About Carol Carlisle

A Storyteller, photographer, writer, teacher, mother, wife, gardener and at this moment a blogger.

Tuesday Poetry and Photography: Let’s Go Down to the Sea Again


Come with me
bring your dog
your warm sweater
bare feet
if you dare
bring your willingness
to sit still
to set sail
as life’s unfolding
takes your breath away

Carol Carlisle


As a kid in the 6th grade
in dry, land locked Oklahoma
I had to stand up in class and recite
John Masefield’s Sea Fever
it had little meaning for me but terror.
After more than fifty some years
I live within the sound of beckoning waves
so now the winds song and flying clouds
belong to me.

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over. -

Is there a poem you had to memorize as a kid that comes back to you from time to time?

For Margo Rody Tuesday Tryouts Come with Me

Phoneography: My Take on The iPhone 6 Plus

Detailsl I was surprised to see the little beetle on the tiny blossom outside my front door. When I looked into the screen I thought I was just taking a flowers. I took the one shot then cropped as close as I could but still keep the details without pixilating. Wow look at the pollen in the petals!

Variety of Color I experimented with using the simple color editor. Please click on any image to enlarge then click-through to watch how the blues change then disappear. I’m totally fascinated I hope you are, too.Oh and the seed pods explodes.
You’d think I was in love with my new iPhone but the jury is still out. The size makes it awkward to hold and I’m having a hard time dealing with the lack of memory. It could be the fact OS8 takes up so much and leaves no room for my photos I like to keep on my phone to edit later or just to have to share

Anyone who has upgrade to the new iPhone Let me know what’s your take?

Everyone what images do you prefer?

Lens and Pens creator of this Weekly Challenge shared lovely and magical doors take with her iPhone 4s.


Weekly Photo Challenge Nighttime: Now You See What I See?

San Francisco's Embarcadero With Ferry Building and Bay Bridge

San Francisco’s Embarcadero With Ferry Building and Bay Bridge

Neighbors at play on National Night Out

Neighbors children at play with gloss sticks  on National Night Out

I have astigmatism which makes everything looks a little fuzzy to me so I like nighttime photography because I often capture soft glowing halos of light against dark, which is how I see the world most of the time.

I also, I often try to capture the Moon but the weather in the Bay Area doesn’t always cooperate.

All I saw of an eclipse last Spring

All I saw of what was called a Blood Moon last Spring.

Weekly Photo Challenge Nighttime

How do you see the night?


Nurturing Thursday: Do The Autumn Happy Dance!


IMG_2817 Welcome the change of season with open arms!

What if Persephone went to the Underworld willingly? Wouldn’t she have had an easier time? I have read version of the Myth of Persephone in which she heard the cries of the those in hell and allowed herself to be carried off in order to elevate the suffering. No need to throw ourselves into the pit of fire but it might serve us well to find reasons why we like the shorter days! I, for one, am doing a Happy Dance because we finally have a little rain after almost 6 months of none.

What Autumn Happy Dance Are You Doing?

Nurturing Thursday‘s Becca Givens suggests an other way to embrace change. Go visit her and you will also learn how to become part of Nurturing Thursday.

Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Tea and Paper
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
Bowl of Cherries
Theology is a Verb
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes
Jacqueline King
Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora

Phoneography: Portrait of This Magic Moment

Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart.-Kahlil Gibran









Antlers? Halo?

I found this image a dancer framed by another dancers arms on a photo I took during a parade last weekend. I became fascinated with it and worked it through a number of apps to see if I could get it to look the way she feels to me.

 Like Fall Equinox
that moment
when everything is in balance
and anything can happen
before we tip into winter.

Mary Oliver says it this way:


Fall Song
Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,
the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows,unmattering backfrom the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhereexcept underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castleof unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. ThisI try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

~ Mary Oliver ~
(American Primitive)
Tell me please which image or words speak to you today.
Happy Fall

View other entries to this week’s Challenger’s Choice:










Phoneography Black and White Challenge: Wind surfer

Wind surfer

1-Wind surfer sail

Wind surfer, Mount Tam and dogs with family

2-Wind surfer, Mount Tam and dogs with family

Big air

3-Big air

I almost didn’t walk out to water because it was so windy., but glad I did. We don’t usually see wind surfers at our little local beach.What a nice surprise! There was so much glare I couldn’t see my phone’s screen.  In order to capture the guy in the air, my husband would call out “now” when he went up and I would click on faith.I got one with ‘big air’ shot with this tag team technic.

Big air

4-Big air cropped for detail

Today’s Challenge is Black and White. Sure these would be pretty in color but the dramatic clouds tell a different story in B&W. Sally Donatello of Lens and Pens writes: “Black-and-white photography has an uncanny power to recreate reality”.  

Which photo tell the story you prefer?

Travel Theme: Noise From Morning To Night


Morris Dancer May Day

Morris Dancer Welcome the Sun on May 1st


Back yard band gets down

Back yard band gets down


Samba drummers Solano Stroll

Samba drummers Solano Stroll 2nd Sunday of September

Boom! Boom!

July 4th

Big Bang July 4th

The 40th Annual Solano Stroll is tomorrow, a reminder for all the local Bay Area Folks who want to have fun and get some great photos.  I’m sure I’ll be posting many of my own images in the coming weeks.

What fall festivals do you have in your neck of the woods?

Where’s My Backpack suggested this loud theme.