Unexpected Love Letters

It is not a requirement that love letters come from a romantic interest. While in the midst of "KonMari-ing" my closet, I've come across so many different notes from friends and family.  Things that meant so much to me, at the time, that they were shoved in a box to eventually be found while cleaning my... Continue Reading →

Solitude and Landscape

 Walking is not only great exercise but wonderful for personal time to meditate and relax, while soaking in the fresh air and sunshine.        

Leading Lines and the Natural World

The thing I love most about this photography course is how I've learned to see the world with an entirely different set of eyes. Take this photo for example. I walk by these two homes, every single day and have never noticed the fact that these trees are angled away from the houses and towards... Continue Reading →

The dreaded scale

Nope! Not that one! Today, it's about your perception of scale, in relation to size. When I first read the assignment, my instinct was that this would be a really difficult assignment. I had no confidence in my ability to make those observations. Thinking back to all the fingers touching the moon, the Eiffel Tower... Continue Reading →

Architecture and Monochrome

I've been attending this church since I moved to Houston. I've loved how the architectural elements draw you closer and invite you inside with the flap pulled aside. It was only after I viewed the photos in black and white that I noticed the cross under the bell tower.  I had never noticed it in... Continue Reading →

Light with a Pop of Color

So interesting to analyze the way light affects our perceptions. Consider this swing.  In the direct sunlight, it looks like a bright spot of happiness, enticing you to come sit, swing and bask in the warmth of the rising sun.     From the back side of the swing, the mood is very different. The swing... Continue Reading →

BIG

Once, in my childhood, while at a restaurant with my family, a quote on the back of one of those little sugar packets, read "Experience is recognizing a mistake when you make it, again". I must have known, even at that age, that I was predisposed for making big mistakes, because I never forgot that... Continue Reading →

Connect

It was another one of those Twilight Zone moments.  They seem to increase, exponentially, with each passing year.  I opened the front door of my house and saw something, sort of familiar on the sidewalk. (Thinking to myself) What is that? (Getting closer) That looks like the carabiner from my key chain. Wow, that's exactly... Continue Reading →

Bliss

It took me all day to settle on the best photo for Bliss.  When I walked into this bar to support an old friend, I knew this was it. Over 20 years ago, this friend of mine, and a group of his buddies, formed a band.  They are still playing gigs and enjoying every minute... Continue Reading →

Water

We are under a flash flood watch. Water seems the perfect topic for today.  Walking my dog, in the rain, has never been a favorite task.  There is something about rainwater that makes him take a lick from every puddle. On occasion, I've seen him lick the wet sidewalk as we walk, his tongue completely... Continue Reading →

Street

"I have often walked down this street before, but the pavement's always stayed beneath my feet before..." I love that song from My Fair Lady. It's a romantic ballad that puts a smile on my face, each time I hear it.  Although it's a different kind of love, altogether, I love my street.  It is... Continue Reading →

Home

This park is a small oasis in the hustle and bustle of the 4th largest city in the country.  On any given nice weather day, you will find families picnicking, musicians strumming, yoga enthusiasts posing, dogs chasing frisbees, and so on. I feel at home here. It's simple and private, with large, expansive oak trees... Continue Reading →

Photo 101 – Triumph

Bicycles scare me.  Because cycling is one of the approved sports for my joint issues, I've taken on this challenge.  Initially, my biggest fears were riding over bridges, being bitten by a dog and traveling alongside traffic.  I experienced each of those on one of my first rides. In college, I chose to walk/jog across... Continue Reading →

Photo 101 – Moment

Assignment-Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments we love to document. My friend and her daughter came to visit this past weekend. Hanging around young people helps me feel young. We enjoyed the beach, visiting Space Center Houston, watching movies and... Continue Reading →

Photo 101 – Treasure

Assignment - Show us an image that represents a treasure to you. I treasure the gift of music. The piano was my first instrument at 10 years old , followed very shortly by the flute. Although my piano skills suffer severely when I go long periods without practice, I can pick up the flute, at... Continue Reading →

Photo 101 – Color

Assignment - "...The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, and can tell a particular story within the frame…" There is a house in our neighborhood that is particularly intriguing.  In a community of conservative bungalows, it looks like a... Continue Reading →

Photo 101- Mystery

Assignment - "Some photos are significant not because of what’s depicted, but because of the mood they create. They communicate an idea that transcends the actual subject of the image". Take this photo, for example.  The street is lined with museums and fancy restaurants.  This building is easily overlooked and at the same time, stands out like a... Continue Reading →

Photo 101 – Warmth

The air has finally grown chilly in Houston. At this point in the Photo 101 course, I'm wondering why I thought I could be an active participant, armed with nothing more than an iPhone. As I marvel over the creativity of my classmates to photograph "warmth", I wander through my neighborhood in search of something... Continue Reading →

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