For many people, including myself, it seems that this has been an especially chaotic year. And so it is a great honor to have one of my images appear in the pages of Alive Now in the July/August 2012 issue focused on rest. It is a small, lovely publication that I highly recommend. And get this, the editor paired my image next to the words of Maya Angelou. How cool is that? Have a good day, folks.
Posts Tagged ‘reflection’
The morning began as planned. I warmed a cup of coffee. I sat down at my desk ready to tackle the writing projects that I knew would keep me at the computer most of the day. I just happened to look over my shoulder out the window. Just to pause, ever so briefly, in appreciation of the morning sun.
I did not expect to see sunlight playing upon the surface of a CD. Nor did I expect to see bright colors bouncing around the wall amidst an array of silhouettes, shadows and reflections. But I’m glad I did.
So began one of the most unexpected photography shoots I have experienced in a long time.
Just chasing the light across a thin silvery disc…
… and charting its expression in bands of color on a pale wall.
While I do not like talking about myself, I have developed quite the propensity for writing about myself. Good thing given the Kreative Blogger Award presented by Christy of the blog Poetic Parfait. An award presented to bloggers by bloggers, the rules of acceptance are:
(1) Thank the blogger who presented me with the award. (2) Post a photo of the award. (3) Share ten things about me that readers don’t know. (4) Choose six people to present this award to. (5) Let the six know that they have been awarded!
Thank you, Christy, for the award and mostly for reading my blog and giving comment. Your feedback is always welcome and helps me view my work in new ways. Hmmm, ten things many people don’t know about me …
1. In Thailand I rode an elephant and whitewater rafted barefoot.
2. In Costa Rica, I paid to go bungee jumping ( but the trip was cancelled due to heavy rains).
3. The best cup of coffee I have ever had was at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. And there’s no need to even describe the beignets!
4. When I was less sensitive to cold, I traveled around Montana for work. There I saw my first buffalo near Yellowstone. Such beautiful brown eyes.
5. I once drank a cup of mint tea and had a sudden detailed memory of travels through the Sahara. But I’ve never been to the Sahara …
6. I’m on the lighter side in terms of weight. When I told my dad once how the winds were nearly knocking me down, he said quite calmly, “Put some bricks in your pockets.”
7. My favorite apple is Granny Smith but I will eat them all!
8. Orange and blue are my favorite colors … if I have to choose.
9. I have a mid-level belt in karate.
10. For some odd reason I perceive of myself as much taller than I actually am (probably because of my 6′ and taller brothers), so my friends will often gently remind me that I am only five foot three.
As for sites I recommend there are many, but here are six on my mind at the moment, all very different in terms of content but similar in simple visual beauty.
Posted in Contributing Writer, Inspiration, Photography, Publication Updates, tagged art, collage, Contributing Writer, Creativity Portal, Inspiration, paper cuts, Photography, reflection on December 29, 2011 | 2 Comments »
I’m pleased to share that I have a new article posted at Creativity Portal.com. Called “Beneath the Sun, Moon and Stars: Exploring New Worlds …,” it is the main feature on the home page this week. It’s a brief piece about having fun trying something new. I hope you have a chance to stop by and take a look. Have a good day, folks!
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Nature Notes, On the Road, tagged frog, great blue heron, Inspiration, nature, perspective, Photography, photos, pictures, reflection, squirrel, travel, wildlife on October 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
As Steve and I walked through a wooded area this past Sunday, something rustled the dried leaves at my feet. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. A pale shape. Small. I followed. Soon I found myself kneeling in the mud inching closer to this little fellow, whose photo I took for a friend who loves frogs.
That same day, at an adjacent park, we walked around a pond and through the neighboring woods. In the middle of a bustling town the park was well-visited by local families. So, the animals were quite used to people. We walked through flocks of geese. Mallards looked up at us wondering if we had a treat. A chorus of gray squirrels chided Steve for not bringing them nuts. He promised to do so next time. But up high in a tree, more reluctant to be seen, sat a black squirrel.
Around grassy knolls we continued to walk. Then up a hill, past a little fort. Tucked here and there, in open spaces and sometimes beneath the largest trees, sat families. Some picnicked. I saw one man teaching his young daughter how to draw. Her little boy threw rocks into the pond and up high into the trees. I wonder if he noticed the beauty that lay at his feet?
The park was not large. And, truth be told, there were not that many trees, especially around the pond. Yet somehow, because it stood so still upon a dead branch, a great blue heron remained mostly obscured. Even as Steve and I stood there and stared at its quiet beauty, other people walked past us and muttered, “I wonder what they see?”
Posted in Branches, Guest Contributor, Inspiration, Nature Notes, On the Road, tagged horizontal symmetry, landscape, nature, perception, Photography, photos, pictures, reflection, vertical symmetry, water on July 5, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Recently Steve shared pictures from a trip abroad. Dreamy images of a Canadian landscape with narrow strips of land separating sky and water. Beautiful images to be sure, but what made them truly fascinating was Steve’s perspective as he shared them. He suggested in terms of their display the images should be rotated 90 degrees thus highlighting what he had been trying to capture — the reflection of the landscape in (often) still waters creating perfect symmetry, i.e. use the vertical line, not the horizontal, to heighten the viewer’s experience of the reflection. See what you think.
I must admit, as I viewed some of these images at their new orientation, I began to “see” complex and rich structures that had nothing to do with their actual subject matter (trees, water, sky). I especially thought of the green man in the woods figure with this one.
What do you see?