Phoneography Challenge ~ Nature in the Midwest


The recent trip I took back to a small part of Minnesota and Wisconsin filled my eyes with the beauty of nature there. Maybe everyday sights to some, but completely new to me; I think that going to a place you’ve never seen before re-opens your eyes anew. New people, new accents, new sights. I’m not sure what flower this is, I was thinking magnolia, but it’s not quite like the ones I’ve seen here in California.  I’ll be back next Monday with another photo of this flower in a more macro version, macro being the theme for the second Monday of the month at Lens and Pens by Sally.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Evening Edition Quick Shot


The Sunday Traveler returned recently from a whirlwind trip to America’s mid-west, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Returning home always seems to be filled with family obligations, and time to sort through photos seems to take a back seat to all else. So, for today, a quick shot of the Mississippi at twilight.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Intricacy Under the Hood


I am challenged when it comes to looking under the hood of a car. To me, this is the most intricate of work. I mean, all those tubes and hoses going who knows where.

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The Mississippi


The Mississippi at La Crosse, Wisconsin; photographed with a Samsung Galaxy at the evening’s golden hour. I never saw myself being there, but I was last week; and found a beautiful part of this country that I’m glad I discovered.

There are more wonderful mobile device photos on the blog, Lens and Pens by Sally.

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Take Me To The River


Down the walk and through the gate, I take my leave. To the Mississippi I go. To the river.

I’ll be gone for several days, returning refreshed, my soul cleansed, my feet to the ground.


Post title  from the song written by Al Green and Mabon Hodges

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Phoneography Challenge ~ Black and White Delicacy


A delicate pitcher seemingly out of place in this industrial looking scene. It was simply the angle from which I took the photo, in a restaurant that is anything but industrial.

More entries for this challenge can be found on Sally Donatello’s blog, Lens and Pens by Sally. 

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The Sunday Traveler ~ 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, in Cancun

Hop on the bus, Gus 010final

Slip out the back, Jack 043final

Make a new plan, Stan 057final

No need to be coy, Roy 054final

Just drop off the key, Lee 475final

“The problem is all inside your head”
She said to me
“The answer is easy if you
Take it logically
I’d like to help you in your struggle
To be free…”

Cancun, a wonderful place to set yourself free, live in the moment, and enjoy yourself.  But then, that’s how all travel should be. And if you have a difficult situation, now you know what to do.

Apologies to Paul Simon, who wrote the lyrics to the song that I’ve used to illustrate some of my photos from a trip to Cancun.  And just for the record, Mr. M. and I had a great time with no intention of making any new plans.

The Sunday Traveler will be out traveling in a few days, and will be absent next Sunday.

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Early Morning Light


The field down the road is in constant change, but nothing captures my eye so much as when the bales of hay sit in the field waiting to dry a bit before being loaded onto trucks to be taken away.  I took this photo one early morning because I knew the bales would be gone soon, and this would be my only opportunity to take photos for a few days.  I am not one to be out of the house of an early morning, but this was a wonderful experience. I might try it again some time.

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Passing By


Passing by glance

worlds unknown

stories never dreamed

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Phoneography Challenge ~ Macro In The Kitchen


Working in the kitchen preparing meals is usually a cascade of colors, in addition to the flavors and aromas coming forth. I paused only briefly to convert this sliced head of red cabbage in to monochrome. It seems to work, in my eyes, to bring out the detail of the convolutions of the packed leaves. It is amazing to me to think of how a cabbage grows and comes together like this, all tight in a ball.

For more on macro phoneography today, visit Lens and Pens by Sally for her entry, as well as others who have joined in.

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