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Red Machine in a Green Field

May 16th, 2016

Red Machine in a Green Field

I have no idea what this thing is. But it looks cool in the green field. It sat there all winter looking cool (ahem!) in the snow. Itís my next door neighborsí field, so I guess I could ask them, but so far I havenítÖ

Sometimes you donít need to know everything about a thing to appreciate it. Sometimes knowing too much about something can even kill the enjoyment. Nothing against knowledge, but sometimes itís good to just perceive whatís in front of you on its own terms, not as what it does, or what itís for, just for what it is, and what it is, is justÖ that red machine in the green field.

And itís cool. And thatís enough.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Plus a little about how I go about creating these images. Just go click on the link for more information.

Thanks! Letís have fun.

Attack of the Killer Dandelions

May 14th, 2016

Attack of the Killer Dandelions

Look out! Theyíre coming to prettify your lawn!

Ah, but then they turn white and all those little puffy things go all over, and most people donít think thatís so pretty.

But wait! ó then after that thereís more pretty dandelions!

Oh my, what are we to make of this cycle of pretty, not so pretty, and back again?

Well, we could defend our lawn and attack it with powerful lawn mowing tractors. Or with killing chemicals. Both of which are whatís usually done.

Defend our lawns from natureís pretty patrol?

Whatís wrong with us two-leggeds anyway?

Whereís the balance between the human need to tidy up nature and natureís persistent efforts to be extravagantly beautiful?

I donít know, but I donít think the answer lies in tractors that pollute the air and poisoning the soil for our children and grandchildren.

I know. The neighborhood association isnít going to like my attitude.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Plus a little about how I go about creating these images. Just click on the link for more information.

Thanks! Letís have fun.

Hard Rock, Soft Grass

May 11th, 2016

Hard Rock, Soft Grass

No, not rock and roll and drugs!

More like yin and yang.

Hard and soft, fast and slow. The grass has a fast life, the rock a slow life. I know. Most of us think of the grass as alive, and the rock as not. An understandable misconception, though.

The rock lives its life very slowly, so incredibly slowly that we donít, or canít, notice it. And to be fair, mineral life is a very different kind of life, after all. Doesnít meet the current scientific definition of life, but it does meet the understanding of many indigenous peoples.

SoÖ hard and soft, fast and slow, vegetable and mineral ó and humans to observe and ponder and try to figure it all out.

Fun, isnít it?

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Plus a little about how I go about creating these images. Just click on the link for more information.

Into the Sun

April 28th, 2016

Into the Sun

An old dry stream bed, a few of last autumnís leaves still clinging to some branches, debris from the winter storms littering the ground, and early spring grasses poking through the whole mess and yetÖ

All it takes is a dramatic light source down low where we canít ignore it like we can when the sun is high up in the sky, when we so often take what we see for granted as if it were just ordinary.

But then once the sun drops into our line of sight so that we have to flip the visors on our windshields down, or put up our hands to shield our eyes, everything takes on an ethereal glow like we just walked into a realm of spirit.

Which of course we have.

But thereís nothing there that wasnít there before the light changed. So do we really want to wait until the day we walk into the light to appreciate the magic thatís right in front of us right now?

Just another one of Natureís helpful hints hiding in ordinariness.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Just click on the link for more information.

Sunset SIlos

April 26th, 2016

Sunset SIlos

Itís a magical time of day at the farm. Itís called the Golden Hour, but this gold shines as bright in the city or suburbs, the desert, the jungle or ocean.

Thereís a unique beauty that hides beneath the bright daylight, as lovely as that can be. But that warm slanting light that comes in the last hours of the day is just magical. Itís transformative, it takes the ordinary and kisses it with a kind of love that reveals to us that behind that ordinariness, that everydayness, that ho-hum same olí same ol', thereís a numinous reality thatís more magical than any fantasy.

Because this magic is real. This fantasy is not fantasy at all. Itís hiding in plain sight, teasing, enticing, inviting us to see deeply. And all it takes is a little change in the light to show us whatís there all the time.

Ho hum indeed.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Just click on the link for more information.

