“Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland
TappanZee Bridge in a Fog
Tangy chilling on a laptop
Man and dog in Greenpoint Brooklyn
A lily is a lily not a rose – Botanical Gdns
My Blog as a Peace Dove Tagxedo Collage
Headless Buddha at Storm King
A river runs through Mt Holyoke, MA
We’re roommates not partners, Okay?
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. John Dryden Where’s Your mask?
Let’s do lunch soon…? In France.
Drive by Sunset between CT and NY
Adirondack Chairs for the virtual beach
In meditation, the mind sees everything.
Andy Warhol’s camouflage = art
Social Good is Necessary… Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures
LMFAO is their name, music is their game.
Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures… Just a Taste.
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This is a tough one to pull off, especially after a full year of all sorts of photographic highs and lows… The collection I’m sharing on this post is a taste of 2012; a sliver of the many events I captured on camera. It’s been an incredibly challenging yet empowering year for many of us and I’m glad a new year waits in the wings. My wish for 2013 is that we all follow our hearts dreams with enthusiasm, and develop the resilience to overcome all barriers when they arise. What are your wishes for next year?
“My calendar runs out every year. It doesn’t mean the world is going to end, it just means I need to buy a new calendar.” Hannah Bowns
Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures… Hudson River post Hurricane Sandy
Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures…Stay Healthy
Post Hurricane Sandy, the Hudson River was slowly receding back to normal, but the shot above was of the very high water level; you could lean over and touch it. A goal I kept was to stay healthy – physically and mentally. I hiked, took lots of classes including Tae Kwon Do and ate more organic foods. I plan to stay focused on health, peaceful living and growth in 2013. What about your goals? More Below!
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“The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! L L Bean Shoe Car on the Highway
Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise! Glowing Night lights
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Generally, I don’t like surprises, but we all have to live through them… The thing about surprises is that you have no way of controlling or directing the unfolding drama/event/item and sometimes, they stink or are hurtful. However, an amusing surprise will always put a smile on our face.
Above, the L.L. Bean car, caught cruising on the Mass Turnpike (highway), made me laugh. It was shaped as their classic, all time favorite boot. The color, the trim, the look was perfect and a huge surprise.
One winter night, I was driving home from Upstate NY when I saw strange lights glowing in the woods. As I approached, they grew brighter, more colorful, and looked like floating saucers. I was surprised because they were in the middle of nowhere. Months later, I found out that the land belonged to an artist who liked to create unusual installations and display them… It was a conversation piece!
“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” Alice Walker
Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise… Hair and more
At a conference I attended early this year, I met the lovely lady above. As we chatted, she mentioned how long it took to wash/dry her hair. I thought the time-frame (3-4 hours) was outrageous; given that her hair was in a bun and didn’t look long enough… Well, she showed me why it took hours to wash. Her hair touched her feet when she unwrapped it. Another surprise!
At a concert, I was looking at the crowd milling around below, when I noticed that young man in a colorful wig and a white t-shirt/mask that covered his face. The surprise was how he could see or even breathe in that outfit.
The holograph is a three-dimensional image recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material. The one you see is of top British model, Kate Moss, floating like a blue ghost at the Alexander McQueen show. It was both surprising and bizarre. More below.
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“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu
Life: Full of Surprises... Congratulatory balloons
According to some believers, the world will meet its Maker on May 21st or by default on October 21st; some of us believe it and others don’t. I don’t. Life is to be enjoyed… and planet earth is not imploding anytime soon. We live on an incredibly fascinating planet that churns out all sorts of events daily; some of them we expect (like the weather), and others we don’t; like some of the upheavals around the world of late. Even with our crop of psychics and seers, and others who claim to know the future, one thing is certain; that life is full of surprises and some are wonderful while others are horrible.
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like surprises. I admire people who get proposed to on national TV and such, but I’m not game for surprise parties or special little surprises… I’ve had my share of surprises, good and bad, and they are part of life. The good ones make us happy and we cherish and revisit them. The bad ones we either block out of our minds or hold close to our chests with pain. When I read the recent Daily Post prompt: describe a time you were truly surprised, I decided to share a couple of good ones I’ve had over the years.
“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man’s future is hidden.” Anon
Life: Full of Surprises... Birthday surprise
Some years ago, when I was still teaching, one group of students in an English Literature class decided to surprise me with a Thank you & Birthday party as a way to show their appreciation for the help they received in preparation for a big exam. It was the end of the semester and, as usual, I was expecting us to have a small in-class celebration with food and treats. Everyone came in with wrapped gifts, a lot of food, and a huge cake which was odd to me because our parties were usually small. Then a class leader emerged and announced the surprise. I was quite taken aback by their kindness, and there were tears and laughter all around… It remains a great memory. What about you?