Before the Sun is Lost

Here’s a part of my today.


There’s always dusk,
when the shadows stretch
across the porch

like a splay of soft blankets
A catbird, gray as ash,
will, for a moment, perch

on the railing as it considers
the steam rising from your tea.
You’ll only notice the pine’s perfume,

as fresh as winter, after the bird
is called away: there’s a nest to repair
before the sun is lost, before it’s lost.

WordPress Photo Challenge: Depth

Yes, I am late to posting a photo for this challenge, but I wanted to post something worth posting. I believe this photo shows a bit of depth. Yes?

photo by S. Thomas Summers


In response to The Daily Post’s prompt: “Depth.”

Photography: As the Heavens Burn

I’ve been writing and posting a lot poetry as of late. Today, however, I’d like to share a pair of photos I took the day before yesterday on Rt. 94 in Hamburg, NJ.

photo by S. Thomas Summers
photo by S. Thomas Summers

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Happy Happy Joy Joy.”

WordPress Photo Challenge: Warmth

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Warmth.”

On a cold night in a cold wood, a tired traveller might find this barn a sufficient sanctuary. He could slip into the barn just after dark and slip away before the dawn’s fist light.

This photo was taken a few days ago in Vernon, New Jersey.

photo by S. Thomas Summers

WordPress Photo Challenge: Yellow

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge reads, “While we love bananas, lemons, and peppers (and you’re more than welcome to show us your yummy, fresh produce), challenge yourself to think beyond fruits and veggies. It could be the pencil you’ve worn down to the nub making holiday to-do lists, the flaxen locks of your child, an eye-catching bit of ribbon, a macro shot of a piece of handed-down amber jewelry, a glass of bubbly champagne, or even a three-photo essay on the way sunlight lands in different areas in your home at different times of the day.”

Here’s a photo I took this past autumn. It screams yellow.

photo by S. Thomas Summers
photo by S. Thomas Summers

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

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

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