Picture Story: The Dead Tree


Photograph by Sara B. Healy

It’s Picture Story Day.

I know on these days you’re used to me gabbing about the reason I took a picture, where I found the subject and what it means to me. Basically, I talk too much:~)

Not today.

Your challenge today is to look at this picture and share whatever you want about it in the comment box. To get your brain moving, consider these questions:

If it wasn’t a tree, what would it be?

What happened to this tree?

What do you feel when you look at it?

As usual, if I didn’t ask the question you desperately want to answer, ask and answer it yourself….just be sure to share it in the comment box.

Wow. I did this in 134 words!

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Okay, these words don’t count…but here’s a second challenge. What is my shortest Picture Story post, including the title? Check this out in the Picture Story category on the left. You have to go back in time for this one:~)

These words don’t count either because they’re a reminder. The Calendar Giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 5:00PM EST. As we’re a global community, there’s no way I can figure out what time this is for you. Therefore, if you’re not sure, go here:~)

Picture Story: Here’s To Words

man-and-dog_458Copyright: Sara B. Healy

More than a simple photo

I took this picture while traveling by cab to a train station in London. It was one of those “grab the camera and shoot” pictures. I don’t even think I put my reading glasses on, which means I basically took it blind.

To be honest, I was shocked this picture turned out. I had to put my zoom on max; something my camera does not like. It’s not quite that sophisticated and gets annoyed when I ask it to capture images that it thinks are too far away.

But there it was; a moment of kindness in the huge, bustling city of London. That’s what I thought when I first saw this man sitting on the sidewalk, reading his paper and holding his dog.

There was something about the way the sleeping dog was tucked into the man’s arms that was touching to me. I was glad I looked out the window of the cab at that moment.

More than words

I am a blogger who uses pictures a lot to accent my posts and draw a reader visually into my chosen topic. I see the pictures as a window to my post. My hope is that my readers will find what they see in this window interesting enough to continue to read what I’ve written.

Sometimes I use my own pictures and other times I use the wonderful stock photos that others have taken. I always try to give the photographer credit, even though I have the rights to use the photo.

Generally, I try to pick a picture that will accentuate whatever headline I’ve chosen for my post. This leads me to today’s story picture challenge.

Instead of me choosing a picture to match the headline, I’m asking you to create the headline to match the picture.

What headline would you write to accompany this picture? Can you put it into words?

PLEASE NOTE:  This headline does NOT need to be a keyword headline. This is just for fun :~)

Story Photo Monday: Behind the door


In this picture, one of the doors is open, but not enough to see inside.

Are you curious about this? Would you like to walk up to the door and peek inside?

It’s okay.  There’s nobody watching you and it’s perfectly safe…or is it?

Go ahead and look behind the door. Then I invite you to share what you see in the comment box.

Enjoy and have fun…


Come visit my Thursday post for inspiration and motivation.

A Picture for Your Thoughts


What do you see in this picture?

When I first took this picture I knew it had something to show me, but I couldn’t see it right then.  So I saved it in my Favorites folder and looked at it occasionally.

It remained there until this morning at 2 am when I awoke with it in my mind. I knew it was asking me to take a closer look.

So I did.  What I saw was more than a drop of water about to fall.

I saw the second before a leap of faith.
I saw a dream about to be realized.
I saw an AH-HA moment about to happen.
I saw the moment before a hope is answered.

To me, this picture is about possibilities. It’s that moment when we let go and reach for something new.

What do you see? I’d like to know your thoughts.

I invite you to share them with others by leaving a comment.