Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven, Curtain round the vault of heaven. —Thomas Love Peacock—
A Minor Scuffle on the Beach
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. —Pablo Picasso—
I am a boundless traveler, My journey has no end. Just a transitory visitor… For soon I’ll fly again. —Janet
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. Walt Disney This was one of those unique moments, when you see something that you just don’t see every day. Word of the Day Challenge: Unique
I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings. Gustave Flaubert I’m back from my mini vacation… and I feel like I’m ready to fly! I’ve got a ton of catching up to do, and a plethora of images to sort through… but I wanted to share one of my favorite photographs thus far. I shot this the first day of my trip, at a park near the beach. I love capturing birds on the move (as many of you already know), so I was thrilled when this duck struck a pose and I was able to catch it. I just love it when that happens! Until later…Peace & Love Everyone!—Janet
No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Have a beautiful day!
It might be overkill, but I have been using the parrot shots to get in practice with more paint effects. I found some cool online tutorials, but they have no talking… just music. It’s fun to watch them but it can be hard to follow along and actually learn! Anyway, I zoom in on some of the interesting pointers, and little odds and ends here and there… so I wanted to try one more version of the noisy neighbors. Plus I liked “the parrot eating a walnut” shot. I think it came out pretty cool. Kind of like a watercolor, and I added lots of blur and smudge to it. That’s all for now…
Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi I’m not a huge fan of pastels, but I thought this was a good fit for the season. And I’m pretty sure that this is a dove. Pigeons and doves confuse me sometimes. I don’t know if I shared that quote before, but it’s been my mantra for the past week and will continue to be for awhile. I realized recently that I was getting WAY ahead of myself for a little while. Or way ahead of God I should say. Sometimes I get some grandiose ideas and then I realize that there are still very small things that I’ve yet to tackle! That’s a bit humbling. And alcoholic thinking. Anyway, I guess a good thing to remember when walking with God is to walk WITH Him, not a mile or so ahead! What’s funny is I’ve been thinking about that a lot and wanted to do a post called No Shortcuts! Then today, I’m reading …
I watched another squirrel (or the same one!) run across the cable this morning and do a little dive into the loquat tree. Looking for breakfast I assume. A few minutes later one of my feathered friends jumped OUT of the tree. I’m guessing that they don’t share the space too well! I got a few good shots, from pretty far away. I guess he/she got spooked as I tried to get a little closer… so two MORE of my parrot friends (that were still hiding in the tree) were quietly summoned, and they all flew away… 😦 What an exciting morning… there is so much color and movement outside! That’s about all for now. Have a beautiful day everyone!!
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln This is one of the clearest shots I’ve ever gotten of a bird that’s in the distance. Now if only he hadn’t hid behind that branch!
This little bird was adorable! I can’t get a decent, solid shot of those tiny ones from where I’m situated… so I did some color work and decided to frame it with cardboard. Just something different. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce
Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.
DOES THIS BRANCH MAKE ME LOOK BIG??? So far this is the biggest to come around. It really IS a leafless, leaning and tired looking tree, so it was amusing to see this big bird hanging out near the top of it. According to google this is a band tailed pigeon. It’s much prettier than the pigeon’s I’ve seen in the freeway underpass. 🙂 Anyway, all is well! We have business to take care of today, but tomorrow we’re hoping to visit a botanical garden nearby. Super excited about that!! That’s about all for now. Happy Monday!! ♥♥♥
What a beautiful day it’s been! This (dead looking) tree is directly in front of my sister’s balcony and seems to attract all kinds of birds. I photographed about seven or eight different types as they came by to visit. Just thought I would start with this one. What a great feeling to spend time somewhere new. I’m already feeling refreshed. Love it! I’m sure tomorrow will be just as good…but to be safe… I’ll KNOCK ON WOOD! (CORNY I know, but I had to say it anyway)
Just a random pigeon today, at the old underpass. I had to get outside, go for a walk, and clear my head. I was literally in tears this morning. Too much weirdness going on that is far beyond my control- or understanding, for that matter. It must be that you’re almost at one year… let’s see how we can mess you up thing. Anyway, I’m still not sure about the mystery background images. I guess I’ll just have to tell you when there is something “beneath the surface”. In yesterday’s image: Hold On Tight – the background layer was horse’s fur, and I don’t see how anyone could have guessed because I created the image and even I can’t tell! If you look at the top right, you can see the hair the most, sort of. Silly. Anyway… I used some blue metal in the background layer on this one and the blue eye appeared, so I decided to keep it. Kind of an interesting effect. That’s all for now. Peace and Love!! ♥♥♥ Have a beautiful day, …
IF YOU LOSE YOURSELF in your work, you find who you are. If you express the best you have in you in your work, it is more than just the best you have in you that you are expressing. Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark I thought it was rather coincidental (not) that my quote of the day email from Mr. Buechner was titled Work. I couldn’t wait to read it. His are usually a little longer, but this one was perfect for what’s been on my mind these days. Every day I imagine more and more images that I want to create, and I’m finding that if I just keep doing that, I lose old worries as I grasp new techniques. It’s a win-win. Anyway, the featured image is actually a combination of three images, four if you count the hand. The bird shots are from last week, at the L.A. River- so the water has been re-colored, to say the least. The hand was just my way of saying- No, this is not what was …
Today was a really good day. Although I don’t like to write posts that aren’t uplifting, or bursting with joy, I have to say that yesterday it proved to be helpful. For me anyway. Something in a comment got me thinking about my reluctance to make decisions. He mentioned that some people actually preferred having someone else make the choice… then if (or when) things turn out badly, there is someone else to blame (Thanks Great to Good). When I read that, I knew instantly that it applied to me- in a certain area. WORK. Of all things. No wonder I’ve been struggling with taking the next step. In all the years that I worked for the broker, I was the right hand man. I’ve always thought of it as being the one that got stuck doing everything. You know… being overworked and underpaid, and always feeling slighted- that someone else is getting the credit for all of your efforts. But the reality of it is that I hid behind him. I had the choice to go out and do it on my own, but I …
In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock. -Thomas Jefferson
Apparently I’m stuck on the color blue, and the sphere shapes lately. Believe it or not this started out with a bird sitting on the edge of one of our potted plants earlier today. They finally discovered the bird feeder that I hung out there—but it’s a little too close to the house so, rather than sit on the feeder, they knock it around and then pick up the seeds from the ground. Blessings!!
