Cee’s Hunt for Joy Challenge: Counting Chimneys

010420joy-bannetIMG_0051IMG_0038Well, at least I am on the board with one! This is my submission for Cee’s fifth On the Hunt for Joy Challenge. It was taken at historic Londontown, Maryland, just south of Annapolis on the other side of the Severn River. January 2, 2020.

FOWC with Fandango: Prerogative

GarGar 1It was the royal prerogative to issue monopolies to their friends, usually as rewards for a job well done. Joyful as this may have been for the King and Queen’s cronies, for merchants responsible for actually shipping certain products it was onerous.  For instance, if King GarGar issued a monopoly on red wines to a friend, then the people who import red wine would have to do so under the lucky person’s name. In essence, it was giving people a cut of the profits that they did nothing to earn.

When parliament tried to curb the practice through legislation, Queen Pirouette personally tore up the draft of the bill that was sent to her in the top secret red box. While this did little to improve the merchants’ opinions of the crown, it did create an atmosphere of intense competition for royal favor, primarily among the nobility- those who had the most ready access to the King and Queen who ruled jointly as equal partners in government.GarGar 2

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Explosive

Babies 1Babies 2As both of their Majesties possessed mercurial natures, their relationship could be described as stormy and at times even explosive.  After presenting her husband with a baby boy and a baby girl (twins) Queen Pirouette felt the need to go on a pilgrimage of thanksgiving.  That Divine Intervention was working in her life, the Queen took for granted.  How else to explain the birth of the twins when everybody, herself included, thought her too old to bear anymore children?  That they should be born precisely one year after losing her only son. These were clear and potent signals to Pirouette that God wanted Her Majesty to heal from her sorrow.

The Queen told King GarGar of her plans.  He flew into a rage.  How could she possibly consider going away before the babies had even been christened?  Was she mad?

News: A Big Thank You!


Thank you so much!  This is exciting news for me.  It’s taken me some time to recuperate after my extended hiatus from photography.  Inspired by my friend, Cee Neuner, I am considering starting a blog about clinical depression.  I’m not afraid to own this problem, but starting something as big as Beautiful Photographs may be beyond my abilities.

Selfie 1Proof that I will photograph just about anything!