Cannon River in Minnesota

Monday, November 24, 2014

Snow What

It's amazing what a little rise in the temperatures can do!


"Snowflakes are one of life's most fragile things, but look what they can do when they stick together."

Snowstorm by Maurice de Vlaminck


Blow, blow, Ye Olde Nordeast wind
 winter's laughing breath 
 comes a blowing-
once again

 Trees rejoice
swinging in the breeze
dance, dance, dance-
You treetop comedienne

Snowflakes fall from heaven
cranking up ye olde merry tunes of joy
swallow your eggnog-
hang ten

You've got this wild winter wave
Joyfulness becomes you
share your Figgy Pudding
tune out ye olde weathermen

You don't like the weather
wear rose colored glasses
bury your nose in roses-
dance again

Let your eyes twinkle 
with mirth 
feel your hearts be filled with joy
scream Amen, dance again

Bow your hats to Mother Nature
try living up 
to her doyenne way of joy
and dance, dance, dance again!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Heavy Mental Lens

Grab your cameras and let's take another Scavenger Hunt Sunday together okay?

"You would have to be half mad to dream me up."
Lewis Carroll


Hello Mr. Turkey Man here- today we're celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner # 1 with all my children and their children.
Gobble, gobble, Gobble!

"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
  Lewis Carroll

But here's a look at my



Girl Scout Bowling for Mittens
Pizza and Bingo too!

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on until you come to the end: then stop."
Lewis Carroll


"Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lewis Carroll


Don't be caught by time 
Keep your own pace!

"Who in the world am I?  Ah, that's the great puzzle."
Lewis Carroll


Not a double take, just me Friday night, building memories of a busy day is exactly where I stand- right inside that looking glass!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Six Word Saturday - When Life

Has Gotten You Down-

You know the days I'm referring to.  Those dog days of summer not, but rather those totally blue, grey sort of days.  




Solution # 1  Share your toys!

Go fishing!

Take a road trip, with children- wait...?

Always have lots of chocolate on hand.

Solution:  If it's too cold outside, try this- Daily doses of extremely warm and sunny places here.

Remember, there's always a blog or two to brighten one's day!

You might want to try Cloudia's blog.

visiting dear Cloudia's lovely blog from Hawaii here, contributes a quick fix!  She calls it, "Your Daily Hawaii Vacation" just a click away.

I sure do hope you enjoy your weekend and that if you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a very merry and delicious, thankful day with friends and loved ones.

The Lean Mean Dating Machine-

The lean mean romance machine entails- a dose of Vehicular splendor?


Live from the dog groomers, love at first bark!

"How can I get her to notice me?"

Sometimes, our vehicles are best suited to be- love connections!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Fences - Hiding Winter

What you see can be misleading.  Why you ask? Even though winter has arrived where I live, that doesn't mean I'll flaunt it.  My belief is that winter and Christmas magic should never arrive before Thanksgiving. Ever! 

I shot the following fence photos in the hopes to hide any snow that surrounded them.  Except the last photo, which is precisely what my wintry world looks like!

Note:  Any and all, itsy bitsy white or glittery substance you may think you see, is simply, fairy dust!

Seriously, this next photo is how it should appear around here this time of the year.

But Mother Nature played a trick on Minnesotans this year and treated us to this instead.

Not that there isn't beauty in this freshly fallen white-stuff, it's just that it's likely to be here until spring of next year.  That's just too long a time to be sporting winter photos!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seeing is Believing

What do you classify as unique?

Unique Art Car Barn in Houston, Texas
Photo by Carol Highsmith

"Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy." - Karl Lagerfeld

Another unique capture for Highsmith is this

Small theme park in southern Virginia.

Now for a few of my captures-

I took this photo within a cemetery in Minneapolis.

Unique for me, is discovering the out of ordinary in an unexpected place, where one is drawn to pulling out their camera to capture the memory of it.
What a whale of an idea to plant this blue babe smack in the middle of a pond behind an old antique store, just miles from my house.
I bet you'd be hard pressed to guess exactly what I captured here?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vehicular Moments

Automobiles, transportation in general are a constant in most of our lives, in various ways.  We are, powerless without our wheels.

Interestingly enough, after searching for a vehicular photo for Carmi's Thematic Photographic theme, I realized each one had a story behind it!

Vehicular, powerful indeed.

How could I pass up the chance to shoot this?

This trucker had the Wells Fargo Stagecoach painted on his truck.

My favorite hunter!  Second year out.

Some stories better left untold!

Just last week from the streets of New Orleans!

Around the streets for the set of  N.C.I.S. New Orleans! (taken by my daughter)

Sometimes, our vehicles are banished for more important goings on!

Grab your camera!

So many vehicles are forever catching our attention!


Hey, I may look old, but I can still roll down the highway! Said the car to the little boy.

Last, but not least by any means at all!

