Paradise

“By having good memories on every place you just visit,
you are building paradise in your own heart and your life.” ~ T Beta

Paradise Found
Paradise Found
Just a quick iPhone photo from Big Sur, California.  I’d have to say that this is one of the prettiest spots on Earth that I have ever visited. What a gorgeous little piece of paradise…and its history is almost as interesting as the location. This was originally a homesteader piece of rancher land in the 1800s (can you imagine?!  :-0 ) then owned by multi-millionaires who vacated this to move to Florida (Umm, why?) and deeded it to the state of CA upon the death of the husband.

Anyway, the weather here on the California coast is iffy. A marine layer of sunless, gray fog rolls in every day in the morning and lasts until 11:00 or so but today was mostly clouds all day long, with a little peek once in a while of blue in the sky. Not the best for photography but hey, I cannot complain, I found Paradise today!

 

 

Flying

“One space spreads through all creatures equally-
Inner-world-space.  Birds quietly flying go
flying through us.”~ RM Rilke

Flying
Flying Heron on the Sea of Cortez

Well, I am off to look at a little piece of property over in a neighboring town. I have been renting a small 2 bedroom condo for 4 years now and have solidified a vision of what I want (of course, with my budget in mind) in a home: some acreage so I can plant a garden, some fruit trees, to get a few chickens, get a Westie or an Australian Shepard and maybe a mini donkey. :) Yes, you read that correctly!  (Have you ever seen a mini donkey? They are the epitome of cuteness.  Come on, if you can resist this adorableness, you are probably a zombie.) OMG Cuteness Personified in A Burro (1 of 1)What else do I want? A high view of the rolling hills, no neighbors all about in my visual space. And on this piece of land I will put a small home of some sort…I am not quite sure what yet but my latest vision runs to something like this: http://tinyhousefor.us/builders/the-chattahoochee/ Or maybe a more modern container home?  I figure if I find the land first, I can plan the vision as I do more research and hone in more exactly as to what it is that I want. OMG, it appears that I have become a country mouse!! I’ll even need a well drilled for water. I hope I don’t have to haul water up from the well in a wooden bucket like in the old movies. 😦LOL I’m just being silly now.

California, here I come. A trip up the coast, from Pismo Beach to San Fran…..then I need to stay home for a long while to save my moola for this vision of mine. So, until next week, hasta la vista!

 

Main Street

“You were all that remained
Everything else slowly fades away
You are the one who forgets
You rode me on your bicycle down Main Street”~ lyrics, Angus&Julia Stone

Down on Main Street-Prescott, AZ
Down on Main Street-Prescott, AZ

This was a canary yellow auto that took up the whole composition but I wanted to go for more of a feel of reminiscence, hence the B&W. Now if I could only clone out those other cars!

Tide

“To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another that is surely the basic instinct – crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is!” ~ B Kingsolver

Puerto Penasco Sunset
Puerto Penasco Sunset

Take life for what it is:mostly beautiful, sometimes trying. Full of wonder, sometimes unfair. But just as the tide is always changing, so does life. Accept its changes graciously but never let the tide pull you off to sea. We have no control over the ebb and flow of the tide but we can choose when to dig our heels in and when to float.

Roses

“for here before you stands a bowl full of roses,

A Bowl of Roses
A Bowl of Roses

which is unforgettable and filled up
with ultimate instances
of being and bowing down,
of offering themselves, of being unable to give, of standing there
almost as part of us ~RM Rilke

I have a Facebook page called “Ranier Maria Rilke Quotes” where I post Rilke quotes and images to go along with them. It is very similar to this blog and so once in a while, I will use the same post here and there, completely due to sheer laziness. It’s all a labor of love, though, and the posts reach different people. That is how I justify my laziness. ;)

The next few weeks will be busy ones for me but I am looking forward to the craziness. Puerto Penasco, Mexico, Lake Powell and then the central coast of California (my heart is going pitter patter at that thought). I have become an expert of sorts (in my own life, anyway) on low-budget travel, which enables me to live in a way that satisfies my wanderlust and not break the piggy bank. Yesterday was my birthday and I was pondering how this phase of my life has been very good and I anticipate more goodness in the years to follow. I cannot say how grateful I am to be in this place of contentment and discovery but even if my fortune were to change, I hope that I will always hold on to the gratitude.

Wild

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ M Oliver

Wildfire
Wildfire

One thing I noticed about the horses in the Navajoland is that when well cared for, they are gorgeous specimens. I saw many Appaloosas and painted ponies of various sizes and colors and horses with a fierceness in their eyes. They have spirit. The horse above was grazing with a herd of about a dozen and they all ran from me as soon as I got close enough to have them fill my frame. I am not sure if they were a wild herd or just a cautious bunch.

Two cool things happened in regards to my photography last week. First, I was contacted by The Discovery Channel to use one of my images in an upcoming production on gold mining. Then a RE agent asked me for local shots for their company’s website. That will pay for my next trip to Mexico at the end of the month. I work to enjoy myself and live my one and only precious life. It’s really not as irresponsible as it may seem. I swear.  :)

Monument

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” ~ RW Emerson

Monument Valley (1 of 1)
Monument Valley-Monument Valley is really a spectacular place. I plan to go back in October and camp in the park not only to be able to shoot in the sunrise and sunset but also to see the night sky and take a horseback tour.

A road trip took me to the Navajoland area of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley, a location I have always wanted to visit since seeing images of these beautiful and unique places. We left for Chinle on Friday and the entire northern part of Arizona was experiencing an unusual May rainstorm. We decided to reschedule our tour of Canyon de Chelly from Friday to Sunday due to the weather and hoped the gray skies would clear out by Saturday when we were planning our day trip to Monument Valley. When we left on Saturday morn, the storm had not yet cleared but as we drove on, some blue began to show in the sky, and along with that, clouds began to roll in. I cannot tell you how happy I was about that; I almost felt like a kid on Christmas morning. And they were not just average clouds, they were billowy and plentiful and they filled the entire landscape. It’s not always possible to photograph at sunrise and sunset and sometimes mid-day is your only option. Clouds are your savior under those circumstances and I was blessed to be able to come away with images that I liked….all because of clouds.

 

 

 

Stationary

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.” ~ JF Clarke

Old Schwinns
Old Schwinns

I guess I myself am retrograding as I am stationary right now after a minor procedure. I don’t like being shut down for 3 days but the worst part is NO BATHING as my leg is wrapped and cannot get wet until tomorrow. I am counting down the hours until I can take a nice, long shower and wash my hair!

That got me thinking about the John Muir Trail which I was supposed to do this fall (we could not obtain permits so that is out for this year)….how would I feel sweating and dirty and no shower for days on end? I know you can wash up in the lakes but I think I’d need a lake to appear at least every other day. Of course, I’d have been prepared with baby wipes and powder and such but every little thing you bring adds weight to your pack and must be thoughtfully planned out.  Yes, I’d have survived but bathing IS one of those things that we take for granted until we cannot do it.

Tomorrow:shower, oil change and pack up for a little weekend trip! :)

WP just told me this is post 500; now to make it to 1000!