#Sunday Stills: #Textures in Prescott, Arizona

When Terri Webster Schrandt challenged us to shoot pictures with textures for her Sunday Stills Challenge, I was inspired. Arizona is nothing but textures. Nothing is smooth and silky. So come with me, put on your helmets and gloves and let’s take off for a rough, hilly walk. Since the Lens-Artist Challenge #125 invited us to choose anything, these pictures all fit both challenges. Yay!

Part of the concept of Wabi-Sabi is being aware of our surroundings and looking for beauty in everyday life – in its impermanence and imperfection.

Tina Schell

I tried some filters on some of these shots to make them more Wabi-Sabi, but you really want to click the link and look at Tina’s pictures and read all about Wabi-Sabi then judge for yourself if I even made a dent in achieving it.

On Friday it snowed here – a beautiful dusting and all the highways if you look into the hills you can see in the shadows that the snow remains. We have shadows in Tanglewood Hills. We found textures of tufted grasses sticking out from the snowy blanket like cowlicks on the rocky soil.

We stayed on the pathway where textures abounded. I loved this tree. It reminds me of how my hands and legs feel right now. I bought some Gold Bond “healing cream” not simply hand cream. I feel sorry for this tree if it feels as itchy as I do.

Vince trotted on ahead while I stopped to admire the Wabi-Sabi display just feet from my back door. These photos were taken with our new iPhone 12 phones which we bought to replace the phones we both dropped during our month of moving. Our new phones have upscale photography tools built in. For example, they turn each still photo into a micro-video. On my phone you can see Vince take a couple of steps. Just look at all this texture! Wow!

glances down
yield an abundance
of textures
Haiku by Marsha Ingrao

Wasn’t that spectacular, and I don’t even know if it’s alive. It’s probably how the development got it’s name, Tanglewood Hills.

Depending on the type of tree, many of them are bare or nearly bare revealing layers and layers of texture. Charlotte has woven a tiny filament of texture of her own. Can you see it? Notice how blue the sky is. This leafy picture also works for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

This next picture takes you out of Tanglewood Hills and into a housing development. I took this picture because of the sharp contrast between the rock landscape and the soft fuzz of grass and the smooth concrete stairs. To heighten the contrast between textures I used a filter, it might have been poster edges. I played with all of them.

As you can see Prescott is quite hilly. Many residents have steep drives or walkways to their home. This picture is also for Cee’s FOTD Challenge. She accepts pictures of leaves.

sanded rust erodes
Hoosier stickers on windows
working man's textures
Haiku by Marsha Ingrao

Vince informed me the Hoosier meant the tires, but I still liked it because that is my home state.

This proud political sign got torn, tangled and crumpled in the textures of life. I thought it made its own political statement.

I have more pictures from today’s walk, but I’ll close with a picture of Wabi-Sabi texture that saves lives. We had more than our share of fires in California this year. If only there had been one of these every few feet in every forest.

I’m very late in the week to hook to Restless Jo’s Monday walks, but here it is a day early. We walk every day, but I don’t always shoot pictures. Thanks to all the Challenge Hosts for inspiring me to take my camera and shoot to a theme. 🙂 Have a great week.

Don’t forget to visit other challengers to encourage them on their photographic journeys.

Just follow the links!

Reminder – New Writing Challenge Starts Wednesday

THE SATURDAY SYMPHONY #18 (Darkness and Light)

This is Jude’s 18 edition of his challenge The Saturday Symphony. Already 51 people are excited about it. I love his first picture. Jude is soon to be featured on Always Write, but you can get to know him first on his site.

tales told different

Happy greetings to all you symphoneers and those passing through.

Welcome to the 18th edition of The Saturday Symphony. Here are some thoughts to kick us off;

Acknowledging that something so beautiful can have a very ugly side is often difficult. Is ignorance bliss or denial?

Where there is light, darkness is close by.

I have shown you my light
And you have basked in its beauty
If I show you my darkness
Will you stay all the same
Will you take the good with the bad
And see me for who I truly am.

See the darkness, then learn to lull it to a wakeless slumber

This week’s three featured posts

  1. What do we do with a drunken sailor by Richard Daybell – Amazingly told.
  2. Empty by Zoewiezoe – Beautifully Deep poetry.
  3. An autumn night tragedy by Calee – Remarkable storytelling.
See me, then you can have me.

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#Haiku: “Melancholy Autumn”

This week’s theme for Colleen’s poetry challenge is a haiku written by Sue Vincent:

clouds cover the moon,
beyond dawn's pale horizon
sun rises unseen  
©2020 Sue Vincent  

The idea is to use Sue’s haiku as inspiration for your own syllabic poetry. Remember, in this challenge we can use any of the following poetry forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Renga, Solo-Renga, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma

The current standards for creating Haiku in English suggest a form with three lines and syllables of 3/5/3 (11 syllables). Even the more abbreviated haiku version with three lines and syllables of 2/3/2 (7 syllables) is now thought of more favorably than the traditional 5/7/5 format. Hybrid haiku are written with seventeen-syllables in one or more lines.

Most haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of awareness with the reader.

mist meets earth
shrouding streets in gloom
foggy night

by Marsha Ingrao 2020

Revival of Colleen Chesebro’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writer’s Challenge

Colleen Chesebro invited me to reinstate the #WQWWC challenge she used to host with her blogger friend, Ronovan. They eventually chose to focus on poetry and so she opened it up to me to take up the challenge.

#WQWWC will start this Wednesday, December 2nd. Stay tuned for the first theme.

Blog Challenge Interview Series

Do you host or participate in blog challenges? It’s a lot of work. The enjoyment I get from blogging is to promote other hobby bloggers. So if you want to write a guest post or have an interview about the Challenge experience, please contact me. I’d love to feature you and your challenge on Always Write.

Story Chat

A BRAND NEW service to promote hobby bloggers is Story Chat. Your unpublished short story premieres on Always Write. My readers have a chance to chat about the story with you and their friends over a cup of coffee or glass of wine in front of a fire. Later, I will compile all of our thoughts into a summary post giving your story an encore.

Your comments and conversations are the best part of the day. I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

#CBWC Close-ups at the Beach

A quick swipe of a hue/saturation level in Photoshop turns a color photo into a black and white one. Cee Neuner give us an opportunity to give our close-up pictures another shot at stardom in her black and white challenge.

You can see the tracker on the back of this mama monk seal lounging on the beach at Poipu in Kauai, HI.

This Avila Beach, California beach comber looked almost as big as the monk seal. Very friendly, he and his owner allowed me to get closer than I expected.

I love all his wrinkles including those lines on his tongue.

The other Avila Beach-lover that surprised me by letting me get so close for a picture was my husband. This is one of my favorite pictures because of the little spots of light on his hand.

To join Cee’s Black and White Challenge click here.