Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV




Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

Unusual. In this week’s Photography 101 post on point of viewLynn Wohlers offers great advice on how to show your own unique way of looking at the world:

Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.

For this challenge, let’s keep Lynn’s advice in mind. Go out and take photos and share a shot that reveals a new and different POV. You can take a picture of a familiar subject in a fresh way…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape



Social Media - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Escape. A word that stirs up an endless array of meanings, both at a standard level and a deeply personal one. The mere sound of it whispered softly in one’s ear can ignite the senses of sight and sound propelling us down a road of movie credits, song lyrics, and novels – each a story all its own.

                                                      EACH A STORY ALL OUR OWN.

As I sit here eyes on my computer screen ready to share my thoughts on this week’s photo challenge: Escape, I realize for many the computer screen is a form of escape…a portal by which we connect with others through a social media peephole of photos, status updates, pins, blogs, and tweets.

The Good

For myself as a writer it is a common means of escape. The irony isn’t lost on me as my fingers fly across the keys, rushing to free the words in my head.

My own surroundings – ocean waves crashing the shore and a vision of blue waters as far as the eye can see – there are those who would consider this very setting an escape.

The runner whose escape begins the moment she ties her running shoes and heads out the door, each mile taking her across more than just a physical distance.

The Bad

Images flood my mind of prisons – the physical, the mental, and the emotional cells that hold us prisoner against our will.

A former athlete confined to a wheelchair.

An addict held hostage by the blinding need for another hit.

A young mother trapped in the vicious cycle of an abusive marriage.

A mental health patient stuck in a system of doctors, diagnoses, treatments.

A celebrity smothered in the adoration and attention of overzealous fans.

The Disturbing

And, then there are those images that need no words…themselves a disturbing depiction of the word ESCAPE.


 If I haven’t scared you off, tell me what good, bad, or disturbing comes to mind when you hear the word escape?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

photo credit: littlemisswordy

photo credit: littlemisswordy

Boqueron is a Beach Village located in the town of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. According to local folklore, after the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí shared some of his treasure with his family and friends, he would hide what was left over in a cave located in “Barrio Pedernales” which is just south of Boqueron Bay. Throughout the years no one has found any treasure in the cave.

I didn’t find the hidden treasure, but this colorful gem stood out in a sea of yachts and fancy boats. It was an unexpected feast for the eyes amid the standard white vessels. Not a bad way to live life in general! Brighten someone’s day by being the unexpected color in the midst of their otherwise color muted day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Photo Credit: littlemisswordy

Photo Credit: littlemisswordy (taken at the beach in Ponce, Puerto Rico)

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in [Jersey] anymore.” This Jersey girl is definitely far from the Jersey shore these days. The beach I walk along nowadays holds promises of treasures to be found. I walk with my head down, seeking them as a bloodhound who has picked up a scent. I have filled jars and jars of sea glass in a rainbow of colors. I have decorated trays, boxes, and lamps with these tiny jewels, and smile when my eye catches a glimpse of them as I travel from the kitchen to the living room or the bathroom to the bedroom. You see, I have placed them all around me as reminders of what I almost missed…what almost got lost in the details.

Can you see the treasures in this photo?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward


It was a hot, blustery day and his penetrating gaze was making me even more uncomfortable. I saw him eyeing me the moment I arrived, but dismissed it as curiosity to see someone not of his kind around these parts. He dared to make eye contact with me, and I took that moment to take him in as well from his large eyes not seeming to miss a single detail to his leathery skin and slow manner. I spent the morning slowly wandering the neighborhood, his neighborhood, taking in every detail of his environment. I felt the heat scorch my skin with every calculated step I took as I tried to place a comfortable distance between us. I was definitely a foreigner in these parts, and not accustomed to his forward ways. No matter which path I took it wasn’t long before I felt a presence, and turned to find him mere steps behind me once again. Did his kind not understand the concept of personal space?  Every step forward took me down another path of beautiful scenery and a newfound appreciation for my strange follower’s home. There was a calm and beauty all around me, one only experienced when nature surrounds me. I got caught up in the scenery, only realizing he had closed the gap between us once it was too late. I panicked and dropped my purse. A true gentleman would have picked it up for me, but this was no gentleman. I reached for the bag, and as I rose I realized I couldn’t move. He had me caught in an animalistic embrace common to his kind. I was taken aback until I realized he meant no harm. His actions might have been quite forward of him, but he only meant to welcome me to his home…the zoo.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Resolved – Weekly Photo Challenge

Photo Credit: littlemisswordy

Photo Credit: littlemisswordy


I believe in fresh starts, new chapters, and clean slates. I believe January 1st is a great opportunity to once again put things in perspective and make both practical and totally unrealistic goals. Life can be harsh enough without us passing up an invitation to dream. Dream big and dream often because on occasion we surprise ourselves by slowly walking in the direction of those dreams and sometimes unbeknownst to us actually stepping onto the exact path that will make those dreams come true. You see, sometimes when we let ourselves dream, really let ourselves believe we can accomplish that dream, something crazy and unexpected happens. We do it! And the reward is just as sweet as the journey my friends. So don’t frown on your past mistakes or failures. Don’t beat yourself up for the unfinished projects or long forgotten fantasies. Don’t mock those who make their resolutions year after year, because resolutions are hopes, dreams, and goals and who’s to say January 1 isn’t as good as June 6 or September 21 for a resolution. There is no designated date or time to dream. It’s an unscheduled event which requires no invitation or appointment.

My resolve this year is to finally face my fears and hop in one of these kayaks. They’ve been mocking me for years as I walk past them. They pose, show their true colors and allow the light to hit them just so…inviting me to dream, daring me to hope, and strengthening my resolve that I will climb into their bright shells and drift closer to my goal.

P.S. If I haven’t posted in a few weeks, send out a search party.

What do you dare to resolve, hope or dream?

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunsets


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Let’s Be Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Sunsets

At the age of 2, he couldn’t grasp the concept of one day ending and another beginning. Every night we had a version of the same conversation always beginning with, “Mommy, when is it tomorrow?” Ever a mom, ever encouraging a good night’s sleep and rest for all, my standard response was always, “Well the sun goes down so it can be rested enough to shine on us again all day tomorrow. Once the sun wakes up and starts to shine, and starts to peek through your window, we know it is tomorrow.” Truth be told, I often followed it up with, “then and only then, should you get out of bed and wake mommy up” but I digress.

The above photo was taken on a little weekend getaway with a girlfriend at a time during which she was making some tough decisions regarding her future. I captured this photo at a spot that brings her peace of mind, a spot that fills her lungs and fills her soul. Life changing decisions can leave us paralyzed with fear…fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of being alone. And while there is hope in a rising sun, there is also something to be said for a sunset. Laying the past to rest, facing a new beginning, and the unfaltering assurance that the sun will again shine down on us tomorrow.