April Afternoon

April 25th, 2016

April Afternoon

No crops yet, but of course the cattle still need to be cared for. And itís just about time to start plowing, which some of the farmers have already begun. Still, itís a beautiful afternoon before the spring chores take over life.

Any way you look at it, farming is hard work. If you think your morning commute is rough, try slogging out to tend to the animals in the rain and mud or trudging through the wind and snow at zero dark thirty. Sure, itís all romantic to think of the farmer close to nature, and the rhythms of the earth, and all thatís true, but being close to nature means being out in numbing cold, blistering heat, rain, wind or snow. For long hours. Doing hard physical labor.

Nature is beautiful, and humans do best when theyíre close to nature, but mother earth is one tough momma, and she wonít let you get away with anything.

Just ask a farmer. Better yet, thank a farmer. That food didnít just go poof and appear magically on the shelves in the supermarket.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Just click on the link for more information.

Tiny Deer

April 21st, 2016

Tiny Deer

Iím not at all sure what kind of deer these are. But cute. definitely cute.

Which is not to minimize the magnificent beings that they are. Just because they look all cuddly (which theyíre actually not!), donít weigh in with the mass of an elephant, or command fear like the big jungle cats, does not mean they are not awesome creatures.

Hmm. A lot of negatives in that last sentence, so let me try to put it another way.

These little guys are living out their existence according to the place they have on our planet, same as all us earthlings are. And they are worthy of exactly the same degree of respect as every other magnificent and cute and cuddly (OK, some not so much) living creature. Including you. (Whoa, snuck that right in, didnít I?)

But theyíre still ridiculously cute.

Maybe like someone you met in the mirror this morning?

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Just click on the link for more information!

Almost Spring

April 19th, 2016

Almost Spring

Still waitingÖ

Maybe a better way to phrase it would be to say Preparing rather than Waiting. Those trees that look so dead and frozen are all abuzz and atwitter with excitement as they make the final preparations for the tiny buds that weíll see in just a few more days.

They donít just pop out of nowhere, you know. Thereís a whole lot of gestatiní goingí on in them tall ones.

So. Whatís the point here?

Maybe it looks like nothing is happening in your love life, your business, your sales, your whatever. Everything looks just as dead and frozen as it did yesterday and the day before and the day before that.

But you canít go by Looks Like. If you havenít given up, if youíre still working at what youíre working at, thereís stuff happening, thereís energy moving in the universe, and you donít ó and canít ó know whatís gestatiní in there.

But springtimeís a-coming, and itíll be here at just the right time, so hang in there. I didnít say your time. I said the right time. As determined by stuff thatís way above my pay grade to understand.

So donít ask, youíre on your own with this one.

This image is from my gallery, Out Here in the Country -- check it out when you get a chance because youíll get to see the full resolution image in all its detail. Just click on the link for more information.

Cold Pond

April 18th, 2016

Cold Pond

Cold Pond

BrrrrÖ

But itís not frozen over. This is a normal part of the transition. Cold, warm, snow, warm again, fierce cold winds, gentle soft breezes.

The trees didnít give up and fall over because it snowed after a few lovely warm days. OK, they turned blue with the cold, but theyíll get over it. Itís just how things happen when youíre moving from one season to another. Yeah, it can be smooth and easy and gradual, but lifeís more likely bumpy and lumpy. Like real mashed potatoes (not the flakes that come in a box!).

Two steps forward, one step back. Or three or four or five back. But eventually, the forward momentum canít be stopped. Itís the nature ofÖ well, nature.

Pushing Through the Roses

April 14th, 2016

Pushing Through the Roses

Theyíre not so pretty, all by themselves, although they do have a beauty of their own. Not so flashy. Not so showy.

Pushy?

Well, yes. But in a way that actually complements the roses, and makes them both more than either alone. What they do seem to have is a solid self confidence. Theyíre confident in their plainness. Confident that itís just them being completely themselves that makes everything better.

Assertiveness training through flower arranging. Whoída thunk?

This image is from my gallery, Xtreme Florals -- check it out when you get a chance! To see a full resolution image of this digital artwork in full detail please click on the link for more information.

 

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