WordPress Photo Challenge: Adventure

When I think of adventure, I think of stepping out into the unknown, where magic and monsters breathe. As I child, Indiana Jones took me on many adventures and helped me conceive a few of my own. Here’s a photo I snapped in mid-August that reminded me of Jones and, via my imagination, stepping out into the unknown. What are those webs hiding? What is hiding behind those webs?

photo by S. Thomas Summers


Ying and Yang – Heckle and Jeckle: Photos

My family and I recently spent several days in Philadelphia, which is why I’ve recently been posting about, directly and indirectly, Benjamin Franklin. The photos displayed here are of two Philadelphia streets. One is a modern street, while the other represents a time from Philadelphia’s past. Ironically, the streets are next to each other. I like the juxtaposition.


photo by S. Thomas Summers


photo by S. Thomas Summers

There is a Season – Turn, Turn, Turn

In my last post, I briefly discussed time and one’s use of it. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Does’t thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

First and foremost, I must learn to spend my time being a helper, and encourager, a motivator, a friend to all those around me (even those people I don’t really care for). Why? In my biography I wrote, “I trust and believe in Jesus Christ has my personal savior. I do my best to live my life in such a way that would please Him. How do I do that? Love everybody. Yup, everybody. It’s not always easy, but I’m getting better at it.”

Loving everybody…hmmmmm. Give me a few days. I’m sure I’ll have some tales to tell. I’ll also have more ideas, different ways I can better use my time.



“Then Do Not Squander Time”

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Does’t thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

Time, like a river, flows. Often, I sit on its banks and marvel at its beauty without harnessing its power. As it flows by, it’s lost. I want to do something more than simply watch time slip by, but what? Live so that when my life is over, it will continue to beat in the hearts of others. How will I do that? I’m not sure yet, but I will be soon. Time is of the essence.



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.