A Blossom, a Bug, Water, and the Sky: Black and White Photography

Black and white and gobs of gray. I haven’t spent much time with black and white photography, but I thought I would take a shot at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White Photos. I took these shots with my phone with the help of a couple of special lenses. I decided to let the photos speak for themselves this time, so no quirky captions.

Flower Droplets


Beetle Feasting


Running Water


Sky View


Macro Makeup and Poolside Assortments: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Week 20

My odd ball photos for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge were taken in the comfort of my own home. I guess that makes me an odd ball since all this stuff is mine.

Eye Shadow

It’s pretty and sparkly and something I haven’t used in a long time. What is it? Blue eye shadow taken with the macro lens on my iPhone. It looks so much better in the packaging than it does on my face.

Mascara Brush

Is it a strange creature from another world? A gross hair brush? No, it’s a mascara brush. I took this macro photo with my iPhone.

Red Umbrella

I was relaxing under the red umbrella and decided it was an interesting photo opportunity.

More Fun

This is a rule when visiting my house. What else is there to do in the heat of a Florida summer?

Weird Creature

As an added bonus odd ball photo, this is a strange creature from another world. I think I saw him creep off the mother ship that landed in my yard the other night. Now he lives on my gutter. Kinda snugly, isn’t he?


A Starfish, Lime Face, a Wishing Tree and Fireworks: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 19

Here’s my entry for this week’s Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

Belly of a Starfish

This is a macro shot of the underbelly of a starfish. I ventured into the ominous depths of the sea and used my iPhone to shoot this rather toothy looking creature. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little. I actually took it at a little shop in the sponge diving community of Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Lime Face

My mojito was smiling at me, so I took a photo of it. He was delicious, but I was not smiling later in the day, as I’m a bit of a lightweight.

Wishing Tree

The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida calls this The Wishing Tree. After you visit the museum, you can write a wish on your wrist band and tie it to the banyan (ficus) tree. My band is the blue one.

Discarded Fireworks

Our July 4th party is over for another year. Here’s the discarded remnants of the fireworks in our backyard. They’re really just glorified sparklers, but they’re still fun. Unless you count the firecrackers and bottle rockets. They’re real, and I don’t find them all that fun since I seem to be a target for explosives and fire.

A Staircase, Spider Web and Leaves

I thought I would join The Daily Post photo challenge. This week they’re asking for CONTRASTS. I hope I captured some interesting contrasts.

Dali Museum Staircase

This is looking up the staircase at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. I took this with my iPhone.

Spider Web

I captured a macro photo of a strange spider in its web. This was taken with my iPhone as well.

Polka Dot Leaf

I really liked the contrast in colors on the leaves of this polka dot plant in my backyard.


Fry Guy, Wooden Outlet, and Banyan Roots: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, Week 16

Here’s a little quirkery (yes, I made up that word) for you to enjoy. Of course, it wouldn’t be my usual contribution to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge without a little creepiness thrown in the mix.

Fry Guy

This little gem was the greeter at the entrance to a junk store. He was named “Fry Guy” on the sales tag, so he’s probably the former face of a fast food burger joint. He’s odd and slightly creepy with those vacant eyes and evil smile. I’m certain he’s hiding something. Why do fast food restaurants use such creepy icons?


Plug In

We could all use an extra outlet, even when standing under a giant tree in a park. This is tree graffiti on the trunk of a Banyan tree.

Banyan Roots

These Banyan tree roots sort of look like worms snaking toward the ground. A massive gnarled tangle of wickedness, they are quite possibly the root of all evil. I think Fry Guy might live inside the dark crevices of this tree.

Doll Heads, Patina, and Powerade: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Please enjoy these odd ball photos I took for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

Doll Heads Chair

Dolls are creepy enough when they are fully intact, but this is horrifying! Add in a few clown heads, and I’m about to lose my head. I found this scary gem of a chair in a junk store. Would you sit on it?

