CWW Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018

CWW Photo Challenge – April 13, 2018

CWW BadgeCee’s Which Way Challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we use to move from one place to another. There is no specific topic to this challenge. The only rule is the “way” visible and the focus of the photo.


Walkway from our cruise ship.CWW (2 of 1)

Bridge – Medicine Park, Oklahoma

Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

Wooden bridge over small creekCWW (1 of 1)

Pathway through Will Rogers Park, Oklahoma City





Cee’s B&W Challenge – Structures

Cee’s B&W Challenge – Structures


This week’s Black and White Challenge is Structures. The definition of a structure is ‘mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents.’ This is one of my favorite subjects, as most structures are stationary, allowing more time to get the photo you want.

The first photo is the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Lighthouses are fascinating structures with a colorful history. This tower was built in 1874

© Susan Spaulding

This photo is of the spiral staircase that takes you to the tower.

Lighthouse Spiral Staircase
© Susan Spaulding

Galveston, Texas has some beautiful old churches, which are massive. Here I focus on one part of the church.

Church Garett
© Susan Spaulding

Windmills in Kansas used to power a water well. These simplistic structures are still used in many places in the Midwest.

© Susan Spaulding

This last one was taken as we drove through a tunnel in downtown Dallas, Texas

© Susan Spaulding
Share Your World – January 29, 2018

Share Your World – January 29, 2018

041514-sywbannerShare Your World (SYW) is a weekly series of four random questions created by  Cee’s Photography. In answering the questions, the reader shares things about ourselves, our home, and our traditions. In this way, we get to know each other more. Feel free to join in and share your world.


If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

This one is hard because I really hate shopping, plus I am trying to be more of a minimalist, at least with certain things. However, our house needs a lot of repairs, so maybe Home Depot so I could get everything we need to renovate. I would need to bring a handy-man home too, but that’s another story.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

I am taking an 8-week Total Wellness course to learn to eat better (and lose some weight). Our assignment this week is to eat vegetables at every meal. That is right…breakfast too. Since there are not any vegetables that I want to eat that early in the morning, I decided to try the Naked Juice’s Kale Blazer. I like Naked Juice and I didn’t think a veggie version would be bad, but I have to say that it was the worst thing I have tasted maybe ever. There was a peppery flavor that was awful. It was worse than the V-8 I tried the day before.

Name five things you like watching…

Birds that feed in my backyard (or anywhere for that matter)



The ocean, especially from my balcony on a cruise ship

Photo credit: Susan Spaulding

Sunrise and Sunset

Galveston Bay at Sunset
Photo Credit Susan Spaulding

4)  Netflix (binges)

5)  Deer Crossing in my yard

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

This little guy became part of our family a week ago. He has been a delight.

Photo Credit: Shelley Spaulding
Oddball Animals – COB January 28, 2018

Oddball Animals – COB January 28, 2018

cob-bannerCee’s Oddball Challenge is for those photographs that don’t really fit into a common category. There is no theme to this challenge; what is odd ball is up to you. For this weeks challenge, I pulled out some old photos with an Animal Theme. More vacation photos. 


What an inviting place to sit!

Alligator Jaws. Belize
Alligator Jaws. Belize


But then again, this guy is not too inviting either.

shark (1 of 1)
Shark mouth entrance. Padre Island

A pair of pink flamingos

Flamingos (1 of 1)
Pink Flamingos. Roatan

I think this one came off my husband’s camera.

Deer Head (1 of 1)
Deer Head

To end it all, a cuddly towel elephant

Towel Elephant (1 of 1)
Carnival Towel Elephant


Imitation in Photography

Imitation in Photography

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be more forgiving, starting with myself. Here is my first opportunity. Each week, Lost in Translation creates a photography challenge based on a theme. I thought this week’s theme was Imitation but apparently that was a theme from September! Since I went to all the work of putting this post together (and sort of like it, if I say so myself), I decided to post it, even if I can’t link it back to the original. BTW, if you are interested in this weeks challenge (which ends tomorrow) visit Thursday’s Special photography challenge.

Imitation – A thing intended to simulate or copy something else

In deference to the old saying, imitation is not just flattery. Imitation takes many forms, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear (or don’t wear). Imitation is found in art, movies, even nature.  Isn’t it ironic that the medium of this challenge is the photograph, which is nothing more than an imitation of the real subject?

