Out on a Ledge

Photography 101 Day 18 Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned. Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

Minstrel has many ledges and edges that I love to explore. My territory is contained within them. From the bow to the stern, the brow to the dash, I find where the best advantage points are to survey my surroundings, or to take a nap.  I love looking down the sides of Minstrel. The lines of her narrow side walkways reach back and forth to the edges of the world, and beyond.


Dockside At The Marina

Writing 101, Day 8: Go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see. The twist of the day? Write the post without adverbs.


Here I am furiends, laying on the dock of the bay, in the morning sun, watching the the ships and the tides roll in. Sounds like a familiar song doesn’t it. Today I thought I’d describe what it’s like at the marina. It’s a weekday and except for the random cry of a gull flying over or the squeak of a fender being pushed up against the dock, the marina resembles a ghost town. Deck chairs sit empty with no one to enjoy the view. Flags hang motionless and boats of all kinds are still. Ripples of heat radiate from white hot fiberglass, while cooling shadows run across the expanse of wooden planks reaching down the endless length of dock, a mottle of greenish browns and tans from constant exposure to sun and moisture.  I have to be careful to avoid getting splinters in my paws from it’s rough surface.

The sea level is at it’s lowest of the day and the row of pilings that hold the dock in place tower above, pointing upwards towards a sky as blue as my eyes. The angle of the serrated metal ramp from shore sets the stage for the ill-timed boater arriving upon the scene. A comedy of errors worth watching, and I’m ready in the wait. Minstrel waits for her next sea cruise, biding her time with 4 thick off-white lines extending from her port side bow, midpoint, and stern, to the railing of the dock. You don’t dare call them ropes within hearing range of seasoned mariners or be prepared to be likened to a landlubber. The shadows are creeping back from whence they came and push me to look for a cooler place, while the divine smell of bacon emits from Minstrel and beckons me inside. Until next time my furiends I leave and wish you all a fond farewell .




Twin Cats

Writing 101, Day 7: Focus today’s post on the contrast between two things. The twist? Write the post in the form of a dialogue

Did you know Minstrel has twin cats? The live under the floor in the engine room and make a lot of noise when we leave the dock, and whether they roar or purr is matter of opinion. Once when the humans weren’t looking I snuck in to meet them, but to my disappointment, I found out they’re not real cats. They’re 3208 210 horse power Catapillar engines! I had to be careful and step around puddles of oil and water, a sticky film to stain my paws a blackish gray. They were talking to each other and didn’t see me in the dark, and this is what I overheard them saying.

“Hey Starboard, what’s that dripping I hear?”

“I’ve got a leaky water pump Port. I’m so afraid we’re going sink, and I don’t want to die! Whaaa….” Continue reading

My Happy Place

Writing 101, Day 2: We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description.

The metal springs squeaked in recoil as the female human squeezed the latches to open the barred door of my travel carrier. Out I leap onto the L-shaped built-in couch flanking the starboard side of the galley, the dense upholstery sporting a fine tweed checker of black and tan. It had been awhile since fresh air flowed freely in the cabin and the unmistakable smell of stale engine oil, hot rubber and plastic reminded me where I was. As my humans busied themselves opening doors and windows and organizing their stuff, I set about to take inventory. Continue reading

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Architecture and Reflections)


I decided that it might be fun & educational to enter some of our old and new photos we have into various photo contests & challenges and thought this would be a good one to start with. It’s a photo in a collection of photos my mom takes called “Reflections of Boating“. She was cruising past the sandy beach overlooking Burrard Inlet at Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby BC, Canada aboard our boat the MV Minstrel when she captured the reflection of the starboard side view in the windows with a Fujifilm Finepix F410 digital camera. It is originally in color but she edited it in Windows Live Photo Gallery to make it Black & White. This is also a good hands on exercise to learn ones way around the various features probably common to most photo editing software (she’s a bit of a newbie at this).

This photo challenge is put on by Lens and Pens by Sally where you can see other entries and even join in the fun yourself. =^,,^=