Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good morning!

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

After several days of rain, I was happy to see the sun return last week. 

Not that I wasn't grateful for the rain - it raised the level of our pond a couple of feet - but I much prefer starting my day with a gorgeous sunrise.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my morning walks last week...

(juniper pollen buds ... waiting for just the right breeze to wreak havoc with my allergies!)

And of course Belle was right by my side. 

"In this holy moment before the day begins,

I turn to you, O Lord, and ask:
shape the words in my mouth,
the actions of my body, 
the thoughts of my mind.
Let everything that comes from me
reflect the light that comes from you.

-        Patricia Leonard-Pasley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Black and White

This poor blog has been so neglected. But I finally have some photos to feed it!

My friend Vickie (Nature's Details) invited me to participate in a 5-day Black & White photo challenge on Facebook. Not one to turn down a challenge (if I know it's going to be good for me), I accepted.

Here are the results. 

You'll see there are more then five photos. The challenge forced me to take lots and lots of photos, because it opened my photographer eyes once again. Thanks, Vickie!

If everything isn't black and white, I say, 

'Why the hell not?' 

~ John Wayne

(Happy New Year, everyone!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The tides are in our veins...

I've been back from my annual women's retreat to Port Aransas, Texas for a few weeks now... 
...and I'm already counting the days until next year.

Photos will have to do for now. 

Somehow, I managed to keep my photography under control - 
I can post my favorite shots in one post.

Granted, it's going to be a long post. 
But it's still one post. 
I hope it gives you a sense of our weekend retreat.

The tides are in our veins. 
~ Robinson Jeffers

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. 

~ Isak Dinesen

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Every year, soon after school starts, I travel to the coast with a group of women. 
It started as a "mom retreat"... a chance to take a deep breath so the craziness of a new school year didn't drive us all...well, crazy.

My kids are all grown, but I find I need that deep breath of salty air just as much now as I did then.
It will be here in just a few weeks.

The only problem with the weekend is my photography.

Everywhere I look, I see something I want to capture, and I'm never satisfied taking just one shot.  

It's intimidating when I get back home to the real world, where there's no time for editing a billion photos. 

And that's why it took until now to edit them, when I'm feeling like that weekend can't get here soon enough.

Here's the first batch...

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; 
only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
Dag Hammarskjold

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope.
Howard Thurman

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, 
and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, 
for each day to have a new and different sun.
Christopher McCandless

You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. 
The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about,
 the more you have left when anything happens.
Ethel Barrymore

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction
 that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
 We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you grow up by the sea, you spend a good deal of time looking at the horizon. 
You wonder what on Earth the waves might bring - and where the sea might deposit you - 
until one day you know you have lived between two places, 
the scene of arrival and the point of departure.
Andrew O'Hagan

The cloud never comes from the quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it.
Elizabeth Gaskell

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Thomas Paine

Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? 
Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.
William Makepeace Thackeray