Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Big and Small

Timing was critical on this photo. I wanted the prow of the Carib Princess to line up with the prow of the Nieuw Amsterdam. The shutter was just a hair early, but I think the shot is even better than I hoped, because the black background from the Holland America Line ship makes a crisp border for the tender boat crossing in front:


I also like the splash of color from the buoy and the bulbous bow just peeking out above the surface of the water by the anchor chain.

See other entries in this challenge at Cee Neuner’s blog page here.


Infinitesimal – Chapter 23 – Cam’s Office

As Sted took a seat in front of Cam’s desk, he couldn’t help but be awestruck by the lunar landscape spread out before him. Cam’s office took up a full third of the top floor of the circular tower, and the entire outside wall was made of some kind of transparent material.

“What a view!” Sted exclaimed.

“I thought you might be impressed,” Cam said as he entered. “The two-inch thick transparent sapphire windows cost a small fortune, but I think the result is worth the price. My only reservation was the exposure to meteorite impact, and I’m sure you can understand why.”

“Well, you can’t live your life in fear,” Sted replied. “I’m not completely over the trauma from the meteorite that killed my friends and took my legs, but to go back into space as the captain of my own ship again far outweighs any of my fears. I would bet that the chance of being killed by a high speed impact in the belt is more than a thousand times greater than here on the moon.”

“Statistically, you’re being a little conservative. My insurance carrier tells me they didn’t even consider the risk of impact from a meteorite, because the chances of it happening were so infinitesimal. Just look at the rim of this crater, which has been here for over two billion years, and you can actually count the number of small impacts per square kilometer. It averages out to less than one impact per square kilometer every three thousand years.”

Sted nodded. “That desk top looks almost identical to the windows. Is that transparent sapphire as well?”

Cam thumped it with his knuckles. “Exactly. We ordered four extra glass panels in case of breakage during installation, and we got lucky. The construction crew only damaged one. The crane operator misjudged the momentum of the window panel as he was moving it into place, and it banged against the side of the tower. One corner of one panel was slightly damaged, so I decided to use it for my desktop. We just had the crew cut off thirty centimeters from the damaged end and then build a pedestal of nickel from the deposits left by the asteroid that formed this crater. Then our chief engineer designed my workstation to fit into the panel as seamlessly as possible.

“Speaking of our chief engineer,” Cam continued, “I would like to introduce him to you as soon as possible. His name is Aidan McBride, and he is currently on the factory floor working on the Delta class prototype. I can’t think of a better way to get you up to speed on the project than to get your two heads together. I just need you to palm these two employment forms on my workstation, and then we can head down to the factory floor. Later this evening, the three of us can get together in my apartment for some dinner and talk some shop about where we want to go with this project. Do you have any questions or objections?”

Sted shook his head. “I’m ready when you are.”

He stood up and took one last look at the spectacular lunar landscape before palming the forms.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals

I just completed my Tuesdays of Texture challenge with some eerie Yellowstone National Park photos when I brought up Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals. Well, guess what? There are some beautiful animals in Yellowstone as well. Here is one of a bison rolling in the dirt for a dust bath. Talk about having fun. If you zoom in on the face, you will see pure contentment.


In fact, just a few minutes before, this same fellow chased another bison up the hill and away from one of the cows.


I guess the bath was just a reward for a job well done.

Tuesdays of Texture | Week 3 of 2017

This week I want to revisit the almost alien landscape of Yellowstone National Park. With all of the geothermal activity, some sections of the park have a hard time sustaining life. Here is a case in point where a mature tree succumbed to the harsh elements.


To give you an even better idea how harsh the landscape is, take a peek at this picture of the ground just off of the sidewalk constructed to keep us safe from the hazards of the area:


If you would like to join in on the fun of this weekly challenge, visit Narami’s blog called ‘DE MONTE Y MAR‘.

Thursday Doors – Jan 12, 2017

I found many interesting doors in Key West, Florida on our recent cruise. The variety of ages, sizes and styles is amazing. I chose the Shipwreck Treasures Museum for the Featured Image because of the character of the weathered wood.



For a little flavor, I am throwing in a picture of one of the many roosters running around on the cobblestone streets.


The reason for this flavor should be apparent with this next door:


The fowl are allowed to run free on the streets and are protected.

Here are a couple of doors from the same area of the city:





And this third door to the playhouse which I’m sure is not used very often:


I have so many more doors from this trip, that I think I will do a Part II for next week. Perhaps I will have to even turn this into a three part story.

Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge sponsored by Norm Frampton on his blog ‘Norm 2.0‘. Stop over to see Norm’s wonderful graffiti doors this week, along with all of the other many participants.

Light vs Dark

I see the light
Where you see dark.
I like the sight,
I’m not a mark.

Give me a chance
To demonstrate
The power of love
To change your fate.

Where darkness reigns,
The mind will doubt,
When light invades,
Love’s power comes out.


This poem was written in response to a poem Zombie from the blog ‘The Darkest Fairytale’. Head over to read this powerful and dark verse.


The featured image is called Light vs Dark by Kage-Kaldaka  and may be found at the following link: http://kage-kaldaka.deviantart.com/art/Light-vs-Dark-341876603

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fire

For this photo challenge, I immediately thought of last Halloween, when we moved our fire pit to the end of the driveway, pulled out our camp chairs, and prepared for the onslaught of costumed children on their annual candy collection journey.

The flames licked the standing wood in the fire pit and generated some much needed warmth for the cool evening.


If you want to join in the fun of this weekly photo challenge, click on the link to Frank Jansen’s blog ‘Dutch goes the Photo!’ and follow the instructions.

Tuesdays of Texture | Week 2 of 2017

This week I want to go back to our Greensboro first annual Veterans Day parade for a photo of a bearded Vet that really had a great deal of character brought on by texture. Let me know what you think (don’t miss the eyebrows).


As always, you are welcome to join this weekly challenge by going to Narami’s blog ‘De Monte Y Mar‘ and follow the instructions. This is a great opportunity to hone your photographic eye by exploring texture in your shots.