Fish Creek

fish creek

Fish Creek. First day of fall. September, 2015. Alaska.

It was a beautiful walk, on the first day of Autumn.

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Rough Around the Edges

Rough cut tree, lay fallen on the ground. Mid-March, of 2015. I was hoping to get a clearer photo of the woods grain pattern. That didn't happen.

Rough cut tree, lay fallen on the ground. Mid-March, of 2015. I was hoping to get a clearer photo of the woods grain pattern. That didn’t happen.

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self-respect leads to self-discipline.  When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”  ~Clint Eastwood

Exercising my skills in both, self-respect and self-discipline. In an effort to enhance my experience on this Earth, as a human. 🙂 I’m going to press on.

It’s a Wonderful Thing

leaves

April 6, 2015. Sacramento, California. My birthday, out for a walk. No one ever looks up.

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. ~William Arthur Ward

Yearning

My Instagram photo of some pussy willow. Used the macro focus setting on my cellphone camera. 01/29/15

My Instagram photo of some pussy willow. Used the macro focus setting on my cellphone camera. 01/29/15

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. – Andre Breton

Collage

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A collage of photos I took on a long walk today. 01/29/15

Shortly after my 1st blog post of today, I decided to go for a much-needed walk. It’s my day off from work and I was starting to see nothing but the soap scum in the shower and dirty details around my apartment that told me I was an unclean person if I did anything but spend my time scrubbing.

I fought the nearly uncontrollable URGE to whip out my Mr. Clean white eraser and spray bottles, to not wash every dish in the place as I washed my hands and I got dressed – then, headed out. It was a fantastic day for it.  About 13 degrees and clear. The roads are scraped down more than needed so, loose snow on ice made me walk at a snail’s pace but I decided that meant I was supposed to “slow down.” Guess what? I discovered pussy willow budding (not pictured.) I also discovered a “macro” setting on the camera of my cellphone. It was cool.

I only came home when my thighs burned from the cold through my pants and leggings underneath. I’m so glad that the dishes are still sitting in the sink, it will give me something to do later. 😀

Whole New World

 

the point

The point, summer of 2014.

I’ve felt a bit lost in the big, wide ocean of life, but I can see the shore in the distance. It’s going to take work, but there is a whole new world out there kids.

Return to a Quiet Moment

a quiet moment at the base of a waterfall...

a quiet moment at the base of a waterfall…

The need is strong today to reach back into my mind, and feel the peace that often escapes me. Life is just blowing by lately and with so much to do everyday. The photo is from a hike at Thunderbird Falls, Alaska – I took it at the end of June 2014. I also made sure to take a mental snapshot of not only what I saw but everything I felt, smelled and heard. Today, this moment that you see.. is my happy place.

Knock Knock..

Evidence ofwoodpecker damage?

Evidence of woodpecker damage?

Knock knock… who’s there? Pain in the neck, that’s who. Ok, it’s not really a joke it’s just my current circumstance. I went to the doctor yesterday (a Saturday clinic) for a pain/muscle cramp in the base of my neck that either radiates up my neck into a headache or down to the base of my spine, which causes back ache. A referral was given so that I can visit “complementary medicine” my choice of chiropractic, acupuncture etc. A prescription for ibuprofen and muscle relaxer was also ordered. The muscle relaxer just (so far) makes me tired as if all the life has been drained out me, which I really don’t enjoy.

What does any of this have to do with the photograph? Well, while browsing my photographs of our hike around Thunderbird Falls, Alaska I came across this picture of what looks like woodpecker damage in this tree. I thought, the tree is still living and apparently, a bird was or is living there as well. I imagine the holes inflicting pain/damage to this living being and yet it thrives. I found inspiration in this photo – to make the best of everything, even this short-term problem with neck pain and pills. I have been given a reason to allow my body to rest and heal, I am going to take it.