seeing differently: 11th of 15

It is not just a matter of opinion to which everyone has an equal entitlement to speak (and have us listen) about how things happen or are happening, when what happened or how it happened is puzzling or obscure.

~The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized, Owen Flanagan


I find it interesting to explore how a wide open f-stop invites us to See Differently

seeing differently: 10th of 15

…our ordinary vision is limited…our conventional consensus of reality is not the only version of reality…the mind…in its attempt to provide meaning (security), continually rearranges the world to fit individual needs.  The failure to recognize the constructive nature of the mind can be a major obstacle to artistry and creativity.

~Tao of Photography, Gross & Shapiro


a mirrored walkway…submitted for Robyn’s Seeing Differently photo challenge for October.

weekly photo challenge: local


Within the local Rocky Mountains, memories of my childhood slumber.  A drive from eastern Colorado to the western slope on Interstate 70 will awaken memories of Sunday drives over the Rockies’s treacherous passes made even more perilous with my parents in front speaking with each other and every so often to one of us four children in the back…in sign language…which requires, far way too many moments, eyes diverted from the narrow and curved roadways bordered by sudden falloffs that disappeared into deep valleys.   Yet, again and again my heart was captured and my anxiety abated by the beauty of nature forever changing within the movement of days and seasons.

seeing differently: 9th of 15

…photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something in an ordinary place … it has little to do wit the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

~Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing, Philippe L. Gross and S. I. Shapiro


windshield reflections of..submitted in response to the Seeing Differently challenge

Seeing Differently: 8th of 15 images

It is more important

To see the simplicity

To realize one’s true nature

To cast off selfishness

And temper desire.

                                   ~The Tao-te Ching By Lao-tzu


a gift from a predawn rainfall…

water drops on the top of a well-waxed automobile…

submitted in response to Robyn’s Seeing Differently challenge

seeing differently: the 7th of 15

Thinking back then…we were just at that age when we knew a few things about ourselves–about who we were, how we were different from…but hadn’t yet understood what any of it meant. …So you’re waiting, even if you don’t quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realize that you really are different…that there are people…who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you…and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past everyday of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.

~Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro


This 7th of 15 image submitted for the Seeing Differently challenge is another of a series from the Colorado State University’s Trial Flower Garden taken with a Nikon D750 and macro 40 mm lens.  It invites me to ponder, “is my knowing of self and other blurred by preconceptions?”

Please excuse two postings in one day…I’m going to be away from my computer for a bit.  Till then, please take care.

seeing differently: the 6th of 15

…she’d recognized my name…for the first time in my life, I felt the comfort, the firmness of identity that a name might provide, how it could carry an entire history in other people’s memories… No one here…would ask how to spell my name, or mangle it with an unfamiliar tongue. My name belonged so I belonged, drawn into a web of relationships, alliances, and grudges that I did not yet understand.

~ Dreams from my Father,  Barack Obamamacrobckofford-20164-5dsc_1221oct-04-2016

This 6th image submitted for Robin’s challenge, Seeing Differently,  is from the  Colorado State University’s Flower Trial Garden.  This red flower (name unknown) with a bit of a spider web, while in focus, seems to have a separate identity from the unfocused background which resembles a painting.

Image 6th submitted to Robin’s October photo challenge, Seeing Differently.  

weekly photo challenge: h20


The Horsetooth Reservoir in Northeastern Colorado is one of the most popular recreation sites for boaters and campers.  On the water, the capacity of boats ranges from 300 to 350; therefore, it is not uncommon for boaters to experience delays during the peak of the summer season.

It seems that January’s chill managed to allow one person the freedom to enjoy the H2O absent of crowds and delay.