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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

For this weeks Photo Challenge, they ask, what do I treasure. They want us to show in pictures, what we treasure.

I treasure a lot of things. But I didn’t want to just show ‘things’. Because I treasure so much in life.

Mother nature, even though she seems to be having major anger issues lately, is to be treasured in all her beauty. I treasure my dog Sam, as he is my constant companion and confidant. I treasure good friends. I also treasure a few family heirlooms I’ve gotten. Gifts from friends and family, some of these are to be treasured. Experiences in life can be treasured.

So I decided to try to capture all these things that I, personally treasure.







  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Across the Bored
  2. Treasuring Inner Beauty | Eyes to Heart
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure: My Treasures | Bark, Eat, Grow
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure – Field of treasures | Deliciously Doing Nothing
  5. A Simple Treasure | Colline’s Blog
  6. Treasure – A WordPress Photo Challenge! | Life in the Foothills
  7. Branch and Kalut | Shayan Lens
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure (Brevet des 7 Cols Ubayens) | What’s (in) the picture?
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure (2) | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Jubilee Journey
  12. Weekly photo challenge: Treasure | Let the great wheels spin
  13. art in the middle of nowhere | Filling my bag with gear
  14. Peace, love and understanding wrapped up in my treasured folk-art piece « psychologistmimi
  15. practice | yiching lin photography
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | birgerbird
  17. weekly photo challenge: treasure | Musings of a Random Mind
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Meg Travels
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Sunrise Adventures
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Oh, the Places We See . . .
  21. My Magic Lamp | TRAVEL WORDS
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Bark Time = everything and nothing
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Momus News
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | A Hedonistic Wander
  25. Treasure | Jasper Smits
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | WordsVisual
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure | Destino
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

For this challenge, snap a selfie with your camera phone or camera. Feel free to get creative and clever, and if you don’t want to share a photo of yourself, think of a way to approach this challenge in a different way. This is the new Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress. Do a selfie.

As the only selfie I have done is the photo on my avatar, I decided to be a little bit more creative with mine. I did mine in comic form. That’s a selfie, right? I have done comics before for my series “Sam and Me” so I thought, that would make a different kind of selfie. Here it is!

It’s been really cold here, like -30C (-15F) and taking Sam out for his potty breaks is a challenge. Poor little guy, sometimes he is just as frozen as the snow. Here are mine and Sam’s selfie.



**Please click on pic to enlarge**





  1. Selfie (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | nancy merrill photography
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Flickr Comments
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | This, that and the other thing
  6. Mara Eastern
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | roastbeefandrakija
  8. Selfie | de Wets Wild
  9. Churchiness Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Hope* the happy hugger
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie: The Devil Made Me Do It. | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Mara Eastern
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | A mom’s blog
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Lost in Translation
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Create A Beautiful Life
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | 2812 photography
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge ‘selfie’|myselfie | Rainbow Photography – Scotland-
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge – Selfie | Chittle Chattle
  19. WPC : Selfie | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Me, myself and I | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Pa-BLAM!
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Selfie | Just Snaps
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | growinolder
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Under the Monkey Tree
  25. Heaven on Earth « Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  27. Selfie | thoughtsofrkh
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Rooktopia
  29. weekly photo challenge – selfie | myguiltypleasures
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Giulia Bernini photography
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie |
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie | Cee’s Photography
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Hello people! Hope everyone is having an amazing weekend.

I’m not a photographer by any means, but I love to take pictures. This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is: Juxtaposition. 

“A juxtaposition is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast”

Here’s my input on this weeks photo challenge. Hope you enjoy!

This one is a bright rainbow I captured behind our house in the midst of a dark stormy sky.

(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013

My little dog Sam and the bigger cat Pouncer sharing the same space and sunshine. These two sharing the same spot at the same time is a rare occurrence! I just had to capture it.

(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013


This last one is a tree that was in our backyard. It was covered with frost and I loved how it looked against the bright blue winter sky.

(c)JLPhillips 2013
(c)JLPhillips 2013






  1. WPC: Juxtaposition | blueberriejournal
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | picture-bandit
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | My Sardinian Life
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Photography Journal Blog
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge-Juxtaposition | WoollyMuses
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | YSalma
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition | Scramble thoughts
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition (II) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition | Retirement and beyond
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Ana Linden
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition « Dodger Blue World
  13. WPC: Juxtaposition | beeblu blog
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | belgradestreets
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | The World Is a Book…
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Lostinthot
  17. Mao at the Met: a disturbing juxta-position? | Tish Farrell
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition « blogagaini
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition « Leya
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Olivia May Photography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Travel Monkey
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Forest Garden
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | The River Mom
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!



