Day Seven of Seven

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Day Seven of Seven Days of Black and White

For the last day of this project, I chose this image of Metal Man, aka Photog, aka my muse. I shot “Photog” in Tucson, where I found him standing there with his camera pointed. He’s a life-sized sculpture created from sheet metal. He and I spent many hours together. I talked; he listened. Ha! I photographed him from every angle possible, short of me lying on the hot concrete to get him from the bottom up.

I added the text to his lens because of the origin of the word IMAGINE …

mid-14c., “to form a mental image of,” from Old French imaginer “sculpt, carve, paint; decorate, embellish” (13c.), from Latin imaginari “to form a mental picture, picture to oneself, imagine” (also, in Late Latin imaginare “to form an image of, represent”), from imago “an image, a likeness,” from stem of imitari “to copy, imitate” (from PIE root *aim- “to copy”). Sense of “suppose, assume” is first recorded late 14c. Related: Imaginedimagining.

After all, isn’t that where any image comes from? The imagine-ation?

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

 

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Day Three of Seven

Day Three’s image is a Harris Hawk, spied one morning as I was watching the sunrise with our beloved dogs, Daisy and Foxy.

I zoomed out as far as I could so that I didn’t scare it off with movement. Fortunately for me, I had my camera handy. You’re not surprised, are you? Haha!

Was he looking at me while I was looking at him? Maybe. Eyes like a hawk …

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Day Two of Seven [Video]

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Day two of my week long series of images in black and white.

This particular image is of a Peruvian Cereus, which only blooms at night. You can see it happen in real time during this 2-min. video. Enjoy!

When we first moved to the “cactus ranch,” I thought this was just another variety of cactus. I had no idea what this plant would do until I saw the pods forming and, wow, do they grow fast! I was up early in the morning to catch images before they closed up.

This particular morning, I got up a little late but managed to capture it before it closed and was gone for good. I have to say that I truly loved the natural wonder of this cactus. It had (I counted) 27 blooms of beauty. I miss it!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

Kind of a Metaphor

While looking for a specific image today, I came across this one that I took on July 14th, 2014.

July usually marks the beginning of monsoon season in Tucson, which is something we all looked forward to seeing. The rains would come sometimes with a fury and relieve the sweltering summer heat. I always found it so exciting to see it happen so I practiced looking up at the sky every day.

On this particular day, as I looked up, I couldn’t help but notice the sheep and the dog. And I laughed because to me it looks like the sheep wasn’t about to succumb to being herded.

Kind of a metaphor for us humans, isn’t it?

Something to think about.

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Coming Home

I’m a big fan of K. D. Lang. My favorite song of hers is Coming Home.

When I hear it, I get a lump in my throat because it makes me think of coming home to Tucson. I do love that place! It has always felt like home.

The warm weather, the Catalina mountains, the sentinels of the desert known as Saguaros, the friendly people, the streets I used to drive to see my Mom, the high-drama sunsets, monsoon season … all combined to make it my home.

 

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

TBT

Well, my dear readers, it’s Throwback Thursday again. I hope this finds you all well and thriving.

This image is from my days in Tucson. So hot there now that I won’t be going back until winter. Can you blame me????

It’s hard to get a perspective of how large this stone thunderbird is. It’s on a busy road and I didn’t have a lot of time to get the image without getting run over … ha!

I am inspired by the artist who did this, especially what is inscribed under the wings:

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us. To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.” (Truth).

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Namaste!

Cactus Ranch

My throw-back Thursday image is one that I really love. It makes me a little homesick for the desert and the Catalina Mountains I saw every day. I think I took them for granted. Sorry!

When I first got my Nikon camera, I played a lot with settings and this image is one that came out pretty good, I think. The sun was starting to set on the mountains and peering through the storm clouds that were gathering for a summer rain that evening.

We called this place the cactus ranch because it was eight acres of cactus; all shapes, sizes and varieties. But even cactus has it’s own beauty.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’