Chair on a bridge

The Hot Seat


This chair was abandoned on a bridge near my house and I thought of the Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge (2020 Week 12) when I saw it. It’s an interesting setting with all of the metal bars on the bridge; so many lines and shadows!

Normally that bridge is open during the day for pedestrians, but since it’s locked up right now (no school kids walking by) the chair has taken up residency.

As I said before, this social distancing hasn’t really affected “my routine” since all of my classes are online right now, but the eeriness of it all is still so odd. I have no fears, but I DO wonder how the ending will play out. There will be so much fall out; domino effects, ripples, repercussions and consequences. Life will be changed for so many.

Anyway, I think the dilapidated chair surrounded by bars says it all.

Kind of creepy.

Abstract Art Exhibit

The Exhibit

Let the fire inside you burn.

I’m having a fun time with this new series. The possibilities are endless, and I think of new things every day. I’ve recycled some older pieces for today’s Everything Red. The red abstract is from many moons ago, and the shadowy aestheteĀ is my youngest son—posing in a photo I took over a decade ago, at an art museum.

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Eucalyptus & Friends

I’m continuing with the Alphabet Game, and things are speeding up. I knew I’d start to question the whole idea, but I didn’t think it would happen this fast! I’m not ready to jump ship yet, so I’m combining some of the letters instead.


“E” was a tough one, but then I suddenly remembered how much I love the scent of Eucalyptus oil. For one thing, I’ve come to associate the smell with a relaxing spa day (which is rare but has happened in the past).

I think it’s more than that though. It just smells so fresh and clean. I’ve also just learned that the monarch butterflies roost in Eucalyptus trees, and the Butterfly Preserve that I’ll visit in December is filled with them.


“F” was easy. Family and Friends. No elaborating here because it’s pretty self-explanatory: I love them all dearly!


So… I thought I’d try another portrait for this one. My very dear friend is featured here, hiding in the shadows near the Eucalyptus sprigs. I LOVE the idea, but I’m not real happy with the outcome.

What I want to do in these portraits is hide areas of the face, so that the subjects identity is somewhat mysterious. I think I’ve done that pretty well here… almost too well. If I didn’t tell you she was there, you might not even see her! I don’t know, I’ll keep experimenting. At least I tried. šŸ™‚

Have a beautiful weekend! I’ll see you all soon for the letter “G!”

Yin and Yang

The poetry of earth is never dead.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats

After the vibrant colors in last night’s image, I woke up feeling rested and ready to tackle a black & white project.

—The dark flower image was taken this morning. It’s a bloom from the geranium buds that I shared just days ago on Coming Soon. I tried very hard to keep it original, but the temptation to go dark was too strong. I caved. Honestly, I’m not a huge geranium fan (shame on me!). They’re nice, but the color photograph was boring. Once it gets bigger I’ll try again.

The wind was blowing, so it was tough to get a clear close-up. Just one has bloomed, so I left one of the buds in the frame—at right—to show off it’s little hairs. You can really see the grains of pollen too. No wonder my allergies have gone haywire!

Anyway, this was another shot at macro photography. The actual flower is not much larger than a quarter.

—The light flower image is a morning glory in our yard. These flowers aren’t in our yard by choice. They belong to our neighbors, but they trespass on a regular basis.

I worked on this one some time ago, trying to create an interesting black and white version. The fine line that glimmers off to the right is actually a spider web. Part of my goal was to show that off. I think it’s amazing how tiny and fragile these things are. The flower appears to be floating if you ask me. It reminds me of a clean white sheet, blowing in the wind on a clothes line. Or maybe a magic carpet.

That’s about all for now. I’ve been contemplating writing—doing an update on my journey/journal—but every time I sit down to do it I end up in Photoshop instead. Maybe that’s a form of avoidance. I don’t know. I’ll get to it soon enough.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Life is good, God is great, and all of His creation is beautiful… even specs of pollen, and itty bitty spider webs.

—Janet

RDP Saturday: Wind & Your Daily Word Prompt: Project