Thursday Doors 102016

Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. and a National Monument. Learn more here.


– Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors – October 13, 2016. Photo ©2016 Leara Morris-Clark.

Blogging U Photo Challenge: Big

Learn more about the lighthouse here.

St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL

– Written for WordPress Blogging University, Photography: Developing Your Eye I, Day 7: Big. Photo ©2016 Leara Morris-Clark.
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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: T

Tours, St. Augustine, FL
Trolley, Savannah, GA
Time, Downtown Savannah, GA
Turner Field, Atlanta, GA

– Let There be Peace on Earth’s 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: T. Photos ©2016 Leara Morris-Clark.

Our Pulse

Check my pulse, it’s still beating.

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Your bullets tear through my rainbow wings.
I cower in fear and pain and you stand over me,
A coward with your guns and hate,
And societal and religious justification
For your version of purification.
Check my pulse, it’s still beating.
Check for breath, I’m still breathing.

Whether my physical body passes from this world is not what matters.
See what you don’t realize is that our oppression
Has made us a strong and resilient organism
That unites, in light of your destruction; we rise and fall together,
In spite of the self-righteous façade masking your self-loathing,
Crushing the emotion that you might feel for the wrong that you have done.
Check my pulse, it’s still beating.
Check for breath, I’m still breathing.

Your bullets tear through our imaginary sanctuary,
Where we thought we were safe.
Though I may pass, we will live on and your actions
Only serve to facilitate discussion, and bring about awareness.
We will grow and strive and live and thrive
And future generations will learn from your mistakes,
And learn from our love, and heartbreaks.
Check our pulse, it’s still beating.

– Written as a response to the Orlando shooting at Pulse. It was written with the intent to be read out loud. Please click on the video to hear my reading. Image from FanPop.

Photo Challenge: Opposites

This is part of a decorative perimeter surrounding Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. I saw opposites here regarding the hard, metal chain with geometric shapes juxtaposed against the organic, softer feel of the greenery.

At Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Opposites. Photo ©2009 Leara Morris-Clark .

Photo Challenge: Curves

The St. Augustine Lighthouse has 219 steps to climb to the top. Looking down there is a dizzying view of the spiral staircase curving around and around. At the top, more curves can be found with the 1000 watt bulb and giant lens. To learn more about the history of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, click here.

View looking down from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Curves. Photo ©2009 Leara Morris-Clark .