Skirting the Storm

Summer Storm

My ride home from work yesterday managed to avoid this storm. It hit north of me just before I started out, but by the time I arrived safely at home the storm was over my departure point. Strong winds, some lightening and thunder, but a dry ride.
This post is a response to the Daily Post: Storm

Home (away from home)

For the month of July this is my home away from home. Rather taking a break, I’ve chosen to be a Summer School Vice Princpial. I’m sure many of you are asking why in the world would any sane person choose to do this, but the truth it is a great experience. For the most part, the 760 students are here because they want to be here. The teachers are super motivated to work with these students. It really is a fun time. 
This post is part of the WordPress #developingyoureye photo workshop. 

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Transitions

For this week’s Photo Challenge, I combed the photos I’ve taken on my phone this fall. As an English teacher, I spent s considerable amount of time discussing the notion of change and subsequent rebirth with my students. We looked for this in the various texts we read, viewed, listened to, or observed. Encouraging the students to consider a text to be more than the printed work on a page or screen was an important aspect of my classes. 

Each picture shows the transition from summer to winter. The hope for something better is held in the crumbling beauty that we at left with in autumn, and in our memory of that object during its growth phase. Assuming we stopped to smell those proverbial roses. 

Flowers in the garden


Cattails about to explode


Sun setting on another November day

Of course sometimes the transition works the other way.  Rather moving from life and beauty towards decay, our environment moves from chaos and destruction to rebirth and renewal. Moving into our house last year has brought about numerous opportunities for renewal. Our latest was a new floor in our sunroom. 

Where once there was nothing, now there is something


This little project was much bigger  than originally planned, but the outcome is worth it. 

As we head from November to December, autumn to fall, and year to year, enjoy the various transitions. 


Maple leaf with frost before the fully crosses it


Photography Browsing

As often happens with many people, I have lots of photographs on my computer. I take them. I look at them in the 2 inch viewfinder. I load them onto my computer. I kind of forget about them. My wife and I have been talking about getting some of the pictures printed and framed for our home, but it just hasn’t happened yet with all of the other things that need to get done. Today, however, I had some time and I started looking. What did I discover? Well I take a lot of pictures. A LOT! and quite a few are almost meaningless to me know that the event has passed. That said, there are some that are a pleasant surprise, and others that are worth revisiting. Not everything is worth printing, but they do deserve a second look. Here are some of the photos I found that deserves a second look. These pictures were predominantly taken at various point in the last year.

Let me know what you think. May be I should do a keep or pitch type activity at some point, but not today. I just started looking at and organizing the pictures.