End of the Rainbow

Something wonderful happens when it rains here! I saw this ‘end of the rainbow’ a few weeks ago and thought it was a great image for this evening. I logged on a while ago and saw that I have 25 minutes to go until my sober anniversary. Woo!

School is keeping me SUPER busy, and I rarely come up for air… but I’ve been thinking about everyone!

Anyway, I added a lot of drama to this photo, just because. It was quite a dramatic feeling to walk out and see it in person. I never really knew if you could see the end of a rainbow until I actually saw it.

And now I’ve hit my 3 year sobriety mark and life is fabulous.

What’s funny is that I shared it on Facebook the day that I shot the image, and someone seemed adamant that it wasn’t real. I guess my Photoshop adventures have placed my photo shares in the “this image could be fake” category. BUT… it is real.

That’s about all for now. Miss you all and hope to have more time soon… “Spring Break” is just a couple weeks away. ūüôā

Peace & Love Everyone!!

Raw Beauty

I had a revelation the other day, when I was pondering what breathtaking means to me. I realized that my relationship with photo programs began when I was shooting nature in Colorado. There‚Äôs just something that you feel—when you see nature with your own eyes—that can‚Äôt be reproduced when you look at a photograph. At least that‚Äôs how I see it.

Post-processing started as my way of trying to recapture that feeling somehow. Of course, now my images often morph into wild or wacky art—and end up looking quite different in the end. The first photo above literally became last night‚Äôs Circle of Life. Feeling playful and rebellious, I shaped it into something abstract.

Anyway, all of these images were taken from our apartment, when we lived in Colorado, and I’ve done as little as possible to them. We had the best view in the complex, and Mother Nature… with all of her raw beauty… never failed to put on an amazing show.

Cryptic Clouds

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoreau

I’m hoping to write something exciting here on the blog soon. I’ve been doing a lot in my English class, and I’ve gotten so many new ideas, but lately I feel fortunate just to have enough ‘leisure time’ to work on a creative image at night. Eventually I’ll get there!

I have several cloud photographs that I took about a year ago—and I’ve never known exactly what to do with them—so I decided to add a little interest to this one. I can’t be sure, but I’m thinking I might just do a little “cryptic cloud series.”

Have a beautiful weekend everyone … Peace and Love!!

Painting the Sky

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night. Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

I’ve been dog sitting since Friday¬†and hope to share some interesting images later in the week. I brought my camera… but forgot the USB cable! That’s OK. It forced me to stay off of the computer all weekend, and I needed that. And I had¬†a relaxing movie marathon!

And I sit here still… surrounded by three adorable, snoring pugs.

I decided to work on one image this evening and I found another archive taken from from a moving car. After some coloring and some obvious artwork… there you have it.

A Painted Sky. 

My interview Thursday went well and it’s possible they’ve matched me to a part time position that sounds perfect for me. I’ll know more this week. And I’m enrolling in a Writer’s Workshop¬†that starts in June! I’m SUPER excited!

Peace & Love!

Reckless Abandon

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Love with reckless abandon is a term that Gil uses often, and I think most of you know by now that he was NOT referring to it in the romantic sense. Not for now, anyway. At church this morning, while attempting to sing No Longer Slaves, the emotions I’ve been feeling these past few days welled up inside… and the waterworks began.

I knew it was going to happen the second that the music started. It was definitely a confirmation that today’s mood is LOVE.¬†Just as it should be.

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
and I will stand and sing…

I am a child of God

God is great, and He is LOVE! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

My Latest Obsession

I’ve taken¬†tons of photos lately. Spider webs, a fountain, weeds, flowers, even an orange we discovered in the orange tree that never seems to bear fruit. Oh, and a bee! I captured a bee! (More to follow)

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But I’m smitten with this darn tree, so I thought I would share it; my latest obsession.¬†I don’t know if it’s just me, but I still say it looks like it belongs in front of a haunted house or something.¬†

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In other news… I’ve been elected as co-secretary for my Thursday night meeting; I’m officially¬†being of service for the next six months. That’s exciting! And the topic for our meeting was JOY. I had to chuckle about that after my recent JOY ornament fiasco.