Category: photography

Winter Seer

photo of frozen soap bubble and sun
Frozen Soap Bubble – Public Domain Photo


The future
In unknown
While we
In uncertainty
From moment to moment
By the
Sly hands of time
We are
No more.


Merry Christmas!

photo of Christmas tree with red ribbons and lights
“Christmas Tree with Red Ribbons”
December 2016
Sacramento, California


I am sorry that I have not posted something new here for a while. I have been caught up in the seasonal routine of shopping for gifts and food and writing  and mailing a few Christmas cards. I have a feeling that I am not alone. 😀

Even if you do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you will find a way to enjoy this time of year with the people you care about the most.

snowman clip art

The Witch’s Well

Happy Halloween! I hope you enjoy this poem inspired by the work of
Edgar Allan Poe . . .

digital artwork of a well and woods
“The Witch’s Well” – digital artwork by Arlene G. 

I made a wish
At the Witch’s Well
Unswayed by
Dark tales
The villagers would tell
Of well wishers
Who died
Under its spell
One wish and
One drop
Of my blood
In its black water
Were all I would need
To bring back
My beloved Evangeline.

decorative design

I waited
An hour
Maybe two
Watching for her
In the distance
Owls and ravens
High above
In the broken trees
Looked out too
But sadly
Was not in view.

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It was after midnight
When I finally left the well
I felt foolish
Waiting by its side
I regretted
I had no horse to ride
When suddenly
I saw
In the dimming moonlight
A pale fair maiden
In a long white gown
It was she–
My lost Evangeline!

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She beckoned me
To follow her
Down a misty path
We walked together
Hand in hand
She was warm
Despite the October cold
Her dark hair
Scented with lilacs
As it was before
I could not believe
That she was
No more
Until suddenly
I saw
Her eyes
With a deep red glow
And from her sweet lips
Cried the voice
Of a fiend
Deep and low,
“Say good-bye
To Evangeline
And all you know
This is your end
To hell you will go!”


skull drawing

Happy Halloween!




As the bright heat wanes
And the wind builds
Dreamy cloud kingdoms
In the late September sky
I watch
The summer daylight
Slowly engulfed
By the growing darkness
I feel
The pull of fall
And think of
What it brings –
The muted vitality
Of oaks and maples
Apple trees laden
With the last summer fruit
And the stillness
Of butterfly and dragonfly wings
As autumn frost
Upon the fading green land.




I am sorry that I have been away from my blogs for so long.  As some of you know, I take care of my elderly father who has a variety of health problems related to diabetes. I spent many days in August taking him to the hospital for both his regular doctor appointments and for some additional tests for a new health problem. I may have to disappear from my blogs again if more health problems arise.

In addition, I came across what seemed to be a promising freelance illustration gig in early September, but unfortunately things did not work out well in the end. I will talk more about it in my next post, which will be a reblog from my artwork portfolio.