June, 2015

As I was reviewing old files, I saw that my obsession with dandelions and meadow salsify began during the smumer of 2015.

Dandelions and meadow salsify are members of the Asteraceae family which include daisies, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, asters, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, common burdock, artichoke and straw flowers.

autumn, a weaving of interconnected threads

Sony RX-1003 f/2.8 1/250s 25.7mm 80 ISO

A weaving of past and present, known and unknown, interconnected threads has come together to gift you with autumn.

Post submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s

Six Word Saturday challenge.

imaginary birds and dragons, in flight

Cameron Pass (summer 2018)… Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/800s 85mm 160 ISO

across a concealed blue sky, drifting signs

imaginary birds and dragons, in flight

aimless shifting stories, impermanent

gathering and dispersing, obscure particles

empty of clouds

post inspired by Travel with Intent’s Six Word Saturday

the dead of the night, moon-gazing

In the dead of night, moon-gazing,

The thought of the deep mountain affrighted,

Yet longings for the mountain village

At all other moments filled my heart.

~The Sarashina Diary (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

Image and poem submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s Six Word Saturday challenge.

i yearn for a tranquil moment

I yearn for a tranquil moment
To be out upon the sea of harmony,
In that enchanted boat.
Oh, boatman, do you know my heart?

~The Sarashina Diary (Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan)

A small section of the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coastline (2010) and a poem from The Sarashina Diary submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s six word challenge.

now I need so much patience

“…talking to you, God. Is that all right? With the passing of people, I feel a growing need to speak to You alone. I love people terribly, because in every human being I love something of You. And I seek You everywhere in them and often do find something of You. But now I need so much patience, patience and thought, and things will be very difficult. …”

~Trans: Arno Pomerans Hillesum, E. An Interrupted Life p. 16

Image and quote submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s Six Word Challenge.

we soon learn to adapt ourselves

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge… Nikon D750 f/7.1 1/4000s 78mm 800 ISO

“… What a bizarre new landscape, so full of eerie fascination, yet one we might also come to love again. We human beings cause monstrous conditions, but precisely because we cause them we soon learn to adapt ourselves to them. Only if we become such that we can no longer adapt ourselves, only if, deep inside, we rebel against very kind of evil, will we be able to put a stop to it. Aeroplanes, streaking down in flames, still have a weird fascination for us – even aesthetically – though we know, deep down, that human beings are being burnt alive. As long as that happens, while everything within us does not yet scream out in protest, so long will we find ways of adapting ourselves, and the horrors will continue.”

cited: Trans: Arno Pomerans, An Interrupted Life The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941 – 1943, p. 81.

Image and quote submitted in response to Travel with Intent’s Six Word Saturday Challenge