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Today my post is little different! I chosed not to do landscape shot but rather a photo i took at @thehamptonsocial in @westfieldoldorchard ! If you have not been here.. you are missing out! Their Spicy Shrimp Taco’s are the bomb and their Moscow Mule is delicious! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! *
“Dream it. Wish it. Do it.” - Unknown
Found some time today to slow down and enjoy the incredible landscape God has given us. This is at Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge in Currituck County, NC. I enjoyed the overwhelming sounds of migratory birds at one point, and incredible silence at another.
Inspired by a dream I had months ago. There seems to be two constants in my dreams, one is everything is exaggerated and distorted, another is everything is this weird blurry tunnel vision. Dreams are, for the most part, unexplainable. We can say it’s our subconscious or an event or emotion that’s been weighing heavy on our mind. But sometimes they truly don’t make sense. Or maybe they do in the future. • @sonyalpha Sony A7RIII Sony 16-35 f2.8
• Extensive editing brought to you by @lightroom and @photoshop
Una batalla se libra una vez y una guerra cada día
De qué me vale que me vean con fé si algo en mi no confía
Todos vivimos sabiendo que estamos esperando un día
Yo todavía no sé que es ser feliz aún voy por la alegría
We spent our last day in pristine #SpruceLake before hiking out back to the dirt road off Hwy 40. Here the folks who don't want to take the grueling hike in can get dropped off via float plane through #tyaxadventures ✈️ we watched well-rested city folk carry off their bikes, ready to hit some sunny trails for the day. We were the only backpackers at the lake that day to the best of my knowledge.
When people ask me what Christmas in Europe is like I’m suddenly at a loss for words. Tears prick my eyes as I think of London’s magical sea of never ending lights, or Heidelberg’s romantic market just below a 17th century sandstone castle, or Strasbourg’s mayhem of cluttered store fronts full to the brim of decor, or Vienna’s picturesque and pristine city of lights, or Tallinn’s perfect little slice of old world charm in the city center. I always thought Christmas meant being at home. But really, you can find Christmas all around the world. But in truth, it’s best in Europe. #heleneloveseurope
Okay, so this is the embarrassing story I’ve mentioned in my last post. I’ve been hesitant to write about it and even though it isn’t a really big deal, it made such an impression on me that I feel it necessary.
Due to circumstances out of my control, I was almost an hour late to the Christmas party. Rush hour had a terrible accident on I-5 and to be honest, I kept changing my mind on what to wear. I didn’t seem to miss anything though as the food hadn’t been brought out yet and most everyone was still in line for the first of their two free drinks.
Festive scene though, not too fancy, and really down to earth. I felt a tiny bit overdressed but it’s just what I do at times like these, you never know who’ll you’ll meet or the lasting impression you’ll leave.
A lone photo booth stood by the tree in one corner and a inconspicuous karaoke was set up in the other. People in their ugly X-mas sweaters and festive wardrobe mingled about, everyone looked so nice and inviting.
My eyes scan over banquet tables adorned with silverware, napkins and some holiday centerpieces.
I mapped out my route and then set off as I wandered to greet and meet with people, wondering where this evening would take me.
I’m all dolled up wearing a 50’s style dress with some cool heels for the first time in a while and I was feeling confident. It’s time to get the schmooze on, I joked to myself.
In casual sway and style I meandered through the tables mingling with those I intended to and many who may have intended to mix with me. Everyone was in lifted spirits with much laughter and it felt like everyone was having a good time.
Just as the food was getting placed on the buffet line I had made my way through the crowd to maybe the most important schmooze of the night.
I was very curious about this person as they might have been me, though it was his story, his personal life and how he came from the Netherlands to build his own company here in the Seattle area that interested me the most.
People from other places and different countries deeply intrigue me and this time was no exception. ⭕️ Part 1/3 Story continued below⬇️
Every year the season of Fall arrives and goes like a flash of lighting and I fight to hang on to it as long as I possibly can.
And, it's not like I don't have mad love for the Christmas season, I definitely do but, I wish that Fall with it's dramatic changing of the earths hues and tones would last just a little bit longer.
But, we in the PacNW are heading more into the season of darkness and moody weather, highlighted by some cold and more than usual rainy days. And, depending on where I'm at, I may even encounter some deliciously sweet snow.
Most of the limbs on trees are now bare after the colors of the golden rainbow have long faded. The leaves that once adorned the trees have fallen like the waterfalls, in decay only to revive the earth beneath their crunch, protecting it from the oncoming harsh elements.
