Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer Day Reflection

While the beach holds stunning views of the expansive Atlantic Ocean, New York City on a summer day provides an equally majestic sight. Spiraling towers reflect glints of sunshine amidst the rush of traffic and the endless array of tourists and city goers. The hoofbeats of carriage horses parading around Central Park, the hum of people chattering, and the beeping of taxis create a backdrop of city noise. As I walk through the crowds, I feel the energy of a city that never sleeps.  My eyes scan the sights, listen to the sounds, and I fall in love with the commotion.

New York City is a city of contrasts noticed at every crossing. There are those dressed in the latest trends and others of homeless stature. Stylistic buildings stand tall but mounds of garbage bags left at curbside are distracting. From Fifth Avenue glamour to Times Square glitz, the city shows its differences. Possibilities are present as inspiration unfolds before my eyes. 

There is a magic in New York City's skyline.  It takes my breath away each time I enter or depart the city. Verve is everywhere and inspiration in the eyes of the beholder!

Please visit Two Writing Teachers for the Tuesday Slice of Life where you will find many more slices for your reading pleasure. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Celebrate Summer Days

What a spectacular summer this has been on Long Island. Each time I go to the beach, I am filled with wonder. As I watch the waves crash and the children splash I am grateful for the sea opening its arms to all who care to be filled with joy. Inspiration has been the byproduct of endless days of wondering about life and sunshine the backdrop for countless moments to photograph the beauty of Long Island's shores. Photo-editing platforms have provided me the digital tools to frame life through a lens of positivity. 

I hope your summer days have been filled with the wonders of life as mine have. Enjoy a few of my digital inspirations about Long Island summer days that celebrate life. If you are interested, create your own and send them in for my newest gallery, Summer Splashings

Now please visit two sites that are celebrating life through the lens of positivity today:

Ruth Ayres' Celebrate this week 

Margaret Simon's DigiLit Sunday

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August Afternoon

As August prepares to move gracefully on, 
it's summer days can refresh friendships 
and build yet another memory to last throughout September. 

The tranquil summer scene below and Albert Garcia's thoughtful look at an August morning inspired me to compose my own poem to celebrate an afternoon of sun-drenched, delightful moments. The use of a mentor text and a photograph transformed into a digital creation prompted creative flow and word weaving in the silence of an August night. 

Photographed and digitalized by Carol Varsalona © 2015 

Oceanside, Long Island

            Mentor Text                                           My Poem                                               

Please visit Sylvia Vardell's site, Poetry for Children, for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up. I was fortunate to meet Sylvia and Janet Wong at ILA 15 this year and spend a bit of time conversing with them.

Reminder: I am collecting digitalized inspirations this weekend for an August 31, 2015 deadline to submit your summer creation for Summer Splashings. When sending photographs please make sure that the digitalized inspirations is no larger than 6 x 6.5. Thank you to those who have contributed an those thinking about it.