A New Horizon

Embrace what we see…

As we’re looking toward the future, we strive to reach beyond what the horizon obscures and understand all that may occur.  In doing so, do we lose track of what each and every day holds for us?  Appreciating each and every moment, while making decision that bode well for our planet, humanity, our family and ourselves, allows us to live truly full lives.

Look toward each and every new horizon, and embrace all that you see as today’s realm of possibilities.

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Morning on the Horizon

Inspired by the WordPress Photo Challenge – New Horizon.

Daily Prompt – Natural

Serene moment of the day

There’s nothing more natural than the assumption that the Sun will rise again tomorrow…  Indeed it does, as long as the Earth continues its rotation, whether we are there to observe the first light of morning or not.

So for this moment, let’s appreciate the simple, serene beauty of a calm morning without a cloud in the sky, as the Sun rises…

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Peaceful Morning

Take a deep, cleansing breath and may you enjoy the rest of your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

In response to the Daily Prompt – Natural.

WPC – Half-Light (final)

Both sides now…

As I was reflecting for a moment, it came to me that one more Half-Light would be just fine…

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From up and down

 

“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all”

Joni Mitchell

 

Prompted in gratitude by Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

Three Line Tales – week 9

Scrabbled silence

Welcome to Week Nine of Three Line Tales.

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photo by Moritz Schmidt – click here for full res version 

 

Square with a letter,
Combinatorial maths.
Quiet reflection.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Nine for detailed instructions.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – pt 5

Winter relinquishes its hold

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

After a brief hiatus to catch up with things, here we continue for the final three days of the challenge…

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Spring’s Thaw

This image came from a walk in early Spring 2011, on a beautiful day that showed the promise of the season that had just commenced.  Walking by this small pond, my eye caught the interesting aspect of having two distinct types of reflection at work: the slightly rippled water and the not-quite-perfect ice.

What attracted me about these reflections is not only the difference, but also the similarity.  In transition from water to ice, the character of the reflection is preserved, as can be seen in a number of the birch trunks.  But then, we also see that the reflection is more muted and diffuse in the ice.

Hope you enjoy this image, as Spring moves forward in the Northern Hemisphere.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/80 second with f/9 at 400 ISO.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Walking with a Smacked Pentax is a truly fantastic blog with beautiful images of the sights of Northern England.  Go check out this talented, creative blog!  If he accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 5

Canada Geese, all in a row!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

This image goes back almost 12 years, but is one that I still like after all these years.  Of course, the Canada Geese are the main actors in this image, but there’s a bit more to it…

First of all, this was a lovely Autumn day, and I had been tooling around doing a bit of photography, when, all of a sudden, a thought struck my mind that the light would be perfect at the Quinapoxet river in West Boylston, not far from home.  I made it over to the bridge where the river flows into Wachusett reservoir in no time, only to find that I wasn’t the only person with this idea: a number of photographers had taken position on the bridge with nice tripods pointing down the river.

Not easily deterred, I decided to take a different approach and went down to the edge of the river, so that I would shoot from a very shallow angle.  My camera was about 1 foot off the ground during the sequence that I shot to capture these geese.  The shallow angle and whisper of a breeze produced this magnificent reflection of color.  Standing on the bridge would not have resulted in this image.

Also, I discovered that posing geese is not easy, as no amount of brainwaves caused them to line up until this shot, where they are all distinct.  It took more than thirty shots to get this particular one.

 

Technical Details

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 10D and 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.7 at 1/60 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Holly’s OCA Blog has lots of great information on photography, as well as very cool images; you should definitely check out this talented person’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

WPC – Harmony

All is good

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to focus on Harmony.  Of course, the Yoga Tree is always in harmony with the universe, but I present you a different image..

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Peaceful Pond

This photo was taken overlooking Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, on one of those mornings when all is tranquil: not a breath of wind to ripple the pond and disturb its perfect reflection.

Autumn’s colors provide the perfect backdrop for this moment, when all is in harmony with the universe and we don’t have to be concerned about a thing.

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Harmony

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 1

Sky and plant meet

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Skyflection

This was an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA, last year July.  Tower Hill is one of my favorite places to go visit in any season, as the staff do a wonderful job at managing the flora to create something of interest just about any time of year.

During the Winter, the indoor displays are relaxing and magnificent to traverse, as many tropical and subtropical species are in-doors, ranging from orange and lemon trees to exotic ferns, whose structure is mesmerizing.

Spring starts with an onslaught of color, which continues well into Summer.  Autumn is probably my favorite time of year, as the rich, warm tones of the season dominate.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk III and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/10 at 1/125 second at ISO 200.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  idiot.with.camera runs a very cool blog with amazing images from this year’s project 365 (hint: go check it out).  I think 7 days of nature photography will blend well with this talented idiot’s work!  I look forward to the results!

Shot of the Week – vol 8

Bricks with a bit of sky

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Looking up

This week’s shot was taken, as I just stepped out from work for a quick jaunt to Starbucks to feed my addiction.

It was a beautiful day with unseasonably warm temperatures about 60F (16C), which is a regular heat wave in New England in February.  Walking down the uneven sidewalk, my eye caught the reflection of the Sun in the puddle of water.  A little bit of adjustment in position, added some of the tree branch and resulted in what you see here.

The image is not re-cropped, as I shoot mostly square with my iPhone 6S; it’s an aspect ratio that forces my eye to observe things just a little different.

How often do you find yourself capturing serendipitous little scenes?

Monday’s Somber Mood

Random thoughts about David Bowie

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Morning Mood over Wachusett Reservoir

This is one of those days that no words can adequately describe what just happened; a man, who I never met, passed away this weekend, and left a gap…

David Bowie reached many people around the world not just through his music, but, more importantly, through his plethora of personas.  Whether you liked the music of Ziggy Stardust or preferred the sounds of the Thin White Duke, does not define his legacy.   The doors he opened for a generation to be in touch with their weirdness, that is a key piece of his legacy.  He took the blinders off our eyes and allowed us to see how cool being different from everyone else can be: yes, he let all of us know that it’s cool to be yourself, no matter who that is.

Today, I listened to ‘Blackstar’, described as his parting gift to all of us.  It struck me how this album is both dark and strangely uplifting.

The image at the top of this post reflects my mood rather well; fare thee well, David!