Life in progress


Just so you know …


Don’t recognize the little picture in your tab when you have one of my posts open in your browser? That’s because I’ve finally changed my icon from the mannequin in the Santa hat to this selfie, taken in my hotel room in Akihabara, Japan in December, 2015.

That’s cleared that up, then.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Unless you’re on the other side of the world, in which case, sorry it’s Monday.


Fried Tree

After my unexpected adventure with electricity last night, I couldn’t resist walking down the street to see what had caused the damage.

It looks like this branch fell on the wires in the rain, hit just the wrong spot, and shorted out the transformer, causing the unscheduled fireworks display I witnessed. Not much damage, right?

But look what it did to the poor tree!

I shall forever refer to you as sparky.

I couldn’t get a clear picture, but the burn mark goes up pretty high.

GAH!!! Electricity is dangerous!


Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day, to all the awesome

moms 1

and sometimes overworked

moms 2

but always appreciated Moms out there!



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!


K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge 3 (A First for Me)

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan December, 2014

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan December, 2014

I took this picture at sunrise from my hotel room. The original was far more faded; I brought up the saturation to make the colour of the sun in the reflection of the windows pop. I only wish I had been able to get a clearer shot. You can see how long the shutter was open by observing the lights of the cars going by on the highway.

The three, in this case, (because the theme today is “three”) are the two buildings and the cars. Yes, a bit of a stretch, but it’s the best I could do in a pinch.

P.S. If anyone knows of any good (and cheap or free) programs for altering photos, I’d love to know. Thanks!

This post is part of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. To join in the fun with your own digitally altered photo, click here:


Just Jot It January 6th – Cloud

I love looking at clouds, yet I’ve never been very good at seeing things in them unless the shape made it really apparent. Like this for instance:


Click on it. Do you see it?

The cloud low on the horizon, right behind the cruise ship looks like a giant head of a dragon, facing left. Tell me you see it. Go on. Please.

Sometimes the clouds balance things out:

Sometimes they’re the focus:


Never mind the Boston Pizza

Don’t you love clouds too?

The “Cloud” prompt is brought to you by Geoff Lepard at TanGental. If you don’t already know him, check out his blog!

JJJ 2016

To find the rules for Just Jot It January, click here and join in today. It’s never too late! And don’t forget to ping back your January 6th post here!


Don’t get fined for “free” use of photos on WordPress

Copyright infringement is a serious issue, and one we’re all, apparently, at risk of inadvertently committing here on WordPress. There’s so much more to free usage of Creative Commons material than meets the eye, and no one understands that better than author and blogger, D.G. Kaye.

In her article, she explains how it happened to her and what to look for in the fine print for what appears to be free-for-all-to-use images. You can read it  Listen Up – 5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Copyright Infringement by clicking this link.

Benefit from her experience before it happens to you!


The Sadly Neglected Eclipse-Eve

I wasn’t able to get any photos of the whole blood-moon eclipse thing, but I did get some pretty spectacular pictures of the almost full moon on Saturday night when I was in Kingston.

Pictures from the Waterfront Trail, taken with my phone, untouched but for a little cropping. Click on the images for a bigger picture.