Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I was out, living life...

Have you embraced the arrival of a new season?  Are you ready to...Fall?  
I am!
Yet...what a summer it was for me...what a fine, full summer it was, indeed. 
I'd like to linger in it, just a little bit longer so that I could continue to roam out west &
celebrate out east & take photos of all that full living...just a wee bit more.
Vacationing is good for the head & the heart while traveling is food for the soul.  
I had been so busy but,  in between the months of hard work,  I was fortunate enough to take some time off & take a few trips.  I had the chance to visit beautiful & special places right here in the U.S.A.  I took adventures that rewarded me with spiritual, soulful & heartfelt gifts.  I met really kind people throughout my journey & stayed in very gracious communities. When I returned home, I was invited to celebrate love with dear friends & photograph their weddings (2 of them)!  This was a magical, memorable summer & it was also a photographic dream for me! 

I meandered down hidden Chinatown streets & through thickly wooded forests of 
Northern California.  I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge...oh yes i did!

I shared a quiet little river bed with a spotted owl one afternoon 
a smashing moment with a Moose as we watched a tail smacking beaver make waves
one early evening.

I huffed & puffed my way up towards the timberline to watch the western sunset, 

and I comfortably collected beach glass, at sea level, along the Pacific Ocean.

I visited Mesa Verde & was enamored with its beauty.
I cried at Point Lookout during the golden hour.

I climbed ladders up into Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings 
& I prayed, 
overwhelmed with their glory.

I connected with the red rock, the silence & the solitude. 

 I dusted off my rough outs, slipped into my western soul,  
& I felt at home 
in the vast mesa valley. 

I donned my vintage aviators, melted into the saddle of a black mustang & rode like the wild wind.  
I brought back souvenirs: one of a fallen feather, one made of white buffalo turquoise,
 a ground pound of Sinful Delight 
over six hundred digital images...
but it's the lingering fullness within my heart,  
the feeling of "being home," that means the most to me.

I captured tender moments & gracious gestures that filled with me pride: 
lovers saying "i do," 
symbolic rings being slipped on steady fingers,  
first kisses given & taken as husband & wife...
but it's the lingering fullness within my heart, 
 from loving friendships, that means the most to me. 

I was out, living life & living it in the details.  
Looking through these visual images
I can take a step back in time & linger...just a wee bit longer,
in the moment, at the places & with the people that made up my
beautiful summer & filled my heart.

PS: Dang that Sinful Delight is goooood coffee!!!


  1. So good to see you lovely friend...You make everything so beautiful. I want summer to linger. I did neither of the two, vacation or travel, without complaining, it was good...it was life given for free. I love all of you adn your photographs. xx

  2. Beautiful! So glad you had such a lovely summer. I agree with MrsLittleJeans - you do make everything so beautiful, and I am so glad that you share all this beauty with us.

  3. Everything you captured through your lens is calling to me. The animals, sailing SF, the forest, the beach and especially the cliff dwellings. All sacred, including the kickass coffee! I enjoyed visiting it all this morning. Thank you!