Woody’s Hotel From a Different Perspective

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are having a great day and if it’s evening where you are, have a pleasant evening.  I just felt like saying that.  Besides Word Press, some of my readers come from Facebook and Twitter and I just want to say that I’m grateful for all of you.

Just had to have some fun shooting Woody’s Hotel again in the morning light.  There are quite a few woodpeckers who have made this sentinel of the desert their home and not one of them is paying any rent.  Squatters!  Oh, well, that mighty saguaro was here long before me and Darryl so I guess we’ll let her have her say in the matter.  It’s her body, after all.  And in my opinion, she’s very generous.  Nature is like that.  If we but look for an instant we can see and feel her generosity and she gives FREE LESSONS to us just by observing her.  Namaste’

 

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Pathways

While driving, I had to make a u-turn and found myself here. It’s an entrance to a gated community and I thought it was so lovely, so of course I whipped out the camera.  I like how the light was streaming slightly through the tree onto the flowers. Whoever lives behind those gates has a very picturesque pathway to use going to and from home.  I hope all your pathways in life are picture perfect.  Namaste’

 

 

You Have the Power to Take Away Someone’s Happiness …

“You have the power to take away someone’s happiness by refusing to forgive.  That someone is you.”  Alan Cohen said that and I believe it’s true.  It seems that a lot of “stuff” is coming up these days.  Stuff that needs to be cleared out, cleaned up, old baggage dumped … forgiven.  Part of any act of forgiveness is forgiving ourselves (as well as the other party) for whatever our part in the situation was.  Forgiveness is enlightening and empowering.

Today’s image is one of my Lilies of the World.  The bouquet is starting to wither but the blooms brought such loveliness and created some great photo ops.  On this one I used a combination of natural and incandescent light.  I’ve always enjoyed photographing flowers.  Blooms don’t blink 😉 and I’m grateful for that.  Namaste’

Red Bird of Paradise

OK, you know me … I’m no botanist and I don’t really want to learn but I do like to photograph flowers and plants.  So here’s a few shots of our Red Bird of Paradise (at least that’s what I think they are).  I could be wrong because I’ve definitely been off the mark before.  These grow all over Arizona so if anyone knows if this is correct or not, let me know.  I look forward to your comments.  Just click to enlarge. Namaste’

Catching Up with Pictures

Today I decided to put together some of my favorite pics from our vacation last week.  OK, so maybe I’m cheating just a little but I promised some folks that I’d do this.

Picmonkey has a great way to do a quick collage, so I did.  The two cute doggies belong to the lady whose house we stayed in.  Darryl’s sister is a pet-sitter and Bear and Angie’s “mom” kindly offered her house to us while she is away.  We enjoyed spending time and having fun with these two little darlings so much!

The pic to the right is the first thing you see in the lobby of the Orleans casino (where, of course, we made a deposit and no withdrawals).  It seems to me these cool cats should be playing WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN’ IN.

The red shoes were actually a ceramic decoration I saw in the hutch in the kitchen and thought they were just so unique.  It looks like they might be a memento from Spain.

And the lovely purple flowers were growing in her back yard.  Since I am a purple lover, they just had to get into the collage.  Click to enlarge the image.  Namaste’

The Color of Kindness

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

Thank you to all my readers who sent good wishes for a nice vacation.  I do appreciate all of you.  I wish I could read all of your blog posts and send my comments.  I’m trying to catch up.  May take a while.

Today’s image is one that I took while on vacation in Nevada this past week.  My sister-in-law, Carryl, got permission from her neighbor for me to photograph this unusual flower. Her yard is lush with beautiful, colorful plants and flowers. I admire people who have a green thumb (and whose husband is a landscaper) :-). I have no idea what this flower is but I thought it to be just lovely.

Kindness (to me) is the color of purple.  It’s also the color I use when I meditate, visualizing the violet flame of healing, forgiveness, protection and peace.  Namaste’

Orange and Green

Today’s image is of some delicate little flowers that look like birds to me.  They caught my eye as I was coming out of the bank and I think the contrast of orange and green is quite nice.  Life is just full of contrast, isn’t it?  I’ll bet if we all took one hour of being out in nature, we could see at least 100 ways she displays contrast. Namaste’