A Bit of the Grape

I’ve discovered and believe that a bottle of wine is appropriately uncorked in both tragic and triumphant moments; therefore, I’ll endeavor to keep at least a bottle in the wait at all times to better bear the joys and ills a day can present.

“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I may have posted this photo in the past, but I thought it well met this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Silhouette. The challenge reads “Photography is all about experimenting with light, and then positioning yourself (or your subject) in the right spot to achieve a certain effect. One such effect is a silhouette, in which an outline of someone or something appears dark against a lighter background. Silhouettes can be very dramatic and resemble black shapes without any details, but the effect varies from picture to picture.”

Hope you like the photo. Let me know.


photo by S. Thomas Summers

Cave Drawings Discovered in Northern New Jersey


a Vernon cave drawing

The following is taken from an article published on 8.6.14 in a New Jersey newspaper, The Star Herald.

Cave drawings were discovered by a Appalachian Trail hiker yesterday in Vernon, New Jersey. According to police and the Vernon Historical Federation, experts have been called to review and date the drawings.

Tyler Sham, 19, discovered the drawings on August 5. A Maine resident, Sham was traveling northward on the Trail, making his way home.

According to Sham, he decided to explore a rock formation not far from the Trail. Finding space that allowed him to slip into the rock formation, Sham discovered a large hole in the ground that led to a large cavity beneath the rock formation. Sham said he discovered the drawings when he entered that cavity.

“There are several drawings. All of them are dragons. They look old, but I can’t be sure,” said Sham. “It’s cool and creepy. People usually draw stuff of things they see. Maybe there were dragons around a long time ago.”

Local officials agree that the drawings “look old,” but it’s they are unable to confirm the drawings’ age(s).

Archeologists affiliated with the Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC will examine the drawings shortly.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

As yesterday’s post explained, I’m making a concerted effort to increase my blog’s following. To that end, I was encouraged to take part in various blogging challenges. Therefore, I’ll do that today. Here is a photo that I feel meets the parameters of this week’s WordPress photo challenge. The challenge is titled Texture. It reads “This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials, as in these images, or with man-made objects. This is a great opportunity to look at the world in a slightly different way — along with looking at things from new angles, zooming very far out or very far in are both great ways to create texture and pattern in photos.”

The photo presented here was taken a few days ago. Crouching in the midst of tall reeds/grass on the shore of Lake Waywayanda in Northern New Jersey, I snapped this picture wanting to capture both the grass and the sky, two different textures.

Like it? Let me know!

photo by. S. Thomas Summers

A Bit of Selfishness: an Attempt to Increase Blog Traffic – Step One

Yes, I want more, more people, more people reading my blog.

This blog started as a simple way for me to be creative – an outlet. Here, I present splashes of fiction, poetry, and photography. If people visited – excellent. If not, no worries. Now, I’m no longer content to simply present. I want a following!!! So, starting today, my goal is to see a traffic to this blog grow and Grow and GROW! How? Read on.

My first step is to post more often than I have been. I’d like to post at least four times per week. Sound good? Well, it’s a start. So, beginning with this post, I plan on posting more often. Also, I need to vary the content of my post. Perhaps, I need to be more informative, rather than creative, from time to time.

Sound like a plan? At least the beginning of one? Let me know.

Ferris Wheel: a Photo

It is said, and perhaps considered a truth, that a picture is worth a thousand words. As a writer, I tend to believe that a few words, well crafted and placed, can be worth much more than a picture. Nevertheless, I like the picture, the photo, presented below. I captured it a few days ago at the New Jersey’s Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, also know as the New Jersey State Fair.

Photo: Sussex County Fair

photo by S. Thomas Summers