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Marilyn Orchid

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Fun with Marilyn Monroe

I posted this image on Facebook a couple of days ago and thought it would be fun to post it here, too. I was “sleepless in Sisters” the other night and decided to play with a couple of images. So I used Pixlr to produce a double exposure of Marilyn that I took in Palm Springs some time ago. The orchid image is one I shot with my camera phone a few years back at an orchid show in Arizona. The resolution isn’t very good because of my old phone but it was fun doing it. ¬†Then I went to sleep ūüôā Namaste’

Marilyn Orchid

Regina (Reggie) is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of the Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

Therapy and the Oscars

I consider today’s photo to be a form of therapy for me. ¬†This was taken on one of our trips to a nursery and I just loved these orchids.

Why do I need therapy? ¬†Because I’m frustrated that I can’t seem to find answers about a life situation I find myself immersed in. ¬†Both my mother and stepfather are close to 90 and in extremely frail condition. ¬†My stepfather is still in a nursing home, since Dec. 5 of last year and no improvement in sight. ¬†And then there’s Mom, whose memory is decreasing daily.

While watching a special about Robin Roberts, the GMA anchor who just underwent a bone marrow transplant, I picked up on something she said. ¬†Her mother told her to “make her mess her message.” ¬†The mess being her second bout with cancer and the message being that her faith, family and friends brought her through it. ¬†I guess when you get right down to it, those three things are most important in all aspects of our lives. ¬†I have all three. ¬†I’m blessed in that. ¬†And I’m positive the answers will come for me and my parents … somehow, some way. ¬†They just will. ¬†I trust in God for that. After writing this, I am reminded of something else that is true for me. ¬†I don’t always have to know the “how”; just have faith in a positive outcome … for the highest and best of ALL concerned.

As for the Oscars – the Academy Awards – I don’t watch them. ¬†I just can’t give my time and energy to something so stupid. ¬†For the cost of only a single piece of the jewelry the celebrities wear or the cost of one couture gown, many of this nation’s hungry and homeless children could be fed. ¬†Think about it. ¬†Namaste’

02.24.13.orchidOrchids with a Soft Pencil effect

Many Faces

The many faces of Buddha … I found this area of the gardening center to be very peaceful and serene so I had to get an image. ¬†Below the Buddhas is a shot of their resident feline. ¬†She was having such a good time rubbing her face with the grasses. ¬†Below her is a shot of pink orchids. ¬†Hope your Sunday was peaceful, too. ¬†Namaste’

Fearlessly

We each need to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly. – Shakti Gawain

Today’s photo is of my miniature orchids that are the newest arrival at our house. ¬†Being friends with the florist lady at my supermarket, she led me to these last week. ¬†Amazing how delicate they are, yet they live their lives so fearlessly. ¬†It may not look like it, because I took the photo so close, but each bloom is only about an inch wide. ¬†I love flowers. ¬†They make me realize that everything about life is connected. ¬†Why can’t we be as fearless as the flowers? ¬†I can only remind myself as often as possible … “I am present … here, now.”

In the first image I just used a minimal fill-in flash. ¬†The second image I added a watercolor effect. ¬†Let me know which one you like the best; top or bottom. ¬†Whichever one gets the most votes will be the one I choose to make some new greeting cards. ¬†So thanks in advance for your help ūüôā Click to enlarge. ¬†Namaste’