Photo101: Weekend Gallery

We are experiencing crazy weather this weekend. During the week, the temperatures were in the 80s, but today we are in the cold, dreary 40s of winter. So, not having a lot of light to play with, and with the grandkids running around, I found these in my archives to share with you.

I took these photos while on a recent cruise around the British Isles:


These were taken as the ship cruised into the port city of Cobh, Ireland


sun just coming up as we cruise into port


Morning sun on the houses overlooking the harbor.


Blue skies at midmorning


No shadows at midday


The golden light of late afternoon



Daily Prompt: Staying in Focus: Cool and Green and Shady

Daily Prompt:Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.

When I look out my back window, what I see is green. It has been a hot summer so far here in North Carolina, with most days reaching the nineties, but we have also had a good amount of rain, courtesy of some large and noisy evening thunderstorms. On July first, we went to see the Rolling Stones in an outdoor stadium, and, thankfully, it was the only night that week we didn’t have an evening shower.

In addition to green, it is the golden hour as I write this, and the sun is bathing the bushes and trees with a golden glow. I love this time of day in the summer. The slanting rays of sun add a Midas touch to the world outside my window. The light is gentler, less intense than at noon, and softer, lacking the clarity of morning light.  It heralds the end of a busy day, a relaxing time to sit and sip lemonade, listen to the sounds of evening, the song of insects, the sounds of the chickadees as they flit about ready to settle down for evening’s rest.

Here is my backyard:

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Daily Prompt :Staying in Focus: The Golden Hour

Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

The golden hour for me is that moment the sun reappears over the horizon in the morning. That slow spread of light, washing away the dark of night heralds the promise of a new day, as yet unwritten and unblemished, open to new possibilities and opportunities. The sun brings both light and warmth, awakens the birds to sing their greeting, and unveils the world, recently in shadow, now sparkling with morning dew. As the sun rises, it sends sunbeams dancing through my room. My golden hour is one of affirmation and resolve.  The doubts and failures of yesterday are forgotten in light of the promise of today.  As I am writing this, the sun has been battling the clouds this morning, and just now  it has found its way through, lighting my autumn dressed maple with its golden touch.

Every morning is golden, every day is a gift, a new beginning and an invitation to enjoy and celebrate all the special moments this day will bring.IMG_2432IMG_2431IMG_2435

Some of my golden hour photos:


sunrise off the coast of England


the sun ignites icy trees on a morning in Virginia

morning on Lake Echo, Marshall's Creek Pennsylvania

morning on Lake Echo,
Marshall’s Creek ,Pennsylvania

Sunrise off the coast of Alaska

Sunrise off the coast of Alaska

Staying in Focus: Accentuate the Positive

One of my Facebook friends posted the following quote today:

If you cannot be positive,

then at least be quiet. – Joel Osteen

No truer words can be spoken  with so much negative news in the world today. What, I wonder, would it be like to call a moratorium on negativity for just  one day. I’m not talking scenes from Bambi, with the bunnies hopping and the birds singing, although if the negative voices were silenced, we could actually hear the birds singing.  Imagine waking up to news about only positive things, people helping people rather than shooting them.  People facing their challenges with an “I can beat this ” attitude. A government working for the people rather than holding them hostage to overblown egos and petty rivalries. You know the news has gone way over on the negativity meter when you find yourself looking forward to the “Tech Byte” section.

My non – negativity day would begin with a news report about the weather (sunny, temps around 70) traffic (no problems), stories on researchers working to cure disease, interviews with people who enjoy their jobs and do them well – teachers, nurses, UPS delivery persons, that nice woman who greets you as you enter a store or restaurant, you know, the rank and file that keep this country moving despite the inanity in Washington, which of course would not be in the news unless it was to report a government now fully operational and back in control of its senses. But let’s not lose our grip on reality completely.

On this day I would call my mom to see how she is doing, a 90-year-old woman fighting cancer for a second time, happy for each day she is given . People really like my mom because she likes people. She always greets people with a smile or a hug.  The doctors are amazed by her tenacity and good spirits, the people at the grocery store greet her by name, as do the ladies at the hair salon  which we know she will return to soon, as her hair is growing back! Surely  a positive thing. I would and will today check on my friend, Debbi, who is almost halfway through her chemo treatments for breast cancer. Debbi is another light in the positive realm, knowing she just has to do what she has to do and refusing to let it dim her bright spirit and sense of humor. Keep that light shining, Deb! And my little bro, beginning his treatments this week for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is facing it, I know, with his irrepressible humor. These people in my life inspire me in my journey with Parkinson’s disease, refusing to let a negative experience  rob them of their positive views on life and living.

I would take the time on this day of positives to note the bright sunlight streaming through my study window. We haven’t seen the sun in almost a week, but now the sunbeams are filling my room with morning light. I’ll take time to  sit in my chair and think positive thoughts, enjoying my quiet home and perhaps some oatmeal for breakfast.  I will positively do my exercises (2 mile walk, yoga ), work on my book, and publish this post. Then it will be time to welcome home my husband, Bill, the most positive time of the day.  Life is such a gift, we ought not to let the negativity weigh us down and rob us of its delights. We need to make an effort to accentuate the positives and  ignore or eliminate the negatives. And if we can’t do that, then we at least can be quiet.