Small Gifts

such as this beautiful yellow blooms that appear each autumn on the side yard-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Moku Hanga and PhotoToaster

For today: Yellow Study

Yellow Study

Yellow Study

A Garden Visitor

Some Tangled Fx magic on a Halloween flamingo-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Pic-Tap-Go and Tangled Fx

For today: Halloween Special

Halloween Flamingo

Halloween Flamingo

A Different Take . . .

Lately, my subject matter has been focusing on still lifes- to the point where I am even thinking of subjecting you poor readers to a month of them–but that is just in the thinking stage . . .

In the meantime, I spotted this interesting interpretation at another funky coffee and bakery place in NODA. I thought it clever-others might not-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed

For today: Still Life with Plastic Fruit

Still Life

Still Life


Take 12! October

 BAM! here comes the 12th–

Today’s photos were taken in the Central Avenue and Ashland Avenue areas as well as a visit early this morning to the NODA neighborhood-I remember when I was in grad school in Vermont getting up early, early, early on the weekends and hitting the road with my camera-today’s adventures reminded me that doing that really pays off-few people, fewer cars and plenty of picture-taking opportunities awaited-

5 Things I Learned Today

1) October 27 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day-pet and hug a pitbull! (This is National Pitbull Awareness Month).

2) 5 percent of all dogs in the United States today are pit bulls.

3) Mercury is in retrograde–BIG time (actually this has been a running joke all week, but today I learned just how retro Mercury really is right now).

4) The stem of a pumpkin continues to nourish the pumpkin even after it’s cut, and helps it stay fresh.

5) The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips. (Anyone for a jack o’turnip)?

Need more Take 12! inspiration? Take a visit down under to Beyond Purgatory and see what Lee has set her sights on that day-textures, shapes and colors abound!

All images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Aviary and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Take 12! October


Getting Ready

Several folks in the neighborhood are getting underway for Halloween-so you will be seeing neighborhood decorations off and on this month-

These were some jack-o-lanterns on a neighbor’s porch steps-I added the ghostie courtesy of Jixi Pix’s newest app Hallows Eve which has some interesting filters and effects-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Pic-Tap-Go and Hallows Eve

For today: Three Jacks

Three Jacks

Three Jacks


Rainy Morning

After the rain passed through the other day, I spotted this arrangement on the front porch steps–a web, raindrops and leaf litter. All of it together made for an interesting composition-but I will admit I struggled in trying to find the right way to process this-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go, and Romantic Photo-

For today: Rain Web

Rain Web

Rain Web

Coffee Break


That was a quick month-Thanks to all for hanging around and for your wonderful words of encouragement about the break-

Walking around the neighborhood known as NoDa (which stands for North Davidson Street)-and I stopped for coffee at a delightful place called The Smelly Cat. The coffee was excellent, the decor, delightfully eclectic and on top of that, you have this great wall art to greet you from the parking lot.

And with all the coffee I drink I should be so cool-

At this point, I am not sure I will be posting every day-am thinking a couple of times a week, but I am going to see how that feels-I may be ready to start posting again everyday sooner-and there will be no shortage of material this month to be sure-already Halloween decorations are coming out as well as autumnal fare such as pumpkins, autumn leaves and hay-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Coffee Break

Drink Coffee

Drink Coffee


FACE Foundation

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education

Aware & Fair

Progressive Activism

Ala hmedy artist

آلى حميدي


Capturing sweeping views and intricate details


Living Life and Food

Photos by Emilio

"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse." ~~ Diane Arbus


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