Blissful Reward!

Swirling, twirling acrobats,

leaping long and










snatch a bit of seed.

Darting, daring, leap once more,

swirl and twirl and snatch again,

furry fingers fly.

Hugging, holding, griping fast,

up over down








Moving muscle rewarded,


full belly in winter.

Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward,” and to the Photography 101 prompt “Bliss.”

This is also my second post for the Five Days Challenge. I was invited by Amy, from Snapshots, Snippets and Scribbles, to participate in the Five Days Challenge, asked to post five photos, one per day for five days, and to write a story to go with each photo. For each day that we post we are supposed to invite one person to participate.

Today I’m inviting  Robin,  from Robin’s Real Life. To participate, post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. Your story can be fiction or non-fiction. It can be a short paragraph, a page, or a poem. Each day, please select one person to carry on the challenge. The challenge is not mandatory and can be refused. Hope you accept and have some fun with this!

One Word Photo Challenge: Bittersweet

I took this photo a few years ago and thought of it for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bittersweet. Does anyone know what kind of flower it is?
(Update February 28, 2015 – It’s a Begonia! After a little bit of dialogue, this was confirmed by MyFoodAndFlowers. Scroll down to the comments to see photos that include the leaves and stems.)

Thank you Jennifer for the challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”

Here are two versions of this photo: cropped to reflect todays theme, and un-cropped as a comparison…

Withered winter berry, cropped, 2015.
Withered winter berry, cropped, 2015.
Withered winter berry, un-cropped, 2015.
Withered winter berry, un-cropped, 2015.

Click on the image to see it larger.


Words and pictures
copyright © Terry Boswell


Writing 201: Fog

“Day 5 is upon us: clear your foggy mind, embrace absence, and paint with words.”

The poetry prompt for day five of Writing 201 is “fog.”
The form is “elegy.”
The device is “metaphor.”

Being visually oriented I headed straight to my photo archives to give me inspiration for today’s poetry prompt. I had been out taking pictures on a foggy winter’s day a couple of weeks ago. It was fairly clear in some places but quite thick with fog in others. The mountains/hills in the background of the first photo are totally obscured.

The first words that leaked out of my brain formed a haiku…

Winter’s frozen breath
hangs suspended over snow
whispering, “Hush now.”

Then another poem formed in my mind, but it wasn’t elegy…

Winter’s frozen breath, thick, suspended,
whispers, “Hush now. Sleep.”
Earth’s deep white blanket envelopes all,
Tucked-in tree and leaf.

Finally I came up with something that perhaps resembles elegy with its characteristic sense of loss…

Summer lies smothered by a heavy white quilt,
Her breath suspended frozen and thick.

Awaiting the arrival of spring mournfully
Forced to relinquish all that is past.

Each bud that was born, each flower that had bloomed,
Each leaf, each tender blade of grass,

Relentlessly shivered and silenced, withered, now gone,
Wrenched from Summer’s weakening grasp.

New buds to birth, new flowers to bloom, fresh and unfamiliar,
Forced to embrace all that is new causing fear and apprehension.


Although I’m enjoying stretching myself, all of these Writing 201: Poetry challenges confirm that, for me at least, pictures are so much easier than words!



Writing 201: Journey … And Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

“On the menu today: Journeys, limericks, and alliteration.”

Winter White Woods. Warwick, NY.

Limericks are simply silly. Here’s my effort with alliteration included 🙂 …


Wandering through the winter white wood,

contemplating each would and each could,

I happened to spy

a signpost. Oh my!

It became clear which way I should.

This post is also a response to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. Thank you Cee for the inspiration! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Wallkill River
Serenity on the Wallkill River, 2008.

“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Photography 101: Synopsis

Photography 101 has come to a close. Perhaps I’ll revisit some of the themes, particularly the optional weekend themes I was unable to do during the event, but for now I’d like to simply post this gallery as a synopsis. All of the included photos were a direct response to the themes presented in Photography 101.

Thank you to everyone at WordPress and to all who participated with comments and likes. It was a great opportunity for growth and a very enjoyable four weeks!