Halloween is Almost Here

A jar of jam next to my bed is
Where my water’s supposed to be
A worm crawls across the floor
Heading straight for me

I brushed my teeth, went to bed
I even said my prayers
But something’s going bump, bump, bump
Slowly up the stairs

The mobile phone pings and shrills
Snapchat calls my name
I never opened an account
It’s that creeping worm I blame

I brushed my teeth, went to bed
I even said my prayers
But something’s going bump, bump, bump
Slowly up the stairs

Halloween is almost here
Spooks and ghosts galore
Here comes the headless horseman
Crashing through the door.

I brushed my teeth, went to bed
I even said my prayers
But something’s going bump, bump, bump
Slowly up the stairs

The worm is at my…


Words and image copyright Simon Brooks 2017


Say What?! – two

It’s been a while since I have posted here, and I have a few more irreverent captions to beautiful artwork from around the Golden Age of illustration. These come from the latter years. All but for one are done by N.C. Wyeth from the book “Drums” by James Boyd, 1925 (apologies ot Boyd, Wyeth and Charles Scribner’s Sons. The other is Maxfield Parrish’s “Shuffle-Shoom and Amber Locks”, 1920. Apologies to Maxfield Parrish.

18, 19, and 20 are my favourites. The others can be found here: Sat What?!


I suppose I should call this ‘Ice and Frost’ as there is one image created by frost, and the frost helps the ice form some of its more intricate patterns.

The Great Brook Trail has shown me great change over the last few weeks. Snow, then ice, then heat so that a lot of the snow either melted away, evaporated or was packed into thick ice where folks walked.  One of the challenges when photographing Nature, is the temptation to ‘come back tomorrow’ to get the shot, but especially with ice and snow, the shot stands a high chance of being lost. Sadly, the ice might be perfect, but the lighting, not so much. The changes in weather and temperatures at this time of year creates some wonderful art in nature. So get out there and see for yourself!

The water levels have risen and fallen, and ice has formed many layers. Rising temperatures caused some layers to fall through, leaving what I call New Hampshire swimming holes! Sometimes the melt is slow, so ice bends instead of breaks. A few days ago the heat caused water to cascade both under and over the ice, making some pretty cool falls, although I failed to get a good photograph . The bulbs of ice have to be my favourites, although the long ‘teeth’ also rate highly.

Please don’t steal or use these photos without written consent from myself. Thanks.

Technical stuff. All of these photos were taken on a Sony A6000 and using their standard 16mm-50mm lens or their 55mm-210mm zoom. The photos were all hand-held which I think speaks highly of the Sony SteadyShot range, rather than my ability to hold still! Most of the images are as taken, but a small few were played around with in PaintShop Pro. (I used to use Photoshop exclusively, but when they turned into subscription based, I dropped Adobe.)

The earth was falling to sleep


The earth was falling asleep, not because it was fall
But because the rain had not come, wells were dry
Tree roots reached far beneath the earth, struggling
To find moisture and nourishment.

Yesterday it rained. Last night it rained. Leaves which floated
Unmoving on water, washed away. The earth
Woke again, became alive, laughed, danced, sang out
In joy to all who cared to hear.

Before autumn turns to winter and the earth falls asleep.


© Simon Brooks 29th October, 2016