Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Thanks to the WordPress Reader, I’ve been perusing other blogs to “catch up” on what I’ve missed while immersed in my studies. I see that this week’s photo challenge is “community.” My first thought was to skip this challenge and jump into it next week. But FrancineInRetirement‘s blog reminded me that “community” applies to many beings and things. So here is a shot that was taken about a week ago that certainly fits the bill. 😉  Thanks Francine.




Time for a Break . . .

Yes, I am to that time once again when I will have to step away from the blogging. You may have noticed that I don’t get around to your blogs like I used to. Soon I will start my practicum and fieldwork and time will be at a premium. I love blogging. I miss visiting your blogs. But priorities prevail and for the next year I will be tied up doing what I’ve prepared to do for years now. Last week marked by third anniversary of blogging. I began this venture as an effort to maintain my sanity while looking for work. Through writing and photography, hobbies that I let slip away years ago, I was able to redefine the trajectory of my life. And I am still walking down that road and loving it. This blog has evolved from writing about anything that popped into my mind to showcasing my photography when academia began to sap my writing energy. I don’t want to let “Inspired Vision” slip away into oblivion, so I will leave a word, a photo, or whatever, as time allows. Once I complete my studies I hope to come back to this page, or possibly create a new, improved site that reflects where I am at that time. At any rate, enjoy your days and count your blessings. I’ll see you when I can.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Photograph Something NEW!

So, what makes this so “new?” These are some old cameras, one passed down to me from my grandfather, one passed on to me from an uncle, and one I bought when I was expecting my first child. I have other cameras too,  still packed in boxes somewhere, but these three were just unpacked in the last week. Cee challenged us this week to post something that we photographed in the past few days, something new for our readers. As I pondered what to shoot whilst sitting amidst a stack of books and papers and school projects, I thought I might just take a shot of my work space and call it a day. But that idea was far too boring. I then thought about taking a walk in my backyard to see if I saw anything photo-worthy there. But it is dark and overcast outside, and spitting snow to boot! I walked into a back room to retrieve my camera and tripod thinking that there must be something in the house I could photograph. Then I saw the cameras sitting on a shelf of the bookcase, and voilà! Here you have it. 🙂 I shot it in black and white, but then thought sepia would give the shot an old-fashioned look. After that I antiqued it…better still! Then I thought to add a little vignette and edge-blurring. Now this is what I call “something new!” What do you think?

PS: I also like the books in the background. Interesting reading, wouldn’t you say?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pets

At the moment I do not have any pets. Last November I had to put down my pet cat, Pele, who was 18-years-old and very sick. She was a wonderful part of our family and I still miss her. The following is my favorite photo taken with her about a year before she died.

I shot the following photo hours before we took her to the vet for the last time.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

I was going to skip this one (which is really last week’s challenge) but couldn’t resist. So, here are a few water shots I thought would be nice for the challenge. Enjoy!


Five Question Friday: October 26, 2012

I’ve been so busy I forgot it was time for Five Question Friday! The fall colors are just past their peak, so I’ve been out shooting lots of photographs before the color is gone and winter sets in. I hope you have enjoyed the Autumn weather and colors as much as I have. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I can’t wait to see some of your spring pictures. 🙂

Here are the questions. Enjoy!

1. Who wakes up in the morning with the kids, you or hubby?

Many years ago when my children were still living at home, I was the one to rouse the household for the day ahead. I used to resent it at times. I wanted to stay in bed along with everyone else. Besides, I didn’t like being grumbled at when tussling one’s hair or nudging a shoulder and “cheerfully” encouraging each one to get out of bed, greet a new day, and get ready for school or work! But now I would give anything to wake them up again each morning and see those sleepy-eyed babes. Some blessings are not realised until they are gone. Sigh. Now they are the ones waking their families each morning and life continues on.

2. Do you watch the World Series even if your team isn’t in it?

No. We don’t usually watch sports on TV. Besides, we are hikers and prefer the sport of camping and exploring nature in nearby parks and arboretums. I do hunt . . . but only for shooting photographs.

3. What is the best compliment you have received?

I’ll have to think about this one. I respond to those compliments that value me as a person, or my abilities and capabilities the most, as opposed to compliments on how I look or what I own. One recognizes the person within, the other only sees appearances and/or possessions. There is nothing wrong with complimenting someone on a pretty dress, or how nice they look. But the best compliments, the ones that mean the most, are those that show appreciation for the person. Hmmm….I’ll try to keep that in mind the next time I pay someone a compliment!

4. Do/did you dress up to take your kids trick or treating?

Ahhh… another “no” answer I’m afraid. Even when my kids were wee tykes and all living under our roof, I did not dress up with them. It was hard enough work making/creating/whatever costumes we could gather for them. I will look for old photos to post here. Some are real gems!

5. Do you have a favorite bible verse? What is it and why?

The following has to be my favorite. Read and you will see why.

“I charge you: Be strong and resolute; do not be terrified or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1.9

There are many portions that mean a lot to me, but this is the one I go to when the “going gets rough.”

I look forward to reading some of your responses. AND, may this be a fun and glorious weekend for you. See you next week. 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I posted this shot a while back, and it is still one of my favorite photos. Hope you like it. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

This challenge stumped me. I looked through the archives and found nothing . . . or so I thought! Most of my photography falls in the close-up or macro categories. How does one depict “big” when the photographs are mostly about small things. But then it occurred to me that ‘big’ really is in the eye of the beholder!

Far from great shots–animals move around a lot, and the background is messy–but it fits the challenge, don’t you think?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Colors

Often called “complimentary colors”, this challenge is to post photos that highlight contrasting colors. In my case I chose to post a photo in pink (red) and green (yellow + blue). I hope you like it. 🙂