Sun in the sky…

you know how I feel.

DSC_3902-2It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

That’s the thing about life.

No matter what the day or the week has brought, if you’re waking up to a new dawn, you’re one of the lucky ones.

A friend of mine said that it’s about reframing how you react to the things that happen to you.

As a photographer, it’s the perfect metaphor. The same image can be framed so many different ways and my inner voice always says “there” when I’ve got it just right.

Click…

Finally…

it’s winter again!

DSC_3681There are very few really stark black and white stories.

Jim Lehrer

As the first storm of the season blankets what remains of fall I can feel inspiration seeping from every pore.

I’m a child of winter.

All of my major life events have occurred in the winter months.

The snow swirls and floats outside my window and I’m reminded of those snow globes that contain tiny little worlds encased in permanent blizzards.

I can’t wait to begin another winter series…

 

A thank you…

to my friends and family.DSC_2923I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

Emily Bronte

For me texture and light are like candy for the eye and I can have a lot of fun playing with double exposures and in camera image overlays to create images that blend those elements.

Sometimes it can be as little as a softening effect and other times it can dramatically change the landscape.

Life’s a lot like that.

There are times so intense that a filter is urgently needed in order to let those moments flow through.

To my friends and family, some of whom have been always present and some of whom are new,¬† I can’t thank you enough for the love and support.

You know who you are…

 

On challenges…

and compassion.

DSC_2910-Edit-2What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps it’s the change in our weather that’s making me feel more than a little philosophical but today my thoughts are centered around the idea that we learn so much more from the things that don’t go right than we ever do from the things that do.

I think it’s the challenges that create the most growth. How we view them, how we react to them, what we take away from them.

I also think that facing challenges builds more compassion for others as well.

And we could all use a little more of that couldn’t we?

 

 

DSC_2815-2Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

A bright spot in the month of October. The early morning light casts a glow on the ash tree, still vibrant in its full fall foliage.

I take time to enjoy it every day for soon the winds of winter will come.

The branches will be swept clean and the landscape will ready itself for winter’s palette of frost and snow…

 

 

On death…

in life.

DSC_1904I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.

Henry Miller

Death is as much a part of life as living is.

In nature, in relationships, and in dreams there comes a time to make peace with what is and be willing to start a new chapter.

There is beauty in its finality and hope in its expression.

Waiting and wondering…

if the rain will ever come.

DSC_1425No water, no life. No blue, no green.

Sylvia Earle

Summer draws to a close and seemingly everywhere the skies are filled with smoke from forest fires. Views like this one are fleeting, more often the mountains are hidden under a veil of smoke and ash.

Today more than ever¬†it’s (almost always) about the water.