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…crawly. There’s someone lurking behind the leaf.

leaves, dragonfly

The Shadow…

You can see more creepy (but maybe not crawly entries here).

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lighthouse

This week’s topic is Sea.

Tomorrow is Labor Day in the US, the unofficial end of summer. I only went to the sea once this summer…without a camera. I live too far to drive to the sea just to take photos. The parking fees are normally astronomical for this weekend, and — my last excuse –its raining. So I decided to approach the topic in a different way using images from my “shoebox.”

Gift From the Sea

Gift From the Sea

One of my favorite books is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea.” There are just too many fabulous quotes from this book to post here, but in keeping with the title, I was thinking about gifts from the sea, intangible gifts such as peace and serenity, and inspiration for art, music, and soul-searching.

Lindbergh says near the beginning of the book:

“…The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.” 

art by the sea

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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Participating in the first Phoneography Challenge is problematic for me. First problem — I don’t have a new marvelous phone with a camera, so I have to do the challenge my way –as a photo challenge. It won’t be a phoneography challenge for me. 😦

Second problem…the challenge says, “To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live.”

Today IS NOT THE DAY. We’re having yet ANOTHER big snowstorm. So…here’s my neighborhood…from my window! Complete with water dripping down…

snowstorm, New England

View of my neighborhood out the front window (2nd story).

snowstorm, New England

View of my neighborhood out the side window (2nd story).

Maybe I’ll do the challenge again tomorrow…

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The topic for this week’s photo challenge is Unique. Aside from people, or pets, the first thing I thought of was artwork.

When my husband and I got married we registered at a local art gallery. We had both been on our own for many years; we had also been together for a while so the typical needs (dishes, kitchen appliances, towels) were not tops on our list. (I think most husbands feel the usual stuff is really for the woman anyway, not for him.) We both loved art so that seemed like something we would both enjoy. One of our wedding gifts was this ceramic purple wall plaque (or plate).

ceramic wall plaque

Ceramic Wall Plaque

Another gift was a ceramic vase with a beautifully crafted frog on it. When I put this on the floor to take a photo for this challenge, Aimee decided she just had to be in the picture!

ceramic frog vase

Aimee with ceramic frog vase

The last item is something my old boss brought back on a trip to Dubai. I love the delicate wood carving.

Arabian Heritage Arch

Arabian Heritage Arch

 

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This week’s topic is Changing Seasons.

I live in New England. With the effects of global warming (yes, I do believe it exists!), last winter was extremely mild. My azalea was confused and put out a flower in fall.

azalea

azalea

Since I don’t have any snow where I live yet, I’ve decided to go with something from the shoebox. My friend Julie and I went up to NH in October some years ago to see the foliage and they had a bit of early snow. There wasn’t enough to make a big snowman, so Julie made a little snow bunny. I love that there are still colorful leaves on the trees and yet there was some white “frosting.”

JulieinNH

 

Lastly, decorating for Christmas is an indoor reflection of the changing seasons. My cat Zoee loves this occasion!

ZoeeXmasBag

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A tough topic and a tough week. I’m only posting one.

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I think this woman’s life must have been quite a journey (95 years):

Many journeys were taken on these tracks, but no more…

Finally, some people’s possessions will be going on a journey…

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Last year I hit a wall with my blog (sued51).  I went through a period where I was busy working on freelance editing projects and projects in my personal life.  My blog took a back seat and became a chore. Without time to read (and think) I lost inspiration…and readers. My postings became sporadic and my writing became forced.  I felt lost.  I decided to start a new blog with a more focused theme (a change of web scenery, so to speak), but I still felt uninspired.

Then I discovered the Weekly Photo Challenge. It has sparked my creativity and I have rediscovered a passion from earlier in my life. My husband and I both had Pentax K1000 cameras back in film photography days.  We would go on outings and spend hours taking photos. After the pictures were developed we got to compare and share our “visions.”  It was a lot of fun. As money got tighter and we got busier, my interest in film photography tailed off. I began to focus more on my writing. By the time we got our first digital camera, I just didn’t “see” the world that way and barely used it.

Participating in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has me seeing the world creatively again. Not only am I more inspired to take pictures, I am more into my writing too!  I felt the need to express my appreciation to WordPress and all the other participants in the photo challenges. I love seeing how others interpret the themes and what they have to say about their work.

Thank you WordPress Bloggers and Thank You WordPress! (No…nobody asked me to writing this…I just felt inspired!)

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