Survival #bwphotography #wood #haiku


around a corner

twisting to see the sun


snow dust


The trunk of the top plant amazed me as it turned around almost two corners to get to a stronger light source. This is my black and white offering for Cee’s Black and White – “Wood”

Lover’s Dance #valentine #poetry #photography

love me calla

Gentle mist upon my forehead

covers me with diamond dew

fragrant kisses call me softly

velvet points our pas de deux

Let us dance upon the four winds

impassioned lovers take our cue

when night’s curtain is a falling

dearest, hold me near to you

Photography:”Love me Calla” copyright 2012 L. Moon

I had to pull an archived romantic poem for lovers today!

Filtering your shots #photography #dphcallenge

Believe it or not each of those is a different filtering effect from Picmonkey.

I think landscapes can benefit from all these different filters.

I have to say I normally just clean up my shots with contrast and maybe a little more light.

Would love to know what filters you use and what photo-editing is the most helpful for your photography.

The WordPress Daily Post Photography 101 prompt for today was using filters. Daily Post has a challenge for everyone whether you get involved daily, weekly or monthly it’s worth a shot.

Photo-challenge-juxtaposition #photography #poetry

next to each other

strange pairings


sharing the same field

similar and dissimilar

different kind of beauty

as you stand side by side

This weeks DP photochallenge is juxtapostion. I hope the different shots show two uncommon things creating a beautiful image.

Memories in a box #haiku #photography


All that remained

she lived in another time

memories in a box


memories in a box

one night set free

no holding back ghosts

reminders not needed

the world could see

The prompt at Verse First (hosted by Kim Nelson) is Ghosts, Spirits, Scares. I hope you feel the presence of a ghost  in my verse today.

We were instructed to write in 31 words or 31 lines in honor of October 31st. I chose using the haiku and tanka to write 31 lines.

Tanka:  is written by one poet and not by two (as is the echo form of the Tan Renga) the syllables count is: 5-7-5-7-7

weekly photo challenge:infinite

The Word Press weekly photo challenge prompt this week is infinite. What do you think of when you hear the word Infinite?


when you look past

where  your feet can stand

when your imagination

takes you to distant lands

there are too many to count

on fingers and hands

Here are some expressions from fellow photographers:

  1. It looks like an infinit passage | Summerfield84’s English blog
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | MyBlog – solaner
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  4. Photo Challenge: infinite (circles) | Cardinal Guzman
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge:Infinite | So where’s the snow?
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Outreach
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | The Ambitious Drifter
  8. Infinite Sea of Depression… Or Hope | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Cee’s Photography
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite Doorways | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  11. An Infinite Deep Look at Traditional Costumes from Tonara, Sardinia | My Sardinian Life
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Flickr Comments
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite Boston | SERENDIPITY
  14. No End In Sight (Infinite) | photo potpourri
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | snapsofchocolate
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | castelsarrasin
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Ese’ s Voice
  18. A Stranger on the shore | Inception
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | yarnwuseleien
  20. WPC: Infinite Sun,Sky & Sea | SABAS LOG
  21. “Infinite” | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge : Infinite | Moments In Your Life
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | paintedwords
  25. Infinites – macro & micro | follow your nose
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Olivia May Photography
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Wind Against Current
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | This, that and the other thing
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  30. Holographic Universe | Inside my glitching mind
  31. iPod | Inside my glitching mind
  32. October 11, 2013 – World Egg Day | Inside my glitching mind
  33. Photoworld 11-10-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  34. Infinite (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge Infinite : Red Army at Kentuck Knob | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  37. Space Infinite and Deep | Canoe Communications
  38. weekly photo challenge – infinite | myguiltypleasures
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | A mom’s blog
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Irregular Ventilator
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Creative Mind
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity | Webcentrick’s PhotoBlog
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite |
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite « LargeSelf
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | belgradestreets
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | Steve Says….
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite | lena de almeida
  48. Infinite | EclipseOfTheMoon

In The Shadows #photography #blackandwhite #poetry

between the linesFor in the shadow

of life’s great hall

there lingers

just past our sight

the thing

that we can only see

in our dreams


worse yet

is when it creeps


our worst

of nightmares

and beneath dark fiends

we fall

The Theme this week  for WordPress weekly photo challenge is foreshadowing. The writer, artist, or photographer can take a rather ordinary image and with a bit of tweaking can change the impression. The uncropped rendering in color is quite different as a peacock in the foreground has proudly unfurled his glorious tale. I hope you sense the foreshadowing of doom in this black and white

