the shining

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

the shining

taut flesh
reflects light

peppers snuggle
(red to green
to yellow to orange
and purple)

in a cold bed
of stainless steel

next to dun-colored
potatoes

I couldn’t resist posting another Imagist poem for dVerse Meeting the Bar and I’m going to link this to WordPress Weekly Photo Challlenge¬†on Vibrancy as well.

Signz ‘n the Hood–Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is asking for “Signs.” Whether straightforward or implied, our lives are informed by signs. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, leaves beginning to change remind us of the approach of cold weather.

I would love to drive the seedier neighborhoods of Reno and capture some of the more outrageous ones that give Reno an mostly undeserved reputation, and perhaps later in the week I make be able to carve out a few minutes to do just that. In the meantime, I’m using my currently time-crunched walk, dogs in tow, to share some signs right here in my own neighborhood.

Welcome to the 'hood. Wildlife rules here.

Welcome to the ‘hood.
Wildlife rules here.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels...when we're not in severe drought.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels…when we’re not in severe drought.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

Poor neighbors--the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Poor neighbors–the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Please...be responsible.

Please…be responsible.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn't like Wilson.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn’t like Wilson.

(All photos–Victoria C. Slotto)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Photo: Victoria Slotto

Rain is a scarcity where I live. How lucky I am that we had drizzle today and into the nighttime hours. Linked to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge–Texture

This is my first time participating in WordPress.com’s Weekly Photo Challenge. The prompt is Texture, which is, along with color, at the top of my favorite’s when considering the elements artists carry in their “tool boxes.”

Texture is all around us–smooth, coarse, rough, silky, actual, implied…think of the importance of the sense of touch to a person who is visually impaired. Here are a few textures I noticed on our daily walk today in our neighborhood:

 

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Succulent–a Haiku

though you seem prickly

smooth touch, each single petal,

but sharp on the tips.

 

 

 

 

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Hibiscus–a Haiku

your color seduces,

showcases, contrasts sun’s dance,

look to the center.

 

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Lava Rock

look what you’ve endured–

eons of harshness and heat,

borne through the ages.

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

Old Pick Up Truck

you’re always just “there,”

gathering rust and hist’ry

i want to know more.

Photo: D. Slotto

Photo: D. Slotto

A Pod

nature’s protection

keeping new life safe from harm.

can we say the same?

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

A Rose

silky, smooth petals,

drinking of dew, opening,

sharing her beauty.

 

N.B. I am new to the world of photography, though not of art or poetry.