Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

In my mind, there can only be one theme for today. Today is my daughter Susan’s birthday. I’ve been photographing her for 33 years now. She is one of my very favorite subjects, not simply because she has a beautiful smile and is ridiculously photogenic, but also because she is an extraordinarily caring person. You can see how her warmth touches the other subjects in these photos. 

Happy Birthday, my darling daughter! May your endlessly creative variations continue for many more years. 

Variations on a Theme

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

I am at the end of a 12.5 hour work day. The very word ‘silence’ speaks healing and restoration to my soul. I long for silence.
I imagine a muffling snow falling on a wilderness landscape, and I project that onto this view from my front door…

I think of contemplatives in monasteries, reading and meditating… I remember the peaceful silence of still waters…I hope I’ll retire tonight and sleep in dreamless silence. What could be more restful? Good night! 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Growth can be experienced in many dimensions. All around are things that are growing deeper, broader, wider, higher, inward and outward. In this culture, though, a dominant expectation says that growth is “up and to the right” – as in a chart of profit over time. This single story spreads a kind of growth retardant in other areas. My focus has never been on increasing my wealth. I’ve had paying jobs at a nursing home, a summer camp, a school district, a children’s theater company, a few museums, and a land trust. Most of them are non-profit organizations that measure their success in benefits that are not easily quantified.

Surely, though, multi-dimensional growth can be captured in snapshots over time. There is always a beginning point……any number of midpoints……and some final outcomes. Whatever you are nurturing this year, be it a new skill……a deeper relationship……a broader viewpoint……or an inner journey,I wish you joy in the process and peace and contentment in the end. May 2018 be a great year of growth for you! Cheers!


Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

My 2017 photo Favorites have to include those I took of my favorite son, who got married and asked me to do his wedding photo shoot. 

My other 2017 photo Favorites would be those I took while traveling and camping in 8 National Parks/Monuments with my favorite camping companion, Steve. 

It’s been a very special photo year for me! To all you Photo-philes in the Northern Hemisphere, happy Winter Solstice – may you rejoice in the return of LIGHT!

2017 Favorites

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

The example set for this challenge is exceptional. Please take a look at Krista’s post on WordPress. 

I am thrilled when someone sets the bar high.
 “We can do better,” Steve often says, as a sort of mantra to a deeper call to “do no harm”. Here he is in Canyonlands National Park, just outside of Bears Ears National Monument. Can we ascend to higher thinking about how we treat wild places?   

The newest addition to the National Park system is Pinnacles National Park. What is our goal for protecting the natural beauty and balance of this place we call America? Have we reached that summit? Are we striving to ascend towards it?

“We can do better.” It doesn’t matter where you start. Ascend, and see how your perspective changes.