Rain on Window

Rainy Window

We never know what the early morning will bring us.  There are always new ways of looking at light and colors through the camera lens.  I took this image with a Canon T4i in the wee hours of the morning attempting to capture the unique pattern of the rain drops on the window.

 

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Daily Prompt: I Am Alice

Daily Prompt: Predictions.

There are 344 days remaining in the year. Describe what you’d like to be doing on day 211. (Hint: that’s July 30th.)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us the FUTURE.

Moon Over RaleighA friend of mine recently got a new Nikon camera and we started giving each other photo assignments to get acquainted with the features of our camera and also to get out of our comfort zone.  We are currently working on capturing photos of the moon, so somehow the topic of the  future and this moon photo seem to be appropriate for this post.

What will I be doing on July 3oth?  In the morning I will most likely be in my office sitting Indian style drinking my flavor induced coffee pondering what rabbit hole I will fall into.  I have a lot to say about chasing rabbit holes.  I even announced to a friend at my day “job” that I wanted my nickname to be Alice and would she start referring to me as that to see if it would catch on.  She just shook her head at me with a big grin on her face.

I suppose Alice was going on adventures, but maybe she was going into the future or at least an alternative future.  Much like Alice I am very, very curious.  I ponder many things and ask a lot of questions.  I also am learning to be “okay” and open with the wide array of people’s communication styles.  I should know as I deal with a lot of said styles!  Notice too that Alice  had to deal with similar situations in dealing with all her encounters and characters.  That brings me back to the future post.

As I don’t have vacation scheduled during this time and it is Monday, so I suppose I will be researching or daydreaming about my actual vacation to Australia.  It’s possible that I will be researching business solutions that I need to figure out for work.  Maybe I’ll be creating another post on my Word Press?!

My hopes, like most of us, is that I will be healthy and not dealing with any major issues.

I will end with my famous “Ta Da!” statement.  Hey, it got a lot of laughs from my Aussie friend in Turkey as rugs were being twirled in the air , while being served alcohol to help loosen us up to make a multi thousand dollar rug purchase – NOT!!

Anyway, those are my Predictions for the Future!

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Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

Daily Prompt: Simply the Best.

My BestWhen and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?

My best thinking typically occurs when I finally force myself to get up from my desk and walk around.  By this time I’ve maxed out my brain cells and its time to get some air.

Maybe it’s because I’m not  surrounded by a mountain of paperwork or all the electronics that seem to be blinking and ringing, just begging for my attention.

I think life use to be a tad simpler back in the day.  My nieces and nephews look at me with a twisted face when I tell them that we use to be chained to a cord in the kitchen and typed on an electronic typewriter.  So I’d venture to say that maybe it is all the distractions that lead me to walk away and try to be my best.

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Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy

Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy.
What does “happiness” look like to you?

happinessBack in the day, my youngest niece would happily hand me her recent creations and I would joyfully post them on my wall at work.

In searching through my photo database to find a image that might represent happiness, I was struck immediately by this photo I had taken at work.  The first thing that jumped out at me was the happiness on Mr. Pumpkin’s face, which made me smile.  Then following that I realized that it was created by my niece and how much joy it had brought me at work while looking at it during the day.

As I continue to reflect back on my life, it continues to amaze me how it is always the little things in life that can truly make you happy such as;  the beaming smile of a young child sharing their creation with you.

I think we can all learn a lesson in life that happiness is where you choose to find it and when you do, display it proudly.

 

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Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare

Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare.
Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?

honesty

“You can’t handle the truth.”

Under my Favorite Quotes on my Facebook page I have the following two-line items listed:

“You can’t handle the truth!” – Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men

“You can’t handle the tooth” – Jamie Foxx, In Living Color

The first quote I can totally relate to and have realized that this is usually the case.  The second quote is just so funny I couldn’t resist adding it.

I was raised in up state New York, and quite frankly it never occurred to me to be any other way.  Does that mean all northerners are direct, probably not – but more times than not it appears to be the case.

My father taught me to say what I mean and be direct and honest.   I always respected him for that and realized that over time what he was saying was the truth or exactly how he perceived it.   I never had to wonder with him and it was a comfortable feeling.  Many years later and currently living in the south, things have changed drastically.