Photograph: “Between the lines” © L. Moon 2013

Enjoy some fantastic photography:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | My.Vivid.Visions
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow (Storm in the Rockies) | skpfoto
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow of Peacock’s Art | My.Vivid.Visions
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | Chittle Chattle
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow – Joy and Woe
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Stephen Chapman
  8. Foreshadow (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | So where’s the snow?
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow of Monsoon | My.Vivid.Visions
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Ese’ s Voice
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Dim Lamp/קנה רצוץ לא ישבור
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | MyBlog – solaner
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow of Cake and Birthday Celebration | My.Vivid.Visions
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | Just Snaps
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  18. Weekly photo challenge: Foreshadowing | nancy merrill photography
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | ZULFIKARALEX
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow – Battle | My.Vivid.Visions
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow « LargeSelf
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreshadow | Moments In Your Life
  23. Sommernatt | Cardinal Guzman
  24. Foreshadow | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreshadow / Membayangkan | bambangpriantono
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Digital Art and photography by Irfan Hussain
  27. Photoworld 2-8-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  28. Mother Nature Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Bams’ Blog
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreshadow Warming Up at PNC Park | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering Clouds | SERENDIPITY
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | suzie81’s Blog
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Forest So Green
  34. A Shot of Metaxa in the Morning, or Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow « ph.d. in creative writing
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Lucid Gypsy
  36. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreshadow | Milka Pejovic
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | castelsarrasin
  39. weekly photo challenge: foreshadow | Curls n Skirls
  40. The Call | Good2begone
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Wind Against Current
  42. Weekly Challenge: Foreshadow – Redneck Dayz | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  43. Foreshadow | Le Drake Noir
  44. It is harvest time! | About-One-Thing
  45. Papuan Foreshadow | mobibrad
  46. weekly photo challenge: foreshadow | the ruminant autodidactic
  47. The foreshadowing of an Arizona Monsoon | Thirdeyemom
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Travel Monkey
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Stories of The Wandering Feet & Mind
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow /Weekend Theme – Structure! | More than a Cat
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadowing « mtlawleyshire
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | 2812 photography
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Around and About The Pacific Northwest
  55. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Foreshadow |
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | What Is It?!?
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow (Dawn) | Riding Bitch
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow (School – You are coming along) | What’s (in) the picture?
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | The Urge To Wander
  60. » Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | ILEANA PARTENIE
  61. Foreshadow of mortality | follow your nose
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Lancing a Windmill
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: FORESHADOW | The Adventures of Iñigo Boy
  64. Forecast: Time Sink | Required Writing
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Journey Called Life …
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Mami Works
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Irregular Ventilator
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow [Entry IX] | Stephanie Lise Lamoureux
  70. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge | Foreshadow | Naturally Conscious
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Forest Garden
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadowing | Blatherskite
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | six degrees photography
  75. Prediction | Taking One Day At A Time
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Mary J Melange
  77. Foreshadow. | Sitting on the Porch
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | cumafotofoto
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Cumakatakata
  80. Fog About to Tumble | On the Streets of San Francisco
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Rooktopia
  82. The Calm Before a (near) Perfect Storm | piran café
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Northwest Frame of Mind
  84. WordPress Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | A year in the Life
  85. Blog Origin Story | smilingbug
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Momus News
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Rois
  88. Foreshadow | Nature on the Edge
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow « Cats! Cats! Cats!
  90. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Life + Snapshots
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow | Joe’s Musings
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Today, on Earth
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | My Photolanguage
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | This, that and the other thing
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | OH, THE THINGS WE SHALL SEE ~ Photo companion blog to
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Boding Birthday | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreshadow
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Jesse Robben
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow | Southern Sea Muse
  100. Foreshadow | de Wets Wild

Looking Up #photography

Cali Farming
bw reach
Air Force Memorial

bw vine

Thanks to Sonel Corner for the Black and White “Upward” photo challenge.

Photography: Windmill, Reach, Vine, View from a ball © images by L. Moon 2013

Would love to know which is your favorite shot!

Creative Conformity #poetry #photography

What happens to creativity when forced into a box of conformity ???

brick and dead leaves

we strive in our heart’s passion

set the prisoner free

words edged with fire

brush strokes flair in action

notes collide on music’s sea


we survive lacking passion

bend the captive’s mind

tread water in muddied pool

a box an artist’s prison

society’s claw creativity to bind

photography: “Leaf the bricks” ©L. Moon 2012

The Specter of Old Age #poem #photography #elderly

what is left when aging takes it all???

The invisible specter
a master of fate
stealing vitality
weakness is the new state
clouds of  gray creep in
altering a once comely face
 the mirror an enemy
unrecognizable left in its place
the crafty meddler of the mind
spoils often the richest chest
scattering knowledge to the breeze
putting memories to the test
The specter takes everything
frailty and uncertainty remain
bent, gaunt, colorless, shell
a shadow is cast over nothing
I revived this piece from one of the original poems I posted on this blog. I wrote this while working as a private duty nurse for a dear lady of 90. I loved the bits and pieces of the word that I got to see in spite of the Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s is devastating for the elderly and their families – one reason I cherish each moment I have with aging family members. Hug a family member today ~ just because…
This poem is selected to share with a wonderful and lively group of poets at Poet’s United. The Poetry Pantry give a weekly opportunity to share a poem you have written – join the fun!

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