All Images are Copyrighted.
Please do not copy, save, or reproduce in any way without the explicit written permission from Nicki at bended road photos.

Thank you for visiting my site.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hidden in plain view | black and white ...

visual interest on the top shelf

blatantly displayed at the entrance

artistic expression

It has surrounded us all of our lives in one fashion or another, so much so, we barely acknowledge its existence.  Like in the landscape design at the interstate exit, the craftsmanship of the doorway going into work, or the little nuances of the display shelf at the clothing store.  Art expressed with no expectation of acknowledgement.

My son has started drawing; a skill he never thought he had.  It started with successfully getting two eyes symmetrically balanced and has progressed to a face.  His excitement over this discovery has also reminded me how important it is to 'try', even when we don't think we can.


“I appreciated art, long before I could produce it.” 
Wayne Gerard Trotman

linking up:

My Memory Art

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

perfectly imperfect in pink ...

[Kim Klassen 'Rene' and 'Rest' textures]

nature's expression of imperfection
sets the stage for humanity's art

“Imperfections are not inadequacies;
they are reminders that we're all in this together.” 

 BrenĂ© Brown



Monday, April 14, 2014

the weekend that was ...

Good | Random | Fun

My husband treated me to a weekend at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
The objective was to simply get away and do something different.

a location steeped with history ...

tradition and sophistication;

with grand, uncompromising style.

Mercedes-Benz quotes its founder as saying: 
"the best or nothing".
 The Greenbrier adheres to the same philosophy. 
 Champagne as you enter, no jeans at dinner, and a friendly greeting from every employee. 
 Our weekend there was a good change to the usual routine. 
 A random adventure, done purely for fun.

linking up with:


Sunday, April 13, 2014

photograph | song*ography ...

~ by Nickelback ~

look at this photograph
every time I do it makes me laugh
                 [Dear Lord...]

Based on facial expressions, my sister and I knew what [might] happen next.
The little guy had a history of slipping behind the wheel, kicking it into gear, and drifting the car down the driveway into either the ditch if he made a sharp turn, or into the road if he got caught-up in the excitement of the ride.
He had done it before.  He would do it several times again.
WHY our parents left keys in the car with this little daredevil is a mystery to me
HOW they coaxed the rest of us to get in a car with him begs to question our level of intelligence.

But there we stood, dressed for church.
Bracing ourselves for the possibilities.
Smiling for the camera.


Be sure to visit Kathy and others over on

Saturday, April 12, 2014

distractions ...

This has been an exciting week (Masters Golf Tournament)
It has been a frustrating week (Ike has been acting out x10)
It has been a week where I feel like I've lost focus and been easily distracted.

A week where it seemed all roads were uphill - both coming and going;
and the simplest of tasks were anything but simple.  

I know this happens to everyone.
Where you either need to reconsider your options, circle the wagons, and pick a path;
or simply take a deep breath and start over come Monday.
(I am a firm believer that weeks start on Monday and end on Sunday - but that argument is for another day)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

conversations | Little Things Thurs. ...

Look at this cute puppy on TV.
I wonder if you can trade in 3 cats for 1 cute puppy?

Another "accident"?  Are you kidding me?
Do I need to take you to the vet?
Cause I will.
So help me - I'll put you in the car and haul your furry butt up the road to the vet.

 Why do you guys turn your nose up at bacon or ham?  You do know it's the "other" white meat, right.

Yes, I see MaryJo laying in the middle of the floor upside down.
Leave her alone - she is perfecting her possum impersonation.


No, pushing MaryJo is not the same as cow tipping.  Where did you ever hear of cow tipping?




true story!

linking up with:

 Little by Little