So this week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “Good Morning!” I like it. Morning is my favorite time of day!

Morning is as fresh as that first cup of coffee! Oh yeah, when I get up that’s what I head for first. Especially when the husband gets me Tim Horton’s before I’m even up! Large with 2 creams. 🙂

My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C)JLPhillips 2013
My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C) JLPhillips 2013

Then I have to let my dog Sam outside. After all I have done my morning ritual, now it’s his turn.

Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013

Depending on the weather I might sit outside with Sam for a bit. Lately it’s been too cold and windy in the morning. So instead I head for my ‘office’ and turn on my computer.

My lifeline, my computer (C) JLPhillips 2013
My lifeline, my computer
(C) JLPhillips 2013

After checking on WordPress, emails and other stuff online I go to the grocery store and see what I can find.

Grocery Store
Grocery Store

Maybe on the way home I can see some wildlife. Who knows right? Except I forgot to take my camera with so I have to borrow a photo of the coolies I pass.

Photo by Ian Blum
Photo by Ian Blum

When I get home I’m greeted by two innocent looking felines. Do I trust them? Not a chance! They are always up to something.

Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013
Notwen (c) JLPhillips 2013

So that’s my morning! Hope your morning was good.

Take the time and snuggle with your pet, kids, or spouse. Go out and enjoy Mother Nature. You’ll feel better for it.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Another weekly photo challenge. Saturated. Now this should be interesting. I’m not much of a photographer, but I am learning.

Hope you enjoy my weekly interpretation of the photo challenge. Thank you!



  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | castelsarrasin
  2. Weekly photo challenge: saturated | Jean’s Photography Blog
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | nancy merrill photography
  4. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
  5. Photoworld 28-9-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Baba Yaga Bony Legs
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | ILEANA PARTENIE
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Retired2Travel
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | blueberriejournal
  10. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | Bileam se Donkie
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Raindrops) | What’s (in) the picture?
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | I’m possible
  13. Saturated – Wild Animals. | Anne Squared
  14. Figures in the Snow | Monochrome
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated Sky | Jake Kuyser
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | six degrees photography
  17. Saturated: Take 2 | Today, on Earth
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Colin Butterworth
  19. Stillness in Saturation | Inception
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Something to Ponder About
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | out10about
  22. The Sunset After The Rise | The Bottom of a Bottle
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | From My Horizon
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Tvor Travels
  25. Even rain is saturated | Le Drake Noir
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Berlin’s Horizon | Aylin’s Wonderland
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | StandingStill
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | notsofancynancy
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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

From lines to patterns. We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there: on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk.

Today’s challenge is inspired by Evan Zelermyer‘s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images from his “Shape, Line, Texture, Pattern” post published earlier this week. I’d love to see your interpretations of these elements, so grab your camera, get outside, and snap a great shot of shapes or lines that you stumble upon, or a cool texture or pattern that catches your eye.


I decided to try to do more of these photo challenges from WordPress. Not only to help me with my photo shooting skills but they also help me open my mind to everyday things. Things that I thought were mundane are suddenly interesting and intriguing. I think that opening up my mind like this helps me become a better writer also. I will ‘see’ things in my mind in new lights and that can’t be a bad thing.

These photos I took around my yard today. I see my fence and steps in a rather fascinating light. The textures, the lines, everything are so much more interesting when you really look at them! Hope you enjoy.

(Please vote on yesterday’s poll for the next photo that I write a story about! Go here and place your vote now! Thank you)



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Another Writing Prompt Picture Vote!

I so enjoyed the last time I posted pictures for a writing prompt that I am doing it again my friends! I hope you all will participate and join in the fun!

Below I will list 5 photos  and at the end you can vote for the one you want me to write a short story on. Fun times!

Come one, come all to vote for which photo you want to see a story written by yours truly!

On Monday the 23rd I will see which picture got the most votes and on Tuesday the 24th I will post the winning picture with my short story!

Ready? Set! Go!!!


Courtesy of
Courtesy of





And because it’s getting close to Halloween.

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Source unknown

Please vote!!!





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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside


This weeks photo challenge: Inside could go in so many ways. The possibilities are endless!


Like my cutie Sam,  sleeping inside his box.

Sam inside his box
Sam inside his box (C) JLPhillips 2013



Then there is the inside of a good book.

A book I've read (c) JLPhillips 2013
A book I’ve read (c) JLPhillips 2013


Of course I can’t forget the elixir of my life inside my coffee cup.


