While at a friend’s house last weekend, we watched and rooted for the hosts’ New Orleans Saints football team. I happened to wander into the backyard at half time with my camera. They have a beautiful home with fabulous surroundings. Fully intent on capturing some of the beauty they get to see daily, including a burbling stream tumbling over the rocks, I was distracted by the giant chess pieces and board in the yard. Consequently I ended up taking some shots of the black and white checkered board and the chessmen standing in lonely formation patiently waiting for someone to play.