January 1, Light & [blank] Challenge


Swamp 1Maxwell, the cat from Hell, sat between Monica Snapjaw’s legs as she faced-off the old woman on her porch. They stared at each other through the glass of the storm door that remained closed at all times. Mrs. Snapjaw kept her arms crossed in a defensive posture. Maxwell just blinked complacently at the old woman, Miss Helgar.

“Miss Helgar, you go on home now. Your daughter is probably worried sick about you,” chided Monica a little too loudly.

“I’m tellin’ ya, Monica Snapjaw!” Cried Miss Helgar in anguish, pausing to draw on her pipe, then blowing the smoke into the glass of the storm door. It formed a tiny, sideways mushroom cloud. The morning air was that still. “There be witches in Harwood Swamp! Every month, they gather in the moonlight to dance and sing the praises of the Evil One!”Swamp 2“Slam the door in that crazy woman’s face,” laughed Maxwell to Monica. “It’ll serve her right!”

Max 1 b“Oh, just be quiet!” Snapped Monica. “I’m trying to talk here!”

“Well, excuse me, Mrs. Monica Snapjaw,” humphed Miss Helgar. She popped her pipe back into her mouth, gave Monica the finger, and then turned and retreated from the Snapjaw porch, slamming the screen door behind her.Swamp 3[Author’s note: I had a lot of fun with this challenge. The swamp photographs were taken the day before yesterday; that is, January 30 of last year! I experimented with different kinds of sepia tones. Is there one you may prefer over the others?]

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Frigid

Babies 1 bBabies 2Mounted on twin Appaloosas, and both encased in silver plated ceremonial armor, the King and Queen rode ahead of the band of royal knights, five hundred strong. They rode five abreast which meant that for one hundred horse-lengths, the streets of the city were clogged. Despite frigid conditions, large masses of people stood in the snow to watch the parade pass by.

Bugle, fife and drum marched ahead of the column. Their rousing music helped to cheer the crowds who waved madly at their sovereigns. Many people waved little national flags to show their patriotism. Shortly after sunset, fireworks would light up the sky to cap the celebrations honoring their sovereigns’ wedding anniversary.

Jez’s WWE Challenge: December 31, 2019

With the coming new year, we have a brand new Water Water Everywhere challenge from Jez Braithwaite.

WWE 4This photo is a study of shadows on water that is rather muddy, murky and mysterious.

These three photographs are another one of my studies on reflections. I took the reflected image in the first photo and rotated it 180 degrees for the second photograph. Then I put it through the black and white filter to get the final image.

WWE 3WWE 3 180WWE 3 180 bwIf I stare at this last photo long enough, I start to see faces and people in the branches. Try it!