Bare

My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.

~ Robert Frost
Birch painting (1 of 1)

There is a certain beauty in gray, rainy days. We had one here in Prescott, AZ the other day. At first, the sky opened up and huge raindrops fell, hitting my skylight and sounding more like hail than drops of rain but drops of rain here, when they do come, can be more like dollops than drops. To me when it rains, it is kind of like Mother Nature saying to us: slow down, have a cup of tea, snuggle in bed a bit! At least that is how I see it; maybe I am just lazy.:) But I feel poetry in the rain.

The above image is a technique that I try to perfect every so often when I see the opportunity in a composition. When motion blur is done well, it creates more of a painting than a photograph; identifiable subject matter but infused with mystery. The motion here is all in-camera, not a Photoshop blur. While I definitely believe in using post-processing to enhance an image, somehow doing this type of thing IN-CAMERA is like creating magic because it is done with your mind, body and instrument (camera) as opposed to just your computer program.  In some ways for me, it is like creating poetry within my camera.

Transform

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. ~B de Angelis

Black Butterfly (1 of 1)
I am not sure if anything can transform you in a moment but if anything could, it would be love.

It is nice to see that a number of my blogging friends from the past are still here! I am sure that most of you have been much more consistent than I and I do admire that.  I am figuring on easing back into this blogging “commitment” and hoping to transform my inconsistency here. Yes, I always have to make the silly tie in between image, quote and my little blogging blurb. Who knows, maybe that will change in the future as I have yet to decide exactly how I want to structure the writings here but it will be somewhere between a personal diary and my mediocre musings. Some people are open enough to write truly personal things; I am not. Yet I believe that you have to let some of your personality shine through or it becomes too dry, unless you are doing something of a more educational nature, which has never been a goal of mine as my  mind is more like a jack of all trades, master of none! LOL My goal here has mostly been about sharing the image itself and if someone can enjoy that small thing, a glimpse of beauty, a moment of visual pleasure, that may well be enough for me to feel the blog is worth it. And truth be told, I have managed to free myself from the burden of wanting popularity and garnering hundreds of likes or followers. I find that more exhausting than fulfilling and it is too hard for me to keep up with and I actually think it is a hinderance to the artistic process of my photography. In the end, one’s artistic vision is a very personal thing and there is only one person you must please: yourself.

 

 

Sunshine

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ~L Burbank

Yellow Poppy (1 of 1)
Mexican Poppies

It really is quite hard for me to believe that it has been almost a year since I last posted. I felt I had needed a break from blogging….just a couple of weeks or months and somehow that turned into 11 months. In many ways, blogging is like a journal for me (minus my very personal thoughts). While I appreciated the followers I had cultivated, that has never been a primary motivator for me. I am mostly inwardly motivated; it is part and parcel to being an introvert. People who know me well say “You are not an introvert, you’re not shy and are very social and open!”. But I am an introvert (with extroverted tendencies). I have a very close circle of friends who I let it all out with but choose those people rather carefully. Introverts tend to have very intense and close relationships with their chosen tribe and innately know we burn out if we spread ourselves too thin. Above all, we first and foremost value our own opinions and live in an intuitive and self-motivated way. Accolades are nice but if we are not inwardly happy, we will change course. And my intuition was telling me that I needed a break from blogging, and that is exactly what I did. I just never thought it would be this long!

So I am returning, hopefully spreading a little sunshine with this image. Suck it up, Buttercup and start once again…..

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 ranching land in the 1800s (can you imagine?!  :-0 ) and afterwards owned by multi-millionaires who vacated the property to move to Florida (Umm, why?) . It was eventually deeded it to the state of CA upon the death of the husband. What a generous gift; now we all can behold paradise, even if just from the upper walkway.

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. It is not the best for photography but hey, I cannot complain at all as 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.

Brightly

” It’s better to burn brightly for half as long than to be a dim lingering light.” ~ R Gift

Brightly-colored Citrus
Brightly Colored Citrus

Today brought a quick trip to the farmer’s market, a stroll through the Courthouse Square to see the Phippen Western Art Show and next up, some contra dance tonight (something I have never done before).

Have a bright and sweet weekend!

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 and spirit of independence 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.  :)