Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

At the threshold…

Trintia dei Monti, above the Spanish Steps, Rome

Trintia dei Monti, above the Spanish Steps, Rome

The anticipation of a pilgrim. Illustrated by a photograph.  No words necessary.

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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

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (Redux)

I like the theme of this week’s challenge so much that I want to share some other “threes” with you: images of sculpture.

In late August of 2012, I took a solo road trip from Richmond on up to Maine.  My first stop was in Tarrytown, NY.  While there, I visited the Rockefeller estate, “Kykuit.”  If you ever have a chance to go there, don’t think twice.  It is a visual feast.

Here are some “threes” featuring a few of the many garden sculptures there.

Magnificent fountain:

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And now sculpture of a different sort.  A graceful staircase in an old Federal house in Maine:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

This one is for my Christmas peeps!

This week’s challenge asks us to use three images; it’s up to us as to how we want to use those images but they should bear some relationship to one another.

These are three images of my “mostly” vintage tree that I put up in my new garden room this past Christmas.  In prior years it was in the dining room.  I like it better out here because I can really sit and enjoy looking at all the old ornaments (with some newer ones mixed in, too).  So here you go.

With each shot, you get a little closer.

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DSC_0171 - Version 2See any particular ornaments that you like?

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