A deeper appreciation of the little moments.

What is “Annstracts?”

As you might have gathered, my name is “Ann,” and I love taking abstract photos.  That’s how the blur between my name “Ann” and the word “abstracts” happened.

My mission is to share my appreciation of the little moments with you so that we both foster more meaning in our lives.



Finding calm in chaos.

Soothing my mind with photography and writing. And hopefully yours.

Isn’t that a never-ending challenge? Life comes at us fast. When I notice my mood shifting and my thoughts turning to worry, I lean into something that will remind me of the joy of living. One of those things for me is my photography. The other is the way writing helps my self-awareness. 

I hope you find that these little moments I share boost your mood.


Start your day with gratitude.

Try self-reflection journal prompts.

When a mentor told me to find three things to be grateful for right upon waking each morning, I didn’t think much would come from it. But groggily, I complied. And years later, I’m here to tell you; it makes a difference.  It moves the needle in the right direction.

Unfortunately, myself included, we tend to look for the easy out, the quick fix, the magic pill. But professional teams, high-performance athletes, and successful business executives share a commonality. They understand the importance of daily consistency. 

When it comes to having a life filled more with joy and less emptiness, you must cultivate appreciation over time. The simple exercise of finding something, anything to be grateful for, is powerful, even if it is just, “well, I’m glad I have hot water,” By the way, when you don’t have it the next time, you’ll be really grateful!

In addition to this simple act of affirming what is good in your life right now, I also find that a little nudge of self-discovery daily will make you more appreciative of who you are. If you spend a little time each day exploring who you really are, over time, you’ll find that you are an insanely amazing creature—loved, lovable, and fun to be around.

I’ve created the “Reflect” page for just that. On this page, you’ll randomly be shown an image like the one below. I create these from my photography and writing. They are meant to prompt you into thought, reflection, and if you are open to observing what thoughts and emotions these bring up, you may find you want to journal about them. Visit the page as often as you like, and if you want to explore these by theme, you’ll find that option at the bottom of the page.



An egret sits in a tree quietly and a quote expresses the need to have a quiet mind.

Abstract photo wall art and uplifting observations.

If you like viewing abstract art, you can find more in my “Album” section of this site, or take a look at “Prints” to see what is available as photo wall art.

I write in more depth in my “Journal” entries, so if you enjoy both the art and the words, please sign up to be notified when I’ve added new content. I’m so excited we’ve found each other!

My journey is more meaningful with you as part of it.


My most recent journal entry and picture album.


How failure can lead to success

How failure can lead to success

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison How can failure lead to success? When it comes to failures, I moved from amateur to professional in a heartbeat once I bought my first camera. Beating myself up emotionally also...


Artistic Black and White Photos

Artistic Black and White Photos

"Dilapitated objects have a sense of mystery. They hold secrets from a long life. I wonder who road in the railcar, where were they going? What did they haul with that pickup truck? While time and transportation methods have moved forward, within the rust and paint...

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