Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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"A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed... It feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond the horizons." -Richard Bach

Have a lovely Tuesday my dear friends!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Wow, I can't believe it's Sunday again already! Where are the weeks going?! Anyways, on to the smiles! The picture above contains two things that have been making me smile. One, some of my plants. I'm afraid I may be turning into a crazy plant lady. I currently have 8 plants, an avocado pit I'm trying to grow, and some cilantro that I just bought but whose life span is looking questionable (although it has been pretty tasty). Apparently, plants are like potato chips; you can't have just one. (And with potato chips for me, it's always a case of eating almost the entire bag.) At the store I have to fight the compulsion to buy more by telling myself that I have to make sure I can keep the ones that I do have alive for awhile before thinking about getting more. With a rescue plant and the unluckiest cactus in the world, that may prove to be a little challenging...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cathedral Window

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Say what? You've been in doily withdrawal? Well I'm here to assuage the pain caused from those doily itching fingers! Your doily fix today is the Cathedral Window.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Super-Tuesday

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Did you guys go out and look at the supermoon Sunday night? I waited until about 10:30 that night to see it peek over the trees, and I set up my little tripod on the end of the dock and started taking pictures. I rarely shoot at night, so I just guessed and played around with the different settings and different lenses. It wasn't long before I got frustrated that I couldn't seem to get rid of the lens flares and halos around the moon. "That's not what the moon really looks like!" Giving up for the night, I figured it might be something I could remedy with some editing.

Turns out it wasn't something that could be remedied with various different tweaks. However, as I started thinking more about the supermoon and the excitement over it, I wondered if a good realistic shot really best suited the subject. Something perfectly true to life doesn't necessarily speak to the celebration and attention we're giving to something that is part of our everyday lives on this specific day. It's the out-of-the-ordinary that makes it feel so special! 

The moon, which is always there, doesn't change size in actuality, obviously, it just appears a little bigger and a little brighter. So what's the big fuss? I think perhaps the supermoon speaks to a part of us that also sees it as just a little more magical and our deeply buried sense of wonder and imagination begins to stir. And I think that something so beautiful, which might otherwise get overlooked, unnoticed and dismissed as a norm, demands and deserves such an occasion to make us aware and grateful for such wonders that are at our disposal every second of every day, if we not only look, but truly see. 

So I started to embrace the "worst" of my shots, and began accentuating the geometric rays of moonlight, letting my imagination wander... After all, it's not about what I looked at, it's about what I saw.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday my friends! As you can see in the photo above, (taken with my mom at the Adirondack Museum), I've been smiling! This whole week I've been smiling because of my family. My sister and brother-in-law came up from Brooklyn for a week of "staycation" (vacationing at home), my dad took some vacation time from work, and we all had lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photo-Tuesday

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Feeling a bit loony? I have a couple of loon shots to share today. I watched a loon swallow a fish whole for the first time the other day. It was exciting to see, although it definitely wasn't very graceful! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Smiles

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"Sunday Stillness" could be the alternate title for today's "Sunday Smiles." Do you ever feel like your day has a theme? My Sunday could be summed up in one word; "still." The photo above was taken on my kayak ride in the morning. At one point I had realized that it was so quiet and still out, that I could hear things that would normally be drowned out, and or gone unnoticed, by the sounds and activities of motor boats and people. I could hear a waterfall and a few distinctive birds. The lake stayed relatively calm and still the rest of the day, and I spent, along with my sister and mom, a good portion of it just sitting and reading in the perfect stillness. It was a much needed contrast to the busy, tiring (but fun!) day Saturday. Having a chance to quiet the mind is certainly cause for smiles.

In fact, I think stillness, having with it a quality of expansiveness, has plenty of room for smiles. Sitting still, noticing the quiet, it was as if I could feel the stillness continue to blissfully expand. At the risk of sounding (perhaps more) batty by further pontificating, I'd go so far as to say that the verge of a paradox, being comprised of both the infinite and a joyous fullness, could be felt.

There's a quote by Lao Tzu that says: "Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity." What do you think?