“Portrait”

The featured photograph above is me on top of Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley for sunrise.  A special “thank you” to Frank Comisar from Scenic Aperture for taking this photograph of me — doing what I love and being on sacred land!

Below is my special group of photography friends…Bobbie Baird and Ken Fox…with our leader Frank Comisar.  We are quite the group who love the quest of adventure through photography.  I am blessed to know these special people and privileged to call them friends.   I treasure our photo excursions together that are filled with much laughter, banter, love of the land and learning.

 

Enjoy my posts from our latest photography excursion to Hunt’s Mesa (an overnight camping trip) and Mystery Valley in Monument Valley, Valley of the  Gods in Mexican Hat, a re-visit to the slot canyons and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona and then another overnight camping trip to White Pocket in Utah.  My next blog posts will also include photographs from this trip.  Again, enjoy!

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“Inspired by the Light…”

It is September and time, again, to honor all teachers and students beginning a new school year.  As a former middle school teacher, I know that each new year brings challenges and also hopes and aspirations for the potential of the children nurtured by a teacher’s tender care.

This September also marks the re-opening of  Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Children are returning to a new school designed with extreme safety and security measures to protect them.  As I photographed the Milky Way ,  I could not help being moved emotionally by the light, the stars as well as the vastness of the Milky Way in the sky.  In the moments of capturing these images, I thought of the principal, teachers and children of  the Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost their lives during the horrific December shooting.  I could feel them looking down on us all and sharing the essence of their soul consciousness  through the light and galaxy of stars.  I cannot help but believe that their collective soul essence will also protect the current children of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in their new environment- as light always overtakes darkness.   And, the night sky always helps us to remember this special loving soul family…  They will never be forgotten as their Spirits are timeless and will always inspire the hopes, aspirations and all that is good for the future of humanity.

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These images of the Milky Way were taken at Rock Cut in Rocky Mountain National Park.  They were 30 second exposures at ISO 6400.  The golden sunset light at the horizon creates a special spiritual vibrance conveyed by these images.  The featured image has golden light highlighting “Longs Peak” – the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park – over 14,000 feet high.  The experience of photographing these images was indeed heavenly on many levels.

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“Friendship Adventure”

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I just finished a wonderful week with friends who traveled from Connecticut and Oklahoma to experience my beloved Rocky Mountains.  We had quite the adventure hiking and being in the mountains together.  However, the highlight was probably getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the tundra area of Rocky Mountain National Park – over 12,0000 feet high – for sunrise.  We trekked up the path to the Rock Cut area and were humbled by the altitude and the blessings of our environment.  Yet, we were at peace together for the beginning of a new day.  We held hands and prayed for the earth, our families and our country and were amazed by the beauty around us.  Yes, sometimes friendship can be a life adventure together and I wish this experience for all.  Be with your friends, enjoy your friends and most of all –  love your friends and the people in your world.

(I have not used the self-timer on my camera in years.  However, it certainly was a handy tool for this sunrise experience.)

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“Monument Valley”

Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park that is one of the most iconic and enduring landmarks of the American “Wild West.”  Red mesas and sandstone towers rise hundreds of feet into the air – some as tall as 1,000 feet.  The dramatic natural and rich red hues dominate the entire region that borders between Arizona and Utah.  The play of sunlight and shadow overwhelms the senses as one experiences the magic of this environment.  Yet, there is a certain peace and tranquility about the landscape that still portrays our Western heritage.  This is very sacred land to the Navajo and their honor and respect for this land deserves acknowledgment.

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth

are never alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson


“Monument Valley is the place where 

God put the West.”  ~ John Wayne

 

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“The Path of Perception”

“Does the walker choose the path

or the path the walker?”  ~~Garth Nix

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“Pursue some path, 

however narrow and crooked,

in which you can walk with 

love and reverence.”  ~~Henry David Thoreau

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“One God, many faces.
One family, many races.
One truth, many paths.
One heart, many complexions.
One light, many reflections.
One world, many imperfections.
ONE.
We are all one,
But many.”

~~Suzy Kassim

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“Husky Joy”

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We love our loyal companions.  My Nikki, the lead dog, smiles when she runs and plays.  It is always a reminder for me to be more playful and joyful in my life for my blessings and the beauty around me.

Check out the below video — “Husky Play” — My Nikki and her friend, Wylie, playing their version of Hide and Seek.

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“Beautiful”

This was the view from my backyard the other morning just after sunrise.  I witnessed this beauty and also immediately thought of the lyrics of the below song.  The words are beyond a blessing for each new day; they are a blessing for each individual in humanity.  Thank you, Carole King.

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

I have often asked myself the reason for sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel”

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“Acts of Kindness”

I recently read that teachers in Connecticut schools are asking their students to do “26” acts of kindness during the month of December.  This is a beautiful tribute to the innocent children and teachers who lost their lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, CT.  Tomorrow (December 14th, 2015) is the third anniversary of the infamous day that shocked us all as a nation.  The season of grief for this event is still not over.  Yet, we are to acknowledge the parents, family members and teachers who pursue change in our society as the Sandy Hook Promise and change in our culture of kindness as a legacy of their beloved.    

As new playgrounds are built in the state of Connecticut, they are being named after the children and teachers who lost their lives during this tragedy.  I visited one in Watertown last June and it was a very moving and emotional experience.  I could not help but feel ache in my heart and can only imagine the loss, the sadness and grief that still exists in the community of Newtown every day.

To all the Sandy Hook Elementary school children and teachers that are not with us December 14th, 2015 – please know that we honor you all and we will never forget the gift and contribution of your lives.

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“Dreams and Aspirations”

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,

and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,

he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”


“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,

taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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Blessed are those who dream and aspire to be more each day.

Blessed are those who persevere.  

Congratulations!

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“Wildfires ~ A Tribute to Firefighters”

The featured photograph above is a beautiful and typical sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  Yet, recently, the wildfires out west (several states away) have caused smoke and haze in the mountains and environment of Colorado in general.   The photographs below are a recent sunrise trying to appear through the smoke and finally basking in its glory rising above the haze.   The experience  reminds me of how connected we are as both the earth and humanity.  The experience has also reminded me to be grateful for the wonderful firefighters around our country who display bravery and courage as an extraordinary profession and volunteers who provide a service to all of us.  So, THANK YOU – and may you always be protected.  The Firefighter’s Prayer, author unknown, is beautiful and hopefully some firefighters might read this post and feel more blessed, protected and honored.
Firefighter’s Prayer
“When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert, and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling, to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor, and protect his property.
And if according to Your will I must answer death’s call,
bless with your protecting hand, my family one and all.”

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“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.”  ~David Thomas

“I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.”  ~Tracy Chapman

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