from a "click and hope" photographer


"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth
are never alone or weary of life."

~Rachel Carson~


“Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you.”
~Anna Lee~


"Books are but waste paper

unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought."

~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton~


“I already shred all my mail. What am I supposed to do now?
Use pay phones? Smoke signals? Train pigeons?
There's no such thing as privacy anymore.”
~Dennis Adams~


Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams,

but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit,

compassion, love, and understanding.

~Louis Gerstner~


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,

and paints his own nature into his pictures.

~Henry Ward Beecher~


“The trouble with eating Italian food is that

five or six days later you're hungry again.”
~George Miller~


“Even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back

until it starts to work.”



“To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend,

share an old pleasure with a new friend

and lift up the heart of a true friend

by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”


“Books are the carriers of civilization.

Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled,

thought and speculation at a standstill.

They are engines of change, windows on the world,

lighthouses erected in the sea of time.”
~Barbara W. Tuchman~


A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.

That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.



“When all's said and done, all roads lead to the same end.

So it's not so much which road you take, as how you take it.”

~Charles de Lint~


“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.

What you have caught on film is captured forever...

it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
~Aaron Siskind~


“Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse,

and a hundred yards from an elephant;

but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.”
~Indian Proverb~


“You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength,

and say,

"I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself."”
~Mariah Carey~


“A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old.

He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller,

not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person.

To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest,

the nicest human being who was ever born.

You are his friend and protector.”
~Louis Sabin~


“Nature will bear the closest inspection.
She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf,
and take an insect view of its plain.”
~Henry David Thoreau~


A Joint-Post With Icarus & Talj

The following words are written by Icarus by way of explanation of this post;

This post makes me really happy. It is a good story. Richard Nixon was re-elected to the White House in November 1972.The following afternoon, after work, I sat on a bench in Soho Square, London, reading a newspaper article the title of which I still remember, but not the journalist. It was: "Why I Fear for 4 More Years of Tricky Dickie".I agreed.I wrote those words below immediately. Nixon didn't manage to last the 4 years, but the thoughts I wrote that long ago day have always stayed close to me.Ruth sent me a link to a series of photos that her blog-friend, Talj (Natalya)from Yorkshire had taken in the garden during the week she stayed with Ruth, two weeks ago.When I saw the photo below, I instantly knew that at last, after waiting 34 and a half years, I had seen the precise photo that accompanied that poem.I put them together and sent it to Ruth, asking her to forward it to Talj, asking her authorisation to post it like this and suggesting that all three of us post it simultaneously, as a way of sharing it more.So, today here is the fruit of our efforts: the photographer, the writer and the hostess of the photographer and the species that can fly.Talj is at TALJ'S PHOTO A DAY 2007 I am at TIME AND A WORD And if we can bring your attention to the Clatterbridge Cancer Campaign, then it can do some real good.

A Toast to Richard Nixon’s Re-Election, November 1972,
Sitting in Soho Square after Work

In praise of Living Things,
Those unafraid to cry;
Of small fragments of life
That only have wings.
There are species that envy
Being able to fly.
Inanimate crowns mean nothing, like kings;
The blood royal flows through
Those who ask “Why?.
Sinners and heroes and those who pull strings
And every last creature between earth and sky,
Let LIFE be our purpose, whatever it brings.
Without peace, let us cease and quietly die.



“There's not enough silliness in the world.

Eurovision helps to keep it balanced.”

~Sir Terry Wogan~


“We owe it to each other - and to our children and grandchildren -
to leave our planet in a better state than when we found it.”
~Christopher Dodd~


No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep

and have a pocket full of unexposed film.

~Robert Adams~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook,
there's a large kitchen, a warm stove,
a simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


A day without laughter is a day wasted.

~Charlie Chaplin~


Time sometimes flies like a bird,
sometimes crawls like a snail;
but a man is happiest when he does not even notice
whether it passes swiftly or slowly.
~Ivan Turgenev~


“Know what you want to do,
hold the thought firmly,
and do every day what should be done,
and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.”
~Elbert Hubbard~


If you're in a helicopter and feel cold;

for goodness sake don't turn the fan off!



“We hope that, when the insects take over the world,
they will remember with gratitude
how we took them along on all our picnics.”
~Bill Vaughn~


“If you think nobody cares if you're alive,
try missing a couple of car payments.”
~Earl Wilson~


“There are hundreds of languages in the world,

but a smile speaks them all.”

~Origin Unknown~


“Curses are like young chickens,

they always come home to roost”
~Robert Southey~


“A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age.”

Tenderness contains an element of sadness. It is not the sadness of feeling sorry for yourself or feeling deprived, but it is a natural situation of fullness. You feel so full and rich, as if you were about to shed tears. Your eyes are full of tears, and the moment you blink, the tears will spill out of your eyes and roll down your cheeks. In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche