WP Weekly Photo Challenge – Refraction Rising sun displays diverse viewpoints

“Creation is the vocal chords of God speaking each day through the colors of the sunrise, the vastness of the night sky,the teeming of life in the ocean, the majesty of the mountains.”     ― Eric Samuel Timm, Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise    

Daylight.  Sunlight.  Moonlight.  Starlight. Street light. 

Light is an important  part of this planet not only to maintain life and grow crops but also how it directly or indirectly affects the way we feel about ourselves.

Foggy days affect us in one way while a bright sunny day puts a smile on our faces, a twinkle in our eyes and a sense of hope in our hearts.

Sunlight shining through a dense foggy cloud cover tends to obscure (refract) reality in one direction while a bright sunny day redirects our thoughts and well being in another.

While a prism is able to reidrect light ia a particular way and direction we can use our psychological prisms to bend and shape the way we want our lives and reality to develop. It is up to us to grab hold of this mental mechanism and experiment with the way in which we want our lives to evolve.



W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Dreamy Dreaming of visiting a brave new world?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You


Christopher Columbus was an adventurer, colonizer, dreamer, explorer, navigator and optimist. He boldly charted his course into unknown waters and never lost faith in either himself or his mission. The fear that he might sail off the ends of the earth did not daunt his resolve.

He could serve as an example for us all today in this time of disbelief, doubt, fear and world wide pessimism. To dare to dream great things for yourself is a right that many folks fail to realize.

You are more than your present circumstances By daring to dream you assert your belief in humanity and the power of positive action.

Happy Columbus Day to one and all!





W P ‘S Weekly Photo Challenge – Signs 3 Simply a sign of obvious visual deception

Zoë Marriott

“People trust their eyes above all else – but most people see what they wish to see, or what they believe they should see; not what is really there”   ― Zoë Marriott, Shadows on the Moon .

Have you ever noticed that the folks who manage super markets are a lot more deceptive than we the consumer would like them to actually be?

Some produce items are presented in a light that is manipulated to deceive harried shoppers. Bananas are one such item that are given the Eden-like appearance of the perfectly ripened , readily edible fruit. However, at times this appeal is artificially aided by over head lighting which bathes the items in an ephemerally pleasing yellow glow.

I  enjoy cooking and spend a lot of time down the produce aisles of many markets and notice they all suffer from the same inclination: use a lighting system that will overly enhance the ripeness and appeal of your product so that the customer will be duped into buying it. End of story.

This blatant visual deception applies not only to the regular priced bananas but also the organic ones which are sequestered in a specialty display case meant for them alone. The only bananas that are presented in a ripened format are those that are bulk wrapped and plasticized in a bunch that is roughly composed of at least two dozen readily edible bananas.

This packaging is unpractical for most buyers and so this item is purchased by those folks who own small markets in the area and can reap the benefits of the bulk discount. I spoke with a few of these mystery shoppers and they told me that the price charged for these bulk-wrapped bananas saves them money when they display them in their own neighborhood market shelves. Bully for them.

The produce managers I spoke with at a few of the larger markets confided that this does happen but they are given certain promotional campaign guidelines to follow. Often the results for consumers means that the display shelves are bulging with under ripe bananas really not fit for human consumption. Apparently their hands are tied in this matter.

Many folks will caution let the buyer beware. But it is time that the seller also become aware that many frustrated buyers will look elsewhere for their favorite item and that this sleight-of-hand light display will cost them valued customers.





W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Signs 2 The colorful signs of autumn harvests

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”     Lauren DeStefano, Wither .

We are all pretty well familiar with the fact that the month of September ushers in the start of school, the cooler evenings, the end of the muggy weather and of course the beautiful displays of the autumn leaves as they fall slowly and majestically to the ground below.

But have you also noticed that the aisles of your favorite grocery store’s produce department has also taken on a new and colorful appearance due in part to the arrival of the many colored gourds, squashes and pumpkins that now adorn many display cases.

This is nature’s colorful last hurrah for the season. The lively display of the colors both  indoors and out beckon us to enjoy the variety and the transitionally brief  nature of the season.



W. P.’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Signs Are some simple signs too complicated?

It is the beginning of wisdom when you recognize that the best you can do is choose which rules you want to live by, and it’s persistent and aggravated imbecility to pretend you can live without any.”   Wallace Stegner, All the Little Live Things .

Signs are meant to : warn us of hidden dangers; control how fast we are allowed to drive on our roadways; inform us of points of interest and lodgings; and at night glowing neon signs beckon us to visit places of entertainment and good times. They have become an integral part of modern life.

They are meant to communicate and relay a message of information and importance to the general public. Could it be that at times the simpler the sign’s design and message the more difficult it is for some people to mentally interpret and eventually follow the sign’s directive?

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