Lake

“Perhaps the truth lies within a walk around a lake.”~W Stevens

Lake (1 of 1)

The Cottonwoods Are Just Changing to Yellow around The Lake.

I do believe that it is true that truth can come from a meditative walk in nature. If I’ve had a bad day or experience, being absorbed in natural surroundings always seems to help me clarify things and make my mind more at peace!

Yellow

“Don’t go in for the “yellowish” if what you need is “yellow“. The attitude called precision is the quality that remarks the accuracy of your demand. Never settle for the less; Go for the exact thing!” ~I Ayivor

Yellow Green Butterfly (1 of 1)

New theme-new problem.  Does anyone know why the current post image is just showing as blank on the home page?  :-0 scream. I cannot find a theme that I both love and that seems to work properly!

Nourish

“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”~Plato

Horse Feed (1 of 1)

I had a great day today, even though it got off to a late start. I hiked a bit by a local lake that I hadn’t ever been to before and then took a drive over to a rural area. I pulled the car over when I saw a herd of horses out grazing. It was already almost sunset and a storm had been brewing off to the north. It created some nice light for shooting but the best part of the day was just being with and observing the horses. I adore horses; there is something about their nature that always makes me feel at peace. They are not always gentle and as a matter of fact, the bully of this group kept nudging and biting the other horses out of the way so he could be near me. He even tried to bite me at one point but I was quicker.

There were also 2 mules and 2 cows in the bunch and I could see the hierarchy of the group dynamic. Both the mules and the cows were bullied away by some of the horses. At one point, one of the mules tried to come over to greet me but a horse shooed them both away. The cows were very curious and inched closer and closer to me although they would not dare come too near but instead intently watched every move I made during the 15 minutes or so that I was there. They did not take their eyes off of me once, which I found very interesting.  I headed home via a twisty-turny road but not before stopping to watch a beautiful sunset. Sunset  (1 of 1)

Then I had breakfast for dinner and a bath…like I said, a great day.

Divine

“Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.”~ A Rimbaud

The Hollyhocks Sure Knocked My Socks Off

The Hollyhocks Sure Knocked My Socks Off

I decided I’d go out just for a bit and shoot some images. Fall color has not quite arrived here but it is starting to bloom a bit.  But before I got out of my condo complex, I stopped at a nearby house to shoot a bunch of hollyhocks. It was their second bloom of the season as I later learned from the home’s owner. While I was there, the she had returned home and was totally understanding of my need to trespass on her property a bit :) as she too loves hollyhocks. We talked some about how she eventually came to buy her house. It all started with a man that she met on match.com that led to both the house and the marriage.  Having tried a few dating sites, I had decided that I’d just live my life and hope that I meet Mr. Right going about my business, doing the things I love. She tried to convince me that I should try again but to be totally honest, it sounded more as she described her story and her husband that they were a couple that made the decision of their partnership based on logic.  Is it wrong to want a man who knocks my socks off? Should you decide more logically as you age? They were in their late 70s and I got the impression that he maybe takes her off, not knocks them off. Of course, you have to be best friends with your partner, too. Maybe we expect too much out of relationships these days but I doubt I’ll ever want to settle for just having someone who just “takes” my socks off. Anyway, I am not sure about her husband but her hollyhocks sure were divine.

As I still need a fall fix, I am now going to do something definitively autumn…….pumpkin beer imbibing and maybe out to dance. That is divine enough for one day!

Letters

“We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Old Postal Boxes-I wonder how many letters passed through those doors/

Old Postal Boxes-I wonder how many letters passed through those doors.

Letters are passé now and I think that’s a shame.  Once in a while, I will get a letter from my Mom. Usually it accompanies an old photo of some sort and a memory of the past. Although you would not know it from this blog, I enjoy writing. Texting just doesn’t have the same sensual pleasure of a letter…..there is no exchange of DNA, less thought put into communication and it is also so disposable, just 2 clicks of your finger and poof, gone.

I used to send a lipstick kiss and spray the paper with my perfume if I was writing to a boyfriend. There is something about the effort involved and giving something more of one’s personal self in letter writing than phoning, emailing or texting. Back when I was a teen (and I had to walk 10 miles to school-just kidding ;) ), my female friends and I would pass letters back and forth in class. Mostly the writing was fairly mundane but once in a while there would be an explosion of drama, usually involving a guy. We wrote and spent time together more than called each other. Phones were connected to the wall, which meant little privacy from Mom’s perky ears. No cell phones, no computers; we were less “connected”back then but more connected.  I miss that sometimes.

Welcome

“With good reason, love’s messengers, Eros and Kama, are armed with bows and long-distance arrows. No being, god or mortal, can choose love. Love comes despite ourselves; and then, if we have not already done so, we have the task of becoming our selves so we may welcome love.” ~D Wolkstein

A Wedding Setup Welcoming Guests, Memories And A New Life Together for The Couple

A Wedding Setup Welcoming Guests, Memories And A New Life Together for The Couple

 

 

Wall

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”~M Jordan

Hit a wall (1 of 1)

Find a way around the wall…but don’t get too attached to doing so or you may just get stuck.

I am a “returner” when it comes to certain photography comps.  This was the first time I was able to shoot this in mostly shade so it will most likely be my last time shooting it; I think I have exhausted my need to go back.  It is aesthetically pleasing but not all that interesting. The colors are harmonious and pleasing and the fact that the tree is in the wall makes it unique but other than that, it is just an average scene.  Average is okay as long as there are other aspects that give it some interest.

Have a great Sunday!

Transform

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” ~H Hesse

Transform

Transform

I have never believed in the concept of regret. I have felt it…..but feel more strongly that if you hold onto it, it just remains with you as a negative. Every failed “something” in your life has taught you something even more important than just the failure itself and that you will take with you down the road of life. The more important question becomes can you learn from things and transform it into something positive, that’s where the tool of introspection must come into play.

My favorite time of the year is just starting, YAY…….I love everything about autumn.  The cooler temps, the changing leaves, all things pumpkin. :) If I am lucky, I will catch some color here and there in and around Prescott.  I plan to head up to West Fork come the end of the month and possibly to Flagstaff, where the aspens are pretty plentiful in spots. I am not sure what kind of fall we’ll have here in AZ. You never know (as elsewhere) as it depends on the weather conditions way before October arrives.

Burst

“Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst.”~ G Farquhar

Burst (1 of 1)I have no clue why these fireworks were being shot off last week but they were just as good as the July 4th show and just as I did then, I shot these from my porch in my pjs. :)

I must say that I have not been putting as much effort into my blog as of late. I guess at times you just get blogged out after so many posts….which I realized the other day hit 400. Oh well, everything is a cycle, I suppose.