Black and White Bench

This week’s entry for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CBWC) is any kind of seating. The following photos are from a 2014 camping trip with girlfriends and hike on the Ice Age Trail in northern Wisconsin. If you’d like to see the color version of the first photo and an accompanying poem, click HERE. From the Ice Age Trail Alliance: “More than 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin.Read more

Different Directions

“Life’s too much fun to have it go in just one direction.” ~Carly Rae Jepsen~ So it was during an eleven-day vacation that lasted through July 4th. Those days were spent lounging, biking, traveling, hiking, eating, shopping, imbibing and spending time with friends at a campground wedding. Many directions. For the sake of time and in the spirit of One-Liner Wednesday (which already makes this post too long), I will spare a good share of the details for possible futureRead more

Raindrops on Roses…

Today is not an especially good day, considering the head cold and subsequent stomach bug that began their visit on Tuesday. I’m feeling better, but not 100%. I’d rather be at work, getting the job done, enjoying a lunchtime walk on a sunny 78 degree day. Instead, while lounging in my pajamas, I have the ability to share what is a special day through a kaleidoscope of photos. I cannot choose one day in particular for this challenge, so I present a gallery ofRead more

Never Forget the Summer

In this week’s photo challenge, show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you. Never forget the summer. It’s memory is dear – biking, hiking, communing with nature. Picnics in the park, flowers on the balcony. The smell of grass and the glow of campfires, light up the soul and the landscape. The season warms the heart and makes us angrily sweat, then leaves in the blink of an eye. Never forget the summer, ever. lest you LOVE winter.Read more

Night Flames

What nocturnal photos do you like taking? Whether it’s a starry sky, a street lamp, or the shadows cast by your cat, share them with us. Your shot can be outdoors or indoors, blurry or crisp, overexposed or ominously dark. As every owl (and night owl) knows, nighttime is when the real action starts. During a July camping vacation, the camp fire was a must…whether it be for cooking tin-foiled, buttered potatoes and onions, sizzling a bratwurst, or for a relaxingRead more

The Differential Memoir

  Mom: Your dress is too short. Me: No it’s not. Mom: They are not wearing them that short. Me: Mom, mini skirts are “in”. Mom: You shouldn’t wear them that short. Me: *rolls eyes* This conversation happened somewhere around 1973 or 1974. I had signed up for Home Economics in high school in order to sew my own clothes and place the hem at the appropriate length…according to the groovy disco era. (Yes, I know, disco sucks. Except forRead more

Summer Love

What do I love to do in summer? Three vacation pictures tell the story. Hiking – Ice Age Trail Biking – Mariner’s Trail along Lake Michigan Camping – Dells of the Eau Claire RiverRead more

The Helium Chronicles

Let’s think beyond a single post written with a single focus, and lean toward the “weekly” part of “weekly writing challenge”: you’ll start your post today, but revisit and add to it over the next several days. MONDAY The sound of “helium” escapes from a Motorola cell phone. It’s a pleasant sound (in theory), one that manages to awaken a sleeping subject. This morning, at the start of the dreck that is called Monday, I dread helium as it officially signalsRead more

Pink Hat Lady

Pink Hat Lady sits Contemplation takes hold The pieces of her life in bits Visions crisp, clear, bold   Pink Hat Lady sits Her mom and poppa come to mind Precious song and humor in bits Memories only she can find   Pink Hat Lady sits Stillness in the rows of trees The quiet of gun-metal, bare bark in bits Simplicity of nature she sees   Pink Hat Lady sits Not wanting to move from this place The jigsaw puzzle of life in bitsRead more

Carefree x 2

Carefree – Cat Style: No job to go to, no bills to pay, no lack of sleep time. Carefree – Human Style: A week off from the job, the bills can wait, no lack of lounging by the campfire. Weekly Photo Challenge: Click here for more carefree posts.  Read more

A Time for the Senses

Daily Prompt: Opposite Day – If you normally write non-fiction, post a photo. If you normally post images, write fiction. If you normally write fiction, write a poem. If you normally write poetry, draw a picture. Sunshine, blue skis, blue water You fill my soul with your beauty Campfire, drifting smoke, brats, smores You make my eyes water and my tastebuds tingle Fishing boat, tackle box, lures You give me desire to fish Tent, picnic table, anti-gravity chair You areRead more

Mosquitos, Face Plants and Fish Hooks

Camping and fishing have their pitfalls. Serious pitfalls. The snares started when four women departed their vehicles on a Saturday evening to check out and choose a spot to park the camper and a couple of tents. Within an instant, a swarm of mosquitos descended, determined to suck the blood of every human in their path. The little flying demons did not care that the women were on an adventure of relaxation and respite – they were on a missionRead more