Camera Lucida Week 6 Photo Challenge is ~ Journey ~

By Deb Cowdrey

You can journey to the mountains
You can journey to the seas
You can journey to the forest
And wander through the trees

wpid-imag0073.jpgYou can journey to the malls
You can journey to the stores
You can try on all the clothes
And wish that they were yours

wpid-imag0334_1.jpgYou can journey to the workplace
You can journey out to lunch
You can journey to a new place
To have a lovely brunch

wpid-imag0638.jpgBut the journey that I think of
The one I have in mind
Is the journey that I do love
And it’s not so hard to find

 It’s the journey of the soul you see
The journey of the heart
The journey that is always free
And sets us all apart

The place you find your one true self
Of who you are inside
The place you find your one true wealth
To follow and abide

This journey is a lifelong one
Teaching lessons everyday
And if you listen carefully
It will guide your every way

Full of grace I want to be
With body, mind and spirit
Full of God, He says to me
Be quiet and you’ll hear it

 My journey is a life map
I watch how I have spent it
Looking forward, never back
Arriving at authentic!


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Camera Lucida Week 5 Photo Challenge ~ Black and Green ~

wpid-imag1130_burst002_1.jpgThis amazing black box with eyes of green

Takes me to places I have never seen,

Making new friends with such great ease

Listed below are their great countries.

India, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia

Pakistan, Australia, Spain, Indonesia

Lebanon, Netherlands, Brazil, and Bermuda

Belgium, Philippines, Finland, Saudi Arabia

Norway, Sweden, Mexico, New Zealand

England, Austria, Vietnam, South Africa

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Guatemala

France, Kyrgyzstan, Hong Kong SAR China

Switzerland, Ireland, Colombia, Russia

Poland, Portugal, Japan and America

 Oh what a blessing this black and green

Showing me a world I had never seen!


Come on in…

Camera Lucida Week 4 Photo Challenge ~ Nature’s Dessert

Heriloom-Tomato-Tart-1-smwpid-imag1106.jpgWeek Four’s Camera Lucida Photo Challenge is Nature’s Dessert – “What is your fruity juicy?  What makes you stop and stare?”

This made me stop and stare…the Tomato, Heirloom Tomato Tart in is a fruit afterall… 😉

The recipe below is from The Novice Chef…enjoy!!

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Recipe Note: I like to slice my tomatoes and then lay them on paper towels to suck out excess juice. If your tomatoes are over-ripe, do not use them in this recipe. You want to use firmer tomatoes!


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 firm heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste


In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar and salt for a few seconds to sift. Add the butter and pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Add the eggs and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball.

If dough is not forming, you can add a splash of milk, but it should come together without. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 9 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom and set aside. (You can also use a pie pan if you prefer.)

Lightly flour dough and counter. Roll dough to a thin round approximately 13 inches in diameter, then trim to make a 12-inch circle (refrigerate and save trimmings for patching).

Lay dough loosely into prepared pan. Fold overlap back inside to make a double thickness, then press firmly against the pan so the finished edge is slightly higher than the pan. This will help with the dough shrinking.

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the tart crust and fill with pie weights (or can use dry beans). Bake for 12 minutes. Remove weights and parchment paper (pinch up all four corners of parchment paper and lift all at once) and bake for 6-8 minutes more, until lightly golden.

Sprinkle bottom of pastry with parmesan cheese. Cover with tomato slices, arranging to cover as evenly as possible. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and top with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes and serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy!


Look behind the door…


Camera Lucida – “THE PARK BENCH”

Week Three Camera Lucida Photo Challenge is “The Park Bench”, here is my interpretation:

This is dedicated to Julia


Hello my friend come rest your bones

Upon my bench so red.

Allow your dreams to up and roam

Release them from your head.

Listen to your silent wishes

Watch them dance and play.

Thank you friend for stopping by

It’s been a magical day!!!


Camera Lucida ~ “ROSE”

This week’s theme for the Camera Lucida Photo Challenge is “ROSE”

Whenever I hear the word Rose this is what I think of:

My Paternal Grandmother Rose!

My Paternal Grandmother Rose!

This is my Grandmother Rose, my father’s mother.

She is no longer with us but I remember her as a quiet, gentle woman.  She seemed shy and reserved but always pleasant and kind.  As a child I did not see her often as she lived in another state, but I do remember being with her at holidays and weddings.  I see some of her traits in my father, as he too is a gentle, caring soul.

This is my interpretation of Rose..

A Rose by any other name would be Grandmother!!!

A Rose is not kind but she was,

A Rose does not smile but she does.

A Rose has a way

Of making your day,

Whether the Roses are Flowers or Grandmas!


Camera Lucida ~ Enchanted!

Camera Lucida Photo Challenge Week 1 Theme ~ “Enchanted”



They frolic under sunbeams

The trees provide their shade,

Starlit skies enhance their dreams

As cricket songs soon fade.

They listen to the babbling brook

The hummingbird does tell,

Enchanted knows with just one look

This home where fairies dwell!