Challenging Thoughts


Most people, like this hungry-challenged kitty-cat, enjoy a challenge in life, and it may be that the more one answers that call to challenge, the more satisfying life becomes.

I enjoyed this writing- and work-related challenge given by one of the producer-writers of the movie “Bright Star”, a biographical drama on the life of poet John Keats. Paraphrased, she indicated that “playing with the (your) work is how you find your energy” for it, to carry it out well and with enthusiasm.

Keats, although unappreciated in his short life-time (dying at the age of just 25), practiced play with his work, and he practiced his poetry, as well as using it in his love letters to “Fanny”. His work eventually became recognized throughout the world as genius.

Work, play, practice altogether brings rewards.

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Fun With Photo Blowups


Digital cameras offer an editing feature with which an amateur photographer can have some fun creating new, isolated photos from an original picture. Although blowups lose pixel power if the original photo isn’t perfectly focused, one can still “play” with his pictures to his contentment!

The first photo here was isolated and blown up from a picture taken of two Canada Geese flying over a bridge while the camera stayed on the geese and faded out the bridge railing.

The two following pictures (BELOW) are also isolated and enlarged from other original photos with numerous birds involved.



Isolate’em and blow’em up!! (BELOW):





We musn’t be serious in our photography all the time must we? Especially if we are mere amateurs, some fun should be allowed daily!

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

(Note: Blowups can be achieved on the computer after photos are downloaded to it, but they are best cropped and blown up first on the digital camera, since the camera will save the original photo as well as the enlargements, whereas, on the computer, the original will be replaced by the blowup.)