In between time

In autumn, a week before we turn clocks back an hour, evening light is brief. Working outside I face blinding rays of setting sun.  Finally, after the sun sinks below the horizon, there is a pleasant surprise.

Best evening light

when sun has finally set

slow fade to darkness


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Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 “Life is Beautiful”

Sunset path


Today I tried out a new challenge, Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge hosted by Doug of Elusive Trope.  Gazing at words offered by the Magnetic Poetry nature kit and my photo of a recent sunset, I came up with this:



through wild summer,

behold shine and wither,

let squirrel, insect rustle there,

make light.

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Second takes for weekly photo challenge

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

— Oscar Wilde

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is an interesting one:

Artists are inspired by and capture the world around us: sculptors immortalize people with statues; painters record events in their masterpieces. What about the other way around? For this week’s theme, find inspiration in a piece of art, and go further: imitate it. Here are some ideas:

  • Reenact a painting. …
  • Take a new version of one of your photos. Re-create your own work. Same subject, same scene, same angle. (In your post, show or link to the original one!)
  • Imitate a sculpture, …


Today I ventured out in minus 20 degrees C, without tech gloves, and tried to recreate the scenes in earlier photos.  The results are far from ‘perfect’, but the process was fun and something I will undoubtedly try again. These are the two previously posted pictures that inspired today’s photo shoot:


Following are the two ‘imitations’ (not quite) that I took on February 13, 2016:





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Rose layers light the sky


Darkened trees,
branches reach upwards,
mottled rose
lights the sky,
snow-laden billows ascend
relieving my gloom.

Second response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge: ‘Shadorma’ A Shadorma is a six-line poem using a syllable count of 3-5-3-3-7-5.  This shadorma has only one stanza, but the number of stanzas is unlimited for this form.

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Gazing at sunset sky–a poem

The other day I wrote a circular poem about gazing at a sunset and seeing a cloud arrow.  There were aspects of that experience that I didn’t manage to capture, so this is ‘take 2’ using another form called a ‘troiku’

A troiku starts with a base haiku, followed by three more, each starting with a line from the base poem.  You can read about how the troiku originated in the launch post by  Chevrèfeuille.

Sunset captivates,
Mind surrenders in awe,
Cloud paintings drift by.

Sunset captivates,
Calls me to view its display,
Flashing red on grey.

Mind surrenders in awe,
A moment of oneness unfolds,
Into joy's gentle caress.

Cloud paintings drift by,
A mysterious arrow
Slowly disappears.

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