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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery. We’re interested in seeing what you come up with for illumination — particularly your creative interpretations and more abstract approaches.

— The Daily Post editorial team

I was really inspired by the latest photo challenge over at The Daily Post. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ilumination is all about lights. I’ve been practicing taking shots at night and enjoy photographing different types of lights and lamps, so this challenge excites me!

I really dig the look and effect of the tiled gallery, which I’ve used to compile my illumination shots below. I hope you like this collection!

Writing Challenge: Starting Over

I like the theme of this week’s creative writing challenge, Starting Over, which encourages us to muse freely about beginning again and wiping the slate clean. I appreciate the freedom to be creative and explore different forms. Since I rarely dabble in poetry and freeform writing, I’ll experiment here.

Starting Over: In Fragments

A new pair of shoes.

The first chapter of a book.

A new hardbound journal, waiting to be opened.

A neighborhood walk early in the morning with your loved one.

A haircut exposing the back of your neck for the first time in years.

An egg.

The first rays of the sun peeking over the horizon.

A jump off of a cliff.

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Cala Tarida, Ibiza, Spain

A field of cherry blossom trees, on the cusp of exploding in shades of pink.

The first buds poking out of the dirt in your garden.

The glint on a ring as you hear the words “I do.”

Your newborn son, held for the first time.

A letter of apology sent to a friend.

A visit to a place from your childhood that forces you to remember something you’d forgotten.

A soft pillow beneath your head as you lie down to sleep.

A coffin lowered into the clasping earth.

The pain of finishing a draft and realizing it’s only the first.

A resignation letter handed in to your boss and a backpack in the trunk of your car.

A tank full of gasoline.

A shiny new WordPress blog.

An iOS app to post whenever you want, wherever you want.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt

The Daily Post asks: Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture?

Beyond. What a great theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It works well for this shot I took with my iPhone in Egypt. In the foreground, the focus is a pile of rocks, but off into the distance, you’ll see iconic landmarks: two of the pyramids at Giza.

I hope you like my interpretation of “beyond”!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s wonderful to see photographers on WordPress.com contributing guest photo challenges to The Daily Post. In this week’s photo challenge, Reflections, a photographer named Jared talks about using reflections in the composition of a photograph. He posted a fantastic image from the dock of a local park in which he used a mirror as a prop, creating an illusion within the frame.

I love how reflections in a photograph create a sense of duality and even surrealism. For my submission to this challenge, I’ve decided to share various photographs of reflections — in mirrors, on the surface of water, and through windows — and display them in a circle gallery. To me, the circle shape evokes a mirror, so this type of gallery seems appropriate.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

The folks at The Daily Post presented the WordPress.com community with a colorful photo challenge: Green. It’s a multi-photo challenge, so I’ve decided to display my collection of green shots in a slideshow.

I’ve taken all of these photographs when I’ve been out and about and on the go — from my travels through Europe to the Middle East. I’m happy to share these shades of green with you!

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Writing Challenge: Details

The latest writing challenge at The Daily Post, “The Devil is in the Details,” prompts us to dive into the details: to practice our powers of observation to bring a person, place, event, scene, or anything else to life. To create a rich picture in a reader’s mind in three paragraphs. I’ve chosen to zoom in on one part of my home: my bookcase.

My Bookcase


I’ve always been fascinated by the bookcases in other peoples’ homes. I sit down on someone’s sofa and see what they have on their shelves, learning about what they read, what they think about, and what they collect. And now, I gaze up at my own bookcase in my living room — three black shelves bolted to the wall. When I moved into my home last year, I filled the middle shelf first, with hardcover books I’ve read and loved — or have yet to read and simply want to show off. Teju Cole’s Open City. Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia. Jared Diamond’s Collapse. And a few recent favorites: Born to Run, about the elusive long-distance running tribe, the Tarahumara; and The Lost City of Z, a riveting nonfiction narrative from one of my favorite writers, David Grann.

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