Friday, January 30, 2015


"Seize the moment.  
Remember all those women on the Titanic 
who waved off the dessert cart."
                        --Erma Bombeck

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Eye on You

Yes, I know, most folks claim that this face is one only a mother can love.  And, I understand that sentiment but, for a couple reasons, I am quite fond of the shot.  Why?  First, the subject is unusual, and, second, I am actually in the photo.  If possible, enlarge the image and notice in the turkey's eye a reflection that includes the snow-covered landscape and me.  More interesting than you first thought, right?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Picture and Poem

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
                         --by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake 
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Think Outside the Box

"Creativity is the power to connect 
the seemingly unconnected."
                                             --William Plomer

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's everywhere

Have you purchased a bag or two of your favorite Valentine sweet treats?  Immediately following Christmas, this stuff invaded the shelves of most retailers and tempts us each time we walk through the door.  The bright, cheery, pink and red and white packaging also gets our attention and soon we find ourselves scooping it right into our carts.  Go ahead and indulge a time or two -- just be sure in a few weeks to have a little left for your sweetie.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A January Birthday

To my sister, happy birthday and many happy returns.

"Today you are you!  That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
                                                            --Dr. Seuss

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Look to the Light

"If you are the light, 
you cast away the darkness."
                 --ManHee Lee

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


"Home is people.  Not a place.  
If you go back there after the people are gone,
then all you can see is what is not there any more."
                                     --Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

See Them?

Look closely.  Under the trees.  Notice the two unusual shapes among the tall trunks.

In these parts deer in residential areas is quite common, especially during the winter when they easily find food at bird feeders.  In our neighborhood we often see a pair strolling through the edge of the cornfield, drinking from the retention ponds and resting under these trees.  One early morning when my husband stepped out to get the newspaper, he heard a clippity-clop on the concrete -- these two were leisurely crossing the street.

Monday, January 19, 2015


"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
                                      --Henri Matisse

Friday, January 16, 2015

Frosty View

"Winter is on my head,
but eternal spring is in my heart."
                                          --Victor Hugo

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mano a Mano

"I feel like I can conquer the world with one hand
when you are holding the other one."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Like Father, Like Son

Know any of these men?  If so, then you understand why 'orange' is everywhere in the photo.  Essentially, for decades this farm family has primarily had Allis Chalmers tractors, and each year in their town's annual celebration, they proudly drive some of their fleet in the parade.  

"A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil,...-- it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape..."
                                             --Joel Salatin

Monday, January 12, 2015

Exterior Pattern

"Architecture is a visual art,
and the buildings speak for themselves."

Friday, January 9, 2015


Due to the extreme cold and recent snowfall, these parts of Iowa, along with much of the USA, have felt like living in a freezer.  This black and white image gives the viewer a taste of the harsh conditions and helps one focus on the parts of the scene that truly appear frozen.  The snow pack along with a clear sky help temperatures fall to double-digits below zero...not including the windchill.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lovely Lines

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
                                                     --Winston Churhill

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


"To me, photography is an art of observation.
It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...
I've found it has little to do with the things you see
and everything to do with the way you see them."
                     --Elliott Erwitt

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Child's Eyes

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.

There are seven million."

                                        --Walt Streightiff

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Woods

"Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in 
the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up.
Deal with brute nature.  Be cold and hungry and weary."
                                                             --Henry David Thoreau

Friday, January 2, 2015

Maquoketa Mist

Maquoketa Mist by Stephanie Funke

The Maquoketa River passes through my hometown and provides a wonderful backdrop for photography, including images captured in the fog. Recently this particular shot received Honorable Mention in an online art exhibit that featured the four seasons.  To view several outstanding entries in this exhibit, visit the following site:

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Leap into 2015

Happy New Year!  This photo is an inspiration as it reminds me to take time to just enjoy life, to spend time with family and friends and to sometimes laugh and play like children.  So, make a splash in the new year and have fun along the way.