Friday, March 31, 2017

Double Rainbow

About two weeks ago I stepped out my front door to find this wonderful view.

No other words for this post - just nature's beauty.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Start My Day with Gratitude

Today I was at the Nampa Rec Center at 5am, when they open. That's way earlier than I normally get there, but I had an appointment and had to fit in my exercise earlier. There's a group of regulars who are at the NRC every morning at 5am. This morning I was the fourth one there. With everybody standing in line, I decided to hold the door. I ended up holding it for about 40 people.

How many times have you started a day with dozens of people saying, "Thank you"? This is probably the first time I have and it was a great way to start the day.

I was able to express kindness and I received gratitude in return.
They were able to receive kindness, and express gratitude.
That sure seems like a win-win situation to me.

I don't know how often I'll do the same thing, but I received a great return for minimal effort.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Edward's Greenhouse

Yesterday a group of photographer friends went to Edward's Greenhouse for a photo field trip. I'm not a flower photographer. It's not that I can't shoot flowers - I just don't enjoy that subject matter. And there are other photographers in the camera clubs who are very talented in that arena. Even so, it's good to push my boundaries, to expand my comfort zone. And a friend assured me there was way more than just flowers there - and he was right.

I found more subjects to shoot than I had time for. I even discovered some fun in shooting flowers. There were textures and shapes and lines and it all just worked together so beautifully. In such a target rich environment, the trouble for me is finding where to start. Directly inside the front door is a room filled with small plants, tchotchkes, etc. I could have spent several hours just in that room alone. Normally when I get to a new place, I start by just walking around for a while, not shooting anything, just trying to take in all that is available. But on this day, I decided to just start shooting, to see what I might find.

For most of the day, I had an extension tube on the lens, giving me the ability to shoot macro. I don't shoot much macro normally, but given an opportunity like this greenhouse presented, how could I not? Plus, I prefer to take photos of details and small scenes. And with a macro lens - now that's pretty small.

I discovered that when shooting plants (and other things) in macro, many things become abstract. I like abstracts. They allow the viewer's mind to wander and wonder. The inevitable question is always: What is it? But with abstracts that a question I never answer.

Edward's Greenhouse Photo Album