Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Truth




"You are the truth from foot to brow. 
Now, what else do you want to know?"
                                         ~Rumi


© Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio




© Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



© Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio




© Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



Simple and truth often go hand in hand.

Reflecting on a trip home to Molokai this past week-a journey that takes all day and at least three airplanes. It all seems so surreal as we gathered to say goodbye to my cousin who left this world unexpectedly and abruptly. But, the truth is, if you had to pick a way to go, I would pick her way-just not so young, please-in her sleep. She left unannounced, quietly, no pain-so peacefully. In the midst of our pain, this is what we look to in order to come to terms with learning how to go on without her in our lives. She touched everyone's heart who had the pleasure to meet her and know her. Molokai is a small island, mind you-the receiving line at the service wrapped around the block. I think there was easily 400 people or more at the reception afterwards as we celebrated her life. What a legacy she left-and raised 3 generations of children at her daycare at home.

But, do you know what she is most remembered for? Always laughing and smiling-radiating pure joy.

Makes one wonder what kind of legacy one will leave when they're gone. I hope to do at least half as well.

Oh, my gosh-I nearly forgot. It's the first day of spring (well, it is as I type this). Have a joyous spring equinox!


In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Aloha Oe

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I love the simplicity and grace that comes with this shadow. It is just there on a rock on the ground-so unassuming and something that is easily passed by without notice. Yet, when you do notice it, it really grabs you with those graceful lines that are in contrast with the smooth, round surface of the rock. Well, maybe not you, but it does me.

When you get in the habit of noticing the lovely little details of life, things like this become more readily noticed. I truly believe that it has a huge impact on learning how to be in the moment-a quest that many seek.


In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at 
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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Painterly Morning Shadows


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Glancing out on the patio of a friend's house, I notice how her rattan table cast a very patterned shadow on the ground. As a shadow catcher (or, hoarder might be more accurate), it indeed got captured! A subsequent treatment in a post editing filter renders it like a painting. I rather like the outcome.

Outcome. That word alone can drive us to over-obsessing on what might not be realistic-although we may not know it at the time. I will say that, generally speaking, my approach to art and being creative is that I don't necessarily have a firm notion of the outcome. I usually have a notion of the possibility of an outcome, but I let the process and the art be directed by something that isn't a part of my conscious mind. I think the more specific we are in our expectations of an outcome, the more likely we are to be disappointed. I tend to lean towards having my expectations be kind of vague and non-specific. You know, as John Lennon would say, "whisper words of wisdom: let it be."

So, I practice daily the art of letting go and letting it be. It's a work in progress, for sure.  

In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Doggone It!




Cat toy in the hallway in the early morning sunlight. Who could resist?



No words needed for this one. I think it speaks for itself.

Stay warm and dry for those of you in this part of the hemisphere. And, as Ellen Degeneres says, "be kind to one another". I always like that she ends every show with that.


In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Slice Of Heaven





Tent Rocks in New Mexico is a National Monument. Bet most of you didn't know that! It's less than a 45 minute drive from my door-although I don't take advantage of it being so close as much as I think it should. Blame it on the never ending lament of, 'not enough time'.

This unique geological phenom is a result of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption took place event many, many years ago (a few million really). The volcano that 'blew it's top' no longer exists and instead, we are left with a giant caldera:

"The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks, and vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet.[2]" (from Wikipedia)

If you come to visit New Mexico, make sure you put this on your list of stops-even in a wheelchair, you can at least see these rock formations without having to do the hike. If you can hike, it is an easy hike and GREAT for kids! To better plan your trip, be sure to visit the department of tourism's website (New Mexico True).


In the meantime, join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

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