Downpour

“One must know the so-called “lesson of a downpour.” A man, caught in a sudden rain en route, dashes along the road not to get wet or drenched. Once one takes it for granted that in rain he naturally gets wet, he can be in a tranquil frame of mind even when soaked to the skin. This lesson applies to everything.”~Y Tsunetomo 

Fear Not The Rain

Fear Not The Rain

It was still raining a bit when I shot this and the rocks were all wet and the trees seemed so green, much greener than normal. It reminded me of a painting and it took on a whole new look compared to the normal look of rocks that I pass by almost every day. There is something gorgeous about the sunlight after it breaks through the clouds after a storm  It bathes everything in a gold-ish hue. Some of that light was just starting here, which also added to the painterly feel.

Oh, and see if you can find the troll’s profile in the rocks…or maybe it’s an ogre. Or a mean Grumpy the dwarf.

Relax

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.’~W Burroughs

A damselfly relaxing on a purple flower.

A damselfly relaxing on a purple flower.

Well, the monsoons are here!  That means rain and usually a big downpour that lasts 20-30 minutes. It is so very refreshing, especially after 9 months with literally no rain. I ran out in the middle of yesterday afternoon’s storm to see if maybe I could catch a rainbow but had no such luck. Instead I found a few blue damselflies in some nice post-rain light and on purple flowers. Without settling too much, you sometimes have to take what you can get!

Geese

“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.” ˜ A Leopold

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A Gaggle of Geese

Okay, this is a gaggle not a skein of geese. I did not even know what a skein was but evidently it is a gaggle except in flight as opposed to on the ground. See, you learn something new every day. I’ll have you know that there are not that many geese quotes floating around so I had to go with the skein one. Shall I say “Sorry” and hang my head in shame? Nah. I’ll save that for my numerous typos (I can even manage typos with spell check). And honestly, this photo is more about the light than the subject matter.  Geese are geese, whether in a gaggle or a skein; I hate to say it but they are not all that interesting.

And she changes her theme…again, in search of the elusive perfect theme that just may not exist!   I liked the last theme better but the images on the home pages were too small and you could only see the full-sized one if you double clicked on it.  Way too much trouble. And I like a white background and one that is not too busy.  Oh yeah, and I  like free. lol

Signs

“Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.”~G Rubin

Many Vintage Signs, Processed for A Vintage Feel.

Many Vintage Signs, Processed for A Vintage Feel.

This image reminds me of a funny yet thought-provoking TED talk that I watched. Basically, the speaker has studied choice and the prolific number of choices  that we now face on a daily basis and in so many areas.  He has come up with a premise that while people believe that numerous or unlimited choices make their life so much better,  in reality too many choices can lead to dissatisfaction. “The grass is greener on the other side, maybe the choice I made is not the best, there are so many choices that I will choose not to make one”, etc.  According to his studies, people are actually no happier now than a number of decades ago, when choices were less abundant and people had more societal expectations of “how things should be”.  Choices have run amok in people’s lives creating confusion and disillusion.  So many choices, so much second guessing! I agree with him to a certain extent.  I like options, choices, alternatives but sometimes it is nice to let go of the holy grail of trying to find perfection among all these choices we are bombarded with and just be happy with what we have.  Gratitude for the imperfect is underrated.

 

Cowboy

“To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead – not them. To me, photography’s always like that.”~M Testino

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Sedona Red Rock Cowboy

How true the above quote is…literally a second can make all the difference in an image. Photographer vs. subject is a bit of a shootout, isn’t it?

I have been a bit preoccupied as of late..something is competing with my attention to all my photography. He’s truly special is the only thing that I will say. :)  It came as totally unexpected and I have been kind of taking a breather here but am also feeling ready to resume posts, although it may not be as frequently as before. Everything has a way of ebbing and flowing, doesn’t it?

And a second can make all the difference in your life.

 

Youth

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”~M von Ebner-Eschenbach

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A Youthful Pronghorn Antelope with Budding Antlers

I spotted this guy from the side of the road while driving by a campsite in Bryce Canyon, flew from the car and tried my best to zigzag alongside the trees, hoping to hide myself until I could get close enough to get a decent shot of this young buck. At first I thought it was a deer but then recognized the markings and spindly legs.  We have Pronghorn Antelope here in the Prescott area and I pass them frequently going to and from work. The biggest thrill I got from this experience was not the image but hearing the antelope’s vocalization. Here and there he’d let out a soft bleating-type noise. I wondered if he was lost and separated from the herd as I usually see them here in a group of at least a dozen. Anyway, it made me want to bleat back “It will be okay” but I have yet to perfect my antelope voice. Or maybe they just talk to themselves…”Jeez, another tourist!”. At any rate, I was glad to get to hear his little voice, something that I had not anticipated when I ran out of the car to get an image.

Flowing

“Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.”~K Gibran

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A Bit of A Flowing Stream in Bryce Canyon

The clouds were just beginning to build the morning before we left Utah to head back to Arizona. For “the big picture” in landscape photography, clouds are so important. It’s true all over but especially here in the West where things like fog and mist are almost non-existent. We do not get much in the way of atmosphere. There is such a thing as too blue of a sky, although of course, that is much better than a flat gray sky!

Transformation

Transformation literally means going beyond your form.”~W Dyer

Transformation-something is taken away yet also gained.

Transformation-something is taken away yet also gained.

When I was trying to find a quote for this image, I decided that transformation would be the key word. This area, called The Toadstools, has undergone quite a transformation. The wind, sand and water have created natural sculptures throughout the area. There are a number of toadstool spots in and around Kanab, Utah where nature’s conditions have transformed the sandstone over time. In a way, the toadstools are an analogy for man: we are born one way and transform over time, losing some things yet gaining others. Hopefully, what transpires is for the better, not worse.

We drove here after an afternoon in the Grand Canyon and I was hoping for clouds ☁︎☁︎ (yes, that word again) and to have arrived a bit earlier. By the time we got out to the toadstool area, the sun was setting rapidly. I tried to shoot as much as possible in the 30 minutes we had before it got too dark and we had to skedaddle (one reason why camping is a definite bonus when it comes to landscape photography) or we may have had to possibly spend the night ,not camping, just frantic out in the open and unprepared. We actually got a bit lost heading back but we made it to the car right as darkness really fell. Had I been with other photographers, I’d have suggested a return to this area on the way back. Two against one, I did not even mention it. But I am already planning a Kanab trip in the fall when it will be cooler and more enjoyable as the temps had hit 100* plus while we were there.

I am happy to say that parched Prescott got some rain on Saturday and the monsoons are setting in. I am hoping for a lot of rain this season as we certainly are in desperate need of it!