Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections in Venice

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“By day it is filled with boat traffic – water
buses, delivery boats, gondolas – if something floats
and it’s in Venice, it moves along the Grand Canal.
And by daylight it is one of the glories of the Earth.
But at night, especially when the moon is full
and the soft illumination reflects off the water and
onto the palaces – I don’t know how to describe
it so I won’t, but if you died and in your will you
asked for your ashes to be spread gently on the
Grand Canal at midnight with a full moon,
everyone would know this about you – you loved and understood beauty.”
― William Goldman, The Silent Gondoliers

Reflection in Venice





Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

It’s all about the detail inside.



Needlepoint chair

Needlepoint chair

Window to the sky

Window to the sky

Inside the lighthouse

Inside the lighthouse

Inside the Duomo in Siena

Inside the Duomo in Siena

Please take a peek at others’ creative interpretations of this week’s theme here.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

The Emerald Isle Wreath © Glittermoon Productions LLC 2012

The Emerald Isle Wreath
© Glittermoon Productions LLC 2012

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you

– Irish Blessing

I wish all of you many blessings today and always.

 Éire go Brách!

Wednesday Waterpainting

Old-Time Christmas

Old-Time Christmas in Watercolor

Monday Morning Blues

It’s about the color, not a state of mind.

Detail from Angel of the Morning Wreath ©2013

Detail from Angel of the Morning Wreath ©2013

Happy Monday to you!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Five years ago, I met this little girl for the first time.DSC_0010.JPGAbandoned.

Such a sad, frightened face.

She had been picked up as a stray in southwest Virginia.  Luckily, she was taken by a kind soul to a veterinarian who spayed her and generally checked out her health.  Because of the dedication of a network of rescue folks, she made her way in a few weeks to a small rescue group that mostly handles terriers in Virginia’s Northern Neck.  I saw her on Petfinder when I was searching for a dog.

I took a leap and adopted her on March 5, 2009.

I named her Emma P. Buttercup.

She is something I have been thankful for every day since.

She had some issues, I’m pretty sure she was abused, but five years later, she’s a different girl than the sad one you see above.  She is my shadow.


Here’s how she looks today.  See her smiling?

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I love my dog.

Abandoned no more.

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