Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lotus Glow

Delicate and dreamy lotus flower photograph

Priya Ghose Photography

Lotus flower

Beautiful and delicate, Bowl Lotus ‘Beautiful Dancer’ appears to glow in the soft afternoon sunlight.

I’ve been growing waterlilies for years, and they always take off and bloom fantastically in my tiny ponds. Growing lotus has been much more of a challenge. I’ve selected the smallest lotus type available, called “bowl lotus,” and they are supposed to do well in small pots.

The first year I grew them was a complete failure, as raccoons used the water to vigorously wash their food and paws each night, and the tiny signs of life from each lotus soon vanished and I was left with rotting tubers. The bloom on ‘Beautiful Dancer’ pictured above is from my second attempt at growing lotus (last year), and out of my three lotus plants it was the only one to successfully grow and bloom. I’m currently trying again, and while I have leaves on two of…

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DREAMER, Dream No More

Lianne Schneider - Seasons, Song and Spirit

I walked beside the evening sea

And dreamed a dream that could not be;

The waves that plunged along the shore

Said only: “Dreamer, dream no more!”

                       – – -George William Curtis

Dreamer, dream no moreDreamer, dream no more

I’VE NEVER LIVED BESIDE THE SEA

I’ve never lived beside the sea 

though I feel as if I have

but the sea fascinates me.

Its power, its moods, its vastness…are somehow

an endless source of inspiration to me.

I think of an ocean in a raging storm and I’m reminded

of the storms that life can bring to us

and the deceptive calm that often precedes them.

I think of the ship of my life

occasionally adrift, no wind to lift the sail,

and at times, no landfall or welcoming shore in sight.

Some nights the stars wink out

and all seems black…

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How Do You C.O.N.N.E.C.T.?

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings

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We are ALL connected online through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  But how do you connect to yourself?  Sometimes I feel like we are so involved in other people’s lives online that we forget that we have one of our own in the real world.  We wake up one morning with aches and pains and wonder where they came from.  We look in the mirror and wonder who is this person I see in the reflection?  We stop spending time alone.  We constantly borrow the thoughts of others until we forget to have any of our own.  Today I am reminding myself to get away from the black box for awhile.  To get with Nature and my own mind.  I am going to “check in” with me to see what I am up to……

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R – U – E.X.P.E.R.I.E.N.C.E.D. ?

Storm Front Sunrise Sunset Image Art by Jo Ann Tomaselli

Jo Ann Tomaselli ~ Visual & Verbal Reflections

R - U - E.X.P.E.R.I.E.N.C.E.D. ?

Storm Front Sunrise Sunset Image Art by Jo Ann Tomaselli @ http://jo-ann-tomaselli.artistwebsites.com/index.html

“Here’s a clue on how to know when new experiences,
like you’ve never experienced before,
are about to transform your life,
even though nothing seems to be happening.

For the first time in your life,
even though nothing seems to be happening,
you start saying and doing things
that you’ve never said or done before.”
Mike Dooley

The variety of cloud patterns and the colors painted in the sky at sunrise and sunset are a gift from the Universe every single day! Each day the rising and setting points of the sun change by a fraction.   On the summer solstice, the Sun rises as far to the northeast and sets as far to the northwest as it ever will. Every day after that, the Sun rises a tiny bit further south.

I am a North Carolina based…

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First Night Design | When I Hear the Cry of the Peacock…

First Night Design

Cry of the Peacock © Sarah VernonThe Cry of the Peacock © Sarah Vernon

When I prepared this post last night, the title of the artwork was Marmalade Peacock. Marmalade Peacock? It’s the first phrase that came to mind because of the background. And I’m thinking Frank Cooper’s Original Oxford Coarse Marmalade! It was my father’s favourite but what he didn’t realise was that my mother used to get a cheaper equivalent and transfer it into a Cooper’s jar. Of course.

When I woke up this morning, a song from Sandy Wilson’s musical, Valmouth, sung by Cleo Laine, was playing on an endless loop in my head and I knew I would change the title to The Cry of the Peacock. Valmouth was based on Valmouth and Other Stories by Ronald Firbank, which was about an imaginary spa resort frequented by those of a certain age. It was not well-received with ‘reactions ranging from outrage to derision’ when…

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Photography with Love and Dignity

LAURA COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

What the poor need most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being.

(Mother Teresa)

Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn't 'her'. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal) Khadisara (age 13 in this image) is NOT just a girl living in poverty. She is a helpful girl who cares deeply for her mother and does all she can to support her younger sisters. She is a girl that did not want to pose with a cheesy smile. It wasn’t ‘her’. She is a girl that wanted to share her story. (Taken in 2012 for All We Can in Nepal)

I do not photograph ‘the poor’. I photograph people. Some of these people happen to live in poverty, some sadly live in extreme poverty. I agree with Mother Teresa, ‘the poor’ do not need pity, they need love. We all do don’t we? We…

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