A Late Winter Walk

The world is but a canvas to the imagination. – Henry David Thoreau A few days before the official start of spring, I took a walk at one of my favorite places, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The shadows were lovely, even though the trees are still bare. The crocus were in bloom – just … Read More


The Joy of Common Work

. . . Do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. – Robert Lewis Stevenson It’s easy for me to get caught up in wanting everything fancy, just like I think everyone else has it. But … Read More


What Is Orange?

So what is orange? Orange is warmth and sunlight, whether on my face or basking in a smile from my daughter. Orange is the glory of flowers, showing off their brilliance for all to see and enjoy. It is delicate sunrises and spectacular sunsets. It is fruits and vegetables, lined up gaily, whether for eating or … Read More


A Walk At Night

After a diligent weekend of doing laundry, cooking and paying bills, I skipped out after supper to take a night walk at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  I wasn’t planning on taking pictures – I really wanted just a walk – but I hadn’t taken any daily pictures.  Oops.  So I took my camera and … Read More


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