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Beauty in the photographs details: Hollyhock Chair Boat

There is so much in this photograph that I love.

The place itself I love. It is the Hollyhock Retreat center on Cortes Island in British Columbia, a beautiful, remote, and Magical, Transformative place, especially in the summertime. I first went there in 1978 And attended a 13 week long Resident fellow program with a different workshop each week. I attended a dream workshop where I learned that I was Dan, Dan, The rainbow man, a healer and a teacher. And for the last 45 years, I’ve lived being a Healer and a teacher. I learned about Quan Yen (or Kuan Yin),The bodhisattva of compassion. I learned it from John Blofeld, that Very British China convert, Who wrote so beautifully about Quan Yen (or Kuan Yin), and also  translated the I Ching. John Blofeld so enjoyed his afternoon tea :). I learned about the I Ching, and Tarot cards. And I learned from the wind, the trees, low and high tides, I learned from the lapping of the water, BJ, Whiskey and orange juice, early morning sunshine, the wonderful gardens, and even more wonderful vegetarian meals. I learned by working with Bill Glackman, now a lifetime friend, doing handyman work around the then COld Mountain Institute.

But what do I love about this picture! I love the early morning light, with the side-light and long shadows. I love the empty chair and the empty boat, both waiting for us/me/you.

I can feel myself sitting in that chair, with my eyes closed, warm, with the sunshine on my face and arms in the cool morning, and ever so gently, I feel a slight breeze. With each breath, I breathe in the light, salty smells of the sea. I hear the gentle lapping of water on the beach. I hear the bird calls of morning,  welcoming the new day. That chair is a place to simply be, mindfully and appreciatively.

The empty boat, red and white and waiting, Is not about mindfulness. The empty boat is about adventure awaiting! Come,Let us row away to adventure! Morning is the time for both contemplation and beginning of adventures! I love that in this photograph.

I love the colors, the greens of the grass and the tree. I love the shades of blues in the sea, and in the mountains across the sea.  I love the bands of lighter color blue on the water.

I love how small I am in that early morning light, And how big that quiet sea is,  and how the shrouded mountains are at the top the photograph.

I love the lines of the small waves, lapping towards the shore.

I love the juxtaposition of the living Green tree, the stump, and the wooden chair. Three stages of existence?

I love the variations between the rocky shore, The tidal zone with it’s small rocks and mud , and the two big rocks In the nearby shallow water.

When I look at this picture, I feel gratitude, the hopes of a new morning, The beckoning of mindfulness and adventure, and the sheer beauty of it all: colors, bands of blue and green, and waves, sea, trees, shore, chair, boat, and distant mountains… and ME!

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Seattle Zoo: Animal Creative Photos

A listening, then talking sheep. The gorgeous curves of a white duck, and that white duck plucking its feather, and three versions of a photo of goat with mosquito for you viewing please.

Click to enlarge! Enjoy. I used Lightroom to make the effects.

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Jubilee Trail Photos

I love the 3 mile walk from my home to the beach and back in the very early morning when rabbits and squirrels are on the trail, and people aren’t. The squish squish sounds of my feet on gravel. The clop clop sound of my feet on the paved part of the path. The greens of the forest, the coolness as I enter the woods. The snags, the sounds of birds, the emptying of my mind and the gratitude I feel. I love the Madrona trees with their red peeling bark, the tall evergreens, the snags, the blackberries, even the new development that is being built next to the quiet forest.

This was once a munitions loading dock area in WWII, a time gone now, covered by trees that don’t remember, and birds that sing, and flowers that open their secret  scents in the early morning light.

Click on any photo to see its caption.

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Georgia O’Keefe’s Jack in the Pulpit IV and VI

Georgia O’Keefe’s Jack in the Pulpit IV and VI

I’ve been posting some of my favorite paintings recently because I was in Washington D.C.  and was able to dash off occasionally to some of my favorite galleries. These photos were taken on my iphone 5 and I’ve used Pixelmator and LightRoom 5 to edit them.

Georgia O’Keefe is one of my favorite painters! Her paintings curves, lines, and colors move me deeply! I’ve done a bit of color play with the pictures and cropped them for emphasis. I’ve finally decided that I can’t perfectly replicate the original paintings and even if I could what you would see on your screen would vary from monitor to monitor. SO I’ve edited these photos so that they move me most as I see them on my monitor. Hopefully O’Keefe’s work, as edited by me, will be as beautiful and moving to you as they are to me on my screen!

 

 

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Manifestations of Beauty: Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light

 Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light

 

I’ve always loved Rodin, ever since I first read about his “Fallen Caryatid” in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (a great book!).

This is a photo I took at the Rodin Museum in Paris,a great museum in a former hotel with a park behind and a wonderful place to visit. I have several others I will post later hopefully!

Moment and Light. The sun was pouring in from a window providing magical lighting for this statue of lovers.  I’ve provided 3 versions of the same photo.  How such beauty can be carved from stone, and how lighting can add to such exquisite beauty is beyond my understanding. I simply wallow in the beauty of it all and am so grateful to have memorialized this moment.

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Favorite Photos: Hollyhock’s Blue Flower Yellow twirling Center and Blurred Fence

Favorite Photos: Hollyhock’s Blue Flower Yellow twirling Center and Blurred Fence

The delicate overlay of blue yellow gorgeous petals, the swirling yellow center, my blurring the edges, the matrix fence behind, all take my breath away in wonder!

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Manifestations of Beauty: Victoria B.C. Teacup

Manifestations of Beauty: Victoria B.C. Teacup

Be sure to click on the photo to see the full sized image!

I love this photo so much. The lighting and shadow. The linen tablecloth.  The intricate shape of the coffee cup handle. The exquisite, intricate, dainty detailed gold leaf pattern. How the gold leaf in the black bottom part of the cup shines so golden bright. The intricate lighting on the inside top of the cup. The lighting and shadows on the saucer. Such amazing artistry in this wonderfully crafted cup! Such beauty in the afternoon light. Such wonderful hot flavor of tea at sunset in December in Victoria.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

 

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Manifestations of Beauty: Plant bending back to earth

Manifestations of Beauty: Plant bending back to earth

There are several things I love about this photo. First in the black-and-white  there is less distraction from the importance of the curves and shapes and shadows. I love the symbolism of the plant reaching for the sky, and then reaching back to the earth, almost touching. I also love the shape of the shadow and the curving of the hillside in the background.

The color photo brings out that beautiful color of the plant itself.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

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Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with shining halo

Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with shining halo

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

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Above are the  original and two final versions  of “my Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with Shining Halo.” Click on the “next” and “back” arrows to see the pictures in succession. Be sure to see the full sized image on any photo by simply clicking on the photo. To close the full sized image click the x at the top of the photo. I hope you enjoy these photos from Esalen Institute on the Monterey Peninsula. These photos were taken in March 2014 on my iphone camera.

Original Photo

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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What caught my eye when I saw this were the following things: the yellow backlit halo above the very green leaf, the beautiful curved shape of that yellow Halo, the light shining subtly all the way through the green leaf,  and the shadow pattern from the artistic nearby fence on the far leaf.

Cropped Color Photo

Cropped Color Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Cropped Color Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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To bring out what I thought was most beautiful, I cropped and removed the parts of the picture that distracted from the essence of beauty I saw. The above is the result,  a moment that will never happen again  with this sunlight and with these shadows.

Black and White version of the photo

Cropped BW Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Cropped BW Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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Although I love the color version, the black and white version emphasizes even more  the curves, the shapes,  the curved shape shadows. Both are beautiful in different ways.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

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