Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

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This week’s photo challenge from dailypost.wordpress.com is “Reflection,” an interesting topic to be sure:

Reflect: to consider where we’ve been in life, where we are now, and where we’re going.

It was a busy week, so I don’t feel like I did this topic much credit, but here are a few shots that I’ve taken in the last 6 months or so.   I find them ‘reflective’ in the sense of an inner conversation that the bring to me, but that may not be obvious to you.

The most recent of the photos is this one:

madonna reflection


This caught my attention the other morning.  At Christmas I was collecting some pretty Christmas cards that I intend to frame someday.  This one of the Madonna and Child has been sitting on my breakfast table for months when I noticed it’s reflection in my camera’s display.  I thought it was interesting as a reflected image ON the camera, rather than one taken THROUGH the camera.    What do you think?

Here’s another one that I like.  It’s taken over the bay adjacent to St. Fidelis Seminary on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, where I taught.  I did my best to capture the beauty and mystery of the clouded full moon over the water, but I lacked a proper tripod to really do it justice.  Still, it’s an image that I can lose myself in, both with memories of the past  and questions of the future.





Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

graffiti in rome


I’m getting this week’s photo challenge from dailypost.wordpress.com in just under the wire, I think.

The challenge this week is to show “abandoned.”  I’ve been pondering it all week and though I knew I didn’t want to show something like an abandoned car or house or something like that, I couldn’t put my finger on something new to photo.

Instead, I decided to show you this photo that I took a couple of years ago.  I think it’s interesting for a number of reason.

First, this is graffiti that I photographed from the wall of a building just outside Vatican City in Rome.  I was there with Fr. Roderick Vonhogen for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II.  I saw this as we were walking along a side street and nearly didn’t stop to shoot it.

Second, it grabbed my attention, and I use it now, because it expresses a hopelessness of the future, an “abandonment,” if you will that seemed so out of place in Rome.

I often wonder about the person who sprayed this on the wall and hope that he or she found answers for their angst.  I think this feeling of abandonment, which we all feel from time to time, is a good thing to ponder during this season of Lent.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

I may have to try this one a couple of times.  It’s an intriguing assignment!  This week’s photo challenge from dailypost.wordpress.com is called “Threes”.


If you want to try a three-picture story, great! If not, try three images of the same subject taken from different perspectives, three images of the same thing at different times, […]”

For this post, I’ve chosen one of Tulsa’s most iconic symbols, “The Golden Driller”, a large statue at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds (aka Expo Square) which recounts the city’s storied past as the “Oil Capital of the World.”  The three photos above show the Driller from different perspectives.  It doesn’t exactly tell a story, but he’s pretty stoic and taciturn, so you get what you get.


Tulsa Street Art

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This is a whimsical post, for the most part.  This morning after church, some street art in downtown Tulsa caught my eye, so I decided to wander the area and see what other  pieces of art I could find.

I don’t know if “street art” is the right term for this, but I’m referring to original art that is clearly not graffiti, gang-related, or any type of vandalism.  This is the stuff that I think is decorative or purposeful – for a business perhaps.

Anyway, there’s more of this type of art around than I would have thought.  These photos were all taken close to downtown Tulsa and are pretty imaginative.  I won’t say that I particularly like some of these styles, but I do find it interesting.  If you’re wondering about all of the “skeleton” depictions, I think these were part of a “dia de los muertos” celebration a couple of years ago.

I’ll have to keep an eye out for more as time goes by.  What do you think?  Does this type of art add or detract from a city’s ambiance?

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

A lone tree on the banks of the Arkansas River at sunset.

A lone tree on the banks of the Arkansas River at sunset.

The holidays have really put a damper on my blogging activities, but I’m back with this week’s photo challenge from the folks at dailypost.wordpress.com.  Here’s this week’s assignment:

This week, we want to see photos that focus on one thing. Maybe you’ve got a stark photo of a single tree silhouetted against the setting sun, […]

OK, we’ll stop right there …  single tree, setting sun, right up my alley.  I’ll throw in a river and a hill too for this shot.

A lone tree on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Turkey Mountain in the background.   I think it’s an OK shot, not bad for a cold afternoon as winter sinks its claws into the midst of America.