Thursday, October 30, 2008

Haiku Moment #7
beauty of the everyday
Thought for today:
Listen. Learn. Grow.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness."
...Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Haiku Moment #6
"A journey
latch-key swings back and forth

Monday, October 27, 2008

Haiku Moment #5
tears cradled in pink petals
dancing patterns.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Flowers are so inviting to study. Look at the pink color. Raindrops are on each petal. A petal, another petal make up a flower. Quiet undeclared beauty awakens my soul. This rose waits patiently. Soon these petals will be left behind to decompose. Lost.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

" dad instilled in me a pure appreciation for home. He reveled in the elegant, epicurean pleasures of hearth and family, and he showed me that everything I'll ever need can be found within."
The Wabi-Sabi House The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty, Robyn Griggs Lawrence, CLARKSON POTTER/PUBLISHERS, NY, ©2004, Dedication Page "For My Father".

I was very fortunate to have a similar father. I remember once he brought me to a restaurant in Chicago for lunch. He asked me to order a baked potato without sour cream, butter, salt and pepper. He wanted me to eat the potato and taste the potato and honor the potato that I was eating. At the time, I didn't know he was teaching me how to live in a wabi-sabi house; but he was.

Friday, October 24, 2008

"O Great Spirit, help me remember the peace that may be found in silence."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
...Albert Camus

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Today, I saw shadows dancing in-between tall skyscrapers, hundreds of people walking, a man cleaning brass while talking on a cell phone and the “L” going around the Loop. All these sights and sounds welcomed me back to Chicago. There isn’t a place like it!

I saw a photography exhibit of India at the Cultural Center. Revisited an architectural display. Checked out a gift shop. I keep going back to enjoy a sandwich and to listen to talented guest musicians and get comfortable with memories of bygone days at this place.

After getting my teeth cleaned, shopping till I dropped and completing a photo shoot, I headed for home. The last thing I saw was an elderly man who could hear the piped in music at Lake Street Station and played along with the violin. The sound touched my soul. Such joy he brought me this day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A neighbor and long time friend invited me to a book review. It was delightful! Barbara Rinella was a dynamic speaker who didn't use cheat sheets but did bring props. She had a pillbox hat and sunglasses and a dark wig to imitate Jacqueline Kennedy. She brought a dress and hat to look like Eleanor Roosevelt. And so on. She would dress and walk and mentioned details or a funny thing that happened which would peak listeners interest to learn more about each White House President's wife. Margaret Truman's book entitled FIRST LADIES was one of the books Ms. Rinella used for accurate stories. Check out her website for other books she recommends and upcoming book review events

When it stopped raining, I went shooting with my camera. I found some mums, some roses, a waterfall and yes; I took more morning glory shots. Today, I noticed a lot of buds, some buds barely opened looked like tiny stars, and then there were these two gigantic leaves. Why only two? I seem to be studying morning glories like artists did in the past with horses and ballet dancers. Soon frost will come and I will become interested in other subject material. Life is such an adventure!

Monday, October 20, 2008

This shot was taken in our own backyard. Morning glories are growing helter-skelter on an entrance gate. It is my husband's favorite flower. He is pleased to see them climbing on the tall pine next door. It is like morning glory heaven here. This photo is of a morning glory after a heavy rainstorm. My goal is to see ordinary things differently.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Haiku Moment
"now hear fall mums."

I saw this advertisement painted on a board with red paint. The sign should have said, "Now here fall mums." The word hear should have been here. Whenever my husband and I would go by the Garden Center, we would laugh and say "Do you hear the mums yet?" Use your imagination and let me know if you can hear the fall mums.
I think that this mistake, is a wonderful Haiku poem. Don't you?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Haiku Moment #4
"bug on face
funnel-shaped morning glories
blue twined"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Close-up of a sunflower.
Haiku Moment #3
shards of glass
broken-down abandoned building
beacons from yesterday

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Haiku Moment #2
three circle stones
rough ride in the sea
stories disappear
Haiku Moment #1
mountain climbing
don't look back at where you've been
cold glass of ice tea

Morning Glory image facing sun. Still exploring textures and shapes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"In your travels may there be
Beauty behind you,
Beauty on both sides of you,
And beauty ahead of you."
...Navajo Indian

Blue Morning Glory shot from underneath, then cropped to show patterns and textures.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"When the writing starts, listen."
...Marianne Moore

Monday, October 13, 2008

What I learned on shooting an abandoned building:
Don't wear crocs.
Be aware what is on the ground such as broken glass, tree roots or nails.
Have someone guarding your back.
Look for shots close to home, click and later crop.
Shoot before 9:00 AM or after 4:00 PM.
This is an image of torn plastic covering a window of an abandoned building.
"When the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
...Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, October 12, 2008

"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively."
...Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, October 5, 2008

"The voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
...Marcel Proust

Friday, October 3, 2008

Texture of wood, stucco, glass, brick and torn screen attracted my attention. Torn screen looks like several skyscrapers. Could not pass up this shot.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Saw these unidentified variegated plants; then I cropped image.
Now it looks like an abstract painting.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What I have learned so far:
Put copyright symbol on photo.
Choose a subject then shoot it.
Example: Eyes
Be flexible. See a different image.
Shoot it too.
Example: Cabbages and raindrops
Look at subject from a different view.
Whole image can be broken up into parts.
Example: This image is of a tractor disk.