Life in progress


Just Jot It Jan 2 – Time

Since the prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge today is about time as well, I’ve decided to combine this JusJoJan post with theirs.

I took these pictures while I was waiting for the Super Moon to rise in November. The sun was setting quite prettily in the west, beyond the bridge. There’s always been something about the transition between day and night for me that denotes peace. And yet the images my camera picked up were decidedly more along the lines of apocalyptic.





These are just as my phone camera took them, using the built-in software on the device. It’s nice for someone like me with little in the way of photographic skill to have my camera do such nice things for me.

Thanks to JoAnna for today’s JusJoJan prompt, “Time.” You can find her post here:

If you you’d like to join in the Cosmic Challenge, you can find the prompt here:


And finally, you can find today’s Just Jot It January prompt here: Click the link and join in today!


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Silhouette

In response to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt this week, which was shadows and silhouettes, I decided to use a picture I took in May. I was standing under a cherry tree and for some reason or another, took a picture of the sun through the branches.

Here is the original:

I thought first to see what my new phone could do with it. I was quite happy with this version, which I did nothing particular with except change the filters available. I like the way the branches stand out, giving it a skeletal look:

Then I decided to play around with that. This version, I think, has a bit of a Dystopian feel to it:

And finally, here’s what I ended up with when I played around with the original. I was trying to bring out the prism of the sun’s rays. It certainly shows off the actual brilliance of the pink blossoms:


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Metal

As I was wandering around Kingston on the weekend, looking for metal, (because that’s the theme of this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge) I came across a gate with some nasty looking needles. It’s like they put them in there just to make a point… so to speak.

The first is close to the original. I washed out a bit of the colour to age it a little:


But then I thought what the hell. I just got a new phone today and the camera came with a few editing goodies, so why not make it look like I took the photo when the place was built?


What do you think?


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Architecture

For this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge,  the prompt is “architechture.” Since I don’t have a lot of fancy tools at my disposal for altering photos, I decided to choose a building and pick it apart. I thought what better place to look than Japan, where aesthetics is everything.

Here’s a picture I took in December of 2014, of the Disney store in the Shibuya section of Tokyo. Click on the pictures for a closer look:

If you’d like to participate in the prompt, click here for Dale’s page, and/or here to go to K’lee’s place. Go on – it’s fun!


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Candlelight

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is “Quest for Fire.” I decided to go with a picture I’ve posted on my blog before, except this time it’s modified. At the time I shot it, I actually shot three as I often do, so I can be reasonably sure one of them is good. The first is a modified version of the one you may have seen before. I heightened the saturation to bring out the colour of the fire.

candle sat

In the second one, the camera, for whatever reason, picked up the flame’s aura above it. I’m guessing it was due to the angle of the lens. I kind of like the black and white version.

candle unsat

The third and final one was out of focus. I call this the drunk version:


You can find the photo prompt here at Dale’s blog, and here at K’lee’s blog. Come and join in! It’s fun!!


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Up Close

For this weeks’ Cosmic Photo Challenge we were to get up-close and personal with our subjects. This worked out well for me, since I took some pictures early last week that fit the bill.

The first I cropped and sharpened. I left the flowers in the distance in the shot, to show the contrast between near and far.

contrast sakura

This second shot is completely unaltered. It doesn’t fit into the challenge, but I like it.


To find the rules for the challenge, click the link: Join in – it’s fun!!


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Woodlands

I took this picture last year.

the original

the original

I love it, but I felt like it needed something extra done with it. My camera washed the scene out; while it looks hazily romantic, it’s not clear enough to see what was there.

Here’s what I came up with: first, I darkened it to make it look closer to the actual scene.


Then, just for fun, I took the colour out of it.


I like the way the swans pop out of the picture in this last one.

Which do you prefer?

For this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge,  the prompt was “Into the woods”, giving you a pretty broad theme of trees, woodlands, forests, leaves, anything arboreal in fact. You can find it by clicking


Cosmic Photo Challenge – Hot Beach

This picture was taken at sunset on a dull, rainy night at Jolly Beach, Antigua, January 23, 2013.



By first lightening the photo, and then enhancing the reds and blues, and decreasing the greens, I ended up with a much more stunning sunset than I saw in reality.

beach sunset

On fire

Which do you prefer?

This post is part of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge! This week’s theme is beaches. Click the link and learn what to do to join in!