Category Archives: Photo Essay

Virginia to Texas through Hail and High Water

Illuminated by lightning striking darkness followed by thunder, a wet toad shivers drips falling on the threshold of an unknown door. When wild winds blow and rain falls sideways, normal vanishes and new directions appear.   ~ms Considering everything that I … Continue reading

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Winter’s Shroud Descending

Birds quickly flew away through barren earthbound trees, in hopes of escaping the coming winter storm. One crow remained behind like a cold grim reaper staring down from above at foolish souls below. And then the snow appeared carried on … Continue reading

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Car Creativity Unleashed

Rather difficult to explain parked on the edge of extreme… car creativity unleashed! In the summer of 2013, I saw this unique vehicle parked in a rest area on I-95 (south of Fredericksburg and north of Richmond, Virginia). I don’t … Continue reading

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Seasons at Celebrate Virginia – Beautiful Apartments

Years ago, it was hard to find an apartment with a washer and dryer, much less a dishwasher. Constantly collecting quarters and wasting hours at the laundromat was no fun. Thank goodness thing have changed! Now the newer apartments include … Continue reading

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Dishpan and Buckets

Underneath a tree little Buddha me sitting in a dishpan filled with water. Joy floats easily into an open mind. I laughed when the words “joy floats easily” fell out of my fingers and splashed onto the computer keyboard. Strangely … Continue reading

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Real and Ethereal

The real and ethereal merge into one thought when winter acquiesces to the warmth of spring and sunlight slowly melts into dark shadows.   ~ms I have not written anything since December (I sincerely hope that I was missed). The winter … Continue reading

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Leaf Litter Lament

A decaying leaf, image of mortality faded and riddled with holes, hanging in a tree with mouth wide open singing a bitter chant– The Leaf Litter Lament: Ungrateful humans! Why do you complain as you rake, blow, and mow, mulch, … Continue reading

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Sunset Stories in Silhouettes

When day meets night on the edge of time, sunset stories speak in dark silhouettes. Standing in shadows cast by the fading sun, the man with his hand suspended in air appeared to be telling the age-old story of the … Continue reading

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Where Earth and Shadows Play

A cool respite beneath tall trees where earth and shadows play, leaves refreshed by raindrops light on soft breezes sway.    ~ms *** In the last photo–do you see the wooden tree creature that appears to be carrying something  into the … Continue reading

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Railroad Switchman Struck by Lightning (1937)

An old 1937 newspaper clipping and some faded photographs are definitive proof that Carl E. Spaid, a 45-year-old railroad switchman, was struck by lightning while working on the Burlington Route. As far as I know, a direct hit from a … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Talks to Rocks

Why do some rocks walk miles over hot desert sands, and meteoric rocks travel from deep space to dry land? Perhaps, just perhaps, they are trying to find the boy who talks to rocks. They’ve heard that this boy can hold … Continue reading

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Virginia – Civil War Reenactment

Admittedly, even though I have lived in Virginia for the past 20 years, this weekend was the first time that I ever attended a Civil War reenactment. It was sponsored by Spotsylvania County and the Mason-Dixon Alliance (MDA), in commemoration … Continue reading

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Rappahannock River Rising

Because of 3 days of torrential spring rain in Fredericksburg, Virginia and surrounding areas, the Rappahannock River began to rise and spill over its banks. Undoubtedly, those who own houses and businesses nearest to the river were watching anxiously as … Continue reading

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Plight of the Kites

An unsuspecting kite on wings of wind dancing in the bright sunlight. Focused on blue sky, it paid little attention to dark shadows nearby.  Watch out—NO—too late! Zing! Bounce! Thwack! Its freedom faded quickly, hung on limbs of fate. The … Continue reading

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Cherry Trees Announcing Spring

A gift from Japan— cherry trees announcing spring blooms pink in D.C.      ~ ms In 1912, the cherry trees that are now growing around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., were given to the United States as a … Continue reading

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Lost Without Language

I went to Tijuana, Mexico a few times when I lived in California. Reading signs and communicating with other people was not a problem for me there, because I had a good understanding of the Spanish language. It was quite … Continue reading

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Tired of Winter

Roads quickly vanished and all cars went nowhere on this stormy day. Searching for solace underneath an umbrella, four chairs leaned forward trying to escape blowing snow and freezing ice— Tired of winter! We were scheduled to fly out of … Continue reading

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Cold Cat Winter

6, 8, 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) at night, with freezing snow and ice— how will I survive? I gave away my blankets, my pillows and my bed, when blue eyes came begging without a word and said: It’s a cold cat … Continue reading

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Life is a Dramatic Opera

It would be nice if life could always be comfortable and predictable—without arguments, misunderstandings, trials, or tribulations. But it’s not. Life is like a dramatic opera, filled with ups and downs, and love which sometimes goes awry. There are times … Continue reading

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Super Hero Reindeer Man

To my great surprise, he suddenly appeared right before my eyes— Super Hero Reindeer Man with his Santa smile. What was I supposed to do? Wearing deer antlers and a star upon his head, his mischievous eyes twinkled through his … Continue reading

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Deer with Hungry Eyes

Ice and snow falling, covering the cold hard ground. Deer with hungry eyes come close to my house searching for something to eat. Many of these deer will not make it through winter. It is sad to see there are … Continue reading

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Incredible Edible Art

In the summer of 2011, when I first ordered sushi and sashimi at Umi restaurant, I couldn’t believe my eyes—incredible edible art! I knew I was still home in Virginia, but I felt like I had suddenly returned to the … Continue reading

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Bluebird House with Chandelier

Each spring, bluebirds move into the narrow newspaper holder beneath our mailbox. Even though we don’t get the newspaper, it isn’t the safest place for them to live. Without looking, people drive by and shove advertisements over their nest and … Continue reading

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Byodo-In Temple — Sacred Space

The Byodo-in temple on the island of Oahu is a beautiful replica of the original Byodo-in built in 998 AD, in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. A reflection of paradise on earth, the temple rests peacefully beneath the … Continue reading

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Darkness on Summer’s Edge

Shorter are the days on summer’s edge, darkness comes early. Night shadows reveal natural beauty destined to fade away. What was yesterday and what is today will soon be no more. So please! When I wither and vanish from sight— … Continue reading

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