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Writing 201: From A Journey Through Fog…

22/02/2015

“The only journey is the one within.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Writing 201: From A Journey Through Fog... A One Way St

Writing 201: From A Journey Through Fog… A One Way St w/ Azaleas shrub

A dog down a one way street
In search of pink poodles in heat
His eyes grew quite round
when, guess what he found?
Pink shrubbery with cats sending tweets!

Assignment 2: Your prompt: journey
Form: limerick (first two lines rhyme, then the next two, and the final verse rhymes with the first couplet)
Device: alliteration

Today’s word prompt is journey. Write a poem about anything that word evokes for you, from the excitement of a trip you’re about to embark on, the mental progress you witnessed someone make, or the struggles, pleasures, and extreme emotions that travel can bring about WP Daily Post: Writing 201

I’m wrapping up the week of Writing 201: Poetry by completing the remaining assignments in this post. It’s been quite the exhilarating journey and nothing gives me more joy than to exercise my brain creating some poetry. I decided to make the first one funny because I grew up reading pretty hilarious limericks with a bit of a silly edge to them. So the journey in this piece is playful and funny with unique surprises along the path. It is like life in that, if we stay flexible on the journey, we’ll see plenty to laugh about.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare

 From A Journey Through Fog... A Cardinal's trust

Writing 201:From A Journey Through Fog… A Cardinal’s trust

Take your time with Cardinals
Respect their skittish ways
Unless you give this red bird … some space
Suffice to say, you’ll always lose
To gain its trust for your photo shoots.

Assignment 3: Your prompt: Trust
Form: acrostic (An acrostic is any poem in which the first (or last) letters of each line combine to spell out a word or a phrase, or follow the order of the alphabet.)
Device: internal rhyme

Today’s word is trust: write a poem in which you address, reflect on, or tell a story about the feeling of trusting or being trusted by another (person, animal, object, potted plant…). Or about distrusting them (or not being trusted yourself). WP Daily Post: Writing 201

If you read my post on the rule of thirds, you’d know that I have birds wintering in my yard. They gather daily to be fed and because I always put food out for them, they’ve become comfortable with hanging around the balcony. I’ve tried to take pictures of the Cardinals and, because of their bright red plumes, they are skittish and constantly on the lookout because they are easy prey to bigger birds and cats.  It has taken a while to gain some of their trust and so this poem touches on that point. This is true about building any kind of trust anyway; it takes time, a willingness to help, and a caring relationship of mutual respect.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds

20/02/2015

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds - A Pigeon's Life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds – A Columbidae’s Life (Pigeon/Dove)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds - A Woodpecker on an Oak tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds – A Woodpecker on an Oak tree

The rule of thirds states than an image is most pleasing when its subjects or regions are composed along imaginary lines which divide the image into thirds — both vertically and horizontally. Wikipedia

Ever look at a picture and feel that something is out of kilter in it? Ever look at your life and feel that inner turmoil when something isn’t working? It’s the Rule of Thirds dancing before your eyes and making your brain go … uh uh! In essence, the rule of thirds is about creating balance and clarity in whatever we do; including photography. This week’s photo challenge has us looking at the Rule of Thirds and how it impacts our photographs. One thing I learned from reading about it is that taking a photo with the subject smack in the center is both boring and predictable. Some even say – bad, but I won’t go there. What I love about the articles I read on the subject is that (see this), it is a skill that becomes intuitive over time.

Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes about 310 species. In general, the terms “dove” and “pigeon” are used somewhat interchangeably. Pigeon is a French word that derives from the Latin pipio, for a “peeping” chick,[1] while dove is a Germanic word that refers to the bird’s diving flight.[2] In ornithological practice, “dove” tends to be used for smaller species and “pigeon” for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied…

Okay, so I’d like to address a great point that came up. I called the bird above a pigeon. A reader called it a dove. Wikipedia informed us that the term is interchangeable. To avoid future confusion, feel free to call it a Columbidae. The Columbidae (pigeon to me) in the first shot was observing some little birds playing when I took this shot. Pigeons are great candidates for bird shots because they don’t fly away, so readily, and they do stare back. The Woodpecker in the second half above arrived today. I’m told that their presence augurs the coming of spring. Thank God! I’ll be glad to see the snow go. I love feeding the birds and because I put food in my bird feeders regularly, I have families of birds that winter near my home. Even though they land on the porch and hang out most of the day, most of them are still finicky and flee whenever they sense movement nearby. Over the years, I’ve taken tons of good and really bad pictures of them because I have to do it behind double pane windows. It’s harder to do in the winter because of the glare and the haze that seems to cast a fog over everything. That said, I hope you’ll enjoy my examples of the Rule and the Bokeh that appeared on them. More on that below.

“The rule of thirds is a powerful compositional technique for making photos more interesting and dynamic. It’s also perhaps one of the most well-known”. Cambridge in Colour

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds - A Bluejay visits

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds – A Bluejay visits

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds - A Cardinal in the snow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds – A Cardinal in the snow

In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” Wikipedia.

If you take a close look at my first photo, and the bluejay shot above, you will see what looks like circles of white light in the blurred part of the photographs. These are what they refer to as Bokeh and they are seen as a desirable way to blur the out of focus parts of an image with our lens. There are tips on how to increase the possibility of such a blur and, frankly, they do occur a bit more naturally when we focus our lens very closely on a specific object in a sea of objects. As you can see in my other shots, it doesn’t always happen and you can take photos that don’t end up producing Bokeh. I like the softness that it adds to images and would practice more on how it works.

I was happy to see the birds that visited me this weekend. The Cardinal is an incredibly alert and anxious bird. Their bright shades-of-red plumes make them a natural target so, they jump around a lot and are quite skittish.  I took a ton of photos before I got this one. I have a few better ones but this works for the current assignment. If you look closely, there is another bird hiding in the shrubbery to your far right. As I write this post, it’s snowing again outside. It’s beautiful to look at I agree but, trust me, it makes getting about quite challenging. The birds have clustered close together, and I’m making sure to put extra food out for them and the squirrels. I haven’t seen the deer for a while. Hopefully, they will return to hang out in the backyard as they always do. Do you feed any wildlife near your home?

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Take #iBlogSurvey15 – Women’s Blogging Industry & Business Survey

18/02/2015

“Even if you are on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there!” Will Rogers

Take #iBlogSurvey15: The Women's Blogging Industry & Business Survey

Take #iBlogSurvey15: The Women’s Blogging Industry & Business Survey

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Take #iBlogSurvey15 - Women's Blogging Industry & Business Survey - Pinterest

Take #iBlogSurvey15 – Women’s Blogging Industry & Business Survey – Pinterest

The Women’s Blogging Industry & Business  Survey - for Facebook

The Women’s Blogging Industry & Business Survey – for Facebook

Yesterday, iBlog launched the 2015 Women’s Blogging Industry and Business Report with a key goal to reach and help all of us by gathering valuable information through the 2015 Women’s Blogging Industry and Business survey – #iBlogSurvey15. iBlog is encouraging you to take the Survey and join over 3,000 of your peers in 20+ blogging niches to reveal how women bloggers and influencers make money, use social media tools, spend their time and interact with brands. Participate by taking the survey today! Your voice matters and your participation will contribute to the growth and progress of our industry. Take the iBlogSurvey15 NOW! If you share this information, please use the hashtag: #iBlogSurvey15 Your participation is appreciated.

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