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!

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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!

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!

Golden

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles awake when you arise.” ~ T Dekker

I have been posting a lot of flowers lately but then, it is springtime!
I have been posting a lot of flowers lately but then again, it is springtime!

It has been raining off and on all day here and  I was supposed to go on a hike this morning but  decided that I’d rather not go in the rain…..I truly have become a weather wimp since living in Arizona. So, instead I got my bike tuned up and a new, more comfortable seat as I am hoping this will compel me use it more often. Hope is a BIG four letter word. 🙂 I prefer to hike but as the weather temps start climbing, a bike seems like a cooler and breezier way to get some exercise.

Soil

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”~ W Berry

Urban Farm Hollyhocks
Urban Farm Hollyhocks

So, I am in Phoenix and driving through one of its many neighborhoods, which generally consist of modest homes and strip malls, and I see a huge mass of tall hollyhocks in every color. Of course, I had to stop: A. because the hollyhocks were so beautiful. B. because this looked so out of place for the suburban area. As it turns out, it was actually a small urban farm, not a huge garden as I had initially thought.

I was photographing all of the hollyhocks that outlined the  garden, not wanting to trespass and then saw some people and asked if it was okay to venture in. I started talking with a man there and came to learn some of this place’s interesting history. It all began when one man had a calling to do some good in this world and another man who donated the land to make the dream happen. The idea for Harvest for Humanity was born and they grow not only flowers but organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for the financially needy and for cancer patients. Volunteers run the operation at this point in time and they have even branched out to other areas within Phoenix. In addition to the concept being fantastic, I could not believe the quality of their produce.  Not only is it organic but it is also in the middle of the dusty desert. The thousands of flowers…..most all of them were actually perfect (e.g. no bug holes, healthy blooms, etc.). I was invited in not only to take pictures but I was also given cutters to pick some flowers and I ended up taking home a few sunflowers, a hollyhock stalk and 3 allium flowers. They had no donation jar out but a left a few dollars with my pair of cutters when I left.

Coming in contact with something like this gets one thinking about possibilities….dreams, possibilities, plans and then actions are what make up your reality, to a certain extent. Maybe all possibilities cannot manifest to fruition but without moving in the direction of your dreams, hoped for possibilities will most likely not happen. The soil is rich but one has to plant the seed.

Eggs

“The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.” ~G Eliot

Naturally Colored Eggs in A Bowl
Farmer’s Market Eggs

I want to let you photogs out there know about some pretty Lightroom pre-sets from VSCO (link below) that I downloaded today for free. The package contains camera brand-specific film simulation presets and they are very pleasing to my eye. I mostly use Flakebook these days to follow businesses that I am fond of and photo sites and I read about the freebie on FB in an article from PetaPixel.  I processed the above image with one of those pre-sets, although I never just use the pre-sets as is or even alone but the possibilities are endless.

http://vsco.co/film/00/lightroom