Time unused and only endured still vanishes, as if time itself is starving, and each day is swallowed whole, leaving no crumbs, no memory, no trace at all.

Sometimes life can be slow.

@tgiarnese Bayview

It was for writer Elisabeth Tova Bailey. When she falls ill with a mysterious virus, she is confined to bed, her life shattered. For her amusement, a friend brings her a common snail, the inspiration for this humbling book.


Intrigued by the snail’s world, Bailey becomes an obsessive observer of the tiny creature.

The lowly but splendid snail takes center stage in the book. Bailey notes the similarities between her and her snail~ the slow pace at which they move, the fact that they’re both in the process of adapting to changed environments.

Times passes, Bailey’s health improves and she returns the snail to the woods, along with 117 of its children.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.  Sometimes life flies by.


Toni 2/7/16


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vehicular eye candy @tgiarnese


WPresser and photographer Jen Hooks says let’s do vibrant, wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.  This vibrant little beauty is mood therapy.  So is its statement ~ it’s not a car, it’s a way of life. 

A lava-hot life, #WDYT?

Toni 1/29/16 

Hey, why don’t you take a picture? It’ll last, well, forever.

It’s all about the photos. That’s why I love my iPhone.



Today everything exists to end in a photograph.

— Susan Sontag


It’s a meditative thing, taking photos. It keeps me present.




The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.

— Andy Warhol




My iPhone camera is a storyteller with a unique eye, always there to document the ordinary and the extraordinary in a single frame.

The joy of the harvest. The blessing of 45 years married. The fifty-carat faces of family and friends. An espresso.  A good book.  Summer’s exuberance, winter’s hush.



What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

— Karl Lagerfeld

Like this set of images from Christmas past.


I’m fresh off a wildlife photography workshop with Florida master naturalist John Nelson.

03-3He’s the voice of “The Audubon Moment” on NPR. Each episode provides listeners with tips on how to identify a specific bird that is found in Florida.

Nelson is also the Martin County Audubon president and travels the world shooting Oscar-worthy videography for National Geographic. One of his tips? Always go for a glint in the eye.

Backyard Baby, 2013 ©tgiarnese



Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

— Imogen Cunningham

Toni 1/18/16