Doll Heads

When I used my computer to rename and save the file, it wanted me to tag the “people” in the photo. Could it get any creepier than this? I might have nightmares tonight.


This is the handle for my outdoor shower by the pool. It hasn’t been used in the nearly four years we’ve lived here. The patina and rust is progressing nicely. Let’s think of it as a science experiment.

Powerade Bottles

These are Powerade bottles. For those of you not familiar with Powerade, it’s a sports drink. I think they taste gross, but they make quite the colorful photo with the sunlight behind them.


A Moth, Beer, Evil Sand, and a Wooden Eye: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 11

So you don’t think I’ve completely abandoned my blog, here are some odd ball photos for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 11. Since I’m a fan of macro/close-up photos, I included a couple in this group. Enjoy the scenery! I’ll be back with some weird short stories soon.


No, it’s not a fish! It’s a tiny moth resting on my basil plant leaf. From afar, he looks sort of faded purple and is about a quarter of an inch long. With my iPhone macro lens, his true colors are revealed.

Lemon in Beer

This is a refreshing and delicious lemon floating in a mug of beer. Taken with my iPhone macro lens.

Evil Sand

Here’s an evil sand sculpture on the beach in Florida. He must have brought the oppressive heat and humidity with him.

Eye of Aspen

Don’t stare too long into the eye! This is a knot on an aspen tree in Colorado. I felt like the trees were watching me. (Cee’s photo of the face in the tree inspired me to include this one.)





Sand, the Moon and Toilets: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Things have been a little too serious around here lately. We need a little nonsense to balance it out. Plus, I need to live up to my blog name once in a while.

This is my first time participating in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. I’m known for being odd, so I should fit right in. All these weird and whimsical photos were taken at random times and in random places. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: All About Perspective

For The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, we are supposed to show perspective. The eye can be fooled.

The first two photos are of a red-shouldered hawk at a local park. She’s posing so perfectly. I wonder why?

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Faces: Macro iPhoneography

I have faces on my mind; all kinds of faces made of glass, plastic, stone, metal, and paper. They’re everywhere, always watching. Luckily, these faces can’t talk or move. Well, at least they haven’t yet.

I took these random macro faces around my house using my iPhone.

Bottle Man

Glass Bottle Stopper

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A Penny, Sand Balls, Godzilla, and a Floating Flower

The weekly photo challenge for the Daily Post was to show OBJECT. Here’s my interpretation with some of my usual macro photography.

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Macro iPhoneography

Just having a little fun using my iPhone macro lens. Don’t mind me, I’ve gone a little magnify crazy. Enjoy the startlingly close-up scenery!

To the Sunset of 2013…and the Dawn of 2014

My blogging holiday hiatus is almost finished, and all I can say is, “Whew! Glad that’s over!” I feel like I’ve neglected my faithful followers for the last few weeks. For that, I apologize and hope you all understand. I’ll be back soon. So in the meantime, enjoy a few iPhone photos I took using a nifty little clip-on macro lens that my wonderful husband gave me for Christmas.

May the new year find you in fine fettle and be filled with good fortune. Cheers!

White Flower Macro iPhone

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community, Ancient People

This week’s photo challenge for the Daily Post was to show Community. For me, ancient rock art, petroglyphs, and dwellings of the indigenous people of the American Southwest represent community. I took these photos a few years ago in Arizona, near Tucson and Sedona.

Circle of Life

Petroglyph of the Hohokam near Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro National Park. The Circle of Life.

Various petroglyph scenes found near Tucson, Arizona.


Kokopelli petroglyph at Honanki Heritage Site near Sedona, Arizona

Rock paintings and petroglyphs near Sedona, Arizona

Montezuma Castle and well – An ancient Sinagua 20-room cliff dwelling near Camp Verde, Arizona.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls

See Ruby Falls…

On a recent road trip, my husband and I stopped at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We took the Ruby Falls cave tour. For those of you who don’t know about Ruby Falls, it’s a spectacular 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath Lookout Mountain.

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge was to show GRAND. I thought an underground waterfall qualified.