Friday, August 22, 2014

234/365-2 Green

"Dad's Cactus"

My pictures and prompts for the last few days are all jumbled up.  I love the cactus picture that I took yesterday so I am using it here for my response to today's "green" prompt, despite the fact that it has a n abundance of blue.  I probably should have swapped yesterday's and today's images, but I don't look ahead at the prompts so I didn't realize the proximity of these two.

I did, however, take a "green" photo.  It does absolutely nothing for me.

And because it does so little for me, I decided to play with it as well.

This is even less appealing!.

It looks like the result of a Monster energy drink having had an extremely unfortunate encounter with  cheap liquor.

But it is green.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

233/365-2 Serene

"Life and Beyond"

My head has been in a hundred different places today and none of them was serene.   I spent the morning reconstructing the document that I lost yesterday because of a hard drive issue and I had a series of phone calls to make and take that consumed this afternoon.  Honestly, I was not the least bit inspired, but after my disappointment with yesterday's photo, I managed a slight attitude adjustment and began looking for serenity in the midst of what feels like chaos,  not only in a feeling, but in an image.

What caught my attention was a cactus.  It's the "baby" of one of my dad's cacti.  I brought home with me when we visited in June.  I'm sure TSA had a good laugh at the cactus in the pocket of my backpack.  It certainly did not contain more than three ounces of liquid.  It joined a couple other small cacti, ones that we already had, in a planter whose sand is accented with blue glass beads.  At the time I was taking the photos, I did not even pay attention to the stones.  It was view of the top of the cactus with what looks like spokes radiating out from its center.  

And, it too, is producing quite a number of offspring.

I think that the cactus is absolutely beautiful; however, its beauty does not elicit a feeling of serenity.  Still, I knew it had to be today's picture.  How do you look at all of the prickly needles on this and find any sense of peace or calm?

Earlier in the weak, a couple of friends posted instructions for creating an orb in Photoshop.  Just for fun, I decided to try it with my cactus picture.  Before creating the orb, I did crop the above picture square.  The results with the manipulations were quite fascinating, but still in no way seemed to me to satisfy the daily prompt.

Deep down, I had this nagging feeling that I had been led to this image.  It was not a desperate attempt to just get it done.  I was supposed to take this shot.  I stared at it for several minutes trying to make sense of it.  Is it the color?  No.  Green is associated with life and health.  Blue is the color most often related to peace and calm.  That is why I am so drawn to the color blue.  And then it hit me...

All of the green does indeed represent life with all of its prickly, painful places.  At the top, in what looks like a vortex pulling to the inside, is the small patch of blue, the peace and calm that come after we have endured all the difficulties of this life.  It represents the most serene of all places.

And then there is the circle...

I suspect that this image still has more to say to me.

232/365-2 The Number 5

"One Short"

Yesterday was not a good day.  The hard drive on my computer decided that it was more work for it.  Unfortunately for me, this happened in the midst of saving a huge document that I was working on for school.  On the positive side, Weber was able to retrieve most of the document and the rest I was able to reconstruct fairly easily today.

I also had another course added to my load.  I am denying that for the time being...maybe until Saturday.

I ended up with five instead of six of Weber's socks when I folded laundry.

Thank goodness days are only twenty four hours.  This one went on about twenty three hours too long.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

231/365-2 Unnecessary

"No Grazing"

Now that I have grazed myself through summer, it is time to get rid of the unnecessary and unwanted pounds that I acquired during the past few months.  It is always easier for me to lose weight during the school year because my days are much more structured.  We'll see if I can reach my fall semester goal...just in time for Christmas cookies!  


This Picasso quote was the first thing that came to mind when I read today's prompt.  I had no vision of what to photograph, but I was inspired by these words.  I decided that I "needed" to take the other photo as evidence of my commitment to lose some weight.  After doing that, however, the quote was still swimming around in my head.  I had to do something with it.  Thus was born the above photo.

Monday, August 18, 2014

230/365-2 Begins With "C"

'C is for Cuddle"

A nice way to end the first day back to school...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

229/365-2 Eye Level

"Think Big!

Your perception is your reality so think big!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

228/365-2 Looking From the Outside

"Dog Envy"

Frankie is an indoor cat.  The only time she goes outside is when she is invited to sit on one of our laps out on the back patio.  Most of the time she is perfectly content being an inside cat.  She has her own comfy chair and the food and water are plentiful.  Every now and then, particularly when the dogs are outside, she looks a little unhappy about not being outdoors with them.  Today was was perched in the ding room window watching the lizards play on the front porch.  This is the look that she gave me when I went outside to take her photo - and unintentionally scared away her entertainment. 

I'm a bit surprised by how orange she looks here.  It seems that she continues to get darker and darker.