the return

 

 

 

 

 

 I wonder
do they sing the same songs while they’re away?

 

 

 

 

 

 

with gratitude

simple gifts

the last few years have been a lesson in gratitude
for the simple things
I no longer get frazzled over the holidays
if I forget the cranberry sauce, it’s no biggie
since my family is now scattered across the US
I am thankful just to be at the dining room table
all together this Thanksgiving.

I am also so thankful for all of YOU
for your visits and for your support
and for your wonderful, inspiring work.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate
and I wish everyone a wonderful week!

Sunday in Boston….and a virtual blog tour

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make way for ducklings

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A few scenes from Mother’s Day and “Make Way for Ducklings” 2014
Boston

And a virtual tour invite…

My friend and blogger/photographer extraordinaire, Kelly Ishmael, recently invited me to take part in a virtual blog tour. I first “met” Kelly on Flickr a few years back and I was immediately drawn in by her phenomenal work.

The best thing about a blog tour like this is the opportunity to learn about fellow bloggers whose sites I may not have come across on my own and also the opportunity to introduce some fabulous bloggers of my own choice.

for this blog tour we were asked to answer the following questions about our creative process.

1) what am i working on?
2) how does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) why do I write/create what i do?
4) how does my creative process work?

I guess I should give you just a bit of background to get the ball rolling…when I first started blogging a few years ago, it was a personal journal of sorts with a few snapshots thrown in. But after a few years, a couple things happened

1. I became passionate about photography and wanted to find a way to make the photo more of the focus of my blog (pardon the pun).

2. I got tired of constantly talking about myself, tired of paragraphs full of I, me, my.

That’s when I decided to combine photography with my love of literature and poetry, certainly not a new concept but one that works for me…for the moment anyway.

What am I working on?

While I continue to work on the technical aspects of photography and will be for the rest of my days, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what draws me into a photo –

it evokes an emotion
makes me wonder, peaks my curiosity
tells a story

those are the things that I want to improve upon in my own work and in my blog as well. I want to show more and tell less. I guess it all started after attending an exhibition of Vivian Maier’s work at Brandeis University and seeing the recent documentary film on her life. Her images are full of raw emotion, they tell stories. We know very little about her and yet her photos speak volumes, probably exactly how she wished it to be.

I tend to agree with Ansel Adams who once said “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words”.

My goal is to someday take “true photographs”

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I’m not really sure that it does at this point. I can only hope that the way I see the world and choose to process my vision, is slightly different from everyone else.

Why do I write/create what I do?

It’s both a passion and a form of therapy for me. When I’m out and about with camera in hand, I’m in my own little world.

How does my creative process work?

Ha, that’s a good question. I don’t really have a process, I guess you could call it “flying by the seat of my pants”. I have no set time for photography, I always have a camera with me and I take photos of whatever captures my eye at any given moment, on any given day. I guess that’s the beauty of retirement, I no longer have to follow a set “work” schedule.

So, enough about me, now I’d like to introduce you to some fellow blogger friends, an extremely creative bunch, and hope that you will take some time to visit their wonderful sites:

Susan Desrocher (Sued51) shares her life through poems and photos at two blogs: sued51.wordpress.com and sued51too.wordpress.com.

Shirley LeMay is a chemical engineer by degree, photographer at heart, finding the beauty of the Illinois prairie. She blogs about her passions at http://www.shirleybehindthelens.com

Kyla Hunziger is a Photographer, Scrapbooker, Blogger, Voracious Reader, Runner, Lover of Tunes, Maker of Chocolate Milk, Kisser of Boo Boos, and slave of all domestic trades.  Located in SW Missouri.  http://thekreativelife.blogspot.com/

re-awakening

in the blue bowl

“Before she could speak, my daughter taught me the language of silent things: fruits, flowers, an oaken chair. I came to understand, through my relationship to this small being, why the word adult forms the root of adulteration and adultery. Watching her, it became apparent that, as we mature, we fall from grace of the whole-seeing beginner’s mind that is our birthright. If, as Emily Dickinson says, “What awaits us in the unfurnished eye,” then what awaits us are the senses we were born with. She’s a teenager now, but when Lila was six months old she reawakened me to the way in which an orange speaks”

~ Anita Doyle

light offering

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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen

survival of the fittest

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toward the light

“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”
~ Aaron Rose

I took these images yesterday afternoon, as our January thaw was coming to an end
happily soaking up any warm rays of light I could find
as I write this post today, it is snowing like crazy
big, huge, sticky white flakes
frosting everything in sight
ah, New England weather!

my youngest son hopped a flight to Wisconsin yesterday
for his first grad school audition
first time having to navigate the travel bit by himself
my heart’s been in a bit of a flutter
but he got there safely, without any major problems
so far, so good
I’m sure all this worrying is just a “mom thing”

just started reading
Shawna Lemay’s book of poetry
“The Red Velvet Forest” and I’m loving it

listening to
some of Beethoven’s later string quartets..
a suggestion from my son

continuing to
knit some scarves, as I do every winter
to donate to Abby’s House
2 down, 8 more to go (I’m not a very good knitter and I’m certainly not very fast!)

looking forward to
a Flickr meet up with some fantastic women I’ve been in touch with for a few years
but have never actually met in person
we plan to head to the North Shore in February
to see if we can find some Snowy Owls

thinking about
a blogger friend who recently had a major health set back
and I use the term “set back” because she is a woman
who has many passions
and I know she won’t be kept down for long

A stark reminder that life can change in an instant

We need to keep soaking up the light while we still can.

These images are for you, my friend

Sending positive thoughts and sunshine your way.