This is another of my collaborative pieces with photographer Julie Powell. I just love her artwork. Be sure to click the link to also have access to Julie’s site. Thanks!
Last year I posted snapshots and tried to number them reliably, but I’m rather a disorganized soul, and soon jumbled up the count. I’ve never let disorganization stop me in the past, though, so I’m just going to number these things according to an ever changing set of rules.
I snapped this photo yesterday in the garden area of my dentist’s office in Tallahassee. Then I proceeded to ask everyone what it was. No one in the office had a clue. I guess that’s why they went into dentistry and not botany.
Anyway, perhaps a reader with some gardening knowledge can help me out:
The blossoms aren’t on the plant itself, so kindly ignore them. Do note the purplish serrated looking leaves, and the oddly bare trunk-like stem. The plant is striking in its almost alien demeanor. I imagine if plants grew on Venus, this is what they’d look like.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
A childhood friend challenged me to post seven black and white photos, one each day for seven days on Facebook. The photos could contain no images of people, and I wasn’t allowed to comment on the subject matter. Do you know how difficult it was for me to forgo an explanation of the pictures? Excruciating, that’s what it was.
Fortunately I have this blog and no restrictions as far as I can tell. Of this one thing, I am the boss.
The one below was taken in Chicago from the backseat of a car during an Uber ride. I’m amazed that I didn’t have to crop any humans out of the picture.
The next photo is of a portion of the ceiling at the Cadillac Palace Theatre where my daughter and one of my granddaughters, and I saw Les Misérables.
The anchor below was found on Amelia Island in Florida. I paused to snap the photo as Studly Doright urged me to run for our car while a storm headed our way. With one step to go I got drenched! But the shot was worth it.
Next up is a moody picture of the Florida capitol building. If you’re ever in Tallahassee it’s well worth visiting.
The Atlantic Ocean near our Amelia Island Hotel posed for my next shot. Loved these clouds.
Another photo taken on Amelia Island showcases the swamp we kayaked through on a recent visit. That house in the background looks a bit haunted shown in black and white.
Finally, one last photo from Amelia Island. This one is self-explanatory. I love the sepia look of this one.
I feel much better now, having given these shots some context. Maybe I’ll sleep tonight.
Be sure to click on Julie’s link (below) to get the big picture. It’s gorgeous!
Time doesn’t count,
Unless you’re counting on time
To heal a broken heart or
Comfort the mourning soul.
Feel the watch’s weight,
Note the imprint in the pocket.
Time waits for no one,
Yet claims everyone.
This fob in my hand
Its heft, the smooth silver
A metronome in the round
Time’s own keeper.
“Before We Were Kings”
by Leslie Noyes
Before we were kings, we slept half the day rising at noon for our breakfast.
Before we wore robes, we frolicked like fools behaving as if it would all last
We snuggled and snuffled, snorted and sang, trumpeting our joy to the masses
And no one chastised us lest we succumb to a crippling, pachyderm sadness.
Oh! It was roll, roll, tumble and flow until the grand day of our crowning
Now we sit tall, on thrones one and all solemnly judging and scowling.
For more wonderful photography, visit https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/
by Leslie Noyes
Speak to me in weighted words, of life and love and pain,
Grant me wisdom for the journey; sing to me your wise refrain.
Oh Artemis, sear through my soul, expose my every fear,
And I will soar past all who hinder, by your guidance steer.
Take flight and leave me desolate, a weakling in your wake,
Or remain and offer counsel while so much remains at stake.
Please check out Julie Powell’s blog at https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/
I couldn’t wait to share this inaugural piece of a collaborative effort between my blogging friend, Julie Powell, and me:
Julie and I are matching my poetry with her gorgeous photography. She’s the brains behind the Spark link above. I am in awe of how wonderful our first piece looks.
Check out more of Julie’s photography at https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/ and watch for future pieces from our joint effort. I’m so pumped!