Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Ho'okupu





A Ho'okupu left up at the sacred rock in Palaau Park (I see this done often). "A Ho'okupu is a gift given in exchange for spiritual mana or energy. It must be done with Proper Inner Most Attitude Which Invokes Grace and Blessings.

E Hele Me Ka Pu’olo
Always Take An Offering With You. Make Every Person Place or Condition Better Than You Left It Always.
Wherever You Go, Always Take Something With You.
This Is The Sacred Hawaiian Way, the Way of Abundant Flow Honoring Ke Akua and His Creation/Nature

The literal meaning is 'to sprout, to activate growth' Ho'okupu are native Hawaiian offerings."

Citing taken from The Sacred Way website.
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Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Shadows of Some Fronds




Each day now, when I pull up in my driveway in the morning, I am greeted by these lovely shadows. I can't help but notice them. I know that the fact that I notice them has to do with the time of year and the angle of the sun in addition to the time of day. I'll bet that in a few months, it won't be the same. If we weren't so distracted by technology, we would, over time, be as good as other ancient cultures have been with their knowledge of astronomy and the movement of the sun, moon and stars in the sky. All it takes is the passing of time and observation and remembering what those observations were, right?

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

What Root Is This?





Cool shadow of a root on the beach I encountered the other day. Trouble is, I don't know what plant this was as it is unrecognizable! Any guesses?


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cloud Shadows









Flying back from Maui to Molokai last week, the clouds below us were fun to watch. Living below clouds, we don't think of them as having shadows (unless a cloud passes over you that is large enough for you to see the passing shadow). It is such a paradox, though that shadows are not there unless there is light. A paradox and a metaphor. Such is the duality that seems to be present everywhere in life.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Joe Spado's Dream Catcher






Fellow blogger and Shadow Shot Sunday regular, Joe Spado (aka Spadoman-LOL) has been on my mind. He must be watching me from where ever he is-with that Great Spirit in the Sky. Seeing the sun casting a shadow on my bedroom wall of the dream catcher he made for me is what started all this thinking down memory lane. Often, we bloggers never get a chance to meet each other-it's a unique kind of community and friendship in some cases. But, a couple of times, Joe found himself going through New Mexico where I used to live and we met up. Second time around, he had his wife with him. Joe was easy to befriend. He also wrote haikus. He loved to make dream catchers and made them from twigs and real sinew-never perfectly round like those you see in gift shops. Very authentic in my eyes.

I had asked Joe to make me a dream catcher for an art project that I was working on. I had been invited along with 14 other photographers, to participate in a group show-one model, 15 photographers. I needed a dream catcher for my model to hold. In trade, I made him a book from things he sent me-real buffalo fur given to him from a chief with whom he was good friends with. Some red dirt from Sonoma. Some trinkets. I can't remember what else, but I made it into a small book on on each page, I had some of the haikus he had written. I knew in making this little book that it would become a keepsake for his daughter and his grandchildren. I don't know how I knew that, but that was a good part of my intention.



Above is the final image I produced-it is a mixed media encaustic piece and the size is 16" x 20". You can read more about the concept behind this image here.



Pictured above is the front cover of the book I made for Joe. Needless to say, we were both please with what we had created for each other.

Joe passed away about 5 years ago. He truly is missed and was such a special person. And a damned good writer and storyteller! If you visit his blog and look through the older posts-look for his ramblings as they are priceless. So are his haikus. So much talent and gone too soon.

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