A Finish Unknown

One of Sherlock Holmes’ many observations was this one:
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

The words were, of course, those of a fictional Sherlock Holmes, the super sleuth created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Sir Arthur had Holmes give that advice in Chapter 6 of his work entitled “The Sign of Four”, published in 1890.

Improbable as it may seem during the living of it, life itself does glide steadily toward a finish line known to none. We truly are without a clue.


Scan of the VHS cover of “Without A Clue”, Orion Home Video, 1988, ITC Entertainment Group, from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Smarter Than Us…


In her book “the wave in the mind”, (2004, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, Colorado), author Ursula K. LeGuin contends that cats and dogs are superiorly smart over the human being.

“They look in the mirror, once, when they’re a kitten or a puppy,” Le Guin says; “They get all excited… run around hunting for the kitten or the puppy behind the glass… then they get it. It’s a trick… they never look again.”

“My cat will meet my eyes in the mirror, but never his own,” she concludes.

What is your view of the intelligence of our domestic animal friends?

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Coffee Cup Series — Cup Three


Rudolph-the-Red-nosed-Reindeer failed to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to another NBA championship, and the Golden State Warriors, via the new king, Kevin Durant, sent a message that pricked like fork tines. They said emphatically through their dominant play to the title, “We’ll be here awhile.”

Rudolph ultimately agreed, stating he’d probably be sitting down to figure things out before the next title run begins.

Drinking from Rudolph’s coffee cup I call “Humble” for now…

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(See also http://www.championsinsport.wordpress.com/ “LJFF Helps Keep Kids in School” )

More Than A Bloom


A Dandelion is more than a bloom; it’s delicate structure is made for several stages of life, during which it changes forms continuously until it departs altogether.




More photographic history of the Dandelion may be found at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com (Dandelion Gang)
and at:
by the same blog author.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

McConaughey Reigns


Just recently chatted with jordanandeddie about Matthew McConaughey’s out-of-this-world performance in “Gold”.

Pictured ABOVE is another of his movies dealing with gold, “Fool’s Gold”, an entertaining fictional romp with Kate Hudson over a treasure hunt for buried gold.

“Gold” is a whole different story, based on true events that are worthy of a thrilling fictional page-turner.

M&M is a superb artist, no matter what subject matter he takes on — gold, fool’s gold, Marshall’s football fortunes, a wedding planner, adventures in the Sahara, AIDS, outer space, a lawyer’s plea for a father’s justice. He wows, every time out!

Photo of the cover of the DVD “Fool’s Gold”, 2008, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., from the blog author’s personal copy of same.

(Read more movie trivia from the blog author at:
http://www.favorite20thcenturyfilms.wordpress.com )


Special Color Camera Settings



One of the features my Nikon CoolPix L830 has which my Canon PowerShot SX410 IS does not is a color setting. Red only, yellow only, green only, etc., plus cross-over features are built into my “auto” Nikon.

Separate settings available on a digital “auto” pilot camera do enhance the features.

The ABOVE photo was taken with cross-over, featuring yellow. BELOW is a red only Tulip:


Next (BELOW) is a yellow with green cross-over image:


My PowerShot, however, offers a fun “fisheye” view which my Nikon lacks. Take a look (BELOW):


The clouds received a swirled look through the “fisheye” lens. It’s a fun feature that also can produce a luscious difference in a well done photo, or an abstract image.

All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(View more of the author’s photography at the blogs below:
http://www.abstractphotoartblog.wordpress.com )




Spring Tulips

They come and go quickly in the Spring, these wonderful, colorful marvels of our plant world — Tulips!

Using different settings on my Nikon CoolPix L830, I photographed the Tulips in the circle garden at the Veterans Park at the Bridge across the street from my apartment building.

The top right photo is Yellow Tulips in black and white; below that photo is Yellow Tulips in sepia.

The photo at the top right is Yellow Tulips in black and white. Below it is a Red Tulip in a red only setting.

Close-ups are, from left, red only, red in black and white, and yellow in a yellow only setting.



And then, they begin to fade, and break away, to seed for another day:

Hooray for Tulips!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(More photos from the author can be seen at:
http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com and at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com )

Coffee Cup Series — Cup Two


However, she does have a sense of humor; tell her a joke to lighten the interruption!

A sense of humor, of course, became a family thing because of my Dad’s marvelous way of putting a light-hearted take on serious situations.

Our family get-togethers were ripe with humor and hearty laughter, and two of my five brothers were especially adept at telling stories and jokes.

My own two children and my daughter-in-law carried the humor torch forward, as well.

This second cup in my Coffee Cup Series was a birthday gift from my son and his wife, who actually picked it out especially for me. They understand that writing is my way of life!

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg