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

Some kids never will grow up and leave home, at least if they’re born in Dadaab. Ask Ben Rawlence about this city of thorns. (a 420 character, 9-liner)

The way it should work:

grow up & leave home (so most of the time now our bunk bed room is empty);

birds coined the term “empty-nester.”

But all those Somali kids born in Dadaab will grow up & never leave “home.”

What if that happened in our family?

Or with the Wrens?

The only cri de cœur comes from Ben Rawlence in his

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp,

& it’s not the way it should work.