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 you answer the question, "Who are you?" most people would begin listing words that describe what they do. Like I might say that I was a teacher, photographer, photo artist, musician, singer, mother, Christian, sister, wife, friend, neighbor, etc. But I have become aware that those are only temporary "hats" that you wear as you exist and interact with life. Who you are lies much deeper in the essence of your being. We are all spirit or soul at our essence. Some healers who work with energy say that they have felt this essence and it takes their breath away every time. The magnificence that is at your core comes from the spark of God that you are a piece of. Everyone is. And everything is. We weren't taught that in school! This is something that you find for yourself when you find a way to love all of yourself. Love is the way. "Love takes you. Love keeps you. Love never leaves you at all. It's a journey called home and once you find it you're never alone. Love stays with you forever and from now on." -Lizzy Pearl. And that is who you are. You are love. The more you love yourself, the more love shows up for you. "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - Beatles
Put a lock on it and throw away the key, forget the combination or bolt it. But the truth will still prevail. In the world of light and love that honors and stays in constant contact with the Creator, God, Source, or All That Is will prevail. If in doubt put the power in your hands by using prayer for your intentions. Or be at peace with these words from Jesus, "Do not concern yourself with the folly in the world. It is more important for you, as a light worker to expand your energy out. Focus on the good. Focus on the light. Be the calm in the storm. Pull strength from me for I am your strength and your redeemer. It is good to be outside on a daily basis. Mother Earth and its inhabitants are healing in their essence as you are but your mind takes you far from its center off and on during the day. I remind you to know how you breathe. Focus on that breath when you need to calm the body so in turn it can calm the mind. I am with you always. You are part of me and I am part of you."
And on this day we place the final date for this man, my music mentor and friend, Tony Yardley. We had a lot of music lessons in the "dash": Tony Yardley 1952 - 2021. He was patient and kind and otherwise when he needed to be. I would not be where I am in my musical journey without him and I have no idea where to go now. I would look online for some of the music to learn but he would always and I do mean always have a better way of doing it. He could hear the difference. He could find it on the guitar. When he composed music on other instruments like the piano, he had to find it first on the guitar. I am just the opposite. I hear a melody and go to the piano. I then have to write it down and transpose to the guitar. And then I would play it for Tony. Many times he liked it as is. So there is always that hope that I learned enough to sustain my journey. And then there were those times that he suggested a different chord or strumming pattern. If I didn't use it exactly as he gave it to me it was because his suggestion inspired more. Sometimes at guitar lessons I would not be ready to add on to what I was already working on. .I would ask him to play for me. He might be working on something he was recording at his home studio or he would have a tune he wanted me to hear or he might pull something up on his handy ipad that was hooked up to speakers. Tony was always ready with a story to tell. In the nearly thirty years I was his student, we never ran out of things to talk about. I'm going to have to find new ways. He is in love and grace. Until then...
Here's a URL to a song on Tony's You Tube. Highlight it, copy and paste it into your browser. This is one of my favorites. He has a few singles listed if you click on the link below the song - "Tony Yardley - Topic" it will also give you the two CD's in full version. Go listen to his genius playing music with his friends. You'll be glad you did. Even if you don't like every tune as I do, you will recognize his superb ability to play guitar and compositions.
Dragons fly in the rainbow sky. Dragonflies and damselflies ride the skies darting here and there with quick speed and precision. On this day the sky was full of them. It appeared as it they had shown up just for me as a multitude of them gathered above, below, around and flying through the patio where I was standing. I claimed Disney Princess status when asked, "Did these dragonflies show up for you?". I stood in gracious awe with a smile a mile wide. Fly my precious dragons and damsels! It is mating season. It's time to make more of you for me to view next fall. Florida is my favorite place to be in October. If you like to see these helicopter insects buzzing around as I do, go to the water in the southern lands of the United States. All along these coastal waters they fly. I have seen them sparingly in the area during other months. In October, especially during the third week is a great time to be at the beach and see this insect I claim as a spirit animal. When you see a dragonfly, be reminded to see through the illusions of life. They symbolize change, transformation, adaptability and self-realization. If you are reflecting on life, the change that happens is a mental and emotional maturity looking to understand the deeper meaning of life. Learning to stay in the moment you are in and learning to relish life as it is playing out is a simple, powerful way to live. Live in the now. Be who you are. Live. Learn. Love. Laugh.
Meet Nyx. She's full of love, as most dogs are. She can also communicate. She responds to commands as well. And she can smile at you if she like you. She likes me and I'm in love with her. Her best friend is pictured above. Fortunately for Nyx, her person owns his own business and she is able to go everywhere he goes. And she does. On this day, her person picked up a stick to throw for her.
Awhile later she brought up her choice for a "stick". It was so big you had to really wind up to throw it.
Nyx jumped through the grass in complete ecstasy. It was such a joy to see. Watch her below in this short nine second video.
And when it's time to go home, she rides in style.