“A New School Year”

As most of you know, I am a retired teacher.  However, I have learned that teachers never really retire.  They just evolve to another level of service and use their organizational skills for community and to improve the lives of others.  Yes, it is a great profession.  And, a teacher always lives by the calendar of the school year.  So September, to me, still means school.


It is the beginning of the 2014 school year and I wanted to acknowledge all teachers and the teaching profession as you begin a new school year.   You have one of the most difficult jobs and yet one of the most fulfilling jobs.  The lives that you touch are the potential for the future of humanity.  Unfortunately, teachers do not have immediate gratification to know how many lives they will affect.  Sometimes, years later, you may reconnect or get invited to a wedding of a former student and you then realize:  “Wow!  I really did make a difference.”

This photograph was taken at Rock Cut in the tundra at Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is almost 12,000 feet at this location and it is an uphill trek.  Hiking uphill at this elevation with all my photography equipment trying to get in place to photograph sunrise was exhausting and a challenge – just like teaching.  The experience was a little frantic and timing was critical – just like teaching.  Even though I was prepared, I still had to be prepared for the unexpected – just like teaching.  The clouds tried to resist the brilliant knowledge of a new day – just like teaching.  In the end, the effort, the challenge and participating in the process of another day created was all worth it – just like teaching.  Therefore, I hope this image inspires your efforts throughout the year.

Good luck to all teachers during this new school year and may you all stay safe.

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“Free-Form Shapes and Patterns”

These photographs were taken at Rocky Mountain National Park in a special haven that I found off the trail to Alberta Falls.  Actually, I was daydreaming one day when hiking and inadvertently lost my way.  I started to hear a thunderous sound and came across this cascade of water that is an overwhelming sight during spring mountain run-off.  Now, I intentionally take this trail to “check out” the cascading water and its dimensional shapes and patterns.  The feature image with this post has a great composition with both the water and rock creating upward arcing shapes.  The vertical photograph below highlights the beauty and ease of  free-flowing movement through ever-present obstacles.  Actually, this represents a great way to live life with grace and poise.  If I stop resisting and move with the flow, maybe life’s challenges might become opportunities with a different perspective.

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“Big Sky”

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Dramatic — sensational — beautiful — glorious — magnificent.  

These landscape big sky images  were a privilege to behold and a privilege to experience.  However, it was my choice  to stop and notice.   When was the last time that you stopped and noticed what is around you, above you and within you?  Try it sometime.  As for me, these are choices that support my life for the better. 

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”  ~ Victor Hugo

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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“Wildflowers Galore”


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I cannot believe that it is the end of summer already.  So, I wanted to share some of the beautiful wildflowers that I have experienced.  I tend to do a lot of macro photography, however, sometimes it is best to view an array of wildflowers covering a broad area.  When they move in unison with the wind, they become nature’s choreographed dance of delight – just to be…

May  this bouquet of  wildflowers brighten your day and make you smile.

 “The earth laughs in flowers.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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