Sand

“I always say, if you keep your head in the sand, you don’t know where the kick’s coming from.” ~H Mann

Silence in The Sands
Silence in The Sands

I’m not sure you know where the kick is coming from, ever. I hardly ever bury my head in the sand yet have had my share. Life gives you lots of kicks and if you have not had kicks, you haven’t really lived. So, you get bruised and the bruises heal; you might be left with a scar but even that can fade with time.  I don’t know how to avoid life’s kicks nor would I really want to; a kick can be a lesson or a wake up call. But what I do know about a kick is that you can only be responsible for your own actions and that means getting up again from a kick and not letting it define you.

I’m dusting the sand off as I speak……

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!

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.

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.  🙂

Monument

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

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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.

 

 

 

Sets

” My sun sets to rise again.” ~ E B Browning

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The Sun Sets over The Bay

 

I spent many an hour here catching crabs and then later, meeting up with friends to do those things teens do 🙂 . It is always fun to go back home but I must say that every trip I return back to LI, I realize more and more that Prescott is now home. Is it because my tastes have changed or because one generally gets more and more used to their environment, whatever that may be?  I am not sure but I suppose it really doesn’t matter. Maybe “home” will change again but I do think it will always be in the West.

But that is the exciting thing about life:everything is subject to change and sometimes without notice.

Illuminate

“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.” ~ D Moranis

Rockefeller Center Tree
Rockefeller Center Tree

I thought I’d post a quick one, the tree at Rockefeller Center. It was a beauty, the tallest Xmas tree I have ever seen.

A visit with family on Long Island (correct use of the preposition”on” is for LIers only), along with a trip into NYC to see the crowds holiday festiveness (it was both, actually) and I am happy to say that certain truths have been illuminated for me, one being that the West is the best (for me, anyway). I’ll elaborate more at another date but this is the first time I have had internet on my laptop.  I thought I’d post a quick one, the tree at Rockefeller Center. It was a beauty, the tallest  AND prettiest Xmas tree I have ever seen. I will catch up soon…..