be scribbling away in a journal…documenting the meeting? The sea gull is definitely interested…Any food??

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Frozen Leaves



Frozen Leaves

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It’s great to have Jake back! And he returns with a timely topic: Christmas Tree.

I’m living in a new small space this year with no room for my usual big tree, so I have a tabletop one. With my ornament collection in storage, I didn’t know what I was going to use to decorate it. I considered decorating it completely with “found” ornaments like these:

Bracelet found on the street...

Bracelet found on the street…

A Peach Button I found a while ago during a walk...

A Peach Button I found a while ago during a walk…

(Read about my “found” Christmas Tree here.) But I have a birthday in December, and a thoughtful friend gave me some ornaments. So this is my Christmas Tree this year…festive enough!

Tabletop Christmas Tree

Table Top Tree

You can see more examples of Christmas Trees here:

Jakesprinter Sunday Post, year of the snake, photography challenge

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The Weekly Photo Challenge topic this week is Community. As the year winds to a close and the snow falls outside, I reflected on the past year and decided to post pictures from an important event (and remind myself of warmer weather).

After the Boston Marathon bombings in April, people tied prayer flags to the wrought iron fence of the Arlington Street Church, down the street from the finish line where the bombings occurred. I was in the city of Boston in August and took these shots. It was very moving — an impressive demonstration of a sense of community.

Boston Marathon bombing rememberance

Prayer Flags at the Arlington Street Church in Boston

Prayer Flags at Arlington Street Church

An Outpouring of Prayers…

After the devastation of the bombing, Boston’s sense of community culminated in the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series with the slogan, “Boston Strong!”

The prayer flags were later painstakingly untied by volunteers with knitting needles. Some were saved for a memorial quilt and some were burned, so I’m glad I got to see them while they were there.

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Wooden Hand Sculpture

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This week’s photo challenge topic is Grand.

Last night I went to a friend’s house for a party. I love going there, especially at the holidays because she is an antique collector and a fabulous decorator. She moves her pieces around and combines them in a new ways every year. The family room mantle and fireplace decorations this year were grand!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Mantle

One of my favorite decorative touches was the punch bowl full of antique mother-of-pearl buttons she has been collecting for many, many years. A grand collection…and what a wonderful way to display them!

antique buttons

A Punch Bowl of Buttons!

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Juniper tree


A favorite of the Cedar Waxwings…

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Ese’s Topic this week is Silence and The Weekly Photo Challenge Topic is Let There be Light! I’ve decided to combine them.

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman

Brockton Library


Knowledge is love and light and vision.

Helen Keller


Brockton LIbrary

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