Fractals Photos Poetry Prose Watercolor

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Poem for RWP #107

ReadWritePoem Prompt #107  An image is offered for this prompt. You can see it at the site!

Ancient Runes

archaic symbols
line the tunnel of time
track the stunning trek

shadows flicker and
obscured by blinded eyes
truth hides in the open

men read and over-write
old runes upon the wall
while the end re-writes the light

♥  ♥  ♥

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

X for ABC Wednesday


Xi (uppercase Ξ, lowercase ξ) is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Xi There are other meanings outlined on the linked Wikipedia page. I hadn't thought much about it until I began playing

You know that feeling? The search for something ~ anything ~ to use those last two tiles when you're already 30 points behind? I'm glad to learn this is more than just a two-letter word ~ it should be easier to remember but I'm beginning to wish I'd studied something besides Latin.

And that I played e-mail Scrabble with someone less talented than my oldest granddaughter who beats me soundly.

Two more valuables: xu and nu.

♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, December 28, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 96: Wanderlust  Thanks to Tammie Lee of Spirit Helpers for this week's prompt!

ridge ahead
hides golden treasure
racing on

seeking    exploring
high, low, near and far
novel sights

at the end
first site of the heart
welcome home

The image is a digital photo of a shadow on a DVD disc, altered on Bamboo Fun with Adobe Photoshop Elements, buttoned, resized in Irfanview.
♥   ♥   ♥

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Haiga for Haiku Bones

Haiku Bones prompts with the word, regret

could have - didn't
should have - didn't

Sketch created on Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements, resized in Irfanview.

♥   ♥   ♥

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Poem for RWP #106

RWP #106
Prompt: Repetition is a useful tool. Perhaps one of the finest. Anyone who wishes to make a memorable point uses repetition, be they poet, scholar or person on the street. As poets, we repeat everything and anything: sounds, words, sentences, rhythms and/or ideas.

Space of Dark

a double dare of dark
drums down the days
in the space of a dime

dreams fall by the way
lack the sweet kiss of light
a double dare of dark

she leans toward spring
future swings on a string
in the double dare of dark

The image is an abstract watercolor created on the Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
♥  ♥  ♥

Haiku for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3 Word Wednesday brings these three words for prompt: journey, rigid, hinder.  Thanks, ThomG, and Merry Christmas to All!

rigid thoughts
hinder the journey
frozen cells

The image was created on the Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
♥  ♥  ♥

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

W for ABC Wednesday


W is for WISH

It’s more of a sculpture than a dwelling. Taking cues from a Nautilus shell, the house is put together using ferrocement construction, a technique involving a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a special two-inch-thick composite of concrete spread over it, resulting in a structure that’s earthquake-proof and maintenance-free.

Read More Here There are photos of the interior and more information about the design itself. It feels like a dream to me! I can image the reflections inside, the comforting cocoon of space and I'll admit that the phrase 'maintenance-free' gets right to my heart. But what would you expect from a woman with a Roomba named Hey You?

I'm thinking there are only a few people who would wish for this. What do you think?


Monday, December 21, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 95: Junction
Thanks to Jeeves of Silence is Poetic for this week's prompt.

frail elder
links to the younger
shared musings

the junction that forms
new melange

These are senryu. Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, resized and buttoned in Irfanview.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Haiga for Haiku Bones

Haiku Bones prompt: Fleeting

collision bypassed
stony glance

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, resized and text insertion via Irfanview.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Poem for RWP #105

ReadWritePoem offers about seventeen words to use in this week's poem.

Neglect on a String                                                                       

stealthy as the wind
radar beams of meteors
went out into the night

the dark of moon
pulled its precious shell
into a curl around its back

pierced by steadfast neglect
she hit a dying riff, moved
through time as frail as trees

sometime 'round the solstice
telephones rang mellow chimes
while the stars began to dim


Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poem for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3WordWednesday offers these words as prompt: bleak, queer, hiccup.

Lens of the Past

neither light nor dark
no color at play
the queer time of mind
the bleak phase of day
a hiccup in life

reaching into the gray
she draws on familiar
a memory of old
to add light to
that bleak phase of day

The image is a digital photo of a glass ball created from Mt. St. Helen's ash. Photographed in slanted sunlight, manipulated in Digital Image Suite, resized and buttoned in Irfanview. Initially my camera and I were 'fisheye' reflected in the center section. A couple of quick swipes disappeared me but they aren't the swipes that appear most obvious.  :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

V for ABC Wednesday


V is for Robot

I have a vacuum.
His name is Hey, You!
Like an unsociable cat
he circles behind my back
gives me wide berth
sweeps up dusty corners
and wanders under the bed.
Sometimes, for fun
when he comes round
I move aside
to watch him clean.
'Good Job, Hey,You!' I say.
It's the least I can do!