Live from Wayzata, Minnesota.

My friend slowly but surely in a delicious, drinking fashion put this charming Isetta make-over together one wine bottle after another!  Yes, those are wine corks!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Mag - Just Drive. That is All.


So, come what may, upon that divided way. 
Never give up the wheel.


We have all met that one highway-urchin
On road or not.
Ripping through the veins of our day-
without so much as a 
road map.

Hairpin at the ready.

There are those willing 
to force your way.
Like bumper creepers
egging you on.
Ditch them now.

Press your pedal to the limit.

High gear your way.
Conquer your lane-
be steady
remain fearless.
Their urgency shall abate.
It's merely a test-
any how.

Driven is the way 
shifting road and life
of ups and downs.
U-turns and s-curves
 exits or no exit, twists and turns.
Lights upon our curves
are never ending-
until they are.

I know

My Life as a Super-Highway
charges my adrenaline
like nothing ever before.
Navigate your course 
as only you can.

Steer through that cloud of dust
and exhausting fumes-
and call it a wrap.

You've got this.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - On the lookout for

It's been too long a time since I've joined the hunt with Ashley and crew, so here's my scavenger hunt offering for this Sunday!


SALTY  -Enjoy every kiss!

Check out her nose!


SITTING  Hide your cookies!  Elves tend to grow bigger with every cookie you know.


You may seek it with thimbles-
and seek it with care;
You may hunt it in forks and hope;
You may threaten its life with a railway-share
You may charm it with smiles and hope-

Lewis Carroll

Just always remember, searching is half the fun.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Six Word Saturday - A Sneaky Selfie!

Sneaky is as the camera captures!


Can you tell I snapped myself?

20 Unexplained Photos that shouldn't exist.

(Highly suspect but hilarious just the same.)

Have you taken or do you know of unexplainable photos, time travel related or other eerie or unusual capture?

A few of my own oddities!


I shot this photo from our staircase leading into the leaving room.  Weird right?

On a visit to the Minnesota Zoo, shooting safely from behind glass, with four little munchkins in tow, and the chance to snap photos was at a minimum this is truly what occurred.

Oddly enough while shooting this adorable big guy- (and clearly the only bear in sight at the moment, really)

and also being pulled by my shirt tail....come on let's go..... I grudgingly moved on .....

To later arrive home to view my zoo photos, and discover this Photo Bomb ? (in truth not a ghost or anything out of the normal) right?!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Sea Walking

"There is one knows not what sweet
 mystery about this sea, whose gently
 awful stirrings seem to speak of some
 hidden soul beneath." 

-  Herman Melville

"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible." Oscar Wilde

Logically speaking-

What were they doing?

Often the truth behind folks walking through water is better left unanswered.

"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life.  Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity." - R. I. Fitzhenry

Just back from the river in time for their next show-

It does appear these two are up to something, doesn't it?

I believe without a doubt, it's better that we're kept in the dark, for now.

and until then-
Please return next week for

Why They Crossed the River Mystery

Or, was that really a rock hurtling through the air (like Marilyn suggested) toward our couple in the theme photo, or possibly a drone or spaceship?

to be continued next week -

Picking up again from the neighborhood shown below.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Good Fences - Verging Seasons Amongst Good Fences


We've been fortunate in my neck of the woods,
 and the weather has been better than ideal.
That has changed, presently it's 18 degrees here.


But just last week-

"Now is the time of the illuminated woods, 
every leaf glows like a tiny lamp; 
one walks through their lighted halls 
with a curious enjoyment."

- John Burroughs

Autumn has offered some of the loveliest days of the year-
many of us have been living 24/7 outdoors, well nearly all of us.

You can lay out the patio, alter their levels, for better views and place light posts for evening chats, if you please.  But you'll never be able to control the weather, and in a word, patio gardens across town are open to vast seating once again.  

Yes, that four letter word has taken control and modified most of the neighborhoods around here.

Welcome for now, another winter-wonderland moment, where even Lake Marion appears to be snowy.  It's still open water so far.
That will change.

"The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.  The great opportunity is where you are."
- John Burroughs

Attitude is everything.

So, in honor of winter being the featured season presently, I decided it was time to select my special Elf for this year.

ELVES On a Rope
Live from the 2014 ELVES Convention.

Who will be the winner?

(No elves were hurt for this production!)

Will the real Elf please jump down?

Could it be one of you this year?

By the way, that's genuine snow, on the lad in green.  It seems Alexander, (on the right) thought it was quite necessary to play in the snow.

I spy an intruder do you?

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" 
-Dr, Seuss

I'm thinking this will be our 2014 Elf of the year.
What do you think?

His pointed Elfish ears are just so adorable, and he sings.

Elf wisdom of the day-
Did you know, Elves apparently do not sleep but rather rest their minds with beautiful thoughts in reverie or looking at fair things?