Sunflower Field in Autumn

there is peaceful. there is wild. i am both at the same time. nayyirah waheed, “sum,” salt Today’s sunflower comes from my photographer friend Diane–midteacher on swap-bot. She continually inspires me with her beautifully crafted photos. For “Sunflower Field in Autumn” Diane tried a creation process she had just discovered.  For this project she: “gessoed” watercolor paper … Continue reading Sunflower Field in Autumn

Red Roses, Yellow Roses, and a Little Slice of Paradise

Recently–as in two months ago–my friend Kemi shared with me photos of the beautiful roses her husband gave her for their 21st anniversary. That reminded me! I hadn’t hosted a “roses” photography swap in quite some time. In fact, it had been four years since I hosted the “One Perfect Rose” swap on swap-bot . … Continue reading Red Roses, Yellow Roses, and a Little Slice of Paradise

4-4-4: Four Weeks, Four Topics, Four Notes

Building a snail mail relationship through (random) swapping isn’t always easy.  Quite frequently, I receive from or send to a person knowing we won’t hear from each other again until years later when one of us is randomly selected as the other’s partner again. In some cases, never. A couple of years ago I hosted a four-week, four notes photography swap to deal … Continue reading 4-4-4: Four Weeks, Four Topics, Four Notes

Discovering Spring in a Pretty Purple Pansy

Although we’ve had consistently warmer temperatures for the last week or so, spring has not actually sprung here in Northern Alabama.  I’ve been waiting a bit impatiently for the blossoms to fully appear, but it seems the temperamental winter we’ve had has made our early spring less brilliant than usual. We’re not the only ones experiencing … Continue reading Discovering Spring in a Pretty Purple Pansy

Abandoned…

While traveling around Northern Alabama, I encounter many abandoned buildings–homes, businesses, barns.  Some of the buildings obviously lack love and care, and passersby watch them slowly fall to pieces. It seems time stands still for some other buildings since there are no visible signs of neglect (other than overgrown grass and bushes). I often wonder why these … Continue reading Abandoned…