Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

The big picture is overrated.  It is uncertain.  It can be messy.  It is rarely understood, never controlled and frequently overwhelming.  I like the little picture instead.  Focusing attention on small details adds beauty to days that could otherwise slip by unnoticed, obscured by looming shadows of the big picture.  Life’s details are here now: bright, beautiful and begging to be seen.

* Post inspired by WordPress’ weekly photo challenge. This week’s theme is color.  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

jan pics 028-1Although I don’t make resolutions in January, I do like to choose a word to guide me through the upcoming 12 months.  I’ve done this the past few years and I’m always surprised at how often my word perfectly fits with what I experience during the year.

2013 will see the launch of several projects, including a few for the house and a few for me.  I think it has the potential to be a very transformative year but also one where I’m pulled in a million directions.  So the word I choose for 2013 is: focus.

Focus on the goal and embrace the work it takes to get there.  Focus on what’s truly important and let the rest slide.  Pause, breathe, focus.

What about you?  Any words to guide you in 2013?  Share in the comments section.

* Inspired by WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge.  This week, we’re invited to post a photo that exemplifies our New Year’s resolution…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Pulling open the heavy doors, we peered into the tasting room.

“Can I help you?”

“We’re big fans of your wine — any chance we could do a tasting today?”

“Oh, that’s too bad, tastings are by appointment only,” she replied, punctuating her statement with a wince as if the news pained her.

We looked past the petite gatekeeper into the room that appeared fully staffed but lacking customers.  “Um, can we make an appointment for right now?” we sheepishly offered.

“Um, no.”

As we headed back to the car, I snapped a picture of the winery’s roofline against a bright blue sky.  I wouldn’t be taking home bottles of wine that day, but at least I could leave with an interesting photo.

Years have passed, but I still dream of having a Pretty Woman moment where I revisit the tasting room as the author of a best-selling cookbook featuring photos and recipes from Napa’s favorite wineries.  “Remember me?  You wouldn’t let me taste your wine.  Big mistake.  Big.  Huge!” I’d say with a head tilt and a Julia Roberts smile.

* Post inspired by WordPress’ weekly photo challenge.  The theme for this week is geometry in photography.   Since I’m posting daily in November, I need all the creative prompts I can get…