Archive for October, 2011

Your Turn

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I am so excited to see what you come up with, even if just one person creates a photo poem in the comments, I will be so happy!

(If you’re lost read this post first )

As you look at each photo, jot down a caption, anything that comes to mind. Combine them in the comment section and see if you like how your poem comes out. It does not need to make sense, check out mine here & here, I don’t know if they make sense but they make me smile.

I know you have some words in your head, now please… pretty please ~ share your poem.


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Photo Poem

The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one’s soul to grow. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Let's Go

Let Go




Dangle Blotch

Crisscross Crop

Quiet Reflection


let’s go

let go

bumps, burst, blur

dangle blotch

crisscross crop

quiet reflection


I don’t know much about writing poems but I do enjoy playing with words and decided to call this process ‘Photo Poems’ It’s fun to add a caption to a shot and sometimes when I’m adding a bunch of titles at one sitting, one influences the other. Humor me and give it a try; my next post is a selection of photos with no captions, I’d love to see what you come up with for a ‘photo poem’. I’ll post my take in the following post.

Linking with

The Creative Exchange

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Life at best is bittersweet. ~Jack Kirby

I found a new hike yesterday. It is so fun to stumble upon a new place to explore. Besides finding the trails I found some new subjects to photograph. These bittersweet berries put on such a display of color, first they are green, then yellow which ripens to orange. And, for the grand finale they open up and reveal a beautiful red belly.

As I wandered past the tangled vines of bittersweet, from a distance I spotted this huge wasps nest, it’s bigger than a basketball. I’ve never seen one so big. I’m most impressed by the curl and swirl of the papery layers, it’s such a beautiful old home.

These three finds… a new trail, bittersweet vines, and an empty nest all seem to symbolize the emotions that are washing through me and my extended family. Last week we said goodbye to my grandmother, she lived a rich and inspiring 94 years.

Because of her influence, I am inspired to live a life full of adventure and intimate connection. I have so many more emotions and words swimming around, but it’s still too raw to share more than this.

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Berries Galore

 On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels. ~ Charles Dickens

I’ve noticed so many acorns this fall, perhaps it’s a ‘mast’ year for oaks…every 7 years or so, they drop many more acorns than normal to ensure survival. And, it seems the berries are having bigger yields than normal too, or maybe I’m just noticing them more than other years?

What have you noticed lately?

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Orange Crush

Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.
~ Author Unknown

Orange makes me feel so alive & happy, these photos are from the last two weeks of wandering…

I found this funky little flower on the shores of lake Michigan, do you have any idea what it is? I’ve never seen one, they bloom facing down to the ground.

I can’t get enough of this new trail I found that meanders along the river.

I’ve never seen so many colorful berries till this fall, I love these orange ones.

And this moss so full of color & texture.

I took so many shots of this view, I just adore the mix of colors and all the shapes created by the branches. I could not decide which focus I prefer? Which do you like this foreground in focus…

or this background in focus?

leaves & reeds

I also could not decide which I prefer of these two options, the sharp focus…

or this soft dreamy out of focus?

I seem to like the dreamy shots like this one on the riverbank with the tree reflecting in the river… strange and magical.

But some things just need a sharp focus. Can you believe how well these speckled leaves camouflage this beautiful frog? He sat still just for a few seconds.

And then he was off.

I’m off ~ for a walk.

Have a beauty ✻ filled day

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

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Sunny Yellow

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

my dog, sunny, is 13 and is showing his age day by day, we walk much slower now… yesterday’s hike was perfect

i fell in love with these old telephone poles… i adore the random sizes and the fact that they don’t go in a straight line

it was raining yellow leaves all afternoon

it is so hard to capture a leaf falling, this is my best attempt so far… i’ll get a better shot one of these days

we sat by the banks and watched the leaves fall in the water and drift down the river

sunrise thought about a swim… just thought about it

i was mesmerized by the  lacey leaf patterns reflecting on the surface

it took a while to catch just the right shadow shot as the leaves drifted by, but it was one of those afternoons that it did not matter how long it took to do anything in particular

it was a magical day

it’s been one of the most beauty ✻ filled falls i’ve ever seen, i wish is would last for so much longer ♥

what do you wish would last longer?

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