Just a few thoughts from my head

I love photography. I love the how and the why, the creating and the admiring, the past and the present. I spend a lot of time thinking, doing, and talking about photography. There are so many ways to appreciate and involve oneself. Photographs can be beautiful. Images showing deep emotion, love, peace, rejoicing, the beauty of people and places far away. They can also be hard; sharing heartbreak, documenting the human condition, showing truth that is not always pretty but often strong. I love how you can capture a moment in time. A moment that may never be repeated but can last a lifetime. Put several of those moments together and you have a story. No words just photos showing us what is or what was.

I can spend lovely afternoons in art galleries studying Fine Art photography. Then there are bookstores, so many pages of images and stories.  Lets not forget the Internet!  At the tips of your fingers you can go anywhere, see anything, images from near and far. Instagram has opened more paths than I could have imaged. I have “insta-friends” all over the world.

(If you are on Instagram it would be worth your time to take a look at a few of these feeds: @shirwin, @jantex, and @tseabold are a wonderful women I follow, @marte_farie_forsberg, @Linda_Lomelino, and @Niyalakmanalp are a few. There are so many more…..)

Connecting in this way has made my world larger and smaller at the same time. I’ve see art, people, places, images that have inspired me, and I hope made me grow. But can there be too much? Too much of watching other people live? I think so.

 

This is where I recently found myself, watching others live. Lately the Green Eyed Monster known as envy has been working its way through my heart and mind. Through the Internet I see amazing images, colors, textures, places, food, art. Instead of appreciating them I heard my envy-self asking why? Why can’t I go there, see these places, make these images? Share them and go viral?(ha) Well I’m not a fan of my envy-self so I set out to move her out of my head.

I am blessed. I have a beautiful family, I live in a beautiful place. I truly believe there is beauty surrounding us. God creates beauty. We just need to take the time to look.

People often suggest keeping a gratitude journal or an on going list of blessings. I’ve done this off and on for several years. But I needed something different. I’m a visual person. I know things in my head but to see makes a lasting imprint. So I created a visual list of beauty and blessing in my life. It didn’t take long to remind my self of a blessed life. Here are just a few of what I found just a few steps from my front door.

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I hope you spend sometime seeing the beauty right in front of your eyes.

I know I will do it more often!

Until next time, Blessings

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time to catch up…..

It’s getting into late October, where is the time going? The past several months have been so full. Full of family, work, stress, fun, work, gardening, work……and obviously not bogging. I have a lot of catching up to do, so here it goes.

I’ll start with what I call  “my empty nest” project although the dream started long before my to 2 chicks flew the coop! I’ve been a gardener for many years and loved eating out of yard. (Some years more productive than others) As I continued to read and learn about living a somewhat sustainable life, started asking for a chicken coop so I could have chickens and therefore fresh eggs!

Bobby being the wonderful husband that he is and gives me almost every thing I ask for. (I have to be careful what I ask for but another story for another time) Gave me these for Christmas a few years back!

I love them! They look great in my garden and the raccoons have yet to eat them!

Jump to this past spring. Both Ana and Pecos out of college, starting real jobs and packing up to move out on their own. Humm…a very real and very “Empty Nest” But before Pecos moved back to California to work  build houses he promised he would build my coop. A good starter project! That he did with the help of a few friends.

Migrant workers!

The Chicken condo!

A few weeks later we moved our first group of chickens in. We opted for adopting slightly older chicks instead of new borns.

Neighborhood welcome committee

"is this our new home?"

" Look girls, we have a mirror in our room! Arn't we pretty?"

We may need another water fountain, please!

So now I have chicks and a not so empty nest! Just as so many have told me, they are so fun and each has a little personality all it’s own. I hope you will stay tuned for adventures in the garden! I’ll let you know when we have eggs!