Friday, April 29, 2011

The Negative and the Score

"The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance."  Ansel Adams.

It seems like Ansel Adams is trying to tell us that if we take pictures, but don't share them, so others can enjoy their beauty, it's like having beautiful music that never gets played.   So, don't just leave those wonderful photos on your hard drive, share them with others, so they can enjoy the beauty that you saw when you took the picture. 

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Great Blue"

"I asked the earth, I asked the seas and the deeps, among the living animals, the things that creep.  I asked the winds that blow,  I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars and all things that stand at the doors of my flesh . . .
My question was the gaze I turned to them.
Their answer was their beauty."
St. Augustine of Hippo  (354-430), North Africa

This is another version of the heron shot I posted a couple of days ago.  I almost deleted the original picture, because the heron was so far away.  Instead, I decided to keep it and see what I could come up with by using some filters, plug-ins, etc.  This is one of the results.  You may like it and you may not, but I'm glad I kept it. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week-end and a Happy Easter with friends and family.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dance Like an Angel


"It is no doubt possible to fly - but first you must know how to dance like an angel."  Friedrich Nietzsche ((1844-1900),  Germany

I used a slow shutter speed to photograph this wind thing at the kite festival Sat.  Is this dancing like an angel?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crooked Roots

My fortune cookie at P.F. Chang's last night said that straight trees often have crooked roots. I guess that must be true.  Just about a year ago I had just left Twin Falls (picture above) in Arkansas and was walking back to my car when I tripped over a tree root.  The tree was as straight as can be, but that crooked root stuck out of the ground and grabbed my foot as I walked by.  I fell straight forward and landed with my camera on my right wrist and with my face and left collar bone on top of the camera. The fall didn't break the camera, but it broke my right wrist and left collar bone and my face looked like I'd been in a bar fight and lost.  I survived, though, and am mostly back to normal now. 

So, do you think the fortune cookie was warning me about real tree roots or was it warning me about people who seem to be straight (or honest), but really have a dark (or crooked side) side?  Or, do we all have a dark side?  Are we all capable of being crooked under the right circumstances?  I'd like to think that we're not; that most people are good most of the time.  Until I know that for sure, though, I'll be careful what I say and who I trust, just in case.

No matter what the fortune cookie really means, though, my advice to you is to watch out for crooked roots.  They'll land you on your face if your not careful.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We Have The Power!

If someone treats you badly, or says something that upsets you, don't let that ruin your day.  Others cannot control our thoughts or our actions; only we can do that.  So, if you've had an unpleasant encounter with someone, just remember to rise above the situation and rely on your inner strength to see you through.   No one can make us happy or unhappy.  No one has control over our minds or our feelings.  Only we have that power.  We just have to remember to use it.

I hope you have a great day.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Did You Floss Today?


I saw this guy at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday.  To me, he seems to be saying, "Did you floss today?".  I wonder, do animals think?  Do they look at us sometimes and wonder what the heck we're thinking?   I had pets all the time I was growing up, everything from dogs and cats to horses, & I'm sure that's what they were thinking sometimes.  They'd just get that look in their eyes and you knew they were thinking something. 

 Anyway, I thought this little guy was cute and wanted to share him with you.  You're welcome to leave your opinion here on whether or not animals consciously think.  Personally, I'm sure they do.  Otherwise, how could they get those adorable looks in their eyes? 

Have a great week-end!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Goose in the Moon

"I saw eternity the other night; Like a great ring of pure endless light, All calm, as it was bright;
And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years, Driven by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved."
By Henry Vaughn (1621-1695), Wales

This is one of the pictures I took in Nebraska a couple of weeks ago.  We didn't get any good shots of cranes that evening, but there were plenty of geese to shoot.   Have you even tried to get a picture of a goose in front of the moon?   It isn't easy.