Photo Galleries

Since my pictures tend to be all over, I put together some galleries to show various subjects in a single place.  This is still being worked on, so new galleries will be added in the future!   Night Photography  


Looking up the staircase during Christmas at the Jefferson Hotel.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

This week’s photo challenge was for descent – “a perspective looking down”. One of the most beautiful staircases I’ve ever seen is at the historic Jefferson Hotel, in downtown Richmond, Virginia.  According to their website, the hotel was built in 1895 by the tobacco magnate, Lewis Ginter.  It nearly burned down in 1901 and was … Read More


31 Days Wrap-Up

October was an eventful month, from work having the number one tax return deadline of the year (October 15) to traveling with my daughter to Maine for a long weekend.  In-between all of that, I blogged daily for 31 Days. Back on October 1, I set out my expectations and reasons for doing it: To focus … Read More


Pitcher Plants; October 2014 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

A Walk in October (2014)

I went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last weekend.  I wanted a walk, I wanted some fresh air, and I wanted to see what was new for picture taking. What a change from just three weeks earlier!  Many of the flowers that had been in bloom were no longer there.  The top row of … Read More


Gazebo at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, taken earlier this year.  The sky really was that blue that day!

Working a Day Job – Part 2

Yesterday, I began a discussion on how working a day job nurtures my creativity.  Today, I want to explore more of this: Exposure to New Technology My day job uses technology nearly all day long, from complex tax software to Microsoft Office and other specialty pieces of software.  There’s usually very little training for this … Read More


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Everything that’s lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight. ― W.B. Yeats, Poems I like the things around me to be beautiful and slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness. ― Alice Temperley This week’s photo challenge is “dreamy”, which Wikitionary defines as “having a pleasant or romantic atmosphere”. The Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens … Read More


Patience for the Learning Curve

This is the essence of Rembrandt’s advice to Van Hoogstraten: the authentic craft develops naturally from one’s own experience. So, it seems reasonable to suggest that the search should not be for the lost secrets, but for one’s own practice. This is in fact easy, you start making things. At first they might not be … Read More


31 Days of Nurturing My Creativity

* Nothing feeds the center of being so much as creative work. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh  * The things you do every day take on a certain beauty, and provide a kind of invisible architecture to daily life. – Gretchen Rubin  *  * Welcome to my landing page for 31 Days of Nurturing My Creativity. … Read More


Rose from the botanical gardens

Books Everyone Should Read

So. . . is there a difference between recommending books that I think everyone should read and my favorite books?  I would say yes.  There are books that I think have tremendous value to shape our lives and influence our thoughts, but they are not necessarily favorites of mine.  Many of these are favorites, but some are … Read More


Projects To Finish This Month

Making a to do list is a great way to prioritize my time.  Unfortunately, the list of what I want to get done this month is – I suspect – longer than the time actually available to get it all done.  That’s so not a surprise, but still frustrating to me.  Some of it just information … Read More