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I Can See Into Your Soul

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above.

Black Hole

This summer, my former love and I took our combined bunch of children on a group vacation to Florida.  While we were there, we went to the Canaveral National Seashore.  I found this rotted stump to a fallen palm tree.  I was particularly struck by how I could see into the core of the tree – and how strong the tree was when it stood, yet how fragile it appeared now.  It was like looking into the soul of the tree.   So, I leaned as far as I could over the railing to take a shot “from above.”  I wanted to capture the tree’s “essense.”  I later found that adding the sepia tone, enhanced that feeling.

Cast Your Eyes Up to the Sky…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up.

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means UP to you!

Clouds over the beach

There is nothing more beautiful than the blue of the summer sky in Florida.  These clouds look as if they have been painted on.  This was taken as I was reclining in a lounge chair – and found myself looking UP.

Oh, the Places I WON’T Go!” (The not-so-serious version)

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Daily Prompt: No, Thanks.

Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

As I stated in yesterday’s post, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” I can find beauty in just about any location.  The buildings.  The landscape.  The flora.  Despite crumbling buildings, I can find a small detail that I find fascinating.

There is one small little problem, though.  I have a MASSIVE phobia of snakes.  Any kind.  Big or little.  Venomous or not.  I hate them.  Hate them.  HATE THEM!!!

So, I have absolutely no desire what so ever to go ANYWHERE where I might run in to some.  That includes, but not limited to:

  1. The Amazon Rainforest.
  2. The Herpetarium at the zoo (Yes, I am fully aware that there are OTHER reptiles there, but there are far more snakes than any other creature).
  3. The reptile department of PetSmart (or any other pet store for that matter).
  4. Any snake or reptile show at a local convention center.
  5. The reptile section of the library or the book store.
  6. A theatre showing “Snakes on a Plane.”  Or “Anaconda.” Or any other snake based movie.
  7. The South Seas where the sea snake lives. (I can still remember the nightmare I had as a child where the canal behind our house became infested with sea snakes and I fell in.)
  8. The Reptile section of my college biology textbook. (Yes, boys and girls, I actually CHOSE to fail that part of the semester, just so I did not have to see the pictures in that section.)
  9. The pinestraw in my front yard. (I found some babies in there last spring.)
  10. Anywhere else you might think of where one might unexpectedly walk up on one of those vile creatures.

Now, if you will excuse me, I now have a serious case of the heebie-jeebies.


Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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Daily Prompt: Places.

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?



The breathtaking majesty of the Rocky Mountains.  Rising as if trying to reach heaven.

The urban decay of The French Quarter in New Orleans with its tilted buildings, looking as if they will crumble if I but lean on it.

The noise and lights and business of Times Square, making even night seem like day.

The buildings of Paris, glowing as if lit from within.

The layers of colors of the Arizona desert, stark and faded from the sun.

The peace and tranquillity and silence and misty coolness of the forests of North Carolina,

The power and strength of standing at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, healing my soul.

Choosing one would be impossible.

Choosing one would make me feel unfaithful to the others.

Choosing one would make me feel unfaithful to myself.

Maybe I have a split-personality.

Maybe I am indecisive.

Or, maybe, just maybe, it is because I can find beauty and strength and power and peace and wonder in all the places I’ll go..

A Plot of Earth

Daily Prompt: A Plot of Earth

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

Daily Prompt: A Plot of Earth.

My own little corner of the world

“In my own little corner in my own little chair I can be whatever I want to be.
On the wings of my fancy I can fly anywhere and the world will open its arms to me.”

Such an interesting question.  The logical, Spockish, part of my brain is thinking, “I am missing a much-needed variable.  You have not indicated how much land I have been given or where this land is located.  Highly illogical.”  It could be a 1×1 foot plot, or it could be several miles squared.  Not having been given any other parameters, I will just let my mind envision my ideal space.

I was born and raised in South Florida.  I have watched land being purchased and built upon until there is very little resemblance to the landscape that originally brought people to the area.  Sand dunes were leveled out so that condos could rise like sentries guarding against the beauty of the ocean.  Blocking out all but the tiniest glimpses to all but those wealthy enough to “deserve” the location.

This summer my former love and I took a combined family vacation.  His two kiddos and my three monkeys.  A lovely condo, right on the beach.  On one of our outings, we drove to the Canaveral National Seashore.  In all my years living in Florida, I had never been.  It was like driving back in time.  Nothing but miles and miles of original Florida landscape.  I was moved to tears.   My senses were bombarded.  It was amazing, and just what my psyche had been demanding.

It may seem I have veered away from my original question, but trust me – I’m geting to it!  Be patient!

If I were given a plot of land, I would want it to be beach-front property, somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Florida.  But, the kicker is, I would want it to be untouched.  And I would leave it that way.  Call it a natural sanctuary.  Not just for the native flora and fauna, but for us lowly humans as well.  A place for soul-searching and soul-cleansing.  A place where I could BREATHE.  I would not be selfish, I would share.  BUT, I would limit the number of people each day.  After all, this isn’t about a place just to frolic at the beach.   It is to be a meditative place.

The one human element I would add, however, is a BATHROOM!  With a SHOWER!  Near enough that I don’t have to hike to get to it when the need arises.   I don’t care how much it costs, but I think having a civilized bathroom near the beach is a necessity.

Welcome to my own little corner of the world.