Each time I see a Blue Jay I can not help but think of my husbands Grandmother. I can picture her sitting in her recliner having a conversation with one through the window. Now this was not a one-sided conversation, the Blue Jay would
squawk talk back. It mostly went like this: oh, be quite Grandmother would say; you be quiet, the Blue Jay would say…. this would go on for while, they both were stubborn like that.
As for the picture, it’s not the best, he was jumping around and hard to capture. I also shot through the kitchen window, not an easy task (difficult to be sneaky). But I had to share, they are such beautiful birds. It is incredible, all the beauty that surrounds us.
“There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.”
~Gilbert Keith Chesterton
As I was working in the garden a few days ago this beautiful butterfly paid me a visit. He stayed long enough for me to go inside and get my camera (I thought for sure he would be gone by the time I returned).
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” ~Rabindranath Tagore
Back roads: we love them. These pictures were taken off Cow Creek road, a small country road which leads to Flat Creek Winery (in the Texas Hill Country). I have to admit, I wasn’t really a back roads kinda gal, coming from the big city and all :), until I met my husband. Any road trip we would take, he would opt for the back roads, and I mean the back back roads! Once we followed the map to a back road which turned into a dirt road, did we turn around? No. This road led us straight through the mountains in southern Colorado, it was the best drive on our three-week camping trip. I guess you never know what may be around the next corner, it’s all about perspective.
“When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So, it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it.” ~ Charles de Lint (Celtic folk musician, 1951)
Here is another picture of the tulips I took earlier this week. This one had a little different perspective and was a bit bright in color, so I decided to change it to b&w (with a very slight sepia tint).
When I think of black and white images, I can not help think of Ansel Adams and to be honest, my Father. My Father took some beautiful pictures during his lifetime, mainly his younger years, and developed them himself. Ansel Adams, well… I don’t think any explanation is needed.
In one of my photography books, The Photoshop Darkroom by Harold and Phyllis Davis, they give a suggested Channel Mixer Setting, that has been called the ‘Ansel Adams’ effect as: 160% Red, 140% Green and -200% Blue. Even though I tell you this, I did not apply this ratio to the image you see. Actually, I did apply it, but it did not look right, so I ‘mixed’ my own. I have applied the ‘Ansel Adams’ effect to other b&w’s and it does look nice.
Just for comparison, here is the original:
“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, and ability that comes from a lot of practice.” ~Ansel Adams
Another rose from yesterdays outing (is it really an outing when it is your own backyard?).
About the quote:
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a quotation from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it is meant to say that the names of things do not matter, only what things are. The line is said by Juliet in reference to Romeo’s house, Montague, which would imply that his name means nothing and they should be together.
This morning I was sitting at my desk (I think I mentioned before, it’s really the dining room table) and when I looked out the window, there was the rose-bush looking back at me. I picked up my camera, headed outside and took a few shots (more to come). I thought the white frame looked nice for a change (instead of the usual black I seem to have a habit of selecting).
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” Ziggy (comic strip created by Tom Wilson)
If I could be an animal (I know, it’s one of those 6th grade questions you might talk about at lunch), I would be a bird. The way birds catch the wind is always amazing to me, besides it looks like fun. Not sure what type of bird, one that eats seeds, nuts and grass only. :)
I realize this is not the best picture of a Great Blue Heron, but it is the best I captured. These birds always take off when they see me coming, I know it’s not just me. I have to get pretty close because my zoom lens (70-200) really is not long enough to be sneaky.
According to wikipedia, this is the largest North American heron, head-to-tail length is 36-55 inches (91-140cm), a wingspan of 66-79 (167-201 cm) inches, and a weight of 4-4.8 lbs (2-3.6 kg).
“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” J.G. Holland (American Novelist; 1819-1881)
FIrst stop Buc-ees: HOT coffee. Second stop: the jetties.
The first image is of an oil tanker coming into the port. Today I learned that some tankers are so heavy, they are already partially emptied off shore (as this one was). Why is their load lightened? So the tanker does not drag the water way as they head in. Also, you can see all the happy seagulls (you might have to enlarge the picture to see this better), they are eating shrimp that is churned up as the tanker and tug boats pass.
The sweet little kitty in the second image, I can only imagine, was waiting for someone to open the door and let her/him in.
I did say it was cold, that is relative of course to each of our surroundings. Those of you in the north, are thinking ‘right, there isn’t even any snow in that picture, you want cold, come up here!’. Well, for Texas, it was pretty cold this morning- 36 degrees. However, once down at the beach (at 7:30am) it was the wind that had us turning around after and hour, most of which was spent in the car ;). So now I sit with a fire burning in the fireplace, hot tea in hand, warm and content.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating: there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kind of good weather.” John Ruskin (English writer and critic of art, architecture, and society. 1819-1900)
This week has been a bit busy, so I am posting two pictures from a trip back in August. I love taking pictures at the beach, hey I just love going to the beach. I am fortunate it is so close, 20 minutes or so. Some people complain about our beach, it’s not 7 mile beach (Grand Cayman), but it has all the elements: water, sand, birds, wind, sun… just to name a few.
I am looking forward to my next trip. :-)
The quote: “Bloom where you are planted.” author unknown, just reminds me to be happy wherever you are and with whatever you have.
I saved this picture for today’s post, only because I had PSed a few images and had them in a folder lined up to upload for three days in a row, this one happened to fall on todays blogging day. It was taken on our visit to the Menil Collection (Menil link: HOME ) over the holidays. Such a peaceful and reflective place. Come to find out, as I researched the sculpture a bit, it was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. in 1971. Coincidence or not?
I included some information off the website for the Rothko Chapel below. I also included a quote, which seems appropriate for today (but maybe that’s the issue, it’s appropriate for EVERYday.)
First the quote (the last line stand out to me):
“What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each other. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.” ~Dominique de Menil
About the Chapel: (Rothko link: index.php)