Saturday, February 06, 2016

Small, But Mighty






A cottonwood leaf celebrates what remains of a mighty cottonwood tree-something that was perhaps a good 100 years old before it came to an end. The trunk is massive and the leaf is all but microscopic. But, it is as significant as the tree was-no less!


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Locked Up (In Chains)





"It is only with the heart
that one can see rightly:
what is essentially invisible
to the eye." 
                     
~Antoine De Saint-Exupery



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Up, Up and Away!

(all images in this post taken by Jessica Saienni)

When you go for a ride in a hot air balloon, some of the passengers are asked to help-that's my son in the foreground.




Early morning sun=really cool shadows.




The Railyard in Albuquerque. the big circle at the top is where trains would turn around.




This shot is shortly after liftoff-somewhere near Coors Blvd and Montano in Albuquerque



Truth be told, I have a strange combination of fear of heights in wide open spaces. The thought of getting into a hot air balloon and ascending up into the sky with the earth below opening up below me is terrifying. Being up in an airplane, I am fine as I am not exposed to the wide open space. On a ski lift chair coming down a mountain puts me in to a near panic mode. I'm OK going up on a ski lift chair though. But a hot air balloon? Forget it! I simply can't do it. Trams sometimes get me too even though I am in an enclosed space, I can see how far the earth is from my feet. Hard to explain. Not logical, I know, but there you go.

However, today my son, John and his girlfriend, Jessica, celebrated one year of being together. She planned this whole trip out and kept it a secret from him. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and the ride was epic. They could see everywhere for probably at least 70 miles in any direction. These images are the ones she took on their early morning flight. Needless to say, they had a great day celebrating the occasion.


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Peace Is There





My Peace Is There

my way is in the sand flowing
between the shingle and the dune
the summer rain rains on my life
on me my life harrying fleeing
to its beginning to its end

my peace is there in the receding mist
when I may cease from treading these long shifting thresholds
and live the space of a door
that opens and shuts
~Samuel Beckett


A must see if you are ever in NM is the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. The making of it took place well over 6-7 million years ago from a catastrophic volcanic explosion.

It's a simple hike-perfect for kids, and very close to town (about a 45 minute drive from Albuquerque). I never tire of seeing the landscape here-in fact, I always find it to be quite magical. If you live in the area and you haven't been here yet, GO!!! Go early in the day as it is popular. It is a hike out in the high desert climate, so plan accordingly and most of all, soak it all in and savor the textures and surfaces of the landscape along with the ever changing light.


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Saturday, January 09, 2016

In The Dead Of Winter











I suppose we are long overdue for an actual winter here in NM. But, here it is! There has been snow on the ground since Christmas and we haven't had the sunny days that we are used to. Just some moments of sunshine that falsely lulls us into thinking that everything will be as it usually is. This image was a brief moment in time when the sun peeked out to show me its stuff-it also belies the fact that there is still much snow on the ground-this spot just happened to not have it. I took full advantage of it! The first image has gone through some photo editing, the second is the same image completely unaltered.

Don't forget to slow down to stop and enjoy the beauty that is around you. If you say there is none or very little, I'll say that you haven't slowed down. Stop the busy. Take in some mindful, deep breaths. Smell the air. Feel it on your skin. See the sky and the clouds. Don't forget to go out and watch the colors of the sky as the sun sets. For life is too short to let all this beauty pass you by!

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