The battery gave out on my red iRoomba vacuum a couple of weeks ago and I whined. My oldest granddaughter asked, 'How long have you had it?' 'Not very,' cried I.

But I checked. It's been over three years since I Amazon-ordered it. Smiling, I ordered a new battery so Hey,You can resume his chores. It'll be three more years before I whine again. And there'll be a few more months to come up with the next V.

Ain't love grand?

Fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer and resized in Irfanview.


Haiga for Haiku Bones

Wistful. Prompt by Haiku Bones

autumn shades
gesso'd winter white
solstice looms

Monday, December 14, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 94: Spider Webs

webbed into thin air
food trap

rarely seen
sturdy trap spun fine
catcher's mitt

Fractal image created in Apophysis, resized and recolored in Irfanview.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poem for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers prompt #193 - Brave

Mask of Night

a savage wind
whistling harmonics
cuts through the dark
knocks at the door

evergreen limbs
scratch the roof and
needles stab at panes
through midnight fears

spun from betrayals
whispers ride the wind
ricochet off the walls
she brews calming tea

The fractal image was created in MindBogglingFractals and resized in Irfanview.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Decorating by Drill

This YouTube presentation looks like more fun than hanging stockings! I haven't tried it but doubt I'll make it through the season without giving it a spin. On the other hand, I envision what could go wrong, so maybe this will go into my Spectator Crafts file.

In the past, I decorated clear Christmas bulbs by dribbling glass paint inside the bulb and rotating it until the colors interacted to make an abstract 'watercolor' painting. That's an easy project and produces original bulbs each time. No power involved there and very little risk to limbs.

Then again, using the camera to capture reflections indoors during the frigid temperature outside seems the least risky of all. See the newest one here on my Art Blog.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Poem for 3Word Wednesday

ThomG, moderator of 3Word Wednesday offers these words as prompt: lithe, offend, grave

The Daily Tempest

writhing limbs
uproot the senses
guide the lithe
toward smoky mirrors
magnetized by mimicry

where nonstop coverage
plays upon the clay
uproots the tallest
and offends the grave
by writhing limbs

Fractal image was created in Apophysis, resized in Irfanview.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

U for ABC Wednesday


Ubiquitous. Useful word when the hamburger rises to lofty levels and is found on every street corner. I rarely eat hamburgers but this one, served at a summer outdoor gathering, was hardly ubiquitous.

Because the unfriendly temperature here is near zero, I'll probably not spend unlimited time outdoors taking fresh photographs.

Nearing the Z of the second round I've played on ABC Wednesday, I think it's undeniably harder to find unused ideas. How about you?


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 93: Lighthouse Geraldine of My Poetic Path brings us this week's prompt. Click here to read her poem.

a room at the top
Tillamook Rock bounces hope
Ballantyne's magic

a tocsin of trust
steadfast throughout the tempest
eyelids fail to blink

The image is a bookmark made from a pen/ink sketch. Lighthouses are magical and mystical to those of us who rarely see them 'in person'.

Weird for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings prompts with weird

This is a tough prompt, since I can hardly think of anything that isn't weird, but by fluke and circumstance (and maybe a bit of strange thrown in) this is a scene I saw today on my living room coffee table.

A DVD, just completed, was upside down, the sun came through the window at the right angle and shadowed a cactus-type plant. The photo is just as it emerged from my point-and-shoot camera.

This isn't as weird as it gets around here but, for today, this is enough! Hope you enjoy this serendipitous image as much as I do!


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Poem for RWP #103

ReadWritePoem  get your poem on #103

The Pomegranate

crimson drops of blood
pods like jelly in a jar
color of the first chakra
sweet perfume of summer

silky bits wait inside
the rind of tough hide
until she yearns to feed
her pining soul in times

of winter's cold and white
and with a tiny seed pod
she re-creates the heat
of summer in a jelly jar

Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer, recolored and resized in Irfanview.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

T for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: T is for......

Tiny toes tense
before the toddler
begins to twirl, twirl
twirl 'til she dizzies,
tumbles to the floor
and shrieks with glee.