Cows are a treasure

Cows to our rescue!

When I saw today’s Daily Post Prompt of Treasure, there were numerous images that popped up in my mind: they ranged form shiny to beautiful!  And, then, I thought about a slightly different approach: recognizing the intrinsic value to our souls…

This is when the following image came to mind and put a smile on my face, that I thought might be worth sharing with each of you.


These cows bring good karma to us all!  They vie for our attention and return it with appreciation.

If you’d like to bring this karma-generator into your house, please check them in Etsy!

Three Line Tales – Extraspection

Looking outward

It’s great to participate in Week Forty-Five of Three Line Tales run by Sonya  of Only 100 Words!

three line tales week 45: a vintage Kodak camera

photo by Grant McCurdy via Unsplash


Absorbing input,
Eyes wide open to the world’s whirl.
Extraspection’s rule.


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining !

Prints are a lot of fun!

New and improved!

In getting the first nine prints uploaded into my new Etsy store, part of the fun is to update my images to those that were finalized for print when I did the exhibit at my place of work, here at Red Hat in Westford, Massachusetts.

As I’m rather meticulous about my print preparation (the paper and ink adds up to a significant expense per print, and I was born a Dutchman🙂 ), I spent quite a bit of time going over every detail of the print.  As my tools (and skills) have expanded over the years, there has been opportunity to improve a number of prints from their originals.  For each of these, I have ‘locked’ the final print settings into its own file, so that every one of the limited edition prints will look very much the same.

The Line

This image wound up being a tad crisper and a little bit more expressive than previous iterations.  The resultant print on Canson Infinity Satin photographic paper looks great on the wall here at work.

Over the next couple of days, I will share some of the other ‘updated’ versions for your approval.

Etsy – Opening a Storefront

Grand Opening at last!

Message from the eternal slacker (that’s me): it’s been clear to me for a while that I needed to create a shop to make purchasing of my prints easy.  To that end, I have created an Etsy store FrankJansenPhoto and uploaded the first couple of images from the Yoga Tree collection.

There’s still quite a bit of work to be done to get each of my available prints into the shop, but the first four are in…

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Birth of the Sun

Birth of the Sun is one of the first set!

Looking forward to people’s feedback to this storefront and suggestions for the prints that you’d like to see in there.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trunk

Trunks are rock solid!

After the great response to last week’s challenge, which showed the state of flux, in which we find ourselves, it seemed appropriate to take a tour of something a bit more permanent this week.

As I wandered about on the farm property where my wife was getting her sheep herding lesson with our youngest Cardigan, I came up with the thought for this week.  The theme for this week is Trunk.  Of course, there is more than one way to use this word, as it can be the trunk of a tree, the trunk of an elephant, a steamer trunk, the trunk of a car (boot in non-American English), a railroad trunk, etc.

Whichever trunk you choose to portray, the challenge is to make something rather special of it.  I went in a very traditional direction in this image…

Trunk Graveyard

I was struck by the variety of colors, textures and lines, as the light played across these past masters of the woods, which make for a rather spectacular view.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m sure that the ideas will flow forward, and not be truncated!  Have fun!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/80 second, f/8 at 640 ISO.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 33

Freely flowing brilliance!

What an amazing set of responses to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow!  Of course, that is just what I expected from this erudite, creative crowd!

The contributions ranged from cascades to hulahoops and oneness, all brought together with the concept of flow.  Clearly, your creativity knows no bounds, as it flows freely from your minds!  Well done!

Here’s a different bit of flow across the sky that reaches out above us…

Sunrise Streaks

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Charles was first to post for the second week in a row in his excellent blog  CharlesEWaugh with awesome photography of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.
  • Ladyleemanilla was not far behind with her poem and photo that went with the flow!
  • Xenia’s brought us a haibun in her post in Whippetwisdom where her lovely whippets flowed across the beach.
  • Michelle’s post in Southern By Design brings us Rainer Maria Rilke and lovely beach photographs.
  • Emily can’t let go of Summer in her post in Zombie Flamingoes, finding flow in her photos of the beach and its surroundings.
  • Marie’s post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect takes us to a cascading fountain outside the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.
  • Leaking Ink provide us with a cat’s view of going with the flow, as only a true feline lover could do…
  • Debbie’s shares with us how she is learning to go with the flow of oneness in a great post in Forgiving Connects.
  • Miriam’s post in Out an’ About is just overflowing with flow!  I’m surprised that nobody was washed away by the stream hanging from the willow🙂
  • Bikurgurl joined the party with the flow of a hulahoop!  She’s hooping it up!
  • Scott’s post in Scott’s Place came from South America, where at least one of the coconuts was extremely fresh, as it had sprouted!
  • In Nature Knows Best, Judith shares the cascades of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire with us.  Simply gorgeous!

I absolutely love your entries, as they were a lot of fun the peruse!  Now, what can I pull together for the next one?

Friday Wandering

A short hike and a couple of photos

As it has been a rather busy week with long days at work, I decided to take a short walk at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge before coming into work this morning.  It was well worth it, as I was the only person there and it was very relaxing to wander around with nothing but Nature’s sounds for my background music.

The other aspect is that it was fun to do a little photography.  So I thought I’d share a couple of images with you before I get to the studio and edit them properly:

Reflecting the Nashua

With the flow rate of the Nashua river, reflections created interesting images; in the above image there’s a very mild amount of distortion.

Sharkfin Tales

In this image, the distortion of the reflection is more significant, as the stuck branch (sharkfin) is creating a bit of turbulence.

Hope you enjoy!