One of my favorite quotes is by Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I look at my beloved Rocky Mountains and I see an enduring spirit, adaptable to all elements, courageous in its presence and beautiful with its soul essence. My resolution for this year is to recognize my oneness with these mountains, take their inspiration, honor mySelf and others with the magnificence of seeing and being Spirit and Soul first. The Soul of the land inspires the Soul of who I am to recognize essence with a new light. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Certain artistic compositions naturally reflect the holiday spirit. Here is a beautiful image taken at Rocky Mountain National Park. The park has natural great vistas, however, sometimes we see uniqueness and a reminder of true intentions for a holiday with the small and simple beauty around us. Enjoy nature’s wreath in its natural environment.
I live in a small town – Lyons, Colorado. Each year there is a Parade of Lights before Christmas followed by fireworks. Why fireworks in December you might ask? Well, this area is so dry that it is the best time of year concerning safety. The “parade” is quite the small-town America experience. I had a big smile on my face as I watched the band directors leading their marching bands with all musicians, including the Director, wearing blinking Holiday lights around their necks. I watched pick-up trucks drive by with lighted Christmas trees in the back and dogs with glowing Santa hats peeking out the passenger windows. Floats carried gleeful children, an electric car carried a teenager pretending to surf, the American flag was carried with pride and everyone cheered. This definitely reflected a true holiday spirit of joy and community. As an ending, the festive parade was followed by a great display of fireworks.
When shooting fireworks, a good mantra to follow is: slow and steady. Try to capture the event with a very slow shutter speed. In this series of photographs, my shutter speed varied from 1/5 second to 1 second. “Steady” can be achieved in several ways. If you have a tripod, use it. If not, try to find a tree, fence or something very solid. Brace your camera, lower your shutter speed and experiment. Wait for the firework burst of light and depress your shutter speed. Good luck!
Fireworks also represent celebration. They represent fun, aliveness, happiness and the honor of an event-holiday-memory. So, at this time, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday filled with peace, joy, family, friends and the light of love. Also, I wish all good health and abundance in 2011. Peace and blessings to all!