This is just to share the beauty of the Halloween season with you all. Take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of this glorious time.
This photo was taken during a recent Plein Air adventure with Yosemite Western Artists. This is the Bryceburg area where the Merced River meanders down from Yosemite National Park. It was taken in January in 70 degree temperatures. The River is very low because we have had very little rain or snow this winter.
Here’s hoping that the spring weather we’ve had for far too long in the middle of winter gives way to some rain and snow.
Some time ago, I was contacted by an independent film maker named Dave Wagner. He was doing a documentary on “The Blues Wizard” and had been ‘googling’ the internet to see if he could find any photographs of the man. Lo and Behold… years ago, I took a photo of the Wizard at a Oceanside Farmers Market and posted it on my website. Through the magic of the internet, he found that photo and asked permission to use it.
It took me a while to dredge the image out of old backup drives, but amazingly, I had the original photo. Dave used it for the cover of his DVD.
Alas, I didn’t get any fortune for my photo, but I did get credit…
(And Dave did go out of his way to correct the spelling of my name afterwards.)
It’s the start of 2014, the year of the Horse by the Chinese Calendar. It’s time to take assessment of last year’s accomplishments and make plans to do things better.
I didn’t take nearly enough photos last year. I was pickier about the photos I took, which is a good thing. However, I didn’t get out and about to take photos. That just tells me that I need to make a commitment to getting out at least once day a week for the sole purpose of photography. Otherwise, there’s too many distractions.
Last year I was in three art shows with the Yosemite Western Artists – the Landscape Show, the Tri-County Show, and the Portrait show. I won best photo at the Tri-County show, which was an honor.
This year, I will be entering those three shows again. In addition, I will enter a show or shows that aren’t associated with YWA. Time to push myself out of the comfort zone.
Art has always been part of my life. It’s a vital part of ‘who I am.’ I just have to remind myself to devote the time to it on a regular basis.
There’s a reason we celebrate the new year – it makes us think about what we have done with our life over the past year. We can now assess our successes and our failings. It lets us realize how many life lessons we learned over time and gives us a chance to make amends and changes.
I took many photos last year, but not as many as I would have liked to take. I posted far too infrequently. For me, Photography isn’t just about getting some much needed exercise and improving my creative vision. It’s also about sharing some of the beauty I see with you.
It’s far too easy for me to get wrapped up in my own world. But life is meaningful only when we interact with other people. We need to reach out and teach others the beauty we see is all around them, too. Yes, I get to show pictures of magnificent Yosemite. I also get to share photos of flowers and leaves. We all need to look around ourselves and see the world with the eyes of wonder and excitement.
This makes life so much better.
So my New Year reminder to you is whenever you feel unhappy with your life or situations, go take a walk. Admire the light shining through a leaf. See the colors of a flower against the green of the leaves. Teach yourself to see the beauty around you and in other people.
This is what makes life worth living.
So my artistic commitments for this year is to get outside more. Take more photos. Share more beauty. I want to make 2014 the brightest, most beautiful year ever.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Last Thursday, I went with the Yosemite Western Artists Plein Air group to Chilicoot Lake, a charming little reservoir above the 7000 elevation level. Ten artists and nature lovers came to this lake to capture the beauty in their hearts and minds.For a late June day in central California, it was surprisingly cool even in the bright sunshine. Most people couldn’t ask for a lovelier day… I could, though. I would have been nice to see some lovely cumulus clouds billowing over the mountains. Ah well, some people are never satisfied.
I spent a while trying to find a compelling shot of the lake in the clear blue skies of mid-morning. The lake was studded with boulders and Little Shuteye Mountain loomed up behind it. However, I didn’t see anything that really grabbed my imagination until I walked away from the lake.
There were many delightful brilliant blue dragonflies the length of my thumb that were flittering around the lake. This patch of ferns made a perfect landing spot for them to bask.
The rock outcroppings on the way to the parking area were equally colorful surrounded by the yellow-greens of manzanita bushes and lichen contrasting with the deep greens of the pines framed against the blue skies.