Over in a second


Moments fly by and by.

We often wonder, why do I try?

We cannot complete all that we want.

Our endless lists continue to taunt.

We miss little moments in the time that we waste.

Fussing and fretting, forgetting to taste.

For each little second could offer us glee

If we could only stop, embrace the present, and. just. be.

 

iPhone photos edited in Hipstamatic and Snapseed.

Fighting the clock is something we all do. We wish for more time to complete our to-do lists. We need more time to prepare for a test/meeting/event. We pray for more time with a loved one.

Time is precious and it waits for no one. Regardless of your wealth, character or intentions, the time you get is the time you get. Therefore, you can use it wisely or waste it. In this statement is where problems arise though.

When you use time wisely, does that mean you are always busy? Do you have to be productive in those moments of time for your time to matter? Or can you simply just be in the presence of nature or a loved one, embracing the sounds, smells, and tastes of an experience for the moment count?

I think the answers to those questions depend on the person. Only the individual can decide what is worthy of their time. And those answers can vary depending on the day, the situation and the people around us…

Have you thought about your time and how you use it and what you want to do? Go ahead. Think about. The clock is ticking…

 

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Ironically, I wrote the poem part of this for Linda G. Hill’s Prompt ~ Seconds. I saved it as a draft and then set it aside.

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A couple of weeks later, I took the pictures of the clock for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black & White.

They seemed to match up, so I figured, there was a reason I saved the poem. I just didn’t know in that second that I would be writing about time this week. So here we go, two challenges in one post. Now THAT is using your time wisely:)

Days of Daisy


 “I discovered that the horse is life itself,

a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability,

of life’s generosity and beauty,

a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.”

~Jane Smiley~

This is my Daisy girl, my first horse.

I thought I’d share a couple of pictures of her today for the Black and White Challenge. This was from a recent visit with her where I was walking around the pasture. Most days, she follows me about and studies me, like I study her. On this day, I crouched down to look up at her. She stared at me with wonder, like I did her. I don’t think she realizes just how cool she is.

Together, we have been figuring out life, and I am glad she has been part of it.

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black and White.

 

Macro to More


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

~ Elliott Erwitt~

While I was deciding on what to post today, I did a random search for macro photography quotes. As I scrolled through some various quotes, one stuck with me. The quote above from Elliott Erwitt is my photography mantra basically. When I am walking around, I see pictures. I literally have to force myself to keep moving at times or I will stop and stare at things, and if my camera is around, take 5 or 100 photos.

I think about the perspectives and watch the light. I look closely to see the wonder that a passerby may miss in their frantic pace of life. Of course, I can’t do this all the time. I do have a job to do and bills to pay. But, even in the midst of day-to-day life, I notice the world and think, “That would make a great picture.”

Anyway, as I thought about Erwitt’s quote, I realized,  I honestly had no idea who the man was. So I did some internet research. Hhhmmmm. This is the photographer who shot the famous Marilyn Monroe subway vent shots!

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According to Wikipedia, “Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings.” He also served two years in the Army as a photographer’s assistant.

There is a lot more to say about the man of course, but I hate to repeat what others have already stated to so well. So check out some of these links if you want to know more:

Fellow WordPress blogger – BWGallerist

Dirk De Graaf on Pintrest

Wikipedia

American Photo Magazine

Overall, a very interesting mini research project on some history in the world of photography. I would have to say, I never thought this is where my thoughts would go for my macro post on some flowers from my yard.

I suppose that is what is fun about opening our eyes to world. For when we look a little deeper at things, we not only discover beauty, but we sometimes find mystery, wonder, inspiration, details and history that just could effect us in some way. Maybe we will learn something, shift our perspective or find some solace. Regardless, the closer we look at things, the more we really see them.

Where will your camera take you? And what will you find if you look a little deeper?

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Macro.

Returned to Nature


When I bought my house, there was a Direct TV satellite system there. I HATE Direct TV with a passion and I barely watch television. So needless to say, that eyesore had to go.

The reason I hate to Direct TV is that they were the most utterly rude and unprofessional company I have ever experienced, but that’s really not the point of the story. However, considering I recycled their abandoned property into something for birds to crap on, is really just poetic.

Instead of tearing this eyesore of a pole out of the ground, my boyfriend and I decided to create some beauty -a flower bed and birdbath (which I mentioned back in June when I did a garden update post).

The first step was to disassemble the dish from the pole.

Both items needed to be painted black. But the dish itself required some tweaking. My dad and boyfriend removed the arm of it and then did come cutting to the attachment underneath so that the dish would lay flat on the top of the pole (instead of at an angle that it would normally).

While the tweaking was going on, I assembled a premade 4’x4′ raised bed garden box. Of course, the ground was not level. So there had to be some build up on the back sides with the abandoned bricks behind my shed (like I did with the garden boxes in the back yard).

Once the box was built up and level, I added soil to it. Then, we painted the pole. Once that was dry, we planted some flowers around the pole. The center flowers are Mandevillas so they will climb up the pole.

Once that was all done and the painted dish was dry, it was attached to the pole again, but in its new, more useful position. Now, to hold water though, there had to be some caulking around where the bolts went. And, due to the slight curve of the dish, the bath is shallow and limited to the center. These factors do make it easier to hose off to clean though.

It’s been a couple of months now, and we have watched to see if the birds have appreciated this repurposed satellite. We have seen some birds checking it out and there is evidence of some use. And, the Mandevilla is growing up the pole and just now reaching the top of the birth bath. Once it fills out some more, I will take another picture.

If the birds do not seem to really take to it, we may just install a bird house on the top of the dish. Then it will be a bird house with a patio I guess, lol. Or, we could take the dish off and put a bird house on top of that. Either way, it turned out to be a fun group project for us all. And more importantly, I am happy that we returned something back to nature…and it felt great displaying just what I thought Direct TV was worthy of – bird crap.

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature