Merry-go-round

Merry-go-round

Merry-go-round Even when still, these hand-carved animals are full of life. This carousel, which dates from 1906, is still in use. It’s been called “a piece of moving art,” which is apt. (Click on the image for a high-resolution version.) Pat Tompkins is an editor in...
Beach Debris

Beach Debris

The Pacific coast here is woefully lacking in collectible sea shells, but the tide line is often full of remnants of local life like this, commonplace snails and mussels. (Click on the image for a high-resolution version.) Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San...
Pink Fountain

Pink Fountain

    I took this on the Stanford University campus in November, not knowing why the water had been tinted pink. Was it a reference to breast cancer awareness, something to do with LGBTQ issues, or a nod to the day’s Big Game (Stanford vs. UC Berkeley football)? The...
State of the Nation

State of the Nation

These goat kids were just a few weeks old when I saw them at a farm. So young and already tussling.   Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have been published in Thema, Nanoism, Mslexia, and other publications; her...