This is not what it seems.
I was walking along a sidewalk at night and noticed the shadows created by the street lamps and landscape lights. If you tilt your head to your left, you’ll see what I saw at my feet.
But when I rotated it, it felt like a mysterious scene.
Hoping to get surf shots, I went to a local beach Monday. Even though it was foggy, I tried to get interesting photos. But most of them turned out pretty generic.
So I turned around and shot a lot of the plants, trees, and rocks in the area.With an overcast sky, I was able to pick up lots of texture.
This is a close-up of a living palm tree, at the juncture where the leaves fold out from the trunk. From afar, the palm tree looks like a regular palm tree, but up close, you can discover texture, movement, layers, and color. This image almost feels like a textile composition.
Stuck In A Rut
I haven’t been posting because I’ve been in sort of a rut the past couple of weeks. Usually, I can snap out of it, but this time it’s taking me a little longer.
Part of it is because I’m trying to find my creative way. What do I want to share creatively? What do I want to make? What gives me joy? The other part is that I have a tendency to let everyday practical matters take over the hours of my day.
The TV producer and writer, Shonda Rhimes gave a Ted Talk that was posted recently. She has a name for when you are creatively flowing. She calls it “the hum,” and in her talk, she speaks about the time she lost the hum. Until her kids reminded her how to get “the hum” back.
You need to remember to play.
So I need to remind myself: thinking and strategizing is not play; cleaning the house and running errands is not play; skill-building is not play; research is not play. Exploration is play. Imagination is play. Engagement is play. Novelty is play.
Please excuse me while I go outside and play.
Just cleaning up my archive and saw this photo from last fall. This image is, in reality, really colorful, but I’m going to work on it as a painting or poster graphic and post at a later time. But I really do love the vintage feel of the building in black and white.
This is Sam, short for Samantha. My husband and I adopted her three years ago from our local shelter. We arrived there on the day after Christmas. Her given name was Licorice. She was the last kitten left because she was black, and she was blind in her under-developed left eye (caused by an eye infection at birth). All the other kittens had been adopted. But when my husband picked her up, she instantly purred and nuzzled him as if she knew him already, so we had to take her home.
One afternoon, during this past December, she was relaxing at my feet. She looked so grown up and peaceful in the streaming sunlight. I grabbed my iPhone and took a few shots. This photo didn’t quite come out of my iPhone as you see it here (I did some post-production in Photoshop), but this is how I saw her in my mind’s eye.
I can’t believe it’s been five weeks since my last post. I apologize for the long absence.
The month of December turned out to be very busy for me. I had time only to work and sleep and not much else really. My work schedule was unexpectedly grueling. So when the month was over, I was exhausted and had to take time to rest. I did not open my laptop nor did I pick up my camera.
But now, I’m feeling almost myself again.
If you visit Tacoma, you must visit the America’s Car Museum. It houses over 300 automotive vehicles from different eras. And the museum itself is an architectural wonder. It is four floors of open space. And one end of the the top floor faces downtown Tacoma. It is probably one of the best places to get a great view of the city.
I’m not a car person, but I really enjoyed this museum. It was fascinating to see the progression of automotive history.
This past week, my husband and I vacationed in Tacoma, Washington to celebrate his birthday and to enjoy some cooler weather. The rain gods were kind enough to take their own vacation, for we arrived after a rainstorm and had beautiful sunny days during our whole trip.
The challenge of photographing while vacationing with a spouse is balancing the need to enjoy the moment with the need to spend lots of time taking dozens of pictures of the same thing without upsetting said spouse. So I’ve learned over the past few months to only take enough shots before my husband gets impatient, which means I don’t have much to share with you. But I can tell you about the interesting places we visited.
One of those places is the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It’s a short drive south of the Seattle airport. When you arrive, you start on the outside where there is both a vintage Air Force One and a Concorde that you can walk through. Next, you go into the museum and enter a large glass hall filled with aircraft from different eras. Off to the side is the relocated and refurbished red barn that housed the original Boeing Company. You can walk through it and learn about the history of the company William Boeing founded. Other areas of the museum cover space aircraft and personal aircraft. And there are lots of flight simulators throughout the museum. Finally, there’s an air traffic control tower exhibit that you can experience.
If you enjoy planes or history, I highly recommend. And lastly, the docents are mostly ex-pilots and ex-military personnel, and they love telling you stories and answering questions.
I’ll be posting a few more photos from our trip over the next few days.