Nothing Gold Can Stay Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost I’ve definitely learned some new techniques over the course of my blogging adventure. That makes me happy! Anyway, I think the filter gives it a bit of a gold tone, so I pulled up this poem by Robert Frost. I thought it was a pretty good fit! Have a great day tomorrow everyone… TGIF!
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. – Coco Chanel
Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on. Bob Dylan
We are one leaf on the great human tree. Pablo Neruda I’ve given a fresh look to an old image, just for the fun of it. I love the dreamy glow in the leaves. I really don’t have much to share today. Everything is wonderful and there are lots of things in the works… but I am learning to wait until it’s time before I talk about things. There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent van Gogh Saturday a dear friend who lives out of state is flying in, and she and I will be hitting the beach, and doing some hiking (I can already feel my calves getting sore!). So… if all goes as planned I will have some exciting new photographs to share. That’s about all for now. Life is good and God is great!!
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado My journey sure is getting interesting! Every day I learn a little something about myself, about my habits, and about the power of thoughts.
This is a bizarre piece. Doo do do do… (the theme from Twilight Zone- slightly off key) Another shot of the neighborhood squirrel hanging out in the loquat tree. I layered it with a piece of metal and got attached to the bluish glow he is now nestled in. I guess I’m going for the alien looking animal images this week! Anyway… I didn’t get the job today. Long story, but I opened up too much about myself (and my personal life). I guess I’m too used to telling it like it is these days!! 😉 Like I told Gil, I think I lack a filter sometimes. That’s alright. It wasn’t the perfect job for me after all. I’m grateful that I was able to go through that interview process… because I can use the practice (obviously!). And as long as I am putting forth my best effort I don’t have a cloud of guilt hanging over my head reminding me that I’m not even trying. Because I am. So… we will see what the next interview brings. In …
We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. A.W. Tozer I thought I’d do one image before I head off to bed. I took a very, VERY long nap earlier this evening and I really do hope I am able to sleep tonight! I wanted something to do to keep my mind quiet. Tomorrow afternoon I’m leading an A.A. meeting, down the street from my house. This means about ten to fifteen minutes of telling my story, or at least share about what’s helped me stay sober. I’ve been mindful not to worry about it… mainly made some bullet points… and I’m staying in the zone of not overthinking it. Anyway, the image is from south Texas and I thought it looked like somewhere I’d like to be sitting right now, to be quiet and still. The water looks a bit like mud, but I wanted to keep the colors soft and neutral… so it’s still pretty close to how …
I shot this image earlier and was prepared to post a blue leaf version, but I did another overlay and really liked the natural and subtle tones in this one. Maybe because I am very tired today. My experience on the panel last night went well. BUT… somehow I ended up going last and had about 7 minutes to tell my tale. Needless to say, I had to skip through half the story and get to the good stuff fast! Maybe that’s a good thing! Anyway, we went out afterwards and I didn’t get home until midnight, after a couple cups of coffee. So… my sleep was a bit disturbed. I’ll tell you one thing. I found out that getting in that rut where I forget to be grateful is easily remedied by doing things like the panels. Seeing the tired and sad faces in the crowd made me both grateful for where I am today and eager to share my HOPE with them. I hit a new level of gratitude, for sure. That’s about all for …
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!!
I’ve had an unusually hard time finding interesting things to photograph, so I’m sticking with my plan to try new and different ways to edit and display them. In case it’s not clear, this is a tree framed on a scroll. (it’s hard to know how it’ll look on various devices!) I’m also going to spend more time on ONE image. I’m always pointing out what I could have done differently… so from now on I’m doing things slower, and hope to make those changes first– then post. I’m aiming for improvement now, rather than speed. (which is a real feat for this speed demon!) In other news… and speaking of being slow… I’ve been in no rush to update my other blog because I’m really thinking things through. Being young in both recovery and my walk with God, I’m finding more and more that I still have ample work to do. Nourishing my soul and allowing my roots to grow deeper, for starters. My relationship with God MUST come first, before anything. So I’m spending more time with …
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau I suppose this image and quote could be misleading. I’m not a golfer, nor do I dream of ever being one! These were photos that I took over the past few days. Both were shot from a distance; the golfer at the edge of the lake, and the background is actually the top of a palm tree that was blowing in the wind yesterday. And midway through writing this post I decided to add one more element to the golfer… A personalized golf ball!
