Art and beauty has a different meaning from person to person. One persons junk is another persons treasure and it depends on what you choose to see. I think this picture is a prime example of what I’m trying to say, and I remember taking it as if it was yesterday. I know the location I shot it and I remember that on that day, I choose to see more than just a weed. I think it was the beginning of pushing the boundaries, and opening my eyes to the unusual and different.
I added the bubbles later, trying to give the ordinary subject of a thistle an extraordinary feel and this was the end result. But it was far from being done and many month later, a friend urged me to submit it into a local photo contest. He loved the picture so much and thought that I should give it a shot. I did and forgot all about it. Weeks later the newspaper calls me and initially I’m thinking that they were trying to sign me up to receive the local paper. No, I’m sorry, I don’t want to subscribe and I get my news in the go, I say. The man on the other line pauses for a moment and finally resumes by telling me that he would like to interview me in regards to how my picture came to be because it has won first prize. Now I’m the speechless one, as I hadn’t spent any second thought about the picture, after submitting it that very day, which now seemed weeks ago. One week later my picture with a brief bio, as well as a few runner up pictures made the paper and I won out of nearly 300 submissions. I still can’t belief it and my humble self would tell you that I think the other pictures were better than mine. But it just goes to show that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, and in what you choose to see. You can bring beauty to every day and to ordinary subjects that mostly go unnoticed. It’s a challenge and something I love to do these days. What will you see today?
As a thank you for my friend for my local hall of fame success, a framed enlarged copy, was the perfect thank you gift tomadorn his wall. 😉
Part of my heart will always belong to the grandeur beauty of Yosemite National Park. This picture was taken at tunnel view with the top of El Capitan in the clouds in the left and Bridalveil Falls on the right.
This picture was taken last year during my stay in Germany and is Neuschwanstein Castle. It was even more crowded than I remembered and we opted to skip the tour due to long waiting periods. Neuschwanstein Castle was the creation of King Ludwig and has been the inspiration for the Disney Castle.
A storm moved through the land yesterday, and brought snow and ice. It was a frigid 11 degrees this morning, but the sun is shining and we are back to a warming trend, if the 40’s can be considered such. It’s fine as long as there is no wind.
I wish I could tell you that this picture is current, but it’s not, and preparations for Germany occupy pretty much most of my time. I would imagine that the flume looks like something like this right now. As water is seeping through the wooden cracks, icicles form that grow longer and wider. Today I remember this place through prior pictures and will have to pass seeing it in person until another time.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
More snow hit the Valley floor this morning as a cold front is moving through. The freeway was lined with accidents this morning and although I worked early, I was glad that I could avoid the whole fiasco by spending the night in town. Reno weather is typical for its quick changes and sometimes it feels like you can experience a few seasons all in one day. Just last week I used suntan lotion and today it’s back to winter armor 😉
I fly out of San Francisco and decided that in order to doge the traffic, I spend my last day here at the ocean. I’m a mountain girl but the sound of water relaxes me like no other. The ocean is powerful and strong, some qualities I hope to breath in and draw from during those last hours. I have a feeling that I will surely need those resources in the weeks ahead.