Friday, July 22, 2016

Focus on You


Our Flickr gallery is exploding with beauty, happiness, sunshine, flowers, beaches, pools - you name it, we've got it covered. It's a beautiful way to start a day. And then there was this photo. Wouldn't seeing this on your plate put a smile on your face first thing in the morning? It would mine - and believe me, that's a tall task!

Thank you, i_see_everyday, for sharing this and many other wonderful works of art with us in our Flickr gallery! Friends, be sure to check out her personal gallery on Flickr. It's guaranteed to bring smiles to your face and ooh and aahs from your lips.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

On Repeat

by Linda


Taking a picture everyday is good practise. It helps us become better photographers in many ways. We all know this. Whether or not you are officially in a "365" group, just a photo (or more!) a day not only helps us to see the world around us in new ways but lets us capture everyday moments to reflect back on. I enjoy looking back through previous "365" photos and even though I am not officially part of a "365", I still take a photo a day.


The problem becomes, how to keep the pictures fresh. How do I take pictures of different things even if I am in the same place day after day. How many pictures of the same thing can I stand? But maybe this is not really a problem after all.


Because I do take a picture of the same thing. Everyday. And when I look at them, I discover they are not the same at all.


I always have my phone with me as I walk each (almost) morning and I take mostly the same route each time. I do have a few favorite vantage points that I always look at more intently as I pass.



Each time, something catches my eye. Each time something is different about the locations. Similar but different and never to be the same again.


So, why not take the same picture again and again? It's never the same. There is always something different about it. Something magic about each place.
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The way I see things..

something is always different, something has changed, whether it is the place or it is me

appreciating the difference in each shot takes a moment, a moment to remember being there, to feel it, smell it be a part of it again, it's a moment of time captured forever

and there's nothing wrong with that
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How about you? Are you on repeat? Do you take the same picture over and over? Don't you love it?

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about my pictures-
first 3 were taken at one location, different days
second three were taken at another location, different days

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"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man"
~Edward Steichen

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Don't Have the Answers....

by Deanna


I rarely voice my opinions on controversial subjects on social media ie; Facebook or my personal blog, or here in this space. But I gotta admit that lately I have been feeling somewhat off-centered, unbalanced, stressful and downright embarrassed by the circumstances that have flooded the news in the past few months centered around our Land of Liberty.  Some, in my opinion, have taken this liberty that we have been granted by our founding fathers way over the boundaries of it's intent. The horrendous shootings of blacks, along with the shootings of whites, the anger, the riots, the prejudices, the gun laws that need serious modifications all bundled together have created a country that has been placed on the "watch list" for foreign travelers. Seriously! the USA has reached that level, our land of the free, home of the brave. Our great land of opportunity is broken. What a sad, sad state of affairs.

I am not even going to mention our two candidates for the President of the United States. You may be a staunch Republican or a firm Democrat, but honestly voting this year weighs heavily on my heart. Some of you may have seen the cartoon on Facebook yesterday that depicted a man and a woman walking, the woman turns to the man and says, "My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane." For those of you that have CNN or Fox News on from morning until night must be totally crazed. Do yourself a favor....turn off the TV!  Listen to music, read a book, take a walk, ride a bike, do breathing exercises, hug your children. Yes, we need to be informed but not to the point of causing serious damage to our soundness of judgement.

I read an article in Real Simple magazine the other day that truly spoke to me considering our "state of affairs" and my mental health... "Try a walking meditation, just walk slightly slower than your normal pace, but not so slow that anyone would notice. What makes it a meditation is that you are paying attention to the experience. As you move along really see what's in front of you, notice the sensation of your feet against the ground. If your mind strays, gently return it to the experience. Integrating mind and body with a conscious walk lets you cultivate concentration, engage your muscles, bring fresh air into your lungs, and take your brain off your worries.  Take your time, you're not trying to go anywhere but inward." (excerpt from Cyndi Lee)

In closing, thank you for letting me air my thoughts.  I don't have the answers but I truly believe that most all Americans hope and pray that we as a nation contend that working together we can bring dignity, decency, and distinction back to the United States. Pass it forward and God bless America.

"Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom."  ~  Alain de Botton, writer

 
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