Welcome to Moments Photography by Sandy's blog about photography and creativity. Always on the prowl for ways to keep learning, trying, inventing and shooting pictures. I will share my adventures, addictions, and antics below. Come visit often and share what you will. Live abundantly, giving, sharing and loving. . .
If adaptability supersedes intelligence and strength, then change is to be embraced. So, change is good. So, change is good? Hum, I only changed one thing in that sentence - the end point. And my, oh my what an impact of a change that made. With a period change is seen as good. We even make a celebration to announce some of these changes. Perhaps it's the birth of a child, a graduation of schooling or maybe a new place to live, some fresh food or some cut flowers for the table. My Dad said that change was one of the two things you could always count on. The other was death. And death really is just change as well. But that is one of the hard changes. Even when the logic in your brain can remind you that it is inevitably a change we all must experience. Sometimes we struggle with the day to day acceptance of another's death until we do finally accept and the suffering ends. It doesn't mean we don't miss the person, it only means that we embrace the changing days of life. So life is really changing all the time. I like learning so I embrace change with as much grace as I can. And no, grace is not my forte, but I try. I know that there is a zone of discomfort when you are learning. It's proven in research. So if you are to grow and change you will get uncomfortable. Growth is outside of the comfort zone. You can't skip over this part. You can complain about it, but it only slows the process. You want to get through it? Then get to it! It takes courage to make some changes. Choose the changes that your heart "tells" you to and release the changes that happen out of no control of your own. And relax into this mysterious journey that we call life.
A journal is a daily record. I have been successful with journals I use to record interesting thoughts while reading a book. My favorite journal is suggested in a book "Ageless Goddess". In the journal you write a brag, a gratitude and a desire. That's an easy, feel good kind of journal. But, what I need to journal is food. That not only means I am doing it on a daily basis, and I am doing it all day long, but I also need to break down the information into smaller specifics like the macros and calories. Why? My why is not only the release of excess body fat but also to rebuild an immune system that was compromised by diet. I didn't know any better and now I do want to know. My parents didn't know any better. They were marketed to by businesses, namely the meat and dairy that had business in mind NOT the health of the people. This massive marketing and processing of food by a number of other companies has compromised many digestive systems and created allergies and diseases for the masses. But there is hope. I am continuing a way of eating introduced to me in the book "Hot Belly Diet". They must have picked the title to interest people who like to diet. It is a diet but unlike any I have ever seen. It's easy to follow. The first half of the book explains that this diet is Ayurvedic medicine which is based on the premise "Let food be thy medicine." I have never felt better and had such an appreciation for nourishing my body with food. By changing my diet I have cured most of my food allergies. But I need to take it further in order to lose weight according to the results from my body fat test http://www.bodyfattest.com/ by the business Get Tanked. I got in a tank of warm water to determine my body fat ratio. She talked to me about the amount of calories I eat. No, I don't eat as many as she recommended. And after years and years of watching not only what I eat but how much I am eating, I'm at a loss for eating that much! So my first strategy was to decorate a journal so I would at least enjoy looking at it as it will be sitting out as a reminder in some prominent place. The second strategy is to just journal what I normally eat for awhile. I plan to analyze it on Sunday. Then I'll make a strategy for increasing my calories with healthy choices.
Yes, there is more than one journal. The one on the left is for food (artwork cut out from a Mary Engelbreit calendar). In hopes of helping others I adopted the theme "share". Many people have diabetes. Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar in "The Hot Belly Diet" has documentation that eating a plant based diet with meat added on occasion can cure this condition. It is a much different way of eating but in many ways it is more simple. You just can't fast food it! The additional journal on the right is for helping me to track my habits for other goals that I am working towards to see how the daily, weekly, monthly practice is working for me.
Life is a gift. And you as a person is the package. I think each person determines what the packaging of this gift is like by how they act. Some people appear to be like baking soda and vinegar in an overflowing bottle of continuous out spilling of a mess kind of package. Others are tightly taped up, relatively perfect and appearing untouched by the world, never really showing what is inside. I'd like to think that my package is somewhere between these two, but more like a Christmas present. It's wrapped in paper that is imperfectly taped to cover perfectly all that can only be seen if I allow myself to be given. You look at the package guessing what's inside but not really knowing until it is open. And even then, it takes time to truly appreciate what's in the package. Life is like that too. Life is given to us and we look at it like a package thinking about what we might want it to be on the inside. Sometimes there is a feeling of anticipation. Sometimes we might be thinking about what we need to give back. Always I hope that the unfolding brings what you want, need or don't know you need so that you can become more fully you as the layers of your packaging changes with time.
To be inspired is to be "breathed into" or "communicated by divine or supernatural power" (Online Etymology Dictionary). Although I don't have the direct reference for the the title of this blog, I know I found it online as well while searching for meaning and direction of thoughts and songwriting. Logically it stands to reason, as well. Within this vessel called a body is the eternal soul and a living spirit. If you have learned discernment for the thoughts that run through, spirit or divine communication is happening. It's always a quiet voice. On this occasion it spoke with gentle prodding to try darker images. Below is the result. I used techniques learned from reading the photography books by Bryan Peterson. One such skill is to take the light reading to the side of the sun and ignore the camera's meter after you reposition. I set the speed on 250 to freeze action, the aperature was f32 so that I could stay at the low ISO 200. The low ISO and f32 allowed for the depth in color. With my finger freezing the focus just to the side of the sun I moved slightly to the right pushing the shutter down as the sun came into view while also closing my eye. When you shoot into the sun it is important to protect your vision by squinting and/ or closing your eye when the sun comes in view of the lens. Note the sacred geometry in the snowflakes to the right. You might think it is the sunbeam, and they might be. I cropped the first image to show that the typical green dots from a sunbeam on the left. The last image was cropped to show the rainbow around two of the geometric shapes and one that is completely a rainbow of light. I hope this inspires your awe and compassion as you journey along life's trails.
This image has a better composition. It's like looking down a rabbit hole of light.
The new order of light. Everything's going to turn out alright. Choose the light.
In the south, where I live, snow is cause for celebration. So what do we do when it snows? We stay home. Schools are cancelled. Work will send people home because if it sticks to the roads, no one will get home. We don't have the infrastructure to deal with snow on the roads. We don't have snow often enough to need it. I love it because we get to play and then it goes away.
This day's snow was especially fun because it was a wet snow. The perfect snow for making snow persons: one snowman and one snowwoman.
In the south, women dress their finest on special occasions. Today was that day. With buttons for eyes (make-up implied), a guitar pick for her nose and of course, pearls. She is a southern woman of snow.
You can see the ice mixed with snow. That is usually how we get snow. It is rain first and then it turns to snow. And that is why it is really important to stay home. The rain makes for black ice under the white stuff. Even for drivers like myself who have experience driving in the snow, this snow gives you little to scrunch. And truly, there aren't many things in life that can't take a one day later arrival date. No matter what it is, stop, take a break, play in the snow and resume whatever it is ... tomorrow.
So here I am, with umbrella in hand to protect my camera (image by guest photographer, Jennifer Caulder) taking the pictures that follow this one.
And then there are the dogs...from white to brown! Good thing I made them a place to stay warm and dry. (See my post entitled Working with Wood). I can't bring them inside yet because they are both rescued dogs. One is too shy. One is too wild. Having been with me now for 10 months, we have made large progress and I do enjoy their company. But my goodness, they have fun running the fence but what a mess this is!