My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C)JLPhillips 2013
My addiction, Tim Hortons coffee (C) JLPhillips 2013


Then there is the inside of my computer. This is where my online friends are and my writings. So you can see it holds some precious things.

My lifeline, my computer (C) JLPhillips 2013
My lifeline, my computer
(C) JLPhillips 2013


The inside of my head is pretty important too. That’s where my imagination is so I can write stories, find ideas, think through problems and sometimes even say “You’re doing pretty damn good girl!” to myself.

Me! Of course not exactly the inside of my head, because that might be kind of icky. (C) JLPhillips 2013



So what kind of inside things is important to you?




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

I am not a photographer by any stretch of imagination. I do like to challenge myself sometimes. So I decided to see if I could come up with something for this weeks Photo Challenge: Focus.

My pets are like my children. I’m sure most pet owners can identify with that statement. I’m always taking pictures of them when they sit still long enough. Not too long ago I took some of Sam and one of my cats Pouncer. They were both vying for the same spot of sunshine.

The first picture is of the two of them. I really didn’t focus on anything, just trying to get a picture of them both wanting the same thing.

Sam and Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam and Pouncer (c) JLPhillips 2013

Then I took another shot of Sam basking in the lions share of sunshine.

Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013

I loved how the sunshine shown on Sam and made me think of a black/white picture. So I took another shot focusing on just Sam and how the light played with his coloring of black/white. I thought it turned out pretty good and is my favorite shot of my little guy.

Portrait of Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Portrait of Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
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What Happens When I’m Bored

I’m very rarely bored. I usually have too much to do or say to be bored. This morning was an exception.  I was waiting for a phone call and didn’t want to start a blog post just to be interrupted and lose my train of thought (I hate when that happens!) So I decided to go surfing on the web to wile away the time.

I started out just clicking something I thought was interesting and then clicking something else and etc……

It is simply amazing what is out there. Some things made me sad, some angry, some just made me laugh. A few things made me scratch my head and go, huh?

Then I started clicking on pictures of interest because I love using the odd picture for a writing prompt. So I thought I would see what I could find. Oh wow, did I find some!

Then I thought I would share some of what I’ve found. Tada!! My blog post for today was set! I love when that happens.

Then another idea hit me! Why not ask you, my readers, what picture I should write a story about! So here are some of my favorite finds, now YOU tell me which one to write about!






There’s the five I picked out as some of the more interesting. Now I want you to vote on what one I should write about. I will write that story next Tuesday. Thanks to all who participate!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

This is done for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow


As I stepped outside with my dog Sam, I felt the wind pick up with a bit of moisture in it.

Sam was hesitant to go out at first. I know animals feel the change in the atmosphere before we humans do.

I glanced up at the sky and saw this cloud over the house. For a small moment I was mesmerized by the vastness, color and beauty of the threatening clouds.

Then I sprinted inside to grab my camera. I just had to try to get a shot of this cloud! The beauty of it took my breath away!

(c) JLPhillips 2013
(c) JLPhillips 2013

As I clicked away I heard the rumble of thunder creeping ever closer. This cloud was the foreshadow of a wild storm that brought everything with it. Within 15 minutes we got rain, wind, thunder, lightning and hail.

The hail came down so hard that I couldn’t see across the street. The temperature dropped a good 20 degrees within seconds. It dropped so fast my windows in the house steamed up.

The cats hid and Sam stuck to my side. Who would have guessed that this beautiful piece of nature could be the start of one of the worse storms I have seen here in Canada in many years.



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What’s Black and Blue and Hurts All Over?

Answer: ME!

Yeah, I hurt. The reason for this is that I fell in the tub the other day. I have the bruises to prove it. Eh, at least I’m alive. I just hurt like hell.

I have a really nice purplish/yellow/green BIG bruise on my right knee. A few smaller ones on my other leg and my left arm. Yeah, not my greatest moment. I’m just glad I got tough bones. 😉

But enough of the self-pity! I got other things to say.

Below is the view from my new home office window. The past few days I’ve been watching a hawk hunting back there. Not a bad view. I wish there were trees, but hey it’s still better than buildings. These are part of the coulees around town. There is a train that goes through a couple of times a day, but you can’t hardly hear it as it’s down in a valley.

Via Wikipedia:

(Coulee (or coulée) is applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley or drainage zone.

The word coulee comes from the Canadian French coulée, from French word couler meaning “to flow”.)

This is a better view of what the coulees look like around the town (
This is a better view of what the coulees look like around the town (

The pictures below is out my home office window.

**Click on the pictures to get a bigger, better view. It’s worth it! 🙂

And don’t forget to download and read my latest published story at  “House of Mystery” is a two parter with part one ready for download now! Thanks so much!