W P Weekly Photo Challenge Nighttime 2 At night some shadows take on substance

Thomas Alva Edison inventor of the light bulb was deathly afraid of the dark. That’s why he invented it so eagerly. The darkness and very stillness of the night cause many folks to experience night sweats, trepidations and disturbed sleep patterns.

Unexplained or unusual sounds in the deep of the night are mentally viewed as unwelcomed intruders. Feelings are amplified one hundred fold. Repressed fears and anxieties bubble to the surface of our psyches and nightmares and spectres fill our every thought.

Our darkest thoughts and dreads take form and seem to freely haunt dimly lit hallways. At this point in time  the macabre becomes the common place as gremlins, vampires, ghosts and goblins take the center stage in our minds.

Our dreaming state of consciousness manifests itself freely and begins to actively roam the highways and bi ways of our excited imaginations seeking these spectral entities. The darkest hours of the night have finally arrived for them.

As the daylight hours begin to slowly return these nighttime spectres and hauntings are replaced by the certainty and security that the coming light of day brings with it. For those who fear it the blackness of the night offers much more than the outline of brightly lit buildings and illuminated landscapes.





W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge Nighttime Things tend to unravel in the nighttime

Stephen King“Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.”  Stephen King .



Have you ever noticed that the middle of the night is the right time for things to go wrong and unravel quickly especially when it is a weekend night and there is virtually no one around to help you out of a desperate situation?

Last night I discovered much to my chagrin that a  pipe in my bathroom decided to spring a leak and deposit a goodly amount of water on the floor near the tub drenching a bath mat, shower curtain and toilet bowl seat.

The boards overhead  were filling with the escaping liquid and noticeably  leaking along a four foot expanse of the ceiling. A staccato tap-tap-tapping sound filled the silence. The floor was getting wetter by the minute. The time was 11:35 p.m.

I immediately assessed the spread of the water and called the buildings emergency help line. I explained my situation to a sympathetic help line associate and she assured me that a plumber would be dispatched immediately and be there in about five minutes. I felt relieved.

Thirty five minutes later there was a knock on the door and the after hours plumber went to the room and assessed the damage. He knocked on the door of the unit above mine and returned telling me that there was no sign of leaking water there. He said he would have to cut away the ceiling board in my unit to effectively assess the situation.

Forty five minutes later he told me that one of the pipes had sprung a leak and that a pinhole opening in the pipe would need to be repaired…but not until Tuesday as this was the weekend and the water in the building would have to be turned off for the duration of the repair. The other tenants in the building would have to be notified .

After he left I cleaned up the watery mess from the floor and tub and tiles but felt uneasy as I finally got ready for bed and wondered if another leak would make an appearance before the Tuesday repair.

For many folks the darkness harbors ghosts, goblins, vampires and gremlins ….all those nasty characters that populate the pages of horror novels. For me a pin sized hole in a copper pipe poses enough of a threat to disturb my restful sleep.

Hopefully, Tuesday will arrive without incident. Who knows.


Writer’s Note:  Why I chose these pictures.

The pictures I chose for this topic may seem a bit inappropriate . However the general theme “Nighttime” provided me the opportunity to visually explain to you the problems that I encounter during the wee hours of the morning . This was the fourth such episode for me involving free flowing water and the current weekly topic fit the bill nicely.

Anatomy of a flooding:

01/15/2014:      Water heater on third floor breaks and water begins to trickle freely down bedroom wall and drenches carpet. (2 a.m.)

02/07/2014      Ceiling in bathroom fills with water and leaks because neighbor on second floor showers without using            curtain.  (6:30 a.m.)

02/08/2014      Ceiling again leaks from  second floor…caulking in bathtub needed replacement.  (7:12 a.m.)

09/26/2014      Bathroom ceiling fills with water and drenches floor, bath mat, shower curtain and walls.   (11:35 p.m.)


I think you can more readily appreciate now why my choice of photos for this topic adequately describes my emotional state of angst regarding early morning episodes involving the unknown. Even Doctor Who has experienced his moments of dread during the wee hours of the morning. :)




W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge Endurance Autumn’s colors symbolize endurance


J.K. Rowling“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .



Though not considered as spectacular as many human endeavors of strength, courage, endurance and downright unbridled determination to succeed I consider the autumn display of nature’s finest rainbow array of colors to be in itself a silent testament to and celebration of Mother Nature’s ingenuity and showmanship of life, optimism and perseverance.

The colorful displays are not the swan song of the tree giving up hope but rather a luminous arrangement of nature’s unappreciated entities taking one last stand to dazzle and awe before the upcoming winter season covers the land with its own blanket of snow.

It is a message of hope as inspiring as any Fourth of July fireworks display. All we have to do is open our eyes and appreciate and understand the underlying theme of  Mother Nature’s silent ambassadors (trees) who endure a harsh winter only to return in the spring with budding leaves and waves of enthusiasm for the new year.












W P Weekly Photo Challenge Humanity The many sided spirit of being human

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being YOU: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”     Wade Davis.

The spirit of humanity is sharing, caring, empathic and flexible. It involves a whole range of emotions and helps us to relate effectively with our fellow human beings. It is a condition of mind that needs to be nurtured over time and is as delicate in its nature as it is strong in its resolve.

A few such moments of expressed humanity are shown above….from teaching a new dog the rules of the road…to a brother and sister sharing a hug at a birthday reunion…to a young child sharing a social moment with her cat and neighbors. Memorable moments in the social structure of our personal development.





W P Weekly Photo Challenge Adventure! Many adventures involve challenges

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. — Jawaharlal Nehru.

As human beings we all crave a little adventure in our lives. We attempt to avoid the humdrum and seek out those instances  that are rewarding. worthwhile, unique and of course fun. The best adventures are those that challenge our notions of ourselves and lead to personal growth.

The folks pictured above struggled valiantly with that mini scooter that just seemed to have a mind of its own. It teased and cajoled and challenged the father and his son to not only repair an elusive problem but also reap the benefits and fruits of their labor — an exhilarating ride on that darn mini bike.

The father appeared at times to be stumped by the technical aspects of the repair task …but he did not despair and in the end his grateful son was able to cruise freely about the deserted streets of a nearby cul-de-sac. Needless to say both were happy that things worked out for the best.

It turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon for both of them and probably bonded them closer that they would have been before the incident. The challenge and the promise of adventure



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