W P Weekly Photo Challenge Rule of Thirds Mega-sized snowballs dot local schoolyard

“Of course I realize that photography is not the technical facility as much as it is the eye, and this decision that one makes for the moment at which you are going to snap, you know. ”  — Ben Shahn


This winter Mother Nature has dumped more than enough snow to last a few lifetimes especially to those parts of the country that usually experience milder  and warmer weather. The sale of shovels and portable John Deere snow ploughs has skyrocketed as folks try desperately to clear their side walks and drive ways of increasing amounts of snow. 

The entire student body at one local grade school decided to partially clear up their yard by having all the students take part on an outdoor project meant to clear up some of the treacherous snow that has quite literally turned recess into a hazardous time for students.

Grades K though  eight were involved and the goal was to bundle up the snow not with shovels and machinery but with student initiative and ambition. The lower grades were assigned the task of creating smaller snowball forms while the higher grade pupils set about constructing larger snow structures.

The endeavor consumed all their morning and afternoon recess time and a small amount of the lunch hour. The students were enthusiastic about their accomplishment and the yard had a much safer and less treacherous appearance. 





W P’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Symmetry Allowing nature to enhance functionality

“It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.”   - Henri Poincare

Man is always trying to harness nature and redefine the way the natural order of things should operate. Nature has a plan of its own and keeps effectivley thwarting the meager plans that man constantly devises.

When both sides realize the other party exists and makes allowances for one another’s idiosyncracies then real progress can be made and creations offering symmetrical balance can be produced.

Man merely has to take the time to aprpreciate Mother Nature’s unbridled power and his own naturally imposed  limitations.



Word Press weekly photo challenge – Scale Exposing the Dragon Fruit’s outer scales

The purpose of life is exactly the same for everyone, but everyone perceives it differently. There’s something bigger going on, that’s actually more significant than what you decide. If you live it, it changes you, it makes you open—  Anon.

The Pitaya, more commonly referred to as the Dragon Fruit, has a scruffy, scaley exterior which may make it unappealling to many consumers.

It is actually a type of cactus grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America and Isreal. 

Many times it has a dark red color, although some types of this fruit are pink or yellow. The outer skin is a thin rind and usually covered in scales. The center of the fruit is made up of a red or white, sweet tasting pulp similar in taste to both a kiwi and a pear.

It is thought to have come from South America and the French are attributed to having brought the dragon fruit to Vietnam over a hundred years ago.

The fruit  was grown  to be eaten and enjoyed by royalty and very wealthy families. Today it flourishes in many American states.

Many consumers use this unusual fruit as a center piece for their dinner table.




Word Press weekly photo challenge – Depth The depth to which creatures crave solace

” The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled. — Henry Adams


This image was captured on a somber and somewhat overcast autumn afternoon on an island point near Saturna Island, B.C.

The B.C. Ferries boat in the background was probably as oblivious to the presence of this sea creature as the seal was unconcerned by the passing of the vessel itself.

On such a gray and cloudy day even Mother Natures children seek the comfort of a warm, nearby rock to calm their spirits and offer them solace.



W P’ s Photo Challenge- Express Yourself Letting your inner self out now and again

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”   Ansel Adams

We all have this innate almost biological need to express ourselves to define to the world just who we are. The clothes we wear, the songs we listen to, the groups we associuae with all help us to reach this goal. Many folks consider this action to be a healthy pursuit.

Sometimes the pressures and the commitments of daily life prevent us from reaching this personal goal. When this happens we feel frustrated, angry and upset with ourselves and our surroundings.

Self expression is essential to good mental health. Making the time daily to allow your inner self to shine through helps others in your life experience other sides of your personality.

You don’t have to be an artist, composer, playwright or musician to express yourself. Just set aside the personal time everyday and experience you.

Discovering the deeper secrets of the universe may simply involve letting your hair down and experiencing your inner self daily.



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