Posted in Inspiration, Photography

Surrounded by light

Day is over, night has come.

Today is gone, what’s done is done.

Embrace your dreams, through the night.

Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.

….today brought amazing light and it was a beautiful day. There was a glow in the air, reflecting on Washoe Lake, and within my heart. Nothing was missing and I felt rich in every way.

Oh, and today a business name for my dreams was discovered, finalized and available to be registered. Stay tuned for the reveal. 😉

Posted in Mother nature, Photography

Mount Lassen

Came across this oldie but goodie of Lassen Peak today, and it’s got me thinking. I can see it as a metal print, but then again on the other side, I think I can do better. It’s sure nice to look at and I love the colors of the day light fading, but I’m not sure it has that “WOW” factor that just totally grabs you and blows you away. And with that I think I just answered my own question.

The struggle of us artists, always our worst critic, but it also keeps us inspired and striving to get better. Not a bad thing if we learn to celebrate the achievements we already have accomplished.

Posted in Healing Vortex, Inspiration, Photography

On top of “The Vortex”

This picture was taken on top of the Karwendel mountains above the town of Mittenwald Germany. I made several trips there during my stay in Germany last year and it reminded me of a little place that I have here in the states, close to my house, I call “The vortex”. There are many places like this here in the states, but the one that comes to mind is the closest one to my house, which provides a quick get away.

I know you may think of a vortex like a swirling mass, sucking up everything within it’s path, but to me it has a different meaning. Surely you have heard of the healing vortexes in Sedona Arizona, or Machu Picchu, described as a “healing energy vortex”. Millions of people flock to these areas every year to experience a calm and tranquil feeling of serenity they can’t explain, but which is said to come from these healing vortexes.

This is what this place in Mittenwald resembled to me and smaller vortexes can be found all over the world. If you are sensitive to the energy of such vortexes, you might be able to pick up their soothing qualities in other, not famous or well known spots of the world. Every time I feel that peaceful bliss, I always connect it to being within the vicinity of a vortex. If you have ever noticed a circular patch of grass in your lawn that seems to grow just a little faster with a color that is deeper and more saturated, it is compliments of an energy field, a vortex.

A vortex is not something that you can see, although you can’t deny the stunning beauty that was surrounding me in this picture, but it’s mostly something you feel. It’s a place that speaks to your soul, a place that lets you put your worries aside and breath in deeply. With every breath while you feel a sense of calm flood your veins, you feel more alive than ever and your batteries are recharged to handle and deal with the demands of everyday life. I have to warn you about that once you become aware, and once you have experienced such a feeling, it is highly addictive and you will crave it more and more. Excuses will fall to the wayside, and you will always find ways to make it happen somehow, each and every time. You will yearn for the experience to submerge yourself in this feeling as often as possible.

Have you ever taken the time to experience this somewhere, have you got a spot that makes you feel like that? I’d love to hear all about it.

Posted in Europe, Life, Photography

Tower entrance

One of the several entrances into my favorite medieval city, Rothenburg o. d. T.

With the anniversary of being home and spending nearly a year in Germany, there is no doubt that things were tough. But like with most things, not all was bad, and there are plenty of reasons that Germany will always hold my roots. I don’t think I can live there all year round anymore, but there will always be people, cultures, places and things that will always remind me of where I came from, and draw me back.

Posted in Hiking, Photography

Sitting on the dock of the bay…

…wasting time.

Oh but it was hardly a waste. The pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park was in the sun and there was a gentle breeze coming from the north. The majority of the wooden planks were still covered with snow, only leaving a narrow strip on the right side where the snow was already melted. I couldn’t help but see the warning signs at the beach and the beginning of the pier, cautioning people about the extreme cold waters. Still I opted to walk the narrow strip vs. slipping on the wider section that was covered with snow and ice. I managed, but was glad once the snow ended, exposing a wider, more stable path. I noted to myself that I’m getting worse as I am getting older. Vertigo, as well as looking down to where I’m stepping in forward motion, but seeing things pass me in the opposite motion are really becoming something I don’t deal with that well anymore. It makes me dizzy and lightheaded, and I’m always happy once I made it through. Most likely because I don’t trust myself as I used to, knowing that the RA can easily make me roll my ankle and lose balance. Thank goodness for my new, trusty hiking stick which I found the week before and took on it’s maiden voyage and first official outing. It did great, and I’m planning to personalize it in some sort of warrior theme. I think it’s fitting for the journey I have been on and continue to embark upon.

Just before the end of the dock, a L-shaped section (picture) branched off to the right, with steps leading down and luckily no snow. This would be the spot to spend some time, knowing that even though it was perfect, chances were we wouldn’t have it to ourselves. It was too good to pass up and quickly we spread our towels. It was perfect to soak up the rays, to be shielded from the light breeze that can turn chilly when sitting still, and we had found our spot to slow time. The warm sun felt wonderful and warm enough to take off my jacket, and the sound of melting snow trickling into the lake, was enough to relax and put you to sleep.

Several groups came and went, while we had a picnic and took pictures, just enjoying our time on this mild day at the end of January. Few can sit still or stay for long times, and I often think that we are the minority when it comes to that. There is no rush for anything, and the only goal is to be in the moment, to soak it all in, to surrender and forget the hectic of life. To leave your problems for a moment and concentrate on breathing deeply. To ground with Mother Nature and feel the calm replace the stress. It would be too boring for most, but not here with us, and the appreciation of being able to experience a place like this is always something we try to hold on to. Once you have felt it, you know that it is an addictive feelings, making you come back over and over. It’s a way of balancing things, a way to recharge your batteries and making room to deal with more curveballs that might be heading your way already. Maybe things would be different having a different job, but the hectic of retail makes you seek a place of solitude filled with peace and quiet. Who knows….I haven’t worked in almost a year, and such place of tranquility and harmony has never let go of my heart and has me coming back time after time.

In the meantime another huge storm is whipping through the lands, lasting several days, and packing tons of new snow. Luckily no polar freeze here, but you will definitely need to bundle up. It might be awhile until that pier is free of snow. This picture was taken last week, prior to the storms.