I’m cheating again. Today I am not only grateful for flowers, I am grateful for birds! Today I had a special moment. I had mentally decided to take a day off from photographing things, when I heard a familiar sound out front, by the wash. Anyway… here are a few pics, straight outta camera. Love this guy!
I made a mistake in my post last night (early this morning) about the roses. I started out merging two separate flowers, but it was actually an overlay of the same rose that I ended up doing. Not that it matters, but I realized that this morning. They just look different because of the overlay effect. This is another crazy bird that I saw in the river of Los Angeles, or as Marcus calls it; “La La Land”. 😉 I’m definitely in a colorful mood lately. I’m going to pick up my first 5×7 in a few minutes and work on framing my first colorful photo (well, first photo since I decided to go into the frame business). Wish me luck! Peace and Love! ♥♥♥
“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” Michael Caine
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
My mood today is Ecstatic! Perhaps doing the right thing really DOES pay off. After my meeting I was visited by a hummingbird and not one, but TWO of the parrots—although now I am thinking that maybe they were parakeets?
Today’s mood is playful! We never really grow up… We only learn how to act in public.
These are two more bird shots from today
Pssst! Are you here for the rave?!?
My mood is Snuggly. Getting ready to dive under a pile of blankets with some warm socks and a good book! See you tomorrow my feathery friend. Goodnight everyone!
The quieter you become, the more you hear. My mood today is relaxed and I’m going to do my best to stay that way. Last night I came up with a way to address those recurring (and nagging) thoughts that I’ve been having. I’m going to write them as they pop up. Tonight… after I’ve enjoyed this relaxing day, I’ll sit down with and reflect on those thoughts. Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs
Today’s Mood: Love
I managed to hunt down the parrots before it was too dark. They were still 3 houses down in the neighbors backyard tree, which is very TALL mind you, but I did manage to get a little more detail after working on it a bit. I just think it’s fascinating that these parrots live in my city, and I thought Moosey might like this. 🙂 I cannot wait to get a face to face with one of them someday!! Blessings!
-A couple of the neighborhood parrots-
January 1st is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!
—A nice little bath after last night’s rain—
I just can’t get over this tree!
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song! – Maya Angelou
Wheeling through the summer sky, perching in the treetops, feeding their young, birds go about their business as generally unconcerned with the human race as the human race is generally unconcerned with them. But every so often they do something that catches our attention. Canada geese heading south in the shape of a V. A white-throated sparrow grieving over poor Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody. A cardinal darting through the shrubbery like a flame. For a moment or two even the dullest of us dimly realizes the world would be a poorer place without them. One wonders if from time to time birds feel the same way about us. A man with an umbrella walking in the rain. A woman in a bathing suit picking peas. The patter song of a two-year-old in the sandbox. Do birds every once in a while see us as we see them, as basically irrelevant but occasionally worth the cocking of a beady eye, the flicker of a wing, the first few notes of a song? —Frederick Buechner, Beyond …
I just can’t help myself. Every time I go outside the birds are everywhere!
Later that evening… Just a little bird humor.
Late night attempt at humor
This was a few minutes ago. I really got excited because I never even saw the second bird until I got inside and looked at it on my computer. I took quite a few shots! The yellow one was really watching me. Almost posing for a while. I’m learning a little more about the art of patience.
I sat waiting for awhile, and it finally came. I’ve actually accumulated a collection this morning- around the fountain- but this ONE made me happy this beautiful morning.
We had quite a bit of wind this morning, so I thought I’d go out and see if it’s possible to capture the breeze in photos. This is the top of our Ginkgo swaying. I took so many shots, and I’m sure this isn’t the best pick, but I lost patience and just went with this one. I’m thinking I need to work on the patience thing. I’m no expert, but it’s my best guess that photography requires a lot of patience. More than I have anyway. I don’t know what the hurry is but I’m always rushing. I need to slow down. That will be my mantra for this next week. SLOW DOWN… EASY DOES IT. Anyway, while looking UP all morning I caught this next shot. I had to just aim and shoot because these guys were in a hurry too! I thought it was kind of cool. I get excited when I get a bird in my shot because they move fast. The wind got pretty crazy; doors were slamming, things were falling—and I …