Friday reflections

Morning view of the pond. Processed in Photoshop and Picnik.

I was listening to the news while cooking dinner last night and one of the local weather oracles predicted that we would not see real winter temperatures for the rest of winter.  Welcome to seasonal purgatory.  I think Karma summed it up well in this post when she mentioned that it feels like November with no turkey dinner to look forward to.  In case you didn’t follow the link, it will also lead you to Karma’s February Photo Hunt.  Now you’ve had two chances to click.  What are you waiting for?  The more who participate, the merrier.  I’ve been lax of late in participating in some of the photo challenges.  I promise to do better this time around.  It looks like a fun list.

This is how it really looked with the sun shining on the trees at the back of the pond. No blues of winter here.

In this seasonal in-between, it’s a little difficult at times to find something interesting to photograph.  That makes this a really good time to sit down and sort through the archives, something I’ve been doing as part of my Letting Go theme for the year.  I have been ruthlessly deleting images, and strongly considering the possibility of not keeping any in digital format anymore.  Print them or let them go.  I’ll go from MaidinSun Photography to Ephemeral Photography.  Enjoy it and then let it go.

The"painted" version. Processed in Photoshop and Picknik.

I wish someone could explain to me why I hold on to photos that are so badly out of focus that there is little or nothing to be done with them.  They won’t even qualify as abstracts.  Maybe I’ll bring you a few examples in a future post if I don’t delete them all first.

Some of the blurred and saved I understand.  They are images of family and I’m oddly superstitious about deleting photos of family.  Even the worst photo of one of my granddaughters is a good photo to me because I look at it through the eyes of love.

They are beautiful no matter what, even in blurry photos.

Poking the hornet’s nest

Every now and then I find myself dealing with an email from a distant family member who insists on passing around non-truths related to things of a political nature.  The emails almost always originate from the ultra-conservative (Tea Party folks, for example).  I have yet to see one from the other side and often wonder why.  Morals?  Ethics?  Too busy living life to bother with such shenanigans?

After allowing myself to become stressed in a back and forth exchange with the distant family member who is my elder and ought to have better manners (which does not excuse me), I calmed myself with some reading and came across this quote:

When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot.  When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.  Pride leads to violence and evil.  The truly good gaze upon everything with love and understanding.

~ Dalai Lama

I try to keep an open mind when it comes to things of a political (or religious) nature.  I am not always successful because, like most folks, I have a set of values through which I look at life, the universe, and everything.  My views are colored by what I believe to be right and wrong and in between. Still, I listen, I observe, I try to remain open to the other points of view.  I am willing to change my mind.  Yet I continue to have difficulty understanding the lack of openness from those on the far right side of the spectrum.  Why, in the face of all evidence, would you continue to choose to believe something that is a half-truth or no truth at all?  When did facts become immaterial and beside the point if they don’t fit with your world view?  And on a personal level… Is my lack of understanding and willingness to engage in an argument that I know will not result in change just as hard-headed?  I think it might be, and that being the case, it is time I distance myself from all things of a political nature as much as possible in hopes that someday I can “gaze upon everything with love and understanding.”

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.

~ Author Unknown

I may have that saying tattooed on my arm where I can see it at all times.

My shadow self

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me as I indulge in a few ramblings and reflections.  Enough of all things serious for now.  It’s Friday, the beginning of the weekend.  The weather is warm and sunny, and expected to stay that way all weekend. Let’s go out, have some fun, and admire the beautiful reflections on the surface of the pond.

48 Comments on “Friday reflections”

  1. mrsbr says:

    Lovely collection of pix.

  2. Kaya says:

    I love very much each of these photographs. They are stunning and extremely beautiful. And reflections in the water are just wonderful.

    Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful…

  3. Sara and I are the only liberals in either of our families, so I think I know a bit about how you might feel. Sounds like you handle things with an open and honest mind.

    These photos are stunning. I would never have guessed reflections in water could be so gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend, Robin.


  4. Val says:

    These photos are absolutely beautiful.

    I also hang on to blurry photos, but then I can use them in my art sometimes so that’s my excuse!

    As for the relative, send them the dalai lama quote (as it’s contents will apply equally to them) and then send them an email address of an account you rarely look at so that you won’t constantly be disturbed by their communications. I’ve done that before, and it’s worked for me. Maybe it’ll work for you. (Or maybe it won’t – we’re all different!)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Val. 🙂

      I almost sent the Dalai Lama quote off to the family member in question, but decided she wouldn’t understand it, and would find some way to turn it around and use it against me. I opted to disengage from all email correspondence with her if it deals with politics or religion (which is the only kind she sends). I like your idea of another email account just for stuff like that. And there’s always the delete button. 😀

  5. I love this theme of reflection; beautiful photos! While you are in the “seasonal in-between”, we just got a TON of snow here in Colorado. Photos coming soon. 🙂

  6. “I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to” is just brilliant, Robin! I’ll have to share that one on Facebook! Arguing is usually a pointless exercise anyway. Most people are set in their own ideas and do not wish to listen to another persons point of view, so I say “why stress myself and feel bad later?” Then you have to find a “calmer down potion” of some description to make yourself feel better, as you did.

