Receptive

To express your emotions, you have to be very loose and receptive. The unconscious will come to you if you have that gift that artists have. I only know if I’m inspired by the results. ~L. Bourgeois

Hay Is for Horses (1 of 1)
Receptive Horse

Whenever I drive by horses out in a field, I stop. Camera or not. Sometimes there are a herd of them (usually 4 or 5 total) grazing out in the distance and I will call them over and inevitably there will be one or two who come running. Others may not be as receptive to my human overtures and they will glance over to my way for a few seconds and I can almost hear them say, “Pfft, now why would I want to interrupt my day for you?”. But the friendly ones sometimes run up so fast I barely have time to change my camera settings. I am not sure if they are disappointed once they get to me and wonder where the carrots or apples are but they obligingly take a pet or two. If they are lucky, there will be some greenery that I can get to by the side of the fence that I will pull and feed to them.

The likelihood of greenery seems to be small these days. Dry scorched grass is all I can anticipate. Summer has arrived and it should be upwards to 100* in Prescott this weekend; Phoenix will hit 115*. I hiked from 8 AM to 10 AM a few days ago and decided I will need to roll out of bed by 6 AM if I want to truly enjoy my outings. Sometimes it is not the temperatures that get to me, it is the blasting sun from which there is little relief. This weekend will likely be pretty much an indoor, a/c kind of weekend for me.  Come on, summer…don’t fence me in!

Watchful

“But the watchful care of the parent is endless. The youth is never free from the danger of grating interference.” ~ W Goodwin

Watchful Mom And Pup
Watchful Seal Mom And Pup

A trip down to the La Jolla Children’s Pool brought me (and a bunch of other people) in contact to the seal post-breeding season effects of a nursery of sorts. There were at least 20 different moms and pups and they were not only in the closed off section where they normally congregate but also on the “people” beaches, where I had never seen them before. I suppose they are so used to humans that it doesn’t phase them enough to stay in their protected cove. People being what they are today were trying to actually get selfies with the seals, practically walking on them for their 15 seconds of fame. One HS tourist attempted to pet one…..Hello, it is not a dog. I tried to keep a respectable distance, although in seal body language I have no idea what that distance actually might be. But we eventually found a more private cove that the vast majority of humans hadn’t found and I just observed them from the side.

At one point, the baby here floundered its way into the ocean and Mom watched and then quickly followed. She stayed right by the pup’s side and seemed to be using her body to help guide the baby back on to the shore, helping to ease some of the breaking waves. Then they mosied on back to the exact same spot on the sand that they had previously claimed.

The seal cove was initially conceived to be a protected swimming area for children but the harbor seals and sea lions had another idea and it is now their domain. Some residents of La Jolla resent both the crowds that the animals draw and the stench they supposedly produce (the seals, not the humans. LOL I have never smelled anything in the 5 or so times I have been there). But as of late, there is another more concerning problem. Sea lion pups are coming to shore to various beaches in California, sick and starving. It is the 3rd such year in a row and scientists believe that their rapidly changing environment, speculated to be due to global warming, is leading to a scarcity of a food source. In my most pessimistic days, I wonder if we have caused irreparable damage to this planet in which we live. What a sad concept that might be.  I prefer to stay optimistic, though, but sometimes that requires burying my head in the sand.

Look

“You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!” ~ D Barry

" You are absolutely right!"
Me: Blah, blah, blah.  Him: My God, you’re right!

Update: So far the XE-1 is proving to be “mysterious”. Action shooting is problematic for me and the focusing seems slow. Or is it my lack of proficiency with the camera? For me, it is so much more like shooting with a film camera (just like I did many moons ago).  I know it is sharp when handled properly. If I can master it and forgive some of its idiosyncracies, I am sure I will love it as I am very happy with the colors/tones and “feel” of the images.

Hang

In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” ~ B Russell

Hang
Hanging Siamang-those long arms came into being for a reason!

I have a gratitude app in my iPhone that I try and use on a daily basis….it helps me realize that there are so many wonderful things in my life and things for which to be grateful. Some days, it is a real stretch ( monkey arm pun 🙂 )to come up with something “important” to record but really, some of the most important things we have are the daily ones we enjoy and take for granted: clean water, a vast array of food choices, transportation, self-expression, etc. Not everyone is afforded that luxury, even in today’s modern world. And then there are so many little ones like bubbles for my bath, a comfy bed, books,  trees in which to hang  ……you get the idea.  Life is good!

Fish

” If you want to be a different fish, jump out of the school.” ~ D Van Vliet

Sun Koi (1 of 1)
We all want to be unique fish yet still connect with “the school”. 

Koi and lotus together are some of my favorite things to shoot as a duo. The fish or lotus pads alone would be rather boring but together they manage to create more of a harmonious, complete feel. A polarizing filter is a necessity, without one too many reflections would dull the clarity of the image. My goal here was to create a more painterly effect, although I did not use a texture on this one…it was the color I played around with a bit and also used a few of the Nik Color Efex Pro filters.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday! We kept it pretty simple yet my body is still longing to get back to normal eating and some exercise!

 

 

 

 

Graze

“The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes.” ~ A Huxley
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Deer at Sunset

I’d like to wish everyone a joyous holiday!

Thanks to all who have been part of my little photographic journey here on WP and thank you to all those who also give a bit of themselves in their posts. The most authentic and best gift one can give is the gift of self and I believe anyone who posts on a personal blog does give of themselves in their own unique way. xo

Touch

Feelings aroused by the touch of someone’s hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the self.  ~ B Siegel 

Gentle Touch
Gentle Touch. The baby’s skin looks so soft and fragile in comparison to his Mom’s.

Well, my busy selling season is almost at an end and I will start shooting a bit more now that it is curtailing. But for now, another zoo image. Mom Orangutan was actually gently looking over her babies fingers here. I wondered what Mom was thinking as she was quite absorbed in her examinaton of those little digits……