Passing Shots: Monterey, California

I had the good fortune of receiving an unexpected invitation to go on a Monterey Bay whale watch last week which I graciously accepted.  Seeing a whale in its natural environment was number five on my list of 101 things to do before I die, so I was ecstatic that the universe conspired to turn my wish into a reality.

Before boarding the Sea Wolf II for our 10:00 a.m. trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, we walked around the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and soaked in the January morning’s bright sunlight.  An emboldened seagull posed for pictures, but refused my request for an autograph.   Very disappointing considering that Birdman won accolades at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards.

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A Seagull stands his ground on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.

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The Elephant in the Room

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Hand painted Satsuma Moriagi elephant ashtray, circa 1942.

A four-inch tall elephant occupies space in my studio.  She serves as a visual reminder for me to be more courageous about speaking up and out against behavior that is detrimental to the physical and emotional well being of others.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
~Margaret Mead

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Passing Shot: A Farewell to Christmas

January 6th marks the first day of Epiphanytide for some Western Christian denominations.  My twelfth day of Christmas was spent wassailing through aisles of a Portland Oregon antique Center with my niece.   I snap a passing shot of Santa in a clock frame next to a salt-shakered pine tree and sled:

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Christmas bric-a-brac, circa 1972.

My attempts at reviving certain Christmastide traditions each year are received with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and not everyone appreciates my unique sense of humor:

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Three Christmas carolers, circa 1959.

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Passing Shots: Today’s Inspiration

The morning sky reflected on the surface of Lake Jankyville was one of the first images that gave me a spark of inspiration today.  (Lake Jankyville isn’t really a lake; it is the name we’ve given to the puddle that forms on the backyard patio after a heavy rainstorm.)  As thankful as we are to be receiving days of consistent rainfall, it was nice to catch a glimpse of blue sky and clouds with silver lining.

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Today’s second spark of creative inspiration is captured in this passing shot taken just outside my studio door.
Brilliant red and rain soaked petals of a Shasta Daisy glistening in mid-morning sunlight makes me realize how often I have missed the opportunity to appreciate its unique beauty.   We would be wise to remind ourselves to make time to acknowledge our own unique gifts and the beauty that we are capable of sharing with the world if we will only allow ourselves to do so.

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