Monday, November 30, 2009
Stories of Awe & Abundance by Jose Hobday is a wonderful collection of stories about prayer and spirituality.
Sister Jose Hobday tells stories drawn from her own experience growing up as a Native American Catholic in the American Southwest.
One story, titled The Sacrifice Flower, is about using prayer and nature when feeling low or burdened.
When something was weighing heavy on her mind, Jose’s mother would tell her that she thought it was time to go outside and find a Sacrifice Flower.
Once picked, Jose told the flower what burden she wanted lifted and taken to God. Since it was a Sacrifice Flower, it was one that was going to die. The idea was that as life went out of the flower, it would carry with it - her prayer.
It was not placed in water, but held a predominant place on a shelf easily seen as she came in and out.
In weeks or even sometimes in a matter of days, the flower finally died.
She would take it outside, say good-bye to it and thank it for giving its life for her and for delivering her intention.
Then she would bury it so it would have a chance at a new life, and she always hoped it would come back as an even greater flower.
The power of prayer and its uplifting message can easily be found in our natural surroundings.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Children just don't 'get' having to Blend.
I love making collages that include a repertoire of expressions.
(Especially if the collection comes from a 5 year, a 4 year, and even a 3 week old!)
What child doesn't like to be an individual - do their own thing - beat to their own drum!
"Say cheese" - now that's boring
Silly Faces! - Now that's fun!
And what better way to see a personality develop than with a precious little baby.
And .....well.....they are always there to show us how to be ourselves -
Whatever that may be?
Monday, November 16, 2009
The origin of graffiti referred to the inscriptions and figure drawings found on the walls of ancient tombs or ruins, as in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii.
Graffiti has evolved to include any graphics applied to surfaces in a manner that resembles vandalism.
Is graffiti just an unappreciated form of art?
Or is it often resented for its illegal displays of expression?
What I find fascinating is its universal existence.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Meeting for a family portrait this weekend, it was a natural choice to shoot outdoors for this very outdoorsy family. We were very fortunate to have one the last gorgeous days of Autumn.
However, we did find some areas for nice even lighting.
Our next challenge was a family portrait with one very energetic family dog – in formal attire, of course.
(check out the fancy tie!)
Surprisingly, he was adorable and held his poses like a true professional.
I could not help to notice a very cool creation in the middle of the woods on their property. A graffiti wall with the words “Wall of Death” - hmmmm
I asked the artists to pose in front of their creation for some shots with attitude! Love it.
Our next location was down by the lake. I know this family uses this lake often for fishing, kayaking, and swimming, it is definitely a part of their lives. So naturally a perfect place to go.
The morning light illuminated the background and provided a warm glow to surround this attractive family.
A couple individual shots of the boys – beautiful brown eyes!
Natural, friendly, laid back and so down to earth is how I would describe this couple.
It wasn’t until this point that I noticed their awesome boots! (Gotta get me a pair)
Thank you all so much for letting me into your lives this morning! I had a great time and an amazing session.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Off season road- tripping, there is nothing like it.
Enjoying a place that can be wall to wall people one month, is also a place that can offer solitude and peace another.
This place I bring you to is the National Seashore of Assateague Island, built by sand that persistent waves have raised from the ocean’s gently sloping floor.
The herd of wild horses, known as ponies or Chincoteague Ponies, can often be seen during your visit. They are descended from domesticated stock that was grazed on the island as early as the 17th century.
Slightly smaller than other horses, these ponies are sturdy, shaggy and have adapted to their harsh seashore environment including scorching heat, abundant insects, and stormy weather on a windswept barrier island.
Once a year, to keep the herd managed in population, the ponies are rounded up and swim, during low tide, between Assateague and Chincoteague for the annual auction sponsored by the Chincoteague, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Company. Many of the foals and yearlings are sold with the remainder of the herd allowed to return back to the island.
It’s wonderful to see ponies that were once born on the island now living healthy lives as trail horses, giving (as well as receiving) love and companionship. Some even revisit their former stumping grounds, with their “new” families.
Besides searching for ponies, the islands are perfect environments for bird watcher seeking migratory birds.
The true beauty of nature can only be experienced firsthand.
It may not be summer vacation, but you’d be surprised by what nature has to offer throughout the rest of the year.