Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Footprints in The Sand


Walking the beach a couple of weeks ago I came upon these fascinating imprints in the sand; there were multiple. I’m just guessing they are from seaweed that was brought in with the tide, then pulled out again. If someone knows what they are from, I’d love to know. In the meantime, I’m just once again in awe of nature and the wonderful mystery that it can be.

For more on today’s mobile photography challenge on nature, visit Sally’s blog here.

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Mobile Photography Monday ~ We Do Not Stand Alone

sanctuaryman2The power of WordPress friendships has helped me return to sanity…and the old editor. Thanks to all of you who commented and helped me on my post Drying Vines. It was somehow a combination of two different versions of how to do it that worked.

Things are a bit rougher around the edges for me, and I’ll briefly update you here to let those of you who have read a previous post about my husband’s illness know that things have progressed, chemo has ceased to work, and palliative care and a hospice team have been brought on board. I hold myself together with the support of family and friends; and going out into nature with my camera. My husband and I are getting out as much as is possible right now. Living in the moment never meant as much to me as now.


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Bloggers Unite For Peace



There is no path to peace. Peace is the path ~Gandhi

The terror and atrocities that envelope the world today seems to have taken center stage. We must all unite to bring peace amongst each other, and to also realize that by spreading our love and creativity as a part of the good that still exists, we can unite in enveloping the world in beauty.

The following is taken from Uncle Spike’s blog. Please join bloggers from around the world to unite for peace.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Here are some ways to add your support to this message of peace:

1) Publish the following statement on your own blog
2) Post a link to Twitter and/or Facebook
3) Reblog this post or any post that replicates this statement
4) Request to be 
added to the signatory list below by adding a comment or mailing 

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Drying Vines

Well, I lied about the wordless part. It seems WordPress has sprung a surprise on the change of format in creating new posts. It had been awhile, and I guess since the last uproar died down, it was time to make another change. Ah, dear WordPress, you push us to the limits some days; or at least me, who is on a last nerve kind of place and trying to use my blog as a place of creative relaxation.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black and White on The Beach


A few days away in Monterey, California, to reflect, to remember that beauty abounds; to know that friendship is sitting close together and talking about the good times.

While Sally posts about Street Photography on her blog today, I chose Beach Photography. Is that like Street Photography, only on the beach?

iPhone 6 Plus, Camera+, using a tonal filter.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ The Sentries


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Macro Madness


A shot of color for a morning wake up. The slowly decaying marigolds from my Dia de Los Muertos altar making one last hurrah for a final moment of enjoyment. Image taken with an iPhone 6Plus, using Camera+, and one of its filters, Action.

Continuing on with a little editing play


and dialing it down just a bit, I used the iPhone app, Mextures, here.

Editing mobile photography is half the fun. For more entries in the challenge, click here

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Hidden


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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature Calls


Our recent relocation has placed us in a wonderful spot with nature that surrounds us, and calls to me. It’s all new, and I finally made a break for it yesterday afternoon to visit Round Valley Regional Preserve. This 1,911 acre preserve was once home to California Indians, and seemed to be a boundary between several different tribal groups. The open space is home to oak trees of different species, Manzanita, and a variety of other trees that are in their full glory in this late fall weather.  After parking my car and heading up one of the trails, I ran into one of the park security rangers who gave me a brief idea of the trails and their degree of ease or difficulty. I had on flip flops (go figure), so my visit was going to be brief with limited hiking. I had taken my camera out of hibernation, and with that around my neck and my phone in hand, I walked a short distance only. I’ll be back.


The light at around 2:30, with storm clouds coming up from the west, was incredible.


This was just a teaser visit. I can’t wait to get back, and it’s only ten minutes from where we live.


iPhone 6 Plus used, with Camera+. Thanks to Lens and Pens by Sally for this challenge that motivated me to get out there yesterday.

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Dia de Los Muertos ~ Celebrating Death


I first started seriously talking to my ancestors, long departed from this planet, as my mother lay dying in her hospital bed six years ago. In the hospital for several days, and her breathing becoming more and more difficult in spite of oxygen, rebreather masks, and nebulizer treatments, she clung to life. I could see the struggle, and my heart ached. I remember something somewhat similar with my father years before that. On what was to be the last day of her life, I took a break from her hospital bedside, going to a veranda off the cafeteria, shaded by huge leafy trees. Late January’s sun filtered through the trees, casting streams of shadows across the lawn. Birds winging their way in and out of the tree tops caught my eye, and it was then that I thought to call out to my ancestors. I called on them as I never had before, begging them to come for my mother, and take her home to where she would be at peace with them. I must have sat and stared at those tree tops, and those birds, for an hour, praying the hardest I have ever prayed in my life. I prayed to God, the Universe, the angels, but most of all to the ancestors, my abuelas (grandmothers), my tias (aunts), tios (uncles), my father and my brother. They took mercy and answered my prayers, taking my mother later that afternoon to be with them.

Today, on November 1st and tomorrow, the Mexican culture celebrates death, Dia de Los Muertos. Mexicans do not fear death, but embrace it, as a continuance of life on another plane. It is believed that on Dia de Los Muertos, the ancestor’s spirits return for a visit to this world. Mexicans decorate the graves of their departed loved ones, and create altars in their homes to honor those who have gone on to another world. The altars usually have photos of the ancestors, and foods that they liked when they were alive, and mementos that remind us of them. Marigolds are the flower used to decorate graves and altars during this time, the marigold is believed to attract the souls of the dead on this day.

My husband and I decided to make an altar this year, the first time we have done this. It makes us feel good to honor our family’s spirits, to remember the love we have for each other always. I talk to my departed ancestors every day, thanking them for the blessings and grace that they send me; I can  still feel their warm embraces.


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