Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

12 years ago, I was living east of Kansas City, Missouri and driving 20 miles through blizzards nearly everyday to get to and from work. On one particularly frightening evening, I discovered this delightful thing called freezing rain. I grew up in central Minnesota, so freezing rain was a new concept. Precipitation always just came …

Be the Spark

Scanning the floor of the Tacoma Dome after the lights went down Friday night, I looked for opportunities to improve my seating situation with my unnamed Englishman and new partner in crime.  A decade ago, I'd be sneaking forward for a better view of Ozzy on stage.  In my early 30's however, it was Desmond Tutu who …

Cameras and Shoes

This is one of the last images I had taken with David's Canon 40d.   I reluctantly returned it to him yesterday after having used it since August.  But, I didn't hang my head for long because my new NIKON D90 arrived later in the afternoon!!   I spent hours reading the owner's manual and then playing with all of the unfamiliar buttons …

A New Project

A few winters ago, I noticed a man in a long red coat panhandling on the freeway off ramp where I exit for home in the evenings.   His dark, curly hair and beard grew out of control and, coupled with the attire, reminded me of a displaced Charles Dickens character.  His theatrical appearance sparked my …

Spotlight on Libya

Imagine visiting a place that borders the Mediterranean and walking through ancient Roman cities.  Italy?  Think again.  Picture yourself wandering among 12,000 year old rock sculptures as the wind continuously reshapes the desert and then stumbling upon a secret oasis.  Where would you be?  Libya.  Despite  the country's natural beauty and the capital Tripoli's claim to be the "White Bride …