A glow catches my eye as I walk along Shearshop Road in the historic district of Milton.

It’s a marbled orb weaver spider.  One look at the ornate coloration and patterns on the abdomen of this spider leave no doubt about how this beauty got its name.  For a more intimate look, click here.

Araneus marmoreus, one of nature’s showiest orbweavers.

Toni 10/22/17

I’m teaching the kids to bird, mayhap igniting a passion for the environment and help them be part of the changes that need doing. A 420 character 9-liner.

Focus-Be steady-Pay attention:

A mantra that helps me keep track of Trump, not go nuts,

& still be able to look for solutions,

to say “maybe if I or we do,say,write,call,act; then…”

it’s like how I teach kids to hold their bins: Start w/ what’s closest

& move further away.

Hold steady, ease the focus wheel this way & that.

Expect that you will see & hear something you’ve missed.

Be wide awake to possibility. Focus





I’m teaching the kids to bird, mayhap igniting an interest (a passion) for the environment that will help them be part of the changes that need doing. (A 420 character nine liner.)


Erica V. says to make use of sizing, placement, and scale in this week’s photo. Photography, and any visual art, is all about perspective. Where and how you place other objects in the frame can completely change how another part of the picture looks.  This figure in Vigo dwarfs the dramatic landscape of the wild and rocky northwest coast of Spain.



Vigo in Galicia, Spain’s northwestern province, my favorite fishing port filled with art.

Toni 10/15/17