weekly photo challenge: cover art


it falls without wind–

a single leaf.



to view additional images submitted for Pete Rosos’ challenge or “to dig a new creative well and have fun while doing it” visit The Daily Post.


Haiku before Haiku

Steven Carter

Initially posted in October, 2014

lens-artist photo challenge: photo walk

to the man walking
“Look behind you!”
windblown butterfly
~ Issa (cited: www.haikuguy.com)

Sony RX1003 f/3.5 1/30s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Spring has its hundred flowers,
Autumn its moon,
Summer has its cooling breezes,
Winter its snow.
If you allow no idle concerns
To weight on your heart,
Your whole life will be one
Perennial good season.
~The Golden Age of Zen

Sony RX1003 f/3.5 1/25s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Though days pass 
And others may forget 
I can never lose the thought 
That meeting in the evening 
Of an Autumn day.
~The Dairy of Izumi Shikibu (cited: Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

Sony RX1003 f/3.5 1/8s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Hop on over to Amy’s (The World is a Book) to join this week’s photo challenge: photo walk

lens-artists photo challenge: inspiration.

With the perspective of personal responsibility to lessen resource and emotional stress upon the medical profession, to protect those I love as well as those unknown to me, and to lessen the burden upon those whose actions ensure continuation of my basic needs, I have chosen to comply with the state’s “Stay-at-Home and Safer at Home” orders.

Six months ago, one well-being behavior was to engage in early morning mediative walks; yet, as the days have flowed into each other there has been a lessening of motivation to engage in any “masked” walks as my attention has been drawn towards managing the anxiety that arises with an awareness that only a few cyclist, walkers, and runners choose to wear masks and it seems as though any attempt to engage in social distancing is a one personal endeavor.

This morning as I pondered how to connect the many sources of inspiration with images, I found that Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) Lens Artist challenge: inspiration inspired me to gather up the courage to pick up my camera and walk…Thank you Tina.

Sony RX1003 f/3.2 1/125s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Over the years, haiku has been an inspiration:

Walking along

My shadow beside me

Watching the moon. ~Sodō

(Jonathan Clements, The Moon in the Pines)

Sony RX1003 f/3.2 1/200s 9.1mm 80 ISO

The words of Thich Nhat Hanh inspire me as I become aware of my in-breath and out-breath and the suffering that may arise from actions, speech, and thoughts.

When conditions are sufficient, a cloud transforms into rain, snow, or hail. The cloud has never been born and will never die. The insight of signlessness and interbeing helps us recognize that all lives continue in different forms. Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is in transformation ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Leica… f/7.1 1/640s 33.7mm

Nature inspires me to embrace impermanence and eases my anxiety through her amazing beauty.

Sony RX1003 f/3.2 1/800s 25.7mm 80 ISO

Photography inspires me to open my eyes to the wondrous gifts life offers within each moment.

Sony RX1003 f/3.2 1/160s 20.2 mm 80 ISO

lens-artists photo challenge: autumn

The grass does not refuse

To flourish in the spring wind;

The leaves are not angry

At falling through the autumn sky.

Who with whip or spur

Can urge the feet of Time?

The things of the world flourish and decay,

Each at its own hour.

cited: The Poet Li Po (AD 701- 762) Trans: A Waley, Project Gutenberg

Autumn 2017
Autumn 2017

Autumn 2018

This week’s lens-artists photo challenge is sponsored by Patti.