    Years ago I gave up listening to the news and reading newspapers, so I know very little about politics. About a year ago, my husband was listening to the results of the New South Wales state elections and the out-going premier gave a speech. Deciding to find out who “he” was, seeing as he had just been defeated, I discovered it was in fact a woman…from Ohio! My total ignorance amused me at that particular time, although did not encourage me to become more politically worldly. Lol. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      lol, Joanne! Gotta wonder how a woman from Ohio wound up in office in New South Wales.

      I’ve decided to pay just enough attention to be able to vote knowledgeably. As you pointed out, most people are set in their own ideas and honestly, I’m no exception to that rule. I’m so fed up with all politicians of late that it is tempting to quit voting completely.

  7. I love the reflections shots, Robin! They are simply gorgeous! I would have a very hard time becoming an ephemeral photographer – while I have no trouble ruthlessly deleting anything mediocre, I simply must keep the “keepers!”
    I must say, when I am dealing with those people who swing so far to the right or the left that they practically meet each other, I refuse to argue or even discuss because I have found that they can not be rational about anything. It is like arguing with a brick wall, and we know how far that gets us!

  8. Lovely photos…I love that yellow evening light. We’ve had a few sunsets like that recently, too…
    My files sre chock-full of bad images, too. I’m simply too rushed when I upload to weed them out, and never seem to get back to it. Maybe someday….
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Besides the great pics, I love the paragraph about the hornet’s nest. Well said – and I see how this links to what I recently shared from a friend. Have a good weekend!

  10. Ellen says:

    Beautiful pictures you posted today. I ask the same question myself, why do I keep them (the photos)? And I have no answer but that doesn´t mean there is no explanation. I´ve just haven´t found the answer.

    I try to keep an open mind too but I can´t understand those who don´t which makes me … narrow minded on that particular subject? Another unanswered question.

    And I have lots of questions with no answers about me, about the rest, about life, about the universe and even about how to cook this chicken I have in my fridge, which I mean to transform in something delicious.

    Have a very nice weekend in the bogs and enjoy the mild winter!!!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Ellen! You brought up a good point. I’m full of questions too, including “what’s for dinner?” and that ought to be enough. 🙂

      Thank you.

  11. Karma says:

    Thanks so much for the links! You always do a fabulous job with the photo hunts so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you do.
    I know what you mean about saving the photos. I have thousands on this computer, and despite the fact that I do make prints and post my favorites to the blog, they sit here taking up space on the hard drive; I have no idea why other than perhaps my own laziness about going through and deleting.
    I LOVE the photo above “poking the hornets nest” – gorgeous!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to it. I have some ideas for playing with the words, but not sure yet how to bring those ideas into images.

  12. I love this whole set today, especially the reflections on water.. heavenly:) I think those who argue with such righteousness do so out of fear of loss of control…

  13. Tammy says:

    I agree with Just A Smidgen and I also love the reflections on the water.

  14. Robin, love this post. Although I love my garden, I don’t have much water here and really miss the reflections that water gives. As far as organizing the avalanche of digital photos, I suggest reading “The D.A.M. Book (Digital Assets Management) for Photographers” by Peter Krough. He follows a system for evaluating and keeping/deleting images that works very well and which I now follow – you might find it helpful.

  15. reflecting water always surprises

  16. jane tims says:

    Hi. I love the green wavy reflection of trees in water. Jane

  17. Chloe says:

    these photos are wonderful
    we’ve had some odd summer weather here too.. lower tempretures than normal for most of summer & then 3 days of really hot days

  18. jeanne says:

    Your photos are stunning!!!

  19. bearyweather says:

    I hate confrontations and I have found it does not pay to argue or even try to state your thoughts to someone who is not listening or is 100% sure they are right. There is love in letting it go … to letting them believe what they will and not interfere (especially if their beliefs are hurting no one else). My favorite response (from a behavioral workshop I was at many years ago) is: “From your perspective your probably right.”

    Love the last picture and the sunny weeds in the pond. thanks for sharing your reflections.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      I don’t like confrontations either, and you’re so right about arguing or stating thoughts to someone who either isn’t listening or already believes they are right. I like your solution/answer. I’m going to give that a try from now on.

  20. eof737 says:

    Serene… wish I could visit these spots. 😉

  21. Dana says:

    Good luck weeding through your photo archives, Robin. Digital photography is a blessing in one sense, because we have the opportunity to make sure we got a ‘good’ shot before we leave a particular subject behind. However, how many of us really just leave it at one good shot? It’s getting harder and harder to delete some digital files, simply because many of them (even the ones of exactly the same thing) are all so “good”!

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. You have WAY better photos than I have in my archives, and yet I’m still clutching onto mine for reasons unknown…

  22. Carla says:

    I too, have trouble deleting photos that have no value, and I feel the same about shots of family. And I have quite a ways to go to achieve the love and understanding of the Dalai Lama, but occasionally I see glimpses . . .

    Thanks for the beautiful photos and musings, Robin!

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