Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Holiday

The theme for Lens Day Wednesday is holiday.


should I do Christmas

Santa's Eyes © 2009 Meri Arnett-Kremian

"May Your Days be Meri" © 2008 Meri Arnett-Kremian

or Independence Day

Sparkle © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

or Dia de los Muertos?

© 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Oh me, oh my!

I can't decide. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Sadness Cure

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
        - Bill Blass

 Photo montage & photographs © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mosaic Monday/Mexico Monday: In a Shiny Mood

I don't know why
but today I'm in the mood for shiny.
Glitzy, glam, and gorgeous.

"Shine and Glimmer" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

What are you in the mood for?

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I'm playing in both!

(And don't forget to join us here
for Share the Joy Thursday. 
Mr. Linky will be waiting for your name
by 6p.m. Pacific time Wednesday).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Joy

Today I'll be giving thanks for things 
that bring me joy like

family and getting to see the magic of the world
through the eyes of the next generation

blue bottles on a ledge

the splendor of color
especially when it's backlit
through a window
and sparkles like gems 

having learned that time is precious
and we should be mindful of each moment,
using our talent to cultivate joy
instead of focusing on shoulds and what-ifs and if-only,
things that waste minutes we can't recapture

What gives you JOY?

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Anado Mask

Image of Anado McLauchlin mask © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

have a little bit of in-your-face red
in a mask by Anado McLauchlin.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday/Mexico Monday: Parrocchia

Here is my contribution for


Images of San Miguel de Allende's Parrocchia © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian.

One of the most recognizable landmarks
of San Miguel de Allende is the city's Parrocchia,
one of the many parish churches rather than a basilica.

It has a neo-Gothic facade clad in a beautiful pink stone
and its fanciful appearance has reminded some of
Disney creations.  

The church was built in the 17th century 
with a more conventional exterior, but "redecorated"
in 1880 by Zeferino Gutierrez. 

He was an indigenous bricklayers and 
self-taught architect who was shown 
postcards and lithographs of European 
cathedrals in the Gothic style 
and asked if he could replicate the look.

The resulting revision -- which reclad
the exterior walls of the church --
is his own interpretation
rather than a copycat cathedral. 
The interior of the Parrocchia is quite traditional.

We were lucky to be touring 

on the one day each year 
when the church's crypt was open for visits. 
The crypt contains the remains 
of former bishops of the church and other dignitaries, including a former president of Mexico.

Shadow Shot Sunday: Cemetery

loved ones departed
bodies in the earth
souls continue unabated
as do memories
and a legacy of love

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Revisiting the Past

I don't think I've ever done
a Sepia Saturday using
my own pictures, but here goes.

I see myself as a somber
four-year old and wonder,
"What is that little girl thinking?"

My eyes seem to hold too much knowledge
and wisdom for someone who'd been
such a short time on earth,
this time around at least.

I see myself as a seemingly confident
about-to-be high school senior,
a cheerleader, a school leader,
involved in a multitude of activities,
practicing at love and chomping at the bit
to go to college and have more freedom
(albeit with my parents footing the bill).

Now I look at her, her youthful exuberance
so plainly showing, and I wonder,
"If she knew then what I know now,
would she have made choices differently?"

Would she still believe
in happy endings,
that one man could be 
the love of a lifetime?
Would she have been more cautious
in giving her heart,
less willing to elevate other people's needs
above her own?

There are no do-overs, just start-agains.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Weekend Reflection: Windows

I love reflections, 
especially ones where reversed images 
of things outside bounce off windows, 
obscuring the view of what's inside
but showing us a picture of something else

There's something intriguing
about the idea that transparency 
can both reveal and conceal.

We usually think of revealing,
seeing through to the interior,
being an open book,
when we think of "transparent."
We don't usually think of mirroring,
hiding, playing tricks with light.

So here are three examples of this phenomenon,
all in different parts of the world. 

So what's your pleasure?

Narrow Venetian passages?
Hot shops and making glass?

Your answer may reflect who you are inside.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Sphinx Line

Lots of little sphinxes and pharaohs, all in a line

that used to stretch from the temple
in Luxor to the temple at Karnak.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Headdress

the headdress of an indigenous dancer
 on Halloween night 
in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Margaritas and Mexico

Today I'm celebrating Mexico
and color and tasty food
and fascinating customs
like Dio de los Muertos.

These images were taken 10 days ago in Guanajuato,
where everyone was preparing for Day of the Dead.

So I'll make a pitcher of margaritas
from scratch and pour us each one
so we can peek at my pictures.

Come to think of it,
with all the pictures I've taken,
we'll need more than a single pitcher.

Weekend Reflection: Balloon

I didn't think a balloon was a good surface
for reflections to bounce off,

but I was wrong.

Maybe balloons in Guanajuato are special.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday: Saints and Angels

one of the chapels above an old silver mine

paying homage to saints that protected the miners

Guanajuato, Mexico

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