Throwback Thursday

I found this picture of my Uncle and me taken back in 1996.  It’s a bit grainy because I had to scan it. We were at a family gathering at my Mom’s house.  I remember that day. We had a lot of fun and I’m pretty sure it was my brother who took this photo.  I wish he was still with us.

My Uncle is the person responsible for me knowing what I do about light, composition and using flash, particularly a bounce flash when needed.  So thanks once again, dear Uncle.  You’re the best!  Namaste’

09.04.14 Laurence Me_peRegina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This weeks photo challenge is inside.  The image below is one of many that I took at the San Augustin Presidio, built in 1775, here in Tucson. I believe it exemplifies the light that we all have inside us.  As you look through the “bars” on the window, you can see the light shining from within.

Maybe it’s time we all looked inside more and let our lights shine outward.  Namaste’


Before the Rain

The weather reports all say we’re supposed to have some big rain tonight and tomorrow.  I’m ready.  As far as I’m concerned, we never get enough. This photo was taken in my back yard as the sun started to peek under the early evening clouds. I hope the birds have some place nice and warm and dry when the rains come.

Sometimes the light just plays perfectly for the camera and the subject.  This was one of those times.  Namaste’


Merry & Bright

Well, dear ones, it’s almost that magical day.  Here it is Christmas Eve in southern Arizona.  The temperature is 50 degrees, which suits me just fine.  There are lots of people trying to make it home for Christmas today and I wish them Godspeed on their journeys.

Let the love, peace and joy of this night increase the light in your lives today and always, wherever you are.  Merry Christmas, have fun, and spread the joy!  Namaste’

12.24.12.Christmas Eve


Well, today was the day when we get the house together to prepare for Christmas guests.  Will Santa be one of them?  I expect he will.

While walking by the dining room table I noticed the sunlight streaming through one of the candlesticks and lighting it up.  It’s hard to see the red candle because there’s so much light.  I just love it.  I’m using the palm tree candlesticks for Christmas dinner.  Maybe it’s a subliminal thing that I’d like to be at the beach with palm trees swaying and an umbrella drink in my hand.  LOL.  Namaste’


Love Lights

Today’s loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School … there are just no words that I can find to convey how heavy my spirit feels.  The only thing I can do is pray for the families who all have holes in their hearts now.  Somehow it doesn’t seem enough.

I took this photo last night of all the colored lights reflecting on our patio table in the rain.  Love lights from all of us to all of you who are now in the presence of God.  Namaste’



So how was your day on this 12/12/12?  A day that will never come again.  But that’s true of any day, isn’t it?  Some said that this day would bring heightened energies coming at us; all of us here on Earth.  I think I felt it in the middle of the night.  All of a sudden I was wide awake and not groggy at all.  I felt pretty good! Hmmm.

Today’s photo is all about backlight.  I love the sun going down through the trees, but then I’ve always been fond of the light in the early evening.  Something mystical about it.  Namaste’


Special Effect

I truly believe that we all have a special effect on each other.  One thought, one prayer, one blessing, one wish … that’s all it takes to raise (or lower) the vibration of you and the person you’re sending your thoughts to.

The reason I say this today is that it’s Saturday and I spent a few hours with my parents.  Before I walk in their door, I always have to send out light and love to light my way and theirs.  If I don’t, the negativity takes over and it’s unhealthy for all of us.  Maybe it’s our guardian angels.  Maybe it’s our spirit guides.  But a force larger than us takes over and it becomes a pleasant visit.  I love them.  I wish they were healthier, more vibrant, more in love with life.  I can’t change what’s going on for them.  I can only influence how I behave in any given situation.  But I don’t do it alone.

BTW, my WS started a blog.  Yeah!  Go on over and check it out: Darryl’s Blog. And if you’re so inclined, LIKE his Facebook page.  Thanks! Let me know what you think of the header image.  That was my contribution 🙂

Today’s photo is a stencil special effect that I applied to a simple still life.  Namaste’

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