All of us, at times, need to have the “courage of our convictions.” If an issue is worth fighting for, stand firm and allow your voice to be heard. Your authentic Self will validate your worth, your belief and your willingness to make a difference in our world and may be an inspiration for others. So, when you feel something is right and for the highest good … stand tall, believe in yourSelf and allow yourSelf to reflect the light of your integrity to support the cause. The challenge may seem like climbing a mountain upward leaving your breathless and exhausted. If so, experiencing your own courage during the process will be reward in itself.
Color, design and contrast represent these images from Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ. I amazed myself with the compositions created in these slot canyons as the canyons walls are dark within and it is difficult to visualize the nuances of detail unless you are looking at the light streaming through the tops. The experience of creating these image compositions, for me, was both spontaneous and intuitive. I had to be present in the moment to capture the light, the shadow and the intricate detail all around me. For those who enjoy photography tips… I exposed for the highlights of the image and then closed down in 1/3 stop increments to bracket several additional photographs to get the detail in the shadows. My 2nd or 3rd exposure seemed to provide the best highlights and shadow details. Exposures were long so I was using both a tripod and cable release for stability.
These photographs were taken in different locations of the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah. If I had one word to describe both scenes, it would be PEACE. And, PEACE to me in these scenes says: there is beauty, there is softness, there is calmness, there is a magical flow, there is unity. This is my 2015 visualization for my personal life balance.
Winter is here. Look around you and appreciate the patterns and textures of the natural formations of nature created by the cold weather. These ice structures were found in Rocky Mountain National Park on the Roaring River. They are both solid and delicate at the same time and they reflect light and uniqueness – just like us.
These photographs were literally taken from my backyard in Lyons, CO. The top image is sunset (the end of a day) and the bottom image is sunrise the next morning (the beginning of something new). Yes, literally, as soon as I wake up, I am running and grabbing my camera – putting on my boots, hat and jacket – and running outside. Both images are the light and beauty conveyed in a 24-hour cycle. It is a reminder that we all have 24 hours each day of “choice.” The timeframe is ours to behold, to cherish, to acknowledge, to live, to honor, to be… as we get the opportunity to choose and create the gifts of each day – 7 days a week.
So, we are challenged to ask: What is the focus of our days? How often do we celebrate the good and beautiful in our days? Yes, today is a new day and new attitudes, new choices await us. What will be the “choices” of your next 24-hour cycle? Hopefully, we can all embrace time as an opportunity to have the “grace of gratitude” and enjoy the experience.