Six word Saturday: the bold sign declares, “more art.”

Sony RX100 III f/3.6 1/80s 8.8mm 800 ISO

Image and six words submitted in response to Debbie’s Six Word Photo Challenge

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story telling: hometown

Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/400s 85mm 1800 ISO

Week 10 Storytelling: Hometown (Tell us the story of your hometown. It could be a famous landmark, something the town is known for, or even just your favorite place to relax.)

Image and music submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

inspiration: mood

murmur of voices

unheeded by today’s

regrets of yesterday

Nikon D750 f/4 1/400s 42mm 160 ISO

Image submitted for Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

Week 9 Inspiration: Mood (Your Artistic Inspiration this week is the mood you are feeling today. Take that mood and use it to create art.)

lens-artist challenge: close- up

This week Leya challenges photographers to explore the world around us by moving a bit closer to a subject. Below are a series of close-up images of a pineapple created with a Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f2/8G.

Every thing in the cosmos is the object of our perception, and, as such, it does not exist only outside of us but also within us. If we look deeply at the bud on the tree, we will see its nature. It may be very small, but it is also like the earth, because the leaf in the bud will become part of the earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

We have been talking about the environment as something different from us, but we are the environment…we are the Earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

Mindfulness means awareness and looking deeply…it is possible to live deeply in mindfulness that could penetrate in all aspects of one’s life.~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

This beautiful, bounteous, life-giving planet we call Earth has given birth to each one of us, and each one of us carries the Earth within every cell of our body…~Thich Nhat Hanh (cited: Hul Ling Lim: Environmental Revolution in Contemporary Buddhism: The Interbeing of Individual and Collective Consciousness in Ecology, Feburuay 18, 2019)

composition: leading lines

Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/400 s 112 mm 560 ISO

Image submitted for Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

Week 8: Composition: leading lines (It is easy to use Leading Lines to show depth in an image or guide the eye to a specific spot in the image. Instead, this week use leading lines to show the concept of infinity.)

lens-artist photo challenge: nature

spring breeze–
the pine on the ridge
whispers it
~Issa (www.haikuguy.com)

Horsetooth Reservoir … f/5.6 1/2000s 300mm 2200 ISO

“[Frank Meadow] Sutclifffe rarely left Whitby, where his portrait studio kept him busy, and said that we was ‘tethered for the greater part of each year by a chain, at the most only a mile or two long.’ To most modern photographers this would seem a crippling restriction, but Shutcliffe gradually realized that is was an asset to him as a photographer since it forced him to concentrate on the transitory effects that would transform familiar scenes.” (cited: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, the Aperture History of Photography Series: Aperture 1979

While I dreamed of traveling during those long-hours filled with work and family responsibilities, I find that Frank Shutcliffe’s creative work serves to move me toward greater acceptance of being “tethered” during this retirement period with the challenge to open myself to the “transitory effects” of nature that transforms the landscape close to home.

Image, haiku, and excerpt from Aperture submitted in response to Patti’s (P. A. Moed) lens-artists photo challenge: nature.