Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A NEW WEBSITE

This is a link to a new website for my photography.


THE WAYS OF THE GARDEN

Monday, June 24, 2013

FOCUS MATTERS

While sitting quietly in the garden today, waiting on a little creature to appear, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting, I stumbled upon something I believe to be pretty fine. These photos are all the product of something completely unexpected and certainly unplanned. The waiting in the nice lovely cool spot in the garden, on this humid 90 degree day, is no problem for me. I've learned to appreciate the art of lingering, especially in nourishing places. Turns out, it just happens to be one of the most productive ways to spend time. Non-doing isn't at all about doing nothing. A lot can be happening in those moments when nothing is happening.

 Today, like most days in the garden, I was sitting with my camera. The little creature never made an appearance. After awhile out there I began to scan the rest of the landscape, looking through the lens, in hopes of finding a different subject to focus on. With a quick scan I decided that there wasn't really anything present here today that wasn't here yesterday and that I hadn't photographed already. And then something through the lens caught my attention. The play of light and color and texture through the leaves of a Japanese Maple....blurred...out of focus. So I turned off the Auto Focus setting and manually refocused to recapture the moment I had just seen before the camera had locked on focus. And I began shooting. Now seeing thing differently, everywhere I moved across the garden I would find something of beauty.

 How often in our lives do we become bored, and our senses dulled, to where all the colors and textures of life bleed away until everything we have and everything we can see becomes boring and uninteresting? Maybe if you find yourself in such a place, you might try turning the Auto Focus setting off. You might just find within the blurred...the unknown...the unanticipated...the unfamiliar, all the things you have avoided....something that you have been missing all along that you really are in need of.

















Sunday, June 23, 2013

FULLY HERE....IN A DIFFERENT WAY


There is a peaceful space that exists between getting lost in the hope of some world beyond this one, and the one that has been fashioned here by human hands through the use of force. I spent too much of my life caught in a troubling world created out of a blending of those two. We all are so shaped by it, and that makes the move to that in-between space quite a struggle.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

IT BELONGS

And to think dualistic thinking left us believing darkness was to be feared and avoided at all cost. 

Maybe it is more about integration, poise, and knowing what is.




THE SACRED GIFTS OF EACH DAY

I really do anticipate these few days each new growing season when the Iris ensata bloom. But it is a brief visitation. As is each day. It's a great loss to miss it while caught up in lesser things that do not nourish the soul and mind and body.




Wednesday, June 19, 2013

THE MOST ORDINARY-SHOULD-BE-OBVIOUS-RIGHT-IN-FRONT-OF-US-WAY OF BEING




The stillness of the night at day's end yesterday, was something to linger in quietly for as long as possible. As best I could, I quieted the mind and slipped into it's primal presence....and just listened...away from all the challenges that domestication, and her activities we get drawn into, piles on top of we humans.

 We really do pile a lot of the unnecessary on ourselves and others. Trying to do something significant so as to feel significant, and in the doing miss most everything that is calling us. The most ordinary-should-be-obvious ways of engaging in this one short unrepeatable life with ourselves and with others. Over thinking, over analyzing, over scheming, over protecting our turf, usually from the foundations that have been laid down inside the head by the false belonging systems and the ideologies that have formed us. The wild mystery, wonder, and its magic long ago squeezed out of us by it all.

 The good news though is that none of us are far from the freedom and the wild ride that is longing to claim us.

 This isn't rocket science. It's more about just being human...loving what is around us and in need of that love and care, and all the possibilities it can open up and make reality.

 Often, and surprising to many, it is religion and our inferior/false images of God and what this life is suppose to be like that turns out to be the largest obstacle we have to get past.

 "Often we can't feel the presence of God because we don't let ourselves alone. I believe in a spirituatity of radical non-self interference and if we can just let ourselves be then we will find that in that act of acceptance that there is something really subversive. There is nothing so radical and subversive as an act of acceptance and sometimes when we call off our search and our hunger for God it is then that we allow ourselves to be found by the Divine Presence." ~ John O'Donohue

 And sometimes if we just call off our search and hunger to be involved in and to do something significant, we will hear the music, the simple music leading us to do the obvious we are capable of doing, that is right in front of us already.

Monday, June 17, 2013

I FEEL VERY LUCKY......

To be able to walk these grounds, this special landscape, all alone before the public begins to arrive, really is a privilege.

I really do wish I could make the entire world so peaceful...so tranquil.

In reality this planet already is, humans just fell out of its rhythm and no longer know what they have, and instead settle for the ravaged path of independence...sowing strife, mischief, and pain, then scrambling trying to recover from and survive what they are responsible for having created themselves.

"The garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it until you have looked for it everywhere and found nowhere that is not desert." ~ W. H. Auden ~























Saturday, June 15, 2013

POVERTY OF IMAGINATION AND HOPELESSNESS




 It's my imagination, as well as my realism, that keeps me grounded and provides me with the hope necessary to keep from falling into despair in regards to the roster of things/challenges/difficulties/pains facing me .

 You just really never know what is up ahead just around the next corner. Yeah, it could be more challenges/difficulties/pains. But you never know. You might just be pleasantly surprised.

 My mind's ability to imagine keeps my heart and soul imbued with hope. That unwanted weed in your life that just keeps hanging on and doesn't seem like it will ever go away to make room for something beautiful.....might just turn into or lead you to something that you can offer to the world as a piece of art.

 "The imagination is like a lantern. It illuminates the inner landscapaes of our life and helps us discover their secret archaeologies. When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals it's wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see. Too often we squander the invitations extended to us because our looking has become repetitive and blind. The mystery and beauty is all around us but we never manage to see it. Similarly with the inner world: the imagination is the eye for the inner world. When the imagination awakens, the inner world illuminates. We begin to glimpse things that no-one speaks about, that the outer world seems to ignore. When the inner world brightens, we discover a new confidence and a surer grounding in the world."~~~John O'Donohue....from BEAUTY The Invisible Embrace

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

SOMETHING REAL


SECOND SIGHT

Sometimes, you need the ocean light,
and colours you’ve never seen before
painted through an evening sky.

Sometimes you need your God 
to be a simple invitation,
not a telling word of wisdom.

Sometimes you need only the first
shyness that comes from being shown things
far beyond your understanding,

so that you can fly and become free
by being still and by being still here.

And then there are times you need to be
brought to ground by touch
and touch alone.

To know those arms around you
and to make your home in the world
just by being wanted.

To see those eyes looking back at you,
as eyes should see you at last,

seeing you, as you always wanted to be seen,
seeing you, as you yourself
had always wanted to see the world.

Second Sight
From Pilgrim Poems by David Whyte © 2012 David Whyte