“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!
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!! ♥♥♥
Kind of weird and random… I took some photos of light reflecting off of a golf course lake. How I ended up with this I’ll never know! Just thought it was kind of cool. Peace & Love!
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)
This morning I heard rustling and chirping in the garden and saw a little white bird hopping from flower to flower. I must have a thing for wings because as soon I saw the wing on this shot I knew that I had to make it work. The bird was very tiny and I was too far away, so it took quite a bit of tinkering, but at least the wind stands out.
Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. Lily Tomlin
“I feel in every girl there is a spirit, a wild pixie, that if let go, would run and dance in grassy fields until the end of the world. And then that girl grows up, that pixie hides, but it’s always there, peeking out behind old eyes and reading glasses, laughing, waiting, to one day dance again. -Atticus Poetry-
“Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” —Mencius
There may be a great fire in our soul, but no one ever comes to warm himself by it, all that passers-by can see is a little smoke coming out of the chimney, and they walk on. Vincent van Gogh
Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring? -Neltje Blanchan
“Consider the postage stamp, son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” -Josh Billings
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” ―C.S. Lewis One cloud. The perfect end to Day One. Call me crazy, but it reminded me of Tinkerbell…
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
“And when he finished speakin’ He turned back toward the window. Crushed out his cigarette And faded off to sleep…” -The Gambler, Don Schlitz Well this was certainly random. 😉 I’m trying to figure out ways to create unique collages. The main image (the casino town) and the cigar sign (taken off the side of a building) were shot in Central City, Colorado- which I visited once while I lived in the area. I love signs painted on brick! The rainbow was imported from Phoenix. 🙂 Honestly… I don’t love it- but I like that I was able to combine images in a way that they somewhat blend. I think the town got a little distorted along the way… it looks off keel. The cigar sign is actually hiding a row of parked cars, so that worked out well. I think it would be a fun way to do road trip collages, actually piecing the images together to make a complete scene. We shall see. Anyway, I guess the end result of this experiment is a …
Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen all at once.” -Paulo Coelho
That seems like an odd quote to have a stake in, but hey… it works.
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out- it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service
“They can’t hear my drums, but they can see me dance!” -Anonymous So… the drums were never in my head this morning- it actually happened by accident. I’m still experimenting with glass over images (and probably will for a long time), but I wasn’t feeling it this morning. The glass seemed to hide the image too much.
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill
Don’t go in there! 😉 I ended up back around the old zoo today. It’s so beautiful outside, and they have some (gentle) inclines to walk (but I really felt it in my hamstrings!). I think I should get a Fitbit someday and see just how much walking I really do when I go out.
As you may be able to tell… today the sky is beautiful!
The wooden head here is actually part of a statue from that train museum. I believe it is Casey Jones, the railroad engineer- not to be confused with Teenage mutant ninja turtles. This was a fun little project because I finally learned more about getting rid of edges after removing backgrounds, and the sky was brought in from somewhere else, as well, so I’m getting better at blending. Of course, my mom walked by my computer and kind of freaked out when she saw it. “Why is there a head hanging from that tree?!??” So, to be clear—he is not hanging—he is looking down on the camera lens. I guess we see things differently. Blessings!! Life is good and God is great!
Last train for now. I think I’m done experimenting for today. I’m going to sit down with something in mind and REALLY stick to the agenda later today. I saw a train in the graphic design book I bought, and managed to get lost in the whole train idea in the process. Still working on transitions from black and white (or sketches) to color, and I decided to attempt a hazy look while I was at it. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. ♥♥♥
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein
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!!
Today I’m grateful for: My Sense of Curiosity. I’m curious how that bee got inside of that bubble!
Another cool shot from today.
In the spider web of facts, many a truth is strangled. Paul Eldridge Believe it or not, I stumbled on this web while chasing a crow! It’s a frame within a frame, no? I think so!