Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

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In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.

~ Aristotle ~

We walked this way many times on a local hiking path but this day we noticed the face-of-a-man-rock lurking along the path.  Its mysterious shadows yet stalwart gaze gave us an eerie feeling.  Was this Mother Nature’s way of watching us?  Maybe it was the way the shadows fell across the face of the rock from the setting sun that we hadn’t noticed before.  Or perhaps it was Mother Nature’s way of letting us know we were protected or maybe she was just being humorous.  Either way, it was something to marvel at.

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What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
~ Werner Herzog ~

Or how about this sea monster located off Peratrovich Island in Southeast Alaska?  The tides draped him with ‘Pop-weed” or more officially Bladderwrack, which, by-the-way, is mineral and iodine-rich when used in cooking and some of the best garden fertilizer around.  None-the-less, an eerie creature indeed as we slowly paddled by on our kayaks.  Once again, another marvel of nature.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The sign says . . . "Really Bad Advise . . . "

The sign says . . . “Really Bad Advise . . . Only $1.00”

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Where else but Venice Beach would you find a character like this?  OK, well, maybe New York City.
I couldn’t resist taking this photo and truthfully, this is the one I was searching for the Weekly Challenge that I just posted.
A group of us new-to-California-curious-folks decided to check out Venice Beach one Sunday afternoon.  What a great day of people watching, enjoying the sun and surf, listening to the drumming, watching the graffiti artists and eating all the delightful but absolutely not-good-for-you “boardwalk” food.
Then along came this guy holding his card board sign.  And of course, he wouldn’t let me take a picture without paying him $1.00 for some really bad advise.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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Make art …. not war!

Sitting outside a local coffee shop, enjoying the beautiful spring weather, and totally engaged in conversation with a good friend, I noticed this saying on a car parked near of us .  As I am never without my camera, I took a picture.  How appropriate for the theme of this weekly challenge of “change”.   Speaking of change ….. about two minutes after I took the photo, I looked up and the car was gone.
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"Happy Spring!" says the Yellow Daffodil

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I think that all flowers are beautiful and can bring a smile to your face.  But the harbinger of spring, the yellow faced Daffodil, was created to warm our hearts and make us smile.  It’s like the sunshine right there before your eyes.  Some even call it a “yellow miracle.”  When you think about it, the bulb sits dormant all winter long, taking a long nap, just waiting for the right time, when the sun has warmed the soil, to pop up and blossom in yellow brilliance.

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Color theorists tell us that too much yellow can be over stimulating, but small spots of color sprinkled in our garden, or around your house,  brings us good cheer and happiness, in this small, perfectly-sized yellow package.  Just seeing them, with their bright green stems stretching toward the sky, and their heads nodding in the breeze, can make anyone leave their gloomy feelings behind and be present in the moment.

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So if you have the chance, treat yourself, or someone you love, to the sunshine flower, the Daffodil.  Put a cluster on your kitchen table to greet you when you enter the room.  Or place them on the night stand so upon wakening in the morning, they greet you with a smile.  Enhance someone’s mood by leaving a cheery bokay on the doorstep of a friend. They have the capacity to fill our heart and mind with warmth and happiness.  Spoil yourself or share them with someone as a reminder that they are loved.

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What do you see?

Stepping Stones to the Path

What is it? 

  1. Craters on the moon
  2. Capturing shadows in the Badlands
  3. Foot steps at the start of the trail
  4. An archaeological dig in the desert

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Tree Character

Trees fascinate me, especially when they have such character.

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Silhouetted against the azure sky . . .

The answer to “What is it?” is #3.  It was nature-made footpath to the start of the hike and I just loved the way the shadows were casting depth.  When I looked at them on my computer screen, the it didn’t look like a foot path at all.
What did you see when you first looked at that photo?
And speaking of walking … here’s what Thoreau penned about walking  …
When we walk we naturally go to the fields and woods… Of course, it is of no use to direct our steps to the woods, if they do not carry us thither. I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations, and my obligations to society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head, and I am not where my body is; I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods? I suspect myself, and cannot help a shudder, when I find myself so implicated even in what are called good works — for this may sometimes happen.
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Just a Glass of Water

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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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This week’s photo challenge is “Illumination”.  I must say that it took me awhile to find the right picture and after much searching I came upon this beautiful “Happy New Year” photo emailed to me on December 31, 2009 by a wonderful photographer who passed away recently.  His life was an illumination.  He was inspiring, witty, genuine, and it was an  honor to have known him.
He titled this photo “Caught between the moon and the Capital City”, where he not only captured the lights and their reflections in the Juneau harbor, but a jet flying out, at precisely the right moment, over the moon.  But wait ….. knowing Dave, he was a master of Photo Shop so I can’t be sure on that. At any rate, it’s a fabulous photo.
I got to know him through my activities with the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce and his publication of the Alaskan Southeaster where he published a few photographs and stories I wrote about our Island.  He stayed at our house while visiting our beautiful Island because he was writing a story on the various communities.   I was planning to go with him on the last day of his visit to the northern part of the Island, but I woke up with a “bug”.  I will never forget my disappointment that day.
So, it is to you, Dave Fremming, that I dedicate this weekly photo challenge because you truly lit up your corner of the world.  Your life was an illumination to everyone you met and everyone you knew.  You will be missed but not forgotten.  What you gave to this world will shine on forever.

Chaotic Pumpkins

There is no chaos in the world, except the chaos which your mind creates.
~~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~~

About the photo:  Sometimes I like to have fun with my camera and night lighting.  I remember the exact night I took this photograph.  Funny story . . . I went to a Halloween Event where the entire block was decorated for Halloween, some more elaborate than others.  One house in particular had about 200 beautifully carved pumpkins, every size, shape and design.  We are talking magnificent artistry here.

After taking a lot of photographs, I decided to have some fun with my camera.  So I started shaking my hands back and forth for some more creative shots.  I did this about half a dozen times when I felt someone looking at me.
There’s this nice gentlemen standing next to me, feeling sorry for me as I am trying to hold my camera steady, wasn’t aware that I was doing this on purpose.
It all happened so quickly.  He sympathetically asked, “Can I help you with that?”  I politely said, “Oh! No thank you”!  And I walked away only to replay the scene in my head.  That’s when I started to laugh uncontrollably.

Knowing Myself

The more I know myself, the less I am affected by the opinions and thoughts of others.

About the Photo:  Taken in Hollis, Alaska at the Ferry Terminal during a brief moment before the sun began to set.  If you know anything about that area, it rains a lot, like 120 inches per year.  That’s twelve feet!!  So, seeing the sun, and especially at sunset, it a real treat.

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Voices


W
hen you live from your head, you hear many voices.  
But when you live from your heart, you hear your one true voice. 

Today I will not let my fears stand in my way.
I will not let the voices of my past influence me.
Today I will discover my one true voice.

Live in the flow.
Be amazing!
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