“Hunt’s Mesa”

Ok, I will admit that I it was “peer pressure” from my  group of photo friends that convinced me to do this overnight excursion to Hunt’s Mesa.  It was a two hour 4-wheel drive by our Navajo Indian guide into the back country that did have me holding my rosary beads.  We camped overnight and had  both an opportunity to photograph sunset and sunrise on top of the mesa overlooking Monument Valley.  Obviously, this was a good experience with peer pressure.

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“Mystery Valley”

This is one of my favorite places in Monument Valley.  It is on restricted Navajo land and requires a special Navajo guide to get to this pristine area in the back country.  Mystery gardens and unique land formations are everywhere on this sacred land.  After being here for several hours, one can feel the energy and special blessings of the earth.

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“Light”

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,

and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.

To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~~  Buddha

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~~  Edith Wharton

 

“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” ~~ Hillary Clinton

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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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“Around Town…Sunset”

Fall means spectacular sunsets here in Lyons, CO.  So, I carry my cell phone in the evening when I am walking my Nikki or just running out of my house to catch peak moments of light during sunset.  To be honest, the above sunset was taken with my Iphone camera from my backyard and the below colorful cloud formation was taken during my evening doggie walk.  If your cellphone has HDR (High Dynamic Range) in its menu, try using it.  The camera will take several images at different exposures and combine them together for one final photograph.  This is very helpful if you are photographing in light that has contrasts with both very bright areas and dark areas.  Enjoy! 

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“Twenty-Four Hours”

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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. 

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