The Storm


Angry storm rages,

Love battered, Hearts holding on,

Refusing to bend.

I’m taking a break from my emotion images, although my haiku and photo art appear to hint at some of the emotions I’ve been seeing in my neck of the woods lately… thanks to the “Rona” and all of the crap that goes with it. Anyway…

The emotional aspect of this post wasn’t planned. I took a photo of our Ginkgo when the leaves were green and yellow and I’ve been wanting to do something artistic with it. I love the colors of the leaves (although now the tree is bare and the leaves are on the lawn), but I also enjoy seeing them in black and white… with an oil paint effect and a little play on the perspective. As you can see, the end result looks a little angry, but maybe that depends on the viewer’s state of mind.

So… I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and I’ve got a ton of new ideas for it. I’m really looking forward to organizing my thoughts and getting started. I’m back to school this week (virtually), but it’s just one class so I’m going to take advantage of the extra time on my hands. I’m tired of hearing people argue about the you know what virus, so I’ve decided to channel my frustration into some really cool and creative projects, both on the blog and off. I think 2022 will be a good one, and I hope it is for you as well.

That’s about all for now. Thank you for reading!


Written for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Bend & Heart


Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

Tree Party


When the zephyr appears,

We flutter and sway,

A waltz in the wind,

An impassioned ballet.

If the squalls should arrive,

We’ll shake, and we’ll sing,

Let loose of the branch,

Square dance in a ring.

The birds will take part,

Building homes for the new,

Whistling with joy,

Loving chirps, or a coo.

It’s a party, my friend,

Nature offers with glee,

Come join, all are welcome,

Better yet… it is free!


The image is another recycled photo; our Ginkgo. That tree is huge, and it just keeps growing, and growing…

Anyway, I was working on it last night and this afternoon, and was tickled when I saw the Word of the Day Challenge: Zephyr. How fitting!

Not to bring up the elephant in the room, but my walking came to a halt—just for this week. In case anyone is curious. It’s been pretty hot, like in the high 90’s, so I took a little break. We put up a little pool in the backyard, to soak our feet in, and watching the birds play inspired the poem.

That’s about all for now. Peace & Love!
—Janet

Perfectly Imperfect

Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state. Thomas de Quincey

It’s the first day of “spring break” here in California, and I wanted to share a photograph I took last year, just before fall. I shot this while I was working on a project for my photography class, but I ended up changing my subject to water and I never turned this one in. The tree may look familiar to some of you; it’s the Ginkgo that sits in the backyard.  I wanted to do something in black and white today, and I’m crazy about all of the organic lines.
Tree

Everything is going really well these days! I celebrated 2 years sober on March 7th – and a full load of classes this semester is keeping me busy (and out of trouble). I’ve been exploring different majors, and have been told that this is actually par for the course; most students change their majors up to 4 times before they finally find what fits.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter! I’ve missed being here, I’ve missed you all, and I look forward to sharing more of my writing, photography and art again – on a regular basis.