The dragonfly…

and emergence.

[tran(t)sˈfôrm] transform

dramatic change in form, appearance, or character

The dragonfly undergoes an incredible metamorphosis from water dwelling larva to winged hunter during its life cycle.

This year has underscored how important transforming your life is. I’m inspired when I hear stories from people who have met our recent challenges with optimism and forward thinking.

For some, a new or renewed purpose, and for others, an ending. If you’re struggling with the latter, remember that an ending creates the opportunity for a beginning.

Life cycles…

Time…

to explore.

wood bench outdoors water color sketch digital art

 [vyo͞o′point′] viewpoint

a place from where you consider something

Social media’s full of differing ones these days. Perhaps the lens of time will show the right course of action.

Experiences shape our opinions and with every new one, there’s a chance for growth. I’m going to keep an open mind…

After all, I used to think everything had to happen ‘in-camera’ but photography isn’t a stagnant art form. What’s important is transparency and taking each image to the point where it evokes what you feel.

Now is the perfect time to explore from home.

View…

of the future.

[rəˈflekting] reflecting

thinking deeply and carefully about

I’m glad I have an extensive archive of photographs to revisit. I’m always able to find one that hits the mood for the day. A lone strip of land, isolated objects, and in the distance fog–the new normal.

Between a rock…

and a hard place.

[rəˈzistənt] resistant

not wanting to accept something

The shingle urchin, or kaupali as it’s called in Hawaii, is able to resist being washed away by having superior adhesion, and a unique body shape.

We are in unprecedented times. Everything we take for granted has undergone some form of change, and each of us feels its effect differently. With spring in the air, it’s challenging to be limited in the things we can do. Things we’re used to doing like camping, attending concerts, and having social gatherings like weddings.

We can be resistant to the new normal, or we can err on the side of humanity.

Stay creative, stay positive, and most of all, stay safe.

Don’t let covid…

stop you from picking up your camera.

jeep with mallards walking down the sidewalk

[stā] [hōm] stay home

only go out for medical care, food, and essential work

Great time to photograph what your world is like from home. I photographed this pair through my window as they strolled down the sidewalk, pausing to eat worms and to check out each yard. Stay home, stay safe, and stay creative…

For some wildlife…

being alone is normal.

north american porcupine in tree

[ˈsäləˌterē] solitary

occurring singly, not as part of a group

I had no idea what a porcupine’s face looked like until I spotted this guy, up a tree, snacking on some bark. Largely nocturnal, and most often solitary, it was a rare find for me. Normal times for wildlife, unusual times for us. Maybe we can learn from this. Stay safe…

My view…

#on_tilt #dutch_angle

dutch tilt landscape coulees water

[dəCH] [ˈaNGɡəl] dutch angle

a photography style where vertical lines are shot at an angle

I find dutch angle resonates with me at times when things feel off-kilter, unsteady, and unusual.

This is one of those times when it’s hard to find balance and the world seems shadowed by one unwavering question mark.

I try to imagine what things will look like on the other side of this–and can’t. It’s simply unimagineable.

There will not be anyone excluded from feeling the impact of this pandemic. It will affect each one of us.

What I do strongly feel is there will be good that comes from this–a centering and strengthening of the human spirit. And when that happens, we will be able to look back and and understand why.

Stay safe…

Do your part…

#stayhome

[ˈsōSHəl] [ˈdistənsing] social distancing

avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people

It’s time.

Time to think about each person your actions could affect. We’re being bombarded by information and staggering numbers of deaths and infections–worldwide. I believe that we will all lose someone dear to us. We still have many ways of communicating available to us.

Let’s use those methods. Call your family and friends. Check in with them by phone and see if they need anything that you can safely provide. We will need everyone possible in the health care industry healthy so that they can provide care. Let’s not risk their health by not taking the steps outlined for social distancing. They are among the most valued going forward.

There isn’t much that we can do. But we can do that one small thing.

Wouldn’t you rather have done too much than not enough? Be kind, be patient, remember to breathe. We CAN do this.

Nature’s message…

from the atmosphere.

sundog over clouds with crepuscular rays

[pärˈhēlēən] parhelion

a bright spot, sometimes called a sundog, in the sky appearing on one or both sides of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals

Sometimes when you hear news, whether it’s expected or a bolt from the blue, it’s tempting to look for a sign. Some kind of a message that gives hope that all is not black and white. That there are things we just don’t know yet. On that morning after, I chose to find a message high in the atmosphere. No accompanying halos, one lone sundog. Bright and beautiful, just as she was.