Footprints In The Sand…

One day while I was relaxing on the beach, listening to my iPod I noticed a set of footprints leading to a bottle that had washed up on the shore. It was a plain, unassuming vessel and it carried inside it one of the most thought provoking messages.

The message inside was a poem. A poem called “Footprints”.

The song on my iPod suddenly changed to “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright as I read the poem.

I had to capture this moment in video…

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by

“You’re at the beach, lounging on your towel, when a glistening object at the water’s edge catches your eye. It’s a bottle — and yes, it contains a message. What does it say?”

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Listen With Elmo…

A few years ago I had to give a presentation in which I was trying to get the point across that when giving/receiving tasks, people need to make more of an effort to:

(1) Listen properly
(2) Check understanding
(3) Ask questions

I discovered a really good anecdote for getting this message across and it worked very well. I read it aloud, word for word…

“A new employee is hired at the Tickle Me Elmo (a cuddly toy which laughs when tickled) factory. The Personnel Manager explains her duties and tells her to report to work promptly at 8.00am.

Tickle Me Elmo!

Tickle Me Elmo!

The next day at 8.45am there is a knock at the Personnel Manager’s door. The assembly line foreman comes in and starts ranting about this new employee. He says she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up. The foreman takes the Personnel Manager down to the factory floor to show him the problem.

Sure enough, Elmos are backed up all over the place. At the end of the line is the new employee. She has a roll of material used for the Elmos and a big bag of marbles. They both watch as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and starts sewing the little package between Elmo’s legs.

The Personnel Manager starts laughing hysterically. After several minutes he pulls himself together, walks over to the woman and says “I am sorry, I guess you misunderstood me yesterday, I said, your job is to give Elmo “two test tickles.”

I still find it as amusing as it is true. If only the new employee had asked questions. If only the personnel manager had checked the new employee’s understanding of their duties.

I’m now going to Google to see if I can find myself one of those Elmos with balls…

A Drink With A View…

One object.

A chilled glass of wine.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

What more could a person want?

What more could a person want?

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by with the theme Object.

“Our photographs tell stories, big and small. Some of our images are landscapes, offering wide and sweeping views of a scene; these pictures might tell the tales of an entire city, or a tapestry of stories of many people. Some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects.In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.” Cheri, Daily Post

To see previous entries please look at the archives or click on Weekly Photo Challenge in the category cloud on this page.

Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Emergency: Code Red

 Aberdeen beach on a very foggy, wintry day.

Red alert...

Red alert…

This photo was entered in the Thursday Photo Challenge hosted by Dale Hudjik with Red as the theme.

To see my previous entries have a look at the archive.

Thursday Photo Challenge

Thursday Photo Challenge

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

My cat Bingo looking out into the snow, keeping her ears primed to make sure that no one is going to make her go outside.

What's going on ear...

What’s going on ear…

This photo is part of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge hosted by

To see previous entries look at the archives or click on Weekly Pet Challenge in the category cloud on this page.

Weekly Pet Challenge

Weekly Pet Challenge

On The Shelf…

A floating shelf in my office with a few items that reflect my interests.

Still life...well except for the waving cat..

Still life…well except for the waving cat..

This photo was taken using an iPhone 5 and is part of the Phoneography Challenge hosted by with the theme Still life.

To see previous entries look at my archives or click on Phoneography Challenge  in the category cloud on this page.

Phoneography Challenge

Phoneography Challenge

(Not) Alfred Hitchcock’s…..The Seagulls

It’s amazing what photo results you can get when you ask someone to stand still and throw in some bread……

This is the original photo…

The Seagulls - Original

The Seagulls – Original

I then decided to take this photo down a retro film theme so I added the Agatha filter…

The Seagulls - Agatha

The Seagulls – Agatha

Next I added a retro poster overlay…

The Seagulls - Retro Poster

The Seagulls – Retro Poster

And finally I added a title…

The Seagulls - Title

The Seagulls – Title

All edits were carried out using

This photo was part of the Photo Editing Challenge hosted by with the theme Feathers.

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Photo Editing Challenge

Photo Editing Challenge


Sunday photo fiction...

Sunday photo fiction…

It was God’s fifth day and he was really getting into the swing of the old Creation business. So far, some of his creations included beautiful oceans, magnificent mountain ranges and fantastic rainforests.

God was on a roll. Mother Nature sat beside him and was in awe of his creativity.

Ping – and another wondrous feature was created.

“Wow!” exclaimed Mother Nature, looking at the striking sight that had appeared before her eyes, “what is that?”

God smiled smugly, extremely pleased with himself and named this new beauty…

She’s A Waterfall

This was part of the Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge hosted by It is a weekly Flash Fiction prompt based on the photo supplied .

If you wish to take part, the idea is to write a piece of fiction of around 100-200 words (usually called flash fiction).

To see previous entries take a look at the archive or click on Sunday Photo Fiction in the category cloud on this page.

Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction