This month Paula (Lost in Translation) offers a photo challenge that invites photo interpretations of: sky-high, gorge, sociable, sanctuary, transcoloured.

Sky High: in the back ground is a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains — elevation 14,440′

Landscape imge: Metadata: Leica D-Lux 7 … f/2.8 .. 1/10,000s .. 34mm .. 200 ISO. Edited: Capture One

The ordinary is listed under normality 84.3 in the Roget’s International Thesaurus as: the normal, the usual, the ordinary, the common, the commonplace, the way things are, the normal order of things; common or garden variety.

The Ordinary listed in Google is: a brand from DECIEM offering skin care products which are an “…evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.”

hum …

I think I’ll go with the common egg…

well…maybe an ordinary brown egg…

or how about a normal freckled brown egg.

A commonplace egg when photographed with an iPhone (f1/8, 1/30s, 28mm, 32 ISO) and then edited in Snapseed and Photoshop becomes:

an out of the ordinary floating brown freckled egg.

Hope on over to (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

“One of the first questions a curious child often asks about the natural world is “why is the sky blue?” Yet despite how widespread this question is, there are many misconceptions and incorrect answers bandied about — because it reflects the ocean; because oxygen is a blue-colored gas; because sunlight has a blue tint — while the right answer is often thoroughly overlooked. In truth, the reason the sky is blue is because of three simple factors put together: that sunlight is made out of light of many different wavelengths, that Earth’s atmosphere is made out of molecules that scatter different-wavelength light by different amounts, and the sensitivity of our eyes. Put these three things together, and a blue sky is inevitable.”

(cited:Forbes, Ethan Siegel & Starts With A Bang, Why the Sky is Blue, According to Science: Forbes)

Skyscape submitted in response to Blog of Hammad Rais’ Weekend Skies #45

January 2014

Still life

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February 2014

“Within the mind is a storehouse of memories that entered [my] psyche through the windows of [my] senses.  The treaures received through the gift of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell…these are what I have come to cherish as yearnings for possessions fade from desire.  What I yearn for now is to live a life filled with the creation of memories to visit and revisit again.”

April 2014

There was a  man who was so disturbed by the sight of his own shadow and so displeased with his own footsteps that he determined to get rid of both. The method he hit upon was to run away from them.

So he got up and ran. But every time he put his foot down there was another step, while his shadow kept up with him without the slightest difficulty.

He attributed his failure to the fact that the was not running fast enough. So he ran faster and faster, without stropping, until he finally dropped dead.

He failed to realize that if he merely stepped into the shade, his shadow would vanish, and if he sat down and stayed still, there would be no more footsteps.*

*cited: The Way of Chuang Tzu Thomas Merton

May 2014