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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

Gorgeous shot from Scott Randall’s experience.

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One of the most extraordinary experiences of my life was spending time with the mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda.  The entire process of starting early in the morning, hiking to their habitat in the mountains, fighting our way through the dense vegetation, and then being with these serene animals was amazing.  I can’t adequately describe the feeling of catching our first glimpse of the gorillas and then sitting feet away from them as they went about their daily routine.  There was something just incredibly peaceful about them and a feeling that we were sharing the morning with a friend or relative – at their place.  It was at once both quiet and exhilarating – a moment of a lifetime. Pure.

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Photography Master Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film 2002

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This shot captures the depth and reflection nature offers whether through redwood or mountain, water or desert, silence or birdsong. We might have lost the National Parks in California’s Sierras without Ansel Adams. This American Experience presentation about Adams provides an hour well spent in nature and creative expression. Thank you to PIPA Fine Art for posting it.

Photography Master: Ansel Adams “Photography is really perception, the analytic interpretation of things as they are. The medium true power comes not by evading reality but embracing it.̶…

Source: Photography Master Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film 2002

 

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If Bird

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You would be my loon

calling long past light,

my mourning dove, my

sweetest finch flashing

sun from black as night.

 

If my bird you were I’d

feed you nectar from my

palm and plant thick trees

for you to rest and nest until

I could transform my arms

and hands to feathered limbs—

our hearts remade as song.

 

Thank you to the editors of The Tishman Review for first publishing this poem.

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Bee is Mantis

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Oooh, pretty!

Praying mantis! And so well camouflaged in salvia!

Those were my first thoughts.

The WP photo prompt this week is fleeting…like beauty…life…thoughts…experience…

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and though I chose not to publish these photos previously because they disturb me and I didn’t want to disturb you,

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they perfectly illustrate fleeting as they catch the ephemeral beauty of nature

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and how living requires eating so these photos also illustrate how fleeting life is.

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The honey bee is caught,

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savored,

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beheaded

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and further savored…

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and I had to walk away from breathtaking wonder that shifted in a moment to revulsion though I recognize that the bee is the mantis and we are each both bee and mantis, and our moments as fleeting.

My 2012 in Pictures

The Losses:

My 84-year-old mom holding her 9-year-old self

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and two weeks before she passed, my father-in-law also did along with his pocketful of index cards and pens so he’d never lose an important thought

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The Blessings:

A week at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers

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and the crescent shadows during the solar eclipse

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The Joyous Victories:

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The Discoveries:

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Toni Littlejohn’s art

and Rain Fingerhut’s voice

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Peace to all of you throughout the New Year!

Elizabeth