52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 25 #8 Wild Card

Well, its not far down to paradise, at least its not for me                                                                  And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility                                                        Oh, the canvas can do miracles just you wait and see.                                                                        Believe me.

It’s not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend                                                                   And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again                                                        Oh, the canvas can do miracles just you wait and see.                                                                             Believe me.

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be                                                             Just a dream and the wind to carry me                                                                                             And soon I will be free


Lyrics- “Sailing” by Christopher Cross, one of my favorites.



Week 23 #2 Quiet Moment

I love it when an opportunity to fill a photo theme just drops in your lap.  My husband and I drove down to Key West last week for a couple of days.  Relaxing along the harbor eating supper after enjoying a magnificent sunset, this young woman hopped up on a cement planter right in front of us, to spend a “Quiet Moment” alone enjoying the final pops of color in the horizon.



Week 22 #42 High/Low Key

Low-key Photography involves shooting a dark colored scene and emphasizing the natural light. This is an image of the room that William Faulkner wrote many of his books at Rowan Oaks, in Oxford, Mississippi. It was a fairly drab and colorless room, with simple furnishings.  It seemed fitting to turn it into a Low-key photo using only the soft light from the window.



Week 21 #26 Loneliness

One of the things I enjoy the most when taking a road trip is getting off the interstate and driving through small towns.  On a trip to Alabama and Mississippi in late January, my husband and I found ourselves driving through a scenic part of Alabama as we made our way west and north to Madison, Alabama.  Winding our way through one small town, Euphaula, I spotted behind several brick buildings in the downtown, the remains of old painted advertising signs.  All the buildings had been boarded up and deserted quite a long time ago.  Upon closer inspection I realized the faded letters on one of the businesses spelled out Sears, Roebuck and Co.  As I stood behind the old store a sense of loneliness crept over me.  No one was around, it was quiet, only the sound of an occasional car passing by.  Graffiti and an old discarded mattress behind another building down the alley.  Time has marched on for Euphaula and for many only memories of a time gone by.



Week 20 #7 View From Below

In 1930, William Faulkner purchased a Greek revival home built by Colonial Robert Sheegog in Oxford, Mississippi in the 1830’s. Shortly after the purchase, Faulkner renamed the estate “Rowan Oak” after the rowan tree, a symbol of security and peace.  William Faulkner, his wife and children lived in the home until 1962 the year of his death.  In 1972 his daughter Jill sold the estate to the University of Mississippi so people would have a place to learn about her father and his lifetime love of writing.

Lined along both sides of the walkway leading to the home are large eastern red cedar trees that were planted after the yellow fever epidemic swept through the south in 1878. They are not native to Mississippi but, have thrived all these years because of the sandy soil found around the property.

The sun kissed the top of the immense trees as I viewed them from below.





Week 19 #18 Door

Several weeks ago my husband and I took a road trip to Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi also known as Ole’ Miss.  Our beloved Iowa State Mens Basketball team was scheduled to play the Ole’ Miss Rebels in a non conference game.  Traveling to away games is always lots of fun and especially when your team wins, which we did!

While exploring the historic town square the afternoon before the game, we happened upon a store named Neilson’s.  Neilson’s happens to be the oldest operating store in the South.  It has been in operation since 1839 and a plaque that hangs beside the main entrance doors designates it as a National Register of Historic Places.