A View Of Sugar Loaf Mountain And The Seligmann Center

Last week I took a walk over to the Seligmann Center for the Arts, shown here to the left of the road, and caught sight of Sugar Loaf Mountain as the sun set, still bright with light compared to the shadow that I was standing in.

My response to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #8 and the Photography 101 prompt “Street”

Love In Ten Sentences and Home

I was selected by both Jane from Making It Write and Krissy from Kneal1Poetry to write something for the “Love in Ten Sentences” event. If you haven’t visited Jane’s or Krissy’s blog, you should take a look. They are both unique and gifted poets/writers, much better than photographer me! 🙂

This post is also a response to today’s Photography 101 prompt, “home.” Home is where the heart is, and the hearts in the photo below are part of a collection in my home.

… OK. Ten lines, four words each, each line including the word love, and then include a favorite love quote… let’s see how I do…

Love’s gentle breath whispers.
Love tickles with delight.
Love cradles and caresses.
Love lights darkest night.
Patiently devoted, love listens.
Loyally steadfast, love sustains.
Love’s eyes brightly glisten.
Love warms away pain.
Love’s heart flutters joyful
seeing the one loved.

Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

Home Stone Hearts

And the quote I’m sharing is by Paulo Coelho, taken from The Alchemist.

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

I’m inviting the following talented blogger/poets to share their thoughts on love! …

Veronica – Simply Snapshots

Ruby – The Mind Junkyard

Akleneth – Scraps of Paper

Ray – Haiku Journey

Jeanne – The Exceptional Everyday

Amy – Snapshots, Snippets and Scribbles

Rashida – 876LoveR 

Suzanne – CoolBreezeInTheMountains

DM Shepherd – Roaming at Large

Vagarious Voyage

Sandra – In Love With Words 

Maria – Randomly Abstract 

No worries if you don’t want to participate, but if you would like to share your thoughts on love,

make a post titled Love In Ten Sentences.

use ten lines,

four words in each line,

include the word love in each line.

and add your favourite quote on love.

Then list and contact ten or so bloggers to share their thoughts on love.

Include links to their blog and instructions on how to participate.

And have fun sharing the love!

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!

Photography 101: Triumph

Friday was day twenty, of Photography 101. The theme, Triumph.

“Today, let’s bump up the contrast for a bold take on triumph… Tip: Triumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.”

triumphant first snow

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”  ~J. B. Priestley

I took this photo on Wednesday after the first snowfall of this year. It came immediately to mind for Friday’s theme. I remembered being blinded by a blanket of white with a skeleton of dark branches and hills protruding from it while framing my shots. Nature was triumphant in her presentation of contrast!

This was the last theme for Photography 101. I have enjoyed it immensely and feel I have grown as, I hesitate to say it, a photographer. The commitment to take and edit photos every day created the paradigm of practice, and the daily prompts, tips and comments from fellow participants and presenters were all helpful.

I’m hoping to post a  gallery of images in the next day or two as a synopsis of my participation in Photography 101.  At some point, I would also like to revisit and complete the optional weekend assignments which I was unable to do during the event.

Sending out a big thank you to all involved and looking forward to seeing everyone’s future photos!


Photography 101: Double

The theme for day nineteen, Thanksgiving Day, of  Photography 101 was Double.

“Today, you and your camera are seeing double… Your twin sisters. Your neighbor’s two poodles. Your vision during a dizzy spell. Your doppelgänger. Double can be interpreted in many ways.”

What to do, what to do…? I thought about photographing the two turkeys I had cooked, but the logistics of doing that while serving over twenty people was daunting. Hmmm…

… There were a few of these left over after our Thanksgiving feast.


In setting this up I realized I could have used it for day seventeen’s theme Glass. I propped the blue glass bowl up on a water-glass, lit it from below as well as from above, and positioned the clementines. I love the combination of the complementary colors blue and orange, and am pretty pleased with the colorful reflective results.

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!


Pup on the Roof … or Photography 101: Edge

I was delighted to get this shot! I had finished photographing the Old School Baptist Church for the theme Landmark, and had turned to walk back to my car. There In the misty grayness of the day, across the street, I spotted this little guy. Pup on the roof! 🙂
IMG-8639-2-pup-on-a-roof-wm I decided to use this as my response to the prompt for day eighteen of Photography 101, Edge.

“Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned… show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.”

The photo is full of lines and edges. I chose to straighten it to the underside of the porch roof.

… And just because I can’t help myself, I’m including this… James Taylor singing Up on the Roof. 🙂

Photography 101: Treasure

Day sixteen of photography 101 has come and gone. I’m a few days late with my response to the theme Treasure, but here it is.

When I die, someone will go through the stuff I leave behind and wonder why I have quantities of stones and shells, feathers and twigs, and other bits of this and that. Perhaps it was the shape, texture, color, or the memory attached to it, that prompted me to tuck each one in my pocket and bring it home. Some were gifts given by friends who understand my quirks, passing-on to me a shape or color they thought I would like. Some were given as a way to share a special journey, trip, or vacation. Each one is a treasure to me, but most likely meaningless to someone else.

I used the activity of taking this photo, processing it and now posting it as a way to take a break from cleaning my very messy home! Preparing for our yearly Thanksgiving feast and twenty-some guests has occupied most of my time this week and will occupy more. There’s still much to do…

So what am doing right now, this moment? I’m wondering… To crop or not to crop?

IMG_9185 2 pebbles printers tray crop wm
IMG_9185 2 pebbles printers tray wm

Upon viewing this on the computer screen, the right side of the photo seems superfluous to me, so I think the cropped version is better. What do you think? I’ll check back for your response when I feel the need to procrastinate a little bit more to avoid cleaning 😉

Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

Balance, a goal to be achieved, a state to dwell in.

In my yard, at the beach, and on hikes, I make these stacks of stones. The creation of each one a meditation on balance, a practice of centering mind and sprit. This one currently sits on my back porch.


“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”  ~Thomas Merton

My response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement.