Saturday, September 24, 2011

Latching On To Fall...

"I recently ran across a story about a native American tribal leader describing his own inner struggles. He said, "There are two dogs inside me. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time." Someone asked him which dog usually wins, and after a moment's reflection, he answered, "The one I feed the most."    -Rabbi Harold Kushner

Always remember to feed the good dog.

On my morning walk (that is, when I do), I always have my cell phone with me just in case I um, need to, um make a phone call....NOT!!! In case I need to take a picture! I encountered this a few weeks ago and saved it as a kick off photo for fall. I'm starting to get familiar with exactly how close I can get before it is completely out of focus. And, I almost always use the free Retro camera ap. It has 5 Retro Camera looks.

I love fall...perhaps my favorite time of year even if it does mark the end of warm weather and ushers in the cold that comes with winter. The light is beautiful, the air just sparkles. Quiet takes on a new meaning. I feel very grounded and centered in the fall. More, " in the moment..."

And, a latch from my archives which I don't think I've ever posted. This latch is a particularly good one with the nice rust on it and the painted wood surface it sits on. If it weren't for the date in the file information that I have in Photoshop, I would not know where I took this picture of a latch as I will photograph just about any latch I encounter. This one is from the Albuquerque Rail Yard-my first visit there.

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)

Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2010 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account. Click here to view them.


Dianne said...

I am going to remember the two dogs, wonderful analogy

love the texture of your shots

Ralph said...

We see little to no utility in a dead leaf, more a chore to remove. Aha, you have found a fine use for one - a shadow that is great. We need to think a bit harder about reusing the old and brown foliage...

The latch is great - the surface rust adds a neat texture to the old steel. Not useless, the latch still provides is usual function, the honest a and functional style still there. A great capture actually!

forgetmenot said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. Fall is coming and with a beauty all its own. I love the first photo-very nice. Great story about the 2 dogs--we need to be careful which one we feed. Thanks for telling me about the haiku meme--I'll check it out. Have a lovely weekend. Micke ;)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Well done....I especially like the old rusted gate lock. And that quote by the Native American.........gotta love that too.

My Link: Backyard Shadow

Have a terrific weekend.

Sylvia K said...

I love the two dogs story! I'll keep that one around! And your shadow shots are always terrific and different and I love them, too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Paula! Enjoy!


Cassie said...

Terrific ShadowShots. Nice that you could remember taking the first one for Fall...I do that, then can't locate the photos when the time has come. Hehe,old age sucks. Happy SSS Paula!

sarayutouched said...

love this post paula...great pictures. love that you are "in the moment" thata girl!! have a great weekend!!!

frayedattheedge said...

I like the rusty latch - although I sometimes worry that it might be strange to get excited about rusty things!!

Patti said...

Interesting photo of the rusty latch.

I also love fall..and I don't mind saying goodbye to heat and humidity!

I could never live in the South.

And as I said on some other peoples' blogs, I'm very much looking forward to the foliage!

Hope you enjoy the first weekend of autumn!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The hook-and-eye latch reminds me of many of the same ilk I have known over the years, some as rusted as the one you photographed. They are a simple, sturdy breed, that do their job uncomplainingly!


Shadow bold and shadow bright,
Shadow with me day and night,
Shadow taller than a tree,
Tell me what you think of me!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Desert shadows here and here

Catherine said...

love that first shot - and the dog story too!

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember the good-dog/bad-dog story and it is SO true.
Beautiful photos, Paula, you have such a good eye.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

chubskulit said...


My shadow post,your comment will be highly appreciated.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photos, especially I like the first one.
Great story as a reminder to all of us.

Regards and best wishes

Spadoman said...

Those words are very wise. I will remember them. I've heard that saying before, but I tewnd to forget while everyday life devours me. (Who is doing THAT feeding?)
Love both of the shots. The dry leaf, casting a bold shadow, and that latch! I love looking deep into it.
I nwas in Alb on Wednesday. Bought Lobos gear to take back to the Grandkids. Home now. See you in a month or so.


Joan said...

The one we feed the most... so very true!
Love your captures for the day.

gigihawaii said...

hmmm. How do we know he didn't feed the mean dog? lol.

It may be autumn, but it is still hot and muggy here in Hawaii... typical Septemer weather. We have to use the a/c every day!


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