The season of winter has been set afoot and the mood of Christmas has finally been truly accepted in my heart. This acceptance didn't really start until last Friday when I put on my fancy party dress, got all dolled up and attended the first Christmas party of the year.
And, I knew when I first stepped foot into the lobby and was greeted with some jovial people wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and seeing some colorful lights garnishing a tree; I was officially late to the party. I wasn't late to the festive party I arrived to as much as I was late to the traditions I keep each season.
Surprisingly to myself, I’m leaving out a small but hilariously embarrassing incident that happened to me that night. I may save it for a later post if anyone is so interested.
In the meantime, today I’m finally putting up and ornamenting my Christmas tree after packing away all the items that I displayed before Thanksgiving.
I’ll be once again bringing out all my favorite decorations that will grace my home and make it my best to have a beautifully warm and cozy winter wonderland.
Because after all, T’is the season.
But, before all of that, here is yet another postcard flash of Autumn.
What a beautiful, thankful and somewhat awkward time of the year. With seemingly a flick of a switch all the beautiful crimson, tangerine and gold tones of the leaves let go of their branches while a chill filled the air.
They held on tightly up until their last dying breath before silently falling to the ground in a grand display of both protest and relief. Only days before the switch trees danced away in the autumn light wearing garments of intense colors becoming a feast for my eyes.
And, speaking of switches, with the end of daylight savings time the sun begins to set only too shortly after I get to anyplace that I may go to attempt to capture any remnants of the fall’s color, or the way the light hits some old barns, or a chance encounter with a migrating bird of prey.
Sure, there are some advantages to be had with the early sunsets but when the light begins fading by 4:30 pm and it’s dark by 5pm, my frustration level begins to rise. I really don’t like having to stop my activity so early in the evening.
I understand our fine governor of my beautiful WA state, as well as many of the other states in the west, has signed a bill allowing us to stay on PDT. That is fantastic! I never liked changing the clocks twice a year anyway. Just look at the time in my car, it’s still an hour ahead to the annoyance of those who ride in it.
I think that if we could keep an extra hour of daylight through the dark and chilly months, it would be a game changer. And, I as a wildlife and landscape photographer I would be extremely thankful for that.
Evidently US Congress will need to approve it but with all the interest from so many states you’d think they would have to take action.
Let’s hope and maybe include it in our prayer of thanks for the delicious meal we will all be devouring on this Turkey day.
Maybe perhaps once the impeachment process has run its course they will be able to divert their attention to these more important matters and we the people shall be thankful.
Alas, be safe and may you not have any winter driving nightmares, I pray all of this with a heart full of Thanksgiving, Amen!
The waves in #nazareportugal are quite high these days. In fact, it’s the most popular place in Europe for riding monster waves up to 30 meters high. This picture is from late September when the ocean had a lazy day, giving me the opportunity to shoot some #crashingwaves ⠀
من خسته تر از آنی بودم که بدی ها را با بدی جواب بدهم و "هوی" باشم در جواب ِ "های"ِ آدم ها ...
خسته تر از آنی بودم که روحم را شرحه شرحه کنم تا بفهمند که در موردم اشتباه می کنند یا بفهمند که به کار من ، کاری نداشته باشند ،
و بیخیال تر از آنی ؛ که از کسی کدورتی به دلم داشته باشم ...
من در هر شرایطی و در مواجهه با هر آدمی ، خودم بودم !
کسی که برای هیچکس بد نخواست ،
هیچکس را بد نمی دید
و دیگران را نه از روی ظاهر و نه از روی رفتارها و قضاوت های عجولانه ، قضاوت نمی کرد !
آدم ها هیچ کدامشان بد نیستند
اما متفاوتند ، خیلی متفاوت ...
و من حریفِ تفاوت های آدم ها ، و حریفِ نظرها و واکنش های شخصی شان ، نخواهم شد
گوش هایم را می گیرم ، به رویشان لبخند می زنم و کارِ خودم را می کنم ، همان کاری که می دانم درست است و باور دارم که حالِ جهانِ مرا بهتر می کند .
و می دانم که روزی ، همین آدم ها ؛ از نشستن و پایِ ایستاده ها را گرفتن و زمین زدن ، خسته می شوند ، می ایستند ، گوش هایشان را می گیرند ، به روی اطرافیانشان لبخندی زده و راهِ آرزوهای خودشان را می روند ...
همه ی ما روزی خسته خواهیم شد از راضی نگه داشتنِ همه و همه را شبیهِ باورهای خود ، خواستن ،
کلاهمان را بالاتر خواهیم گذاشت و به اتفاقات و هدف های بزرگ تری فکر خواهیم کرد