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Was it a tribute to lost love, complete madness, or savvy entrepreneurship? In the Miami of the 1920s, a diminutive Lithuanian immigrant named Ed Leedskalnin worked alone and in secret for 20 years to build a massive stone tribute to the love he lost.  Or at least that the widely known legend.  Defying the obvious laws of nature he did most of his work at night to carve and place these huge… Read More

growing – crowded – tangled – exuberant – comfortable  This is what makes photo challenges so much fun – looking at an archive from a different perspective. My offerings are as diverse as the chosen topics, selected to match each of the descriptive words above: GROWING CROWDED TANGLED EXUBERANT COMFORTABLE    

For years my husband has been picking up feathers for me. I don’t know what it is I love so much about them, I just know I do. In Florida, he finds a lot of peacock feathers, but here in North Carolina, it’s usually turkey feathers. As it turns out, our cat, Pippi, also loves feathers, so I’ve had to keep them far out of reach from frisky paws. For as long… Read More

First, let me tell you four super-women how much I enjoyed learning more about each of you, and how you all connected, courtesy of the great interview on TCHistorygal.net  I am awed by the sensational talents each of you displays. This was a tough topic. I don’t feel like I have been particularly creative during this odd time during Covid. Busy, yes. Productive, I’m not so sure. Like many, when we were… Read More

One thing about this time of Covid-19 – I have time to catch up on some shows I wanted to watch. Top of my list, Game of Thrones and I have just finished season 7 (of 8). Faced with the difficult task of selecting photos for this challenge, the incredible sets and scenery in Game of Thrones were lurking in my subconscious, pushing me towards Dubrovnik, site of King’s Landing scenes and… Read More

Mountains are my sanctuary, specifically, the enveloping cool, green, coziness of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. Each visit I feel my blood pressure lowering as a calmness washes over me. I love the cool crisp air, sounds of a running stream, clouds that lay low in between the valleys and peaks (thus the name, Smoky Mountains), the bright blue skies of fall against the vivid colors of the… Read More

My first winter in college, away from my coastal upbringing was an eye-opener. Living in the cold, monochromatic climate brought home the words of Thomas Wolfe in Look Homeward Angel when he described the “bleak bare prison of the hills.” Well that was then and this is now and I’ve developed a whole new perspective. I’m always excited by the sight of snow in any amount, even flurries are a thrill. And,… Read More

Pumpkins, leaves turning colors, and more pumpkins. Fall is a wonderful, cozy time of year. And let’s not forget SEC football (who knows what this year’s fall season will look like).

In Miami’s sub-tropical weather spring is barely noticeable, that is until you hit the summer heat. Coming to the mountains in the spring is like a right of passage for us. I think my favorite sign, is the beautiful peonies that are gone way too soon.   Other indications are sightings of baby animals (groundhogs here), the first bird nests and hatchlings, elegant blooms such as iris and clematis, and the return of… Read More

I am super behind on this month’s seasonal photo challenges, but I figure better late than never. Nothing says summer to me like the lifeguard stands on Miami Beach, among my most favorite photo subjects. Sunny or cloudy it’s great to just people and wave-watch. I love to walk along the “boardwalk” with a camera in hand. I have boardwalk in quotes because part is paved. Of course, we are missing all… Read More

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