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.





For this picture challenge, we have to capture the way our mornings look. Forgive me for not giving you a clear picture of how my day begins. It is such a painful and unflattering image, I dare not punish you with such scene.

Instead, join me in appreciating my version of what the word Awake means. Full splendor.

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.

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.


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

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.