etherial milkweed silk and seeds
robust vibrant life,
animated, growing, strong,
one day yields to death,
withering in transition
to be faithfully reborn.

copyright ©2015 Terry Boswell


milkweed pod, seeds, and silk
My response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition.

Orange and Green

Autumn chills the air
 arriving gray and rainy
  green yields bright orange

copyright ©2015 Terry boswell
Harriman State Park, Harriman, NY
Fall turns green to orange. Harriman State Park, Harriman, NY.
A vinyard in Taurasi, Italy.
Fall vineyard ablaze with bright red-orange. Taurasi, Italy.
Crystalline glaze vessel
A teal green crystalline glaze lidded vessel by my son Andrew Boswell set against the orange of aged brick. Sugar Loaf, NY.

This piece of crystalline glaze porcelain pottery was made by my son Andrew Boswell. To purchase this one-of-a-kind vessel, click the image below and visit This is another website of mine; the website of the family gallery that I manage in Sugar Loaf, NY.

I’ve just begun to develop an online shopping cart. Take a look and let me know what you think 🙂

Click to purchase.



You can find more of my orange and green themed images below. Click an image to begin a slide show.

This is my response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange and Green.

One Word Photo Challenge: Marsala

This is a vineyard in Taurasi, Italy, a village where one of my great-grandparents was born, in the province of Avellino.

I took the photo on a drizzly day in November of 2009. The grape leaves had turned color for the fall, all shades of Marsala; perfect for this photo challenge!

While I was sharpening the image a bit and viewing it at full size, I discovered, to my surprise, that I had caught a little dog in the shot! Perhaps you can still find him even though I have reduced the size of the photo for the internet…
It could be like a “Where’s Waldo” activity 🙂
A vinyard in Taurasi, Italy.

Thank you Jennifer for this One Word Photo Challenge: Marsala.

Photography 101: A Pop of Color

I couldn’t resist using this image for day eleven of Photography 101. The theme is A Pop of Color.

“Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.”

I took this photo before the theme was announced, but this pop of color is exactly what prompted me to pull the car over, get out, and take a photo this past Friday. When today’s theme was announced, I thought, “Perfect! Those leaves are YELLOW and I’m golden!” 🙂

Here are two versions of the same shot, one cropped more than the other. I think the second version features the yellow ginkgo leaves more prominently because it cuts some compositional clutter from the right of the photo. The first photo, however, showing more context, is more descriptive of Sugar Loaf, NY.

Which image do you prefer?
IMG_8715 2 candle shop ginko tree wm

IMG_8715 2 candle shop ginko tree crop wm

The Candle Shop, pictured above, has been a part of the Sugar Loaf community for over forty years. The hamlet is composed of a number of artists and craftspeople, galleries and shops, a few restaurants, firehouse, post office, an arts center and a performing arts center.

Our studio and small gallery/shop have been located in the hamlet for thirty-two years. I hesitate to put the link because I need to work on the website, but there you go. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

I had some fun carving these pumpkins last night. Tonight I’ll put them out on the front porch, all aglow and halloweeny, and hope for some trick-or-treaters. To pass the time while I wait, I’ll indulge in my yearly Halloween ritual since childhood, watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! 🙂



From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish Prayer

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
Of soft and golden hue
Pierce through the future’s veil and show
What fate now holds for you.
~Author Unknown

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Happy Halloween!


Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby. ~Ruth E. Renkel

Harriman State Park, Harriman, NY

This post is  my response to the photo challenge Dreamy. It’s also my belated response to the Blogging 101 assignment Try a New Posting Style. I decided to pair one of my photos with a quote. This isn’t stretching myself much, but it’s all I could muster these past several days to catch up a bit.

I wish I could have gotten out this weekend to photograph the fall foliage, but I was occupied working in our little gallery. It was quite busy because of a fall festival which ran Saturday, Sunday and the holiday Monday. It might have also been nice to stroll around town and photograph the crowd.  The festival-goers and leaf-peepers were out, but sadly I was not.  With my eyes wandering out the window and my mind drifting to fall color and this weeks photo challenge, I remembered this dance of light and shadow that I captured a couple of years ago. It was a fantastically bright day, rich with contrast. Standing in the shadows of the forest looking into the light, the landscape seemed a bit surreal and dreamy.

… And since this is the second time I have responded to the weekly photo challenge, I think I’ll make it a habit thereby completing another Blogging 101 assignment, Create a New Regular Feature. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week!