Friday, September 26, 2008

View: for Photo Hunter

An autumn view of the Saint John River Valley in New Brunswick, Canada.
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This photo was taken in October, 2006

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

J is for Jewels: ABC Wednesday Round #3


I caught a glimpse
of nature's jewels
beaded on a web so fine
these translucent crystals
these watery orbs
their transitory beauty was mine!
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This is an old, but favourite photo of mine, of morning mist beaded upon a spider web.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

The House in the Meadow: Monochrome Monday

autumn breezes blow
stirring the meadow grasses
this first day of fall

This is a recent picture but wanting to take away the look of digital sharpness I have used a 'crosshatch' filter. I think this filter gives a bit of a blurred appearance to the grass helping to give it a suggestion of movement . As well this filter deepens the shadows there.
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Welcome to Autumn: One Single Impression

The shuddering wind shook my house
Forgetting to whisper in its summer voice
It boisterously shouted

Jesting in its autumnal tones

of summer's end


Hello Fall
You're back early this year

or does it just seem that way to me?
I've seen the advance notices of your coming

The leaving of the Hummingbirds
an early Junco in Bird Alley the other day
Song Sparrows foraging about in foliage tunnels
of undergrowth in overgrown corners of the bower


Autumn winds whisper change
as they energize the tall summer grasses
and damselflies cling and sway
to ancient choreographed rhythms


The woods and roadsides are scattered with Asters
beautiful blues accenting the late summer Goldenrod
and fluttering Cabbage Whites and Common Yellows
flit about in the afternoon sun with programmed purpose


My garden is full of mature colour
deep yellows and pinks of Coneflowers
vibrant reds of Bee Balm and Celosia
and sky blue Morning Glories


As the process of regeneration begins anew
seed pods filled with determination for next year's renewal
are replacing blooms on annuals

and blossoms fade as somber browns emerge

Our neighbor's apple trees fringing our back yard
message enticement with their rosy ripeness
while baby turtles tunnel their way to the surface
from egg filled nests laid during warm June days


Frogs now grown
bask in the strong afternoon sun
and acknowledge my presence with 'bleeps'
as they leap into the tranquil pond waters


Encroaching early evening darkness
proclaims a departure of long summer days
and the reds and yellows and oranges of turning leaves
trumpet your return....


Welcome back!

The first photo included within this post was not taken recently, but during a previous year when the season was further advanced. Our leaves this year have not yet reached this height of beauty. The photo above of the railroad track show a more accurate portrayal of the change that has taken place so far.

These lines were created in response to the word, 'autumn', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I is for Ink: ABC Wednesday Round #3

As time passes, habits change and technology advances; and these bottles of ink shown here are not often sought after items on store shelves anymore. When first being introduced to handwriting with pen and ink, an ink blotter was often a student's best friend. And if I had of had an option to choosing my own ink colour I think it would have been Tropic Green which would have caught my eye, however Washable Blue would probably have been the desired choice of parents. These bottles of ink shown here represent a variety of choices and colours; one of which I find quite surprising is Perma -nent Brown. However, my memories and the use of pen and ink are very faint for before I had been in school for very long the cartridge pen and ball point pens were introduced, and the demand for bottles of ink was in a decline.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Black and White Cats: for Monochrome Monday

I seldom, if ever, think to set my camera settings to black and white but when I noticed the beginning of a new meme last week titled, Monochrome Monday, I thought I would give it a try. However, whatever the setting, this cat shown above would remain black and white!
Here is an orange cat shown in black and white, enhanced with the use of a poster edge filter. Neighboring cats often visit my bird feeder area and I shooed them away by taking their pictures.

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Cleome Seeds: One Single Impression













Seed pods decorate

tall Cleome stalks


their slender tubular
bundles of seeds

filled with determination
for next year's renewal

annually replace
the pink and white blossoms













These lines were created in response to the word, 'seeds', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Old Photo Albums: One Single Impression



tugging at my heartstrings ...

derelict fragments of memories
flutter at my consciousness
and nudge a yearning from within
willing them to surface
temporarily reorganizing the bindings of restraint
that cloud my perceptions
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These lines were created in response to the words, 'defenses down', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site.