Sunday Stills Photo Challenge: Violet

Thank you to Cee Neuner for alerting me to this challenge! I’m afraid I’m going to use some of the same subjects for this particular challenge that comes to us by Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure Perspectives.

These wild violets have just a hint of purple in their blossoms.
This iris has two shades of a violet nature.
Our wisteria is just starting to bloom. When it become full-fledged, it is a stunning sight to behold.

One more for the road…

I came across Purple Dog just yesterday. In the background, you can see his friend, Pink Monkey.

Ragtag Daily Prompts: Festivities


Fountain 7The festivities in honor of Neptune began with a sacrifice of a bull on the seashore. This was always done at sunrise. The priests in their white robes would wade into the water in order to wash the blood from their garments. Wine was then poured into the sea, as the priests murmured a prayer whose meaning were long forgotten.

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City Sonnet’s September Photo a Day Challenge: Sculpture

StatueHere is my entry for City Sonnet’s September Photo a Day Challenge, taken last month in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland. I am very proud of my hometown which happens to be the state capitol.

Ragtag Daily Prompts: Simplicity

WrestlersSimplicity can be defined as the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do. To me this is a mythical state. Even a simple hydrogen atom is a complex system of subatomic particles. These particles in turn consist of even smaller units. I believe that one day researchers of quantum mechanics will discover that these smallest of particles are a conglomeration of yet smaller units ad infinitum. The amount of energy that holds the subatomic particles together is mind-boggling, as evidenced by the result of splitting a hydrogen atom.

The above sculpture was photographed at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 1999. I chose to submit this image in today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt for a number of reasons. The simplicity of form of the two figures engaged in a wrestling match is stunning. They are identical to each other in form and visage. They wear no clothing. The color of this image is fairly monochrome. Even the hold in which they are locked is one of the most simple in the sport of wrestling.

When I post photographs on this blog, I try to keep any commentary to a minimum. There is truth in the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I diverged from this principle because I felt obliged to share my philosophical musing on today’s prompt. Why I felt this way, I’m sure I don’t really know.

Happy blogging! Russell

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UPDATE. Isn’t serendipity wonderful? I was just looking at Jez Braithwaite’s website and noticed that his recent post was an entry to mindovermemory‘s Saturday Sculpture Challenge- Week Six. I don’t usually like to double-dip, but in this case I am making an exception and submitting this to that challenge.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fall


Maui 1
Copyright 2002 Russell Smith

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Fallen Tower

Fallen tower
Copyright 2016, Russell Smith