Below are my contributions to the photo theme ‘Imitation’

To imitate is to pretend. In the photo below, a beautiful woman poses for photographs wearing tight jeans and a vest. But she is only pretending to wear clothes; in reality she is wearing nothing but body art. Photo taken at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, South Dakota 


Film often imitates life and life imitates film. The photo below of King Kong climbing a skyscraper was taken in Branson Missouri. Here, a replica of King Kong imitates the movie King Kong, which is an imitation of …not sure I really want to find out

King Kong climbing skyscraper Branson Missouri

Nature is the great imitator (sorry Charlie Chaplin) and uses camouflage to blend into with their surroundings. In this photo, a small insect mimics the green leaves of a plant, barely seen unless you look closely


Is this a woman imitating a fish, or a fish imitating a woman?  Taken at Mermaid’s Gardens in Skagway, Alaska


Finally, imitation finds its way into our life through art as few of us can afford originals. my last photo is a replica of Van Gogh’s 3 Sunflowers in a Vase. This massive painting can be found in Goodland Kansas and was part of the Big Easel project 


I hope you enjoyed by interpretation of ‘Imitation’. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs and texts on this blog are copyrighted by me, Susan Spaulding and may not be used without permission..







Multi-Colored (One Word Photo Challenge)

Multi-Colored (One Word Photo Challenge)

Welcome All to 2018. I came across a new photo challenge quite by accident  and I this would be a great way to start of a new year of blogging. The theme is ‘Multi-Colored’.  I hope you enjoy these, and feel free to leave me a message letting me know what you think.

Thanks to Travel with Intent for hosting the challenge.

This first one is one of our trees seen through the colored glass of my hummingbird feeder

©Susan Spaulding

Autumn  Leaves

Colorful Trees
©Susan Spaulding

Early morning on the Lido Deck of a cruise ship

Breeze (5 of 7)
©Susan Spaulding

New York City (Time Square)



CCFC – The Letter J

CCFC – The Letter J

It’s Saturday morning and although I have a million things I need to do, I took some time to have a little fun with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week is Letter J. The rules are the photo subject must be least 6 letters long. The “J” can be anywhere in the word, and using an adjective to extend the length of the word is perfectly OK. I had lots of ideas but couldn’t find time to photograph so I had to settle for some vacation photos. There is always next week.

Many thanks to Cee’s Photography for providing the opportunity to play around with photography in a creative way.  If you are interested in joining Cee’s Letter Challenge, check out this link Challenge

My first ‘J’ photo is Alligator Jaws. This was taken in Belize. 

Alligator Jaws

The next “J” is beautiful Jamaica. This was taken from the top steps of Rose Hall, the home of the famous ‘White Witch of Rose Hall’. 

Jamaica (1 of 1)

My last ‘J’ is Juneau, Alaska and the Mendenhall Glacier.

Glacier Juneau (1 of 1)



Cee’s Foto Fun – The Letter E

Cee’s Foto Fun – The Letter E

This week is Letter E – Needs to have two E’s in the topic word (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.).  For my photo subject, I chose  ‘Weeds’. A weed is any wild plant that grows in unwanted areas. We do have a lot of weeds in our yard but some like the ones below add a natural beauty. So maybe they aren’t really weeds after all.  

WRP2 (3 of 5)
© Susan Spaulding

I am not sure what the one above is; below is the dandelion weed. Every child’s favorite.

WRP2 (5 of 5)
© Susan Spaulding

The next one is the remains of Black Eye Susan’s. They bloomed in late summer but are starting to die now.

© Susan Spaulding

This one is called White Prairie Aster

© Susan Spaulding

This one is a type of foxtail.

© Susan Spaulding


Unfinished Business (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Unfinished Business (Sunday Photo Fiction)

Photo Credit: A Mixed Bag

Ray’s doctor broke the shocking news. “You have three-months to live.”

His adult children cried. His ex-wife appeared distraught. His attorney suggested bringing his will up to date. His attorney recommended getting his financial house in order.

On Sunday, his priest implored him to get right with God. Later, his golf buddy, who happened to be a mortician, inquired about a pre-paid burial plan.

“How much longer will you work?” his employer asked.

“What’s first on you bucket list?” his best friend questioned.

But the best advice came from the manager of the Food-Mart.

“Take care of any unfinished business and leave this world in peace.”

Ray knew what to do. For 10 years, his neighbor Henry’s parked car blocked Ray’s driveway. No amount of pleading changed things. Now it was time to take care of business.

The Sherman tank rolled down the street with one target in its crosshairs. With precision, Ray aimed the tank at a single vehicle and gunned the engine. His neighbor’s screams could not rival the sounds of crunching metal.

“He’s crazy,” his neighbor said. “Lock him up!”

Ray did not care. He settled his unfinished business and now could rest in peace.


Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. This week’s challenging photo was provided by A Mixed Bag