Day of the Dead

Dia de Los Muertos is a traditional Mexican celebration to honor the dead. You can see in some of these pictures different ways artists portrayed images of those who have passed away, from celebrities to fallen police officers, to family or friends. Besides the free art and crafts workshops, there was music and dancing along with Aztec dancers. Next year, if you’re in the Los Angeles area right around this time, you may want to stop by and enjoy an early afternoon where the only thing you have to pay for is food.


Simple Reflections

This week’s Picture Challenge: Shine, reminded me of these pictures I took for two different reasons.

The first set I took after My daughter had given me a very small picture allowance so I wouldn’t spend too much time taking pictures.

This is the original. From many different angles,  this picture captured its vibrant colors perfectly.

Nothing Shines Brighter than the sun. I love how Nature finds a way to reflect such brilliance in places you least expect to find it.

#flowers #floweroftheday #wildflowers #photography #flowerphotography  #closeup


The Second set I took after a moment of whimsical inspiration.

Sunlight was reflecting from a tin can upon my bouquet of Daisies which were beginning to dry out.   #flowers #floweroftheday #Daisies #photography #sunlight

One day, as I was passing by a dying bouquet of flowers standing by my window, I happened to notice how beautiful the flowers looked even after they were passed their prime. The Sun was reflecting light on them from a tin can close by. After doing a double take where at first I had ignored them. I couldn’t resist capturing their striking beauty as their petals drooped gracefully and their color complemented perfectly the reflected light of the sun that illuminated them.

Sunlight was reflecting from a tin can upon my bouquet of Daisies which were beginning to dry out.   #flowers #floweroftheday #Daisies #photography #sunlight

The Potential of Things to Come (Picture challenge)


Not sure if he’s tired or patiently waiting for the children to entertain him, but this picture captures my nephew in a stolen moment of idle reflexion.  Reminds me of a solitary soul taking a moment to rest, a moment to appreciate, a moment to collect before thrusting itself into a future that although has been planned, may yet contain surprises waiting to be sprung.


This week’s Daily Post Picture Challenge

The Door Next Door


With so many beautiful pictures of unusual doors in this photo challenge, I felt the urge to bring in a little bit of home. There is nothing fancy here, just a simple door that overlooks a homely porch with a small batch of flowers adorning the surrounding area. If pictures could talk, this one would invite you to sit down on the swing and relax, It would keep you pleasant company while the two of you got to browse through the other door pictures from the challenge.



image If you ever come across this movie, say at 1:00am, I highly recommend you watch it.  It’s a Korean Dramedy with lots of gore and violence and one great fighting scene.  The story is compelling,  the acting is superb, if you don’t count a few silly scenes.  It starts out lame,  I almost turned it off, but the quality escalates and doesn’t disappoint. Two girls, a young woman and a10 year old,  set out to avenge the death of their respective sisters at the hands of a handsome psychopath who has family issues. The young woman has the mentality of a10 year old, so you can imagine the kind of team they make. The psychopath in turn, is looking for the girls to finish the job he started. There is a lot of suspense,  and surprising twists, but some of the best scenes relay on the actors who play their part amazingly well. I won’t spoil the ending, but let me just say that it is rewarding.  You’ll have to watch and find out for yourself how that is. =)

Real Walk Down Memory Lane


Recent and vivid memories contain an element of emotion that is lost on those that time has covered in a sweet haze. Which of these memories is better simply depends on whether you want to relive a surge of pleasant feelings, or a mixture of elation along with a twinge of nostalgia. Recent memories evoke not just excitement, but also minor emotional disturbances that could probably disappear when the power of sugarcoating is well applied.

Personally, I prefer to relive memories on my own terms, where nostalgia has replaced minor heartaches with a fictional sense perfect bliss. I like to go through a walk down memory lane well armored. I carry a good measure of humor, a sizable amount of factual experiences and of course, a never ending supply of imagination. A couple of decades living downtown Los Angeles taught me that when you walk anywhere, you must be prepared for anything. Humor can significantly decrease the impact pesky, little imperfections of undesirable emotions spoil a cherished event. So, when looking back on those anomalies, I try to find a funny detail, sometimes real, sometimes . . .not, that would better accommodate the overall mood of a perfect memory stroll.

Making minor alterations to our memories is a natural process, I think, that allows us to relive only the good parts of or experiences. Even when the recollection of unpleasant events sneaks up on our memory path, they tent to under represent the true antagonistic measure of their original pain.

Recent memories help experience emotions with intensity and, in my opinion the weight of emotions we experience is like the canvas on a painting. The events that transpired are like the strokes of paint that creates the picture. Overtime, this painting is adorned by a frame. Finally, it is displayed either in a dominant place to be seen constantly, or is taken to a private room full of personal treasures. The canvas itself is completely overlooked by the original painting, the frame and its location.

When you go walk down memory lane, don’t just dive in and try to recollect the details of your favorite events. Be selective and resurrect those cherished moments that you can dissect at your leisure. Those memories that unhindered by recent emotions are already a priced painting in your collection.


The Daily Prompt compelled me to share this thought.

Is there a memory you have that has been so sugar coated it doesn’t resemble the original?