Sunday Photoblog

Taken just after a rain on a cloudy day.

© Gene’O, 2014. Free to use with credit and a link.

© Gene’O, 2014. Free to use with credit and a link.

Note the texture and the fine details. The edges of the leaf, the clarity of those raindrops. That’s what even, overcast light gets you. If you’ve been following my photoblogging for a bit, you’ve seen shots taken in late evening light and ones taken a little after midday already. This is the first of a batch I took on cloudy days, and it’s the last example I need to explain the basics of natural light photography for people who’d like to improve their photos.

I’m not sure yet when I’ll do that, or on which blog, or how many posts it will take, but it’s on my to-do list. In the meantime, the Sunday Photoblogging is evolving. Starting next week, I’m doing Silent Sundays here for awhile, because the Wordless Wednesday is such a big hit. Silent Sundays are not something I thought up. I learned about them the same way I learned about Wordless Wednesdays – by paying attention to That Montreal Girl. If you like my photos, you’ll love hers.

Two brief updates on the blog:

  • I’m trying out a new poetry feature here for the next few weeks. It will run on Tuesdays If people like it, I’ll make it a regular part of my blogging. This afternoon, I’m running a couple of Tolkien posts here and at Sourcerer that I need to publish somewhere because I need the links for reference purposes.
  • I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here, but I now have a parent page on the sidebar named “Collected Works” and a subpage named “Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.”  This page includes links to everything I’ve written about Tolkien so far. I created it so I’d have a link to use to catch people up when they discover that series for the first time. I’ll be adding several other pages over the summer, and most of them won’t be writing related. We do a lot of serial blogging and we like to have long-term projects going. I’ve decided to use this blog to archive all our series. I also plan to improve the resources page and use my April posts to start building a glossary of writing terms.

Have a marvelous week!


Sunday Photo Blog: Aphorism

This is the first of about 60 photos I took yesterday just for the blogs. Most are better than this one. I still haven’t run through all my flower photos, and the flowers are really just getting started for the year here. I think I’m far enough ahead now to start the Sunday photo feature back up here.


Image © Gene’O, 2014. Free to use with credit and a link.

This was an idea I had when I started this blog. I thought it was a good idea because it’s an easy way to do let people know I’m around, and bloggers really shouldn’t be posting their best written work on weekends. I didn’t have the time to build up enough original images to make it work in the beginning, but now I have done that. 🙂

Here’s a question. Diana has started doing a feature called “If We Were Having Coffee” at Part Time Monster. It’s not her original idea. It’s apparently a thing that bloggers do on Saturdays. I’m going to start doing it at some point. I could post it at Sourcerer, but I already have a Saturday feature over there (“Weekend Music” is moving to Saturdays to make room for “Follow Fridays on the Blog”), and I can always do a photo blog on Saturday afternoons. Is “If We Were Having Coffee” something you’d be interested in reading here?

Since this is my personal blog as well as my writing blog, it seems like a good fit. I’m still pondering, and probably won’t get it rolling for a couple of weeks, but I’d appreciate your opinion.

Sunday Photo Blogging


The weather has been too bad, and I have been too busy with this Thunderclap to to find a flower photo for today. I think this is just as good, though.  It’s a composite image of Pandora’s Cluster constructed with data from  the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and several different telescopes.

Pandora’s Cluster is officially designated Abell 2744. It’s 3.5 billion light years from Earth, and 400 trillion times the mass of the sun. It is formed by a group of four galaxy clusters that have been colliding for 350 million years. The red in the image is hot gas. The blue shows concentrations of the dark matter which makes up 75% of this massive structure.

The photo link goes to the BBC story where I originally discovered the image.

Sunday Flower Blogging: The Spider Lily



Ten years or so ago, my father taught me to watch for these little wildflowers to appear, because the first frost of the year occurs about six weeks after they bloom. They bloom for only a couple of weeks, usually from mid-September to early October. They come in a variety of colors. The ones I see in my local area are mostly purple or hot pink.

Whenever I or my wife notice the first spider lilies, we mark it on our calendar so we can see how closely they predict the first cold snap.

This year, we saw them on Sept. 25. and marked Nov 6. on our calendar. We noticed our first frost on Nov. 7 or 8 – it was so light it barely qualified as frost, but it was there.  We had our first sub-32-degree low a week later, on the night of the 13th.

That’s a pretty accurate prediction, considering the fact that it’s based on the appearance of a single flower.

Note – Sunday Flower Blogging is the one non-writing thing I plan to do here. I think it’s legitimate because writers definitely benefit from stopping now and then to notice a little natural beauty. Also, it’s just plain cool. Usually, I will feature my own photos or reader-submitted images here, but I’ve been busy and the weather has been bad, so I didn’t have time to make a photo run this weekend.

If you are in the mood for something thoughtful and entertaining about writing, you might like Scholars and Rogues’  Art Sunday post on the art of the short story.