Word Press Photo Challenge – Dialogue Listening to Apple Pear’s Silent Dialogue

“The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.” —- Auguste Rodin.

Sometimes a dialogue can involve visual elements and not necessarily an interplay of spoken words.  In the case of the Chinese apple pear the line of communication is usually one sided. The familiar protective covering on each apple pear should be clue to the fact that this is a special fruit that merits your attention if not personal inspection.

Apples and pears are closely related members of the rose family but, and this is important to note, the Asian apple pear effectively blurs the line between the two fruits. Scientists are baffled as to how to describe the hybrid fruit but taste aficionados prefer eating it as opposed to mincing words about its inherent merits.

The brightly colored Asian pear has a crispness, texture, size and at times roundness of the most superlative eating apple. In a real sense it is special and the growers and shippers of the pear treat it in a special way. Thus the special shipping coverlet helps protect it from bruising during shipping and super market handling.

Customers in super markets who buy the apple pears do not truly understand the need for the white coverlet remaining on the pear after it has been placed in the grocer’s fruit and vegetable display areas. They consider it an inconvenience and a nuisance.

Managers in some of these stores order their staff to throw away the coverlet and let the fruit remain in display cases unprotected. This lack of dialogue subjects the fruit to undue bruising and mishandling.

This is the time of year when the Asian apple pear begins to appear on many super market shelves. If you have never tried the pear do yourself a flavor and pick one soon. You will be glad you did.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Fray 2 The sometimes frayed arm of the law?

I live across the street from a mini mall. I happened to look out my bedroom window this afternoon around 12:45 pm and noticed that  three police officers were concealing themselves in the shade of a large tree that effectively managed to hide them from passing motorists . Two of the officers were wearing safety vests and a third appeared to be coordinating the traffic safety operation.

In the space of 45 minutes the traffic control members effectively stopped 10 speeders who carelessly drove past a nearby school zone . The street was almost devoid of traffic but this group of drivers sped past the school on their way to their destination.

Many might suggest that the officers were being sneaky in their efforts to apprehend careless drivers. Others would heartily applaud their efforts to ensure the safety of our school children.

However you feel about this issue realize that not all drivers are reckless. Many have just developed frayed driving habits over the years and need the occasional traffic citation to help them realize the error of their ways.

Remember to drive carefully. The kids are back in school and depend on you to be mindful of them and their safety.



Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge Fray

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”   William Blake

For this week’s challenge I thought I would voluntarily go out on the proverbial limb and march headlong into the fray and highlight the graceful yet tattered nature of a tree that stands outside my patio doorway. It’s form is elegant, it’s bark weathered with a hint of mottling suited for a tree of such an advanced age.

It is also a youthful tree that never fails to produce new green leaves every spring and a fighter that does not give up despite the fact that many of its extended branches are dried, creaking, cracking and sensitive to strong summer winds that accompany many evening thunder storms.

It is an inspirational tree as well that has managed to weather many severe storms in its day and still has the resilience and the panache to go on and not give up despite its aged appearance.



WP’s Weekly Photo Challenge Silhouette A smattering of light, love and shadow.

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.” — Grandma Moses

The word silhouette is often an illusive concept to properly define. It’s definition depends upon a number of factors. A person’s orientation will usually be a deciding factor to the final interpretation used. Is there really a proper definition of the word or is it actually a misunderstood or at times an understated artistic phenomenon?

If I asked you to close your eyes and picture the silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock’s widely recognized face you would probably immediately envision that all too familiar but unmistakeable black on white silhouette of his portly but well recognized façade that always introduced the film master’s weekly television program.

If you enjoy nature and the outdoors then you will readily acknowledge the fact the Mother Nature too has her own unique brand of eco friendly silhouettes which freely and frequently highlight the peaceful tranquility of an area.

Her artistic offerings many times are subdued but all the same are there for those folks who take the time to recognize and appreciate the diverse silhouettes a natural setting offers visitors.





The WP Weekly Photo Challenge Texture The diverse textures of Mother Nature

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in its entirety…” ~Ansel Adams

In the world of fine art texture is often defined as the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.

Many times the world we live in offers us momentary glimpses into creative aspects of Mother Nature’s ever evolving and at times limitless pallet. This is a brief visual summer tribute to her winter sleight of hand creations.








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