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.








The Word Press Weekly Challenge Zigzag The zigging and zagging of construction

“A construction site is usually a well planned area of activity filled with zigzagging confusion leading to a structured goal.” — Anon.

I enjoy visiting construction sites. At times you realize that amidst all the ongoing pandemonium , noise and misdirection a larger plan is keeping all the workers safely striving for a master plan.

The often time zigzag motions of both man and machine are part of an orchestrated project meant to remove the old and ring in the new. Zigzags are often considered patterns of design. 

Heavy duty construction equipment also employs this same pattern to excavate, remove, transport and relocate debris to remote areas. 



W P Photo Challenge – Summer Lovin’

Saturna Island — a place of natural beauty, quiet elegance and adventure.


Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all is right with the world. ~ Ada Louise Huxtable.

Saturna Island is the type of location that a person could get hot, hot, hot about. It excites the soul and the imagination in any season. The flora and fauna when combined with generous amounts of picturesque settings, warm breezes off the Pacific Ocean and of course the idyllic landscape makes this location a favorite of mine.


W P Daily Photo Challenge – Containers Chutzpah and concrete contain marina

Man, machine and concrete fortify future harbor's structure.

Man and machine when combined with concrete and creativity help to fortify future harbor’s structural integrity.

“Environments are not just containers, but are processes that change the content totally.” — Marshall McLuhan quotes (Canadian communications theorist)

One online dictionary defines a container as anything that contains or can contain something such as a carton, box, crate, or can. For the most part the definition describes an inanimate entity that serves as a means of popular conveyance which is able to protect and safely transport an item from one destination to the next. A protective storage unit if you will.

But what happens if you think outside the box and imagine planet earth as the most widely influential of all containers for life on the planet. As a dynamic and changing entity the planet and man grow over time and need fine tuning and the occasional tweaking to maintain it stable state of existence.

In the photo above a forward thinking land developer thought outside the proverbial box and effectively enacted plans to create a modern marina where none had existed before. Fighting red tape and the occasional local political objection this man realized his dream and helped to save an eroding shoreline. Today this marina. located on the Detroit River near Lake St Clair, offers recreational boaters a site to safely anchor their pleasure craft.


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