I’d say career wise, it’s more of deciding who your audience is and prepping them or giving them the decision on how they’d like my response.  I’ll admit that I think I got hired once because I said, “When you ask me a question, I’m going to ask if you want me to be honest or I can tell you what you want to hear, but that is your decision.”

It can also depend on what your intentions are behind the statement.  All I can say is that it’s best to think before you speak and timing is everything.

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Daily Prompt: Progress

Daily Prompt: Progress.
When you look back at your blog on January 2, 2015, what would you like to see?

Progress

Click on image to view Grand Canyon National Park.

When I look back in 2015, I would like to see that I continued to make progress toward using my photos for various purposes and outlets allowing me to be creative.

This photo was taken last month while driving on Route 17 heading to the Grand Canyon  This trip was about progress in that I wanted to purposefully take photos the entire time, while learning to use the features of my new camera.

My day job keeps me technically challenged, but my spirits lift and I have a sense of calm when I’m taking photographs of this wonderful wide world that we live in.

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Daily Prompt: Do you Believe in Magic?

Daily Prompt: Do you Believe in Magic?
Objective:  You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?

Moon over Carefree HighwayIn answer to the question, no – I do not believe in magic.  What I do believe in is the ability to have blind faith you can make a difference in the world.

New Years 2013 was but a mere hour away on the east coast of the USA.  I had fallen asleep earlier that evening and amazingly woke up at 11:00 pm.  My first reaction was to pack it in and go crawl into my comfy bed.  Remembering that my neighbors had asked me to join them, I tried to talk myself into putting something comfortable  on and stroll across the street.  As I peered out the front bay window, I  didn’t see their holiday lights on and noticed some cars were missing.  How odd, maybe they aren’t there?  Maybe I should just stay  home!

Needless to say, I strolled through the kitchen and saw my non-alcoholic sparkling soda sitting there and thought that it wasn’t going to get opened or shared if I didn’t participate.  Partake in the festivities I told myself.  Thirty minutes later out into the cold winter air I went.

As I walked down the driveway, the husband was sitting to the side of the driveway around a camp fire, alone.  What’s this all about I wondered.  I inquired as to where his better half was and I was instructed to go inside.  As I walked into the home, I quickly looked to the left and say their young grand-daughter smiling at me from across the room.  The better half was fast asleep was buried underneath the covers in her bed and wearing the pajamas I had given her as a gift a few days prior.  I gently poked at her arm and she woke up.

Needless to say, we all ended up in the living room with the television on watching the local First Night in our fair city.  As usual, there was much chatter amongst us and once again we got on the topic of politics.  Groan, groan and more groan.  Can we please talk about something else I thought.  Then I remembered something I heard recently about diffusing a situation and just made a blanket statement and said, “I’m just not into that topic”.  Not knowing what the repercussions would be, I considered running away to escape the situation, but then thought I would stay and see if the conversation would change.  Much to my delight, the other half pipes up and starts talking about work.  On and on she goes about all her struggles and challenges.  Her job is fairly new, so I was interested in what exactly she was doing in her role.  Suddenly she mentions that she needs to hire people ASAP for a long-term project.  Interesting?!  I inquired as to some of the qualifications and remembered just that day I had talked to a friend that was looking for work.  Is this possible there could be a match here?  I asked if he could call her directly and she happily agreed.

So what’s all this blind faith about?  Earlier that day I had listened to my friend talk about their entire employment history.  I kept thinking to myself, do I really need to hear all these details and how is it possible that I would ever be in a position to help you?  My caring  tried to figure an escape route.  What ended up coming out was, “I just can’t relate to what you’re going through”.  I had to get off the phone, I needed my nap, but didn’t want to look like I didn’t care.  I did care, but my queue was full.  I plunged ahead and announced I must get off the phone.

Back to party land USA above!  While my friend smiled at me and told me I could tell him to call her the next business day, I grabbed my iPhone and quickly sent off an email with all her contact information  in hopes he would wake up to a fresh start in 2014.

Was it magic or was it blind faith that I could actually make a difference in someone’s life?

In conclusion, my dear old dad  was such a great listener and what I loved about him was his ability to collect friends from such a wide spectrum.   I think it’s because he listened.   I hope his kindness to others has  rubbed off me enough so that I might be able to help others out when they least expect it.

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