Cranes for Hope 3 & 4 #photo

Mother’s Song If snow falls on the far field where travelers spend the night, I ask you, cranes, to warm my child in your wings. ~Anonymous Japanese poem, ca. 733. Two paper cranes toward 1000 as a prayer for Japan. #3 #4

Do Not Disturb the Smoke Dragon #photoaday #project365

90 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Smoke. I didn’t think I was going to be able to pull this one off, so of course I had to get up and do it first thing this morning. I have a pile of dead matches in my kitchen to prove it. My mother already thinks I’ve […]

Making Paper Cranes #photography

I’m making paper cranes as a tribute to Japan. They are a symbol of hope associated with a Japanese legend that says anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. This is my first crane that I made yesterday after any number of fail attempts. It’s somewhat pitiful, but it is done. […]

Candid Camera #photoday #project365

89 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Candid. It was a very rainy and very busy day. I didn’t venture out very far with the camera. This is about five steps from my desk. This is also the only way I was able to take a picture that wasn’t posed. She had no idea I […]

Meditation on the Death of the Ants

The ants make mounds of their dead after I have flooded them out with the water hose. I squat, hunched over, wondering at them. I am human here and no good substitute for benevolence, having chosen efficiency in my life over life itself. The murderer in me watches the wounded in them, thinking of my […]

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Jones County #photoaday #project365

88 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Zoom. I zoom in on this little guy to meet today’s photo challenge. I picked the frog as my photo of the day because I don’t spend a lot of time with frogs, and I didn’t know when I’d get this close to another. My alternate shot for […]

Lasso of Love #photoaday #project365

87 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Photoshop Terms Sock is using his “lasso tool” to try to rustle up some love. This was a particularly difficult prompt for me. Photoshop terms? Hmmm… I could have done something like “brighten” and just taken a picture of a lightbulb, but noooo. I got fixated on “lasso.” […]

All’s Quiet at the Boom Boom Room #photoaday #project365

86 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Storefront. Sunday morning, it turns out, is the perfect time to take photos downtown. The streets are quiet, and no one gets in your way. I thought I had gone down there to photograph the bagel shop. I did photograph the bagel shop, and those pictures turned out […]

Looking Toward Dreams #photoaday #project365 #shuttersisters

85 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Looking In. The book is by the Shutter Sisters of www.shuttersisters.com. It’s one of the stack of educational materials I’ve recently acquired as I “look in” to my new hobby and to my own dreams.

A Beautiful and Terrible Thing #photoaday #project365

84 of 365. Our Daily Challenge — Dangerous. “The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and must therefore be treated with great caution.” ~JK Rowling — Dumbledore says this in The Sorcerer’s Stone. For my alternate shot today, of course it’s more of that monkey. Shot Through the Heart “Shot through the heart, […]