Careful what you wish for…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

I hope those who read my blog, take the time to click the link above and view some of the entries for these weekly challenges.  They are well worth it and the fun is seeing someone else’s take on the theme of the week. And the bonus is – some are astonishingly good!  Just a thought  🙂

Anyway, I try to go with the first thought that comes into my head when I get see what the theme is, and this week is no exception.

When I saw the word “careful”, I felt the words “what you wish for”.

So..I gathered some photos of things that I often times wish for but more often than not, wish I hadn’t.

Let’s see if you agree…

How about when:

You wish for the un-decorated end of fall to become the clean and pure snow white of winter…does this wish become UN-wished by January?

Be careful what you wish for.

November Unadorned
November Un-Adorned
December Purity
December Purity
January Captured
January Captured

Or when his ultimate wish for that first ride on the big boy tractor, then becomes…nah, been there done that, no thanks?

Be careful what you wish for.

Daddy and Me
Daddy and Me, Yay!
Are you sure Daddy?
I think I changed my mind Dad!
I think I don't want to Daddy
That’s okay, I’m done now Dad
Let. Me. Off. Now. Daddy!
Let. Me. Off. Now. Daddy!

Have you ever wished for a little rain and been granted that wish one hundred fold? To the point where you start singing “Rain Rain Go Away?” (you hummin” it?  lol)

Be careful what you wish for.

Cascading rain gets your feet wet!
Cascading rain gets your feet wet!
We did wish for it...
We did wish for it…
We did need it...
We did need it…
But ENOUGH already! My hometown of Northfield, VT in 2011, courtesy of Irene's rain :(
But ENOUGH already!
My hometown of Northfield, VT in 2011, courtesy of Irene’s rain 😦

So, there you have it
We make wishes every single day
It’s just sometimes
Be Careful What You Wish For!

It was there all along…

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: (Extra)ordinary  –  Mundane and meaningful objects. Beautiful everyday things. This week, surprise us with something or someone (extra)ordinary


Seeing the world through a lens is as second nature to some of us as changing our underwear.

Would you leave the house without changing your underwear?

No…nor I think, would you leave the house without your third eye…correct?

Anyway…for people like us, (the underwear changing kind) seeing the Extra in the Ordinary is really just a matter of perspective.

We see it everywhere in every thing…eventually.

Sometimes, it’s in the reason we stop and shoot.

And sometimes, it’s in the 5th or 10th or 30th shot with minute changes in a particular subject.

But most of the time (at least for me) it’s often just a change of perspective…moving my focus, moving my feet, or just plain, being moved.

Below are some of my photos that I believe are Extra-ordinary. Not because they are great photos, because they are not. Some are pretty good, some are damned good, but some are just okay.

And I’m good with that. What I appreciate about all of them, is that by changing my perspective, choosing to shoot in less than favorable conditions, or focusing on the emotion of them and therefore hopefully translating it to the picture, more often than not, bring out the Extra in some of the more everyday, mundane, and ‘it’s just a sunset’, pictures.

Thanks for looking and here’s to more of the Extra in all of our Ordinaries.

And by all means, click on the photos to get the ‘extra’ full size effect.  lol

Cheers 🙂

When a beautiful ocean sunset...
When a beautiful ocean sunset…
...become 'extra' for the frond silhouette
…becomes ‘extra’ for the frond silhouette
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When a lone fishing boat surrounded by sea birds becomes ‘extra’ for the blanket of morning sea mist
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Or when a lonely cabin in the middle of acres of dormant farm land becomes haunted and ‘extra’ for the snow fog quietly taking over
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When I capture a magnificent ‘bird of prey‘, I’m not yet thinking...
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…about who he becomes when zeroing in on this beautiful ‘bird who prays. For me, they both become the ‘extra”
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When a sunset becomes so much more, has so much ‘extra’, when captured on a day the sky is teaming with the right combination of pollutants. Pollution as extraordinary? Extraordinary!
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When what the ocean throws away that which is more beautiful than anything than man can make…it becomes ‘extra’
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And when the ocean captures and transforms what man has left behind, and turns it to something beautiful…it has that ‘extra’
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Or when a forgotten church, surrounded by shadows of life forgotten…seen from a distance, and imagining its history…it becomes the ‘extra’

Happy Place: Where Nature Dances

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

I’m happy in a lot of different places, as most people are.  Most especially, the ocean, the mountains, lakeside and a newly discovered dirt road.

What these locations hold in common for me though is simple.

They are Mother Nature’s dance halls.

Nothing makes me happier than when I can catch Mother doing a good old fashioned Boogie Down!

Please enjoy

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Such is... Love in the Afternoon!
Such is…
Love in the Afternoon!
Dining Alone
Dining Alone
Dinner for Two
Dinner for Two
Family's Night Out
Family’s Night Out
Check Please! Whatever their dining pleasure, it’s all part of… “The Dinner Dance”
The proposal
The proposal
In the Swim
In the Swim
Getting comfy
Getting comfy
"Hey you...Do. You. Mind?!" It's Turtle Time
“HEY! Do. You. Mind?!”
It’s Turtle Time

Brother can you spare some CHANGE?

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

CHANGE

What easier way to showcase change than with the seasons. I’ve been known to take a thousand shots of a single mountain because each shot offers something different. Whether it’s the cloud formations that waft over the top, promising changes to come, or the way the sun strikes it on a sunny day vs. the rays that struggle through to kiss the peak on a cloudier one…IMG_0747One of my favorite changes is the coat of brilliant color that adorns it today when, just yesterday, that coat was green and brown…Jay in the distance

And tomorrow, it’ll be gray as ash, soon to be white as snow…snow cappedThe once empty horizon now filled with the winds of change in the form of wind powered turbines.  All in the name of progress and, for some, the sacrifice of beauty…a change some do not like.IMG_0039
But…there’s more to change than the obvious.  Some is predictable, some inevitable, some wanted, some not.
But it’s always coming. We all know this to be true.
Below, a slideshow with photos and thoughts on what I think about change.
I’m not afraid of it.
Much.
But like it or not…it’s coming.
So I’ll celebrate it here.

Please enjoy and thanks.
FOR A CHANGE….R

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