• I'd like to see another version of this picture where the only color is the brown coffee. - Ann Althouse
  • Ah! The Uniball Vision. A great pen. - Ann Althouse
  • Tantalizing, to be almost able to read the text (in the largest size). - Ann Althouse
  • I decided to take that advice: look at this!
  • You can read the notebook in the color version.
  • This blue is spectacular!!! I'm thirsty! - tbechtx
  • I was just feeling a little sorry for the glass. Everything else on the table had a note, as if the glass did not exist! Poor glass! Well, now the little slip of paper is feeling sad and lonely. - Ann Althouse
  • Poor, sweet little slip of paper! - Ann Althouse
  • I just wanted to add this rectangle for the sake of the overall composition and to make this look Cubist. - Ann Althouse
  • And don't forget this thing! I was surprised to get one of these with my noisette, so I picked it up and started examining it. I must have looked confused, because a waiter who happened to be walking by explained: "C'est un Madeleine."
  • I want to see it with just these feet in colour now! - M©G
  • a cigarette hidden - Paula Silva.
  • Is this a dustbin? - Michie C
  • perfect :D - andriahalfen
  • drop of what? - I viaggi di mkvale
  • my remembers - dannoguez
  • it looks electric... - lemonlime32
  • Preciosa - Fotografía | Madrid | Spain
  • So many notes it's hard to read... - ajkimmins


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brown coffee and blue bottle (my favorite)



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The cookie on the saucer is a Madeleine, which Proust immortalized in Remembrance of Things Past.

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  1. A Nomad's Lot 55 months ago | reply

    Thanks for making your photo available through the Creative Commons license. I've used it in an article and credited you at: www.anomadslot.com/2010/06/21/how-rss-helps-save-time-money/.

  2. BAD DOG DIABOLO 55 months ago | reply

    This is really beautiful, wonderful, excellent picture

  3. Duarte Sergio 53 months ago | reply

    This is a beautiful Black & White photo.

    Your work has inspired me!!
    You are INVITED to post it in our group...

    Black & White Passion Group

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  5. neuza teixeira 52 months ago | reply

    This is amazing! I love your work!

  6. ♥ Elettraoro ♥♪ 50 months ago | reply

    wonderful composition!! Great job!!

  7. liebeiststark [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

    excellent photo!

  8. artland 47 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  9. davensuze (Seriously, I'm not Ted Raynor) 43 months ago | reply

    I agree, I really like the bottle blue and the brown coffee shot.

  10. acastleblue 42 months ago | reply

    Life... has it's moments .-)

  11. Gorsefire 38 months ago | reply

    Hi, thanks for making the photo available through Creative Commons. I've used it in a blogpost here: www.gorsefire.com/2012/01/review-of-ou-level-2-creative-w... with a link back to you.

  12. kevinxt 37 months ago | reply

    That looks like a Ty Nant bottle :D

  13. cometaysinembargo 34 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo. I've used it in my blog: profesorenapuros.es/2012/05/y-si-hubiera.html
    Thanks for sharing using CC licenses.

  14. thewritingreader 34 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing via Creative Commons. I've used it on my blog today: www.thewritingreader.com/blog/2012/05/08/prompt-326-end-o...

  15. cshore37 32 months ago | reply

    Beautiful picture :]! I just used it on my new blog heartisinthewriteplace.blogspot.com/
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. victor98_2001 31 months ago | reply

    excellent shot

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