Monthly Archives: July 2013


Wordless Wednesday


Semi Silent Sunday, Belatedly

Thunderheads20130728(Because by the time we got home yesterday from our short vacation, we were in the heart of the storm these thunderheads promised. Eight inches of rain. In one day. Plus plenty of lightning, so I left my computer safely powered off till this morning.)


Wordless Wednesday – July 24, 2013


Travel theme – Tilted

Ailsa has some wonderful photos this week of things that are askew and off-balance and tilted. I don’t have nearly as much to contribute to this week’s theme, but here’s a photo I took almost exactly four years ago on a visit to Washington D.C.

TiltedWhatIsIt_DC2009Back then, this piece was on display near one of the many sections of the Smithsonian. It’s a huge version of something that used to be very common, but nobody uses them any more. Do you recognize it?

Friday Fictioneers: Hot Day

Friday Fictioneers again! And the Internet blossoms with another crop of 100 word (more or less) stories based on the latest photo prompt chosen by the one and only Rochelle Wisoff-Fields…please let me know what you think of mine:

anelephantcantHot Day

Lazy summer Saturday, friends relaxing at the cafe.

“That bike’s been here hours. Wonder where the owner got to?”

“It’s too hot to bike. Maybe they took a taxi.”

“Nah. An ambulance. Heatstroke.”

“No, a bike messenger rode it here, and got a call to deliver something way across town, so he quit on the spot.”

“No. The girl that owns it? She met Prince Charming, and he carried her off on his white horse.”

“His white Ferrari. With air.”

A waiter shed his apron, unlocked the bike, and rode away. “Well, that’s boring.”

“Yeah. See, that’s not really a bike. It’s an alien in disguise. That poor guy’s being abducted.”

“No, what’s really happening…”

Travel theme – Simplicity

Ailsa’s theme this week? Simple: pictures simply illustrating “simplicity”.

Some creatures are naturally simple.

SimplicityWilliamsburgChickensChickens are pretty straightforward – if it looks tasty, peck at it. Nothing complicated to see here.

And then there are sights that have been artfully pared down to simplify what we see.

SimplicityBarnesJust about to enter the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Inside? Almost the opposite of this image; room after room crowded with art, mostly French Impressionists. I never realized how many, many, many pictures Renoir painted until we toured the Barnes last summer.

But the history of the Barnes and its founder is much too complicated to explain here.

Silent Sunday – July 14, 2013