Ramshackle explorations


Going within

Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness.  Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness.  The beauty of wabi-sabi is in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly.  Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else.  Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view.  Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

~ Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi:  For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

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A tree

Cosmic Tree

Cosmic Tree

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.  In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

~ Max Ehrmann

Hello!  How are you?  Doing well, I hope.  Seems like it’s been a while although it really hasn’t been that long at all.  Time is strange.  Stretching, flying, doing its own thing while the rest of us go on doing, well, whatever it is we do.

Today’s Capture Your 365 prompt is A Tree.  I’ve been taking a lot of photos of trees the past few days so this was a good prompt for me today.

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Through the looking glass

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Multiple personalities

I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

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A Pop of Red

And a spot of silliness

And a spot of silliness

I’m so fortunate to be red!  I’m fiery.  I’m strong.  I know men take notice of me and that I cannot be resisted.

I do not conceal myself: For me, delicacy manifests itself neither in weakness nor in subtlety, but through determination and will.  So, I draw attention to myself.  I’m not afraid of other colours, shadows, crowds or even of loneliness.  How wonderful it is to cover a surface that awaits me with my own victorious being!  Wherever I’m spread, I see eyes shine, passions increase, eyebrows rise and heartbeats quicken.  Behold how wonderful it is to live!  Behold how wonderful to see.  I am everywhere.  Life begins with and returns to me.  Have faith in what I tell you.

~ Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Today’s CaptureYour365 challenge is “A Pop of Red.”  I had a lot of trouble with this one because there is very little red in my home.  I was hoping to find something I could place in the snow to make it pop, but the only available red in the house happens to belong to the cherry tomatoes who asked me not to take them out into the cold.  Rather than skip this one completely, I decided to play.  Nothing great came of it except for a few smiles and some amusement.

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Heartfelt sentiments


True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself.  It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations; it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.

~ Honore de Balzac

Since the beginning of the year, I have been toying with the idea of jumping into a 365 project.  There are a lot of good ones out there with plenty of great prompts.  Cyndi (the Book Chick) has one going at Appearing Closer.  Holly is participating in one put together by The Photography Butterfly.  There are more out there, but the one that grabbed my attention yesterday is the one found at Capture Your 365.  The first prompt for February is Heartfelt Sentiments. (You can find the entire February 365 Challenge List here.) Read the rest of this entry »


Fairy tale woods

Fairy tale woods

life is a garden,
not a road

we enter and exit
through the same gate

where we go matters less
than what we notice.

~ Bokonon

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Rain and slush

I don't think we'll be seeing this today.

Sun in the clouds.

I’m writing this during the early morning hours.  It’s just starting to lighten up outside.  Before I could see what was going on outdoors, the local weather folks on television informed me that the icy rain part of the weather front moving through had flown east of us and the precipitation had turned to plain old rain.  Fog is rising from the snow cover.  It’s going to be a slushy day.

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