Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Sunday Challenge ~ Featuring Teresa

I am very excited today, to be able to bring you the photographic artistry of Teresa of Razzamadazzle.  Please visit her photography website HERE and enjoy her unique view of the world.


Teresa doesn't like to talk about myself too much, but she has shared that she teaches full time as a junior high special education teacher and taught behavior disorders for many years. Blogging, especially poetry and photography, have been great ways to deal with many of the stressors that come from such a position.  

© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

Jacob's Ladder
by Razzamadazzle

climb Jacob’s ladder
magic resides at the top
nature’s pure beauty


Teresa has kindly shared her photos for our poetic inspiration. If you use one on your site, please acknowledge the source. 

© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

My job description last year was pretty boring, and poetry is the only way I managed to get through the year without dying of boredom.  I would have my little spiral notebook in the back of the room looking like I was taking notes or working or something, but I was really writing poetry.  

Horse and Rider
© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

Now that my son is grown, the farm and animals are truly my passion. If I could, I'd quit my day job and farm full time.  I love living close to nature.  My farm blog has been wonderful because I've met so many people out there that love goats.  Here I thought I was the only crazy goat lady out there, but there's a lot of us Goat Sisters.  The animals have been frequent sources of inspiration for my poetry.  Often a poem written about a mother's love or the loss of a child is inspired by events on the farm.

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© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

Even though I love photography and poetry, I seldom use my own pictures as inspiration.  It generally happens the other way around.  After writing a poem, I search the archives for a picture to fit it, or I have to rush out and take one that will fit the poem.

Wedding Gates
© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

© Teresa ~ Razzamadazzle

The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the creative process, so please do not link up old work which kind of fits the image.  This is in the spirit of our Real Toads project to create opportunities for poets to be newly inspired.  Management reserves the right to remove unrelated links but invites you to share a poem of your choice on Open Link Monday.

Please Note: Teresa has offered these six images for our poetry. I ask that we respect the material on her photography blog: enjoy viewing it but do not download a different image without the photographer's express written permission.  All our participating photographers have intellectual and actual copyright of their material. I do not want Real Toads to over-step the bounds of their generosity.


Ella said...

Thank you for introducing Teresa and her gifts! Her photos swoon with poetic aspirations~ What lovely offerings. She has a poet's eye!

hedgewitch said...

I really enjoy Teresa's blogs and her Facebook pics and comments. These photos are excellent, and hopefully will stimulate my heat-baked brain cells to write something fresh. Thanks, Teresa, for sharing your work.

Maude Lynn said...

Teresa, I had no idea that you are a special education! I was, too, before I "retired."

Gorgeous pictures to choose from!

NatureFootstep said...

I´ll go visit Theresa now. :)

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Kateri said...

How cool that Teresa is the featured poet/photographer this week!

Susan said...

My poem today is a restful place to be. Thank you for the photographs and the memories.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Huzzah Teresa!
She has the most wondrous eye and creative nature!
Can't wait to read what everyone imagines from her work!


Mary B. Mansfield said...

What gorgeous photography! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Tori said...

I love Theresa's pictures of birds... especially the tiny baby with mouth open.

Hannah said...

Wow...what a joy wondering through the work of Teresa on her blogs!!! She has a really special post of a milk-faced calf on her farming blog!!

Such fun! Thank you for sharing your talents with us Teresa!!


hedgewitch said...

Worked on this till very late last night and had to let it stew till morning--thanks so much for the inspiration Teresa, and Kerry for taking the time in a busy weekend to get this up for us. I'll be back around this evening to read.

Lessandra said...

Teresa has some fabulous blogs - check out her goats! I chose her beautiful sunset to go with my haiku. I just discovered your blog Kerry through Teresa's blog. Thank you for your hospitality!

Margaret said...

Off and running today... but will come back tonight with a glass of wine and enjoy catching up! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Kerry for inspiring us with Teresa's photographs. Teresa you have such an eye for photography, beautiful images.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Teresa's images threw me into a tizzy. I had been planning a poem around depression but didn't want it to be a "wallow." This allowed me to ponder things I miss when I stay home wallowing...! Also, I did NOT cut and paste any images; instead, I invited folks back here to see and also included a link to Teresa's site. Very impressive prompt, Kerry, and thanks! Amy

Scriptor Senex said...

What great images. I especilly liked the 'Forgotten'. It says so much.

vivinfrance said...

I only just found this, in a busy week - a bit late to contribute, but want to anyway, because the pictures are so gorgeous.

You say that Teresa " taught behavior disorders for many years." I'm sure that's not what you really meant - otherwise we're in for an increasingly bizarre world!

vivinfrance said...

and here's my poem: