There is magic in quiet mornings. Mary Oliver sums it up in one of my favorite poems, ‘Softest of Mornings’. (Okay, every poem Mary Oliver ever wrote is my favorite…)
Softest of mornings, hello. And what will you do today, I wonder, to my heart? And how much honey can the heart stand, I wonder, before it must break?
This is trivial, or nothing: a snail climbing a trellis of leaves and the blue trumpets of flowers.
No doubt clocks are ticking loudly all over the world. I don’t hear them. The snail’s pale horns extend and wave this way and that as her fingers-body shuffles forward, leaving behind the silvery path of her slime.
Oh, softest of mornings, how shall I break this? How shall I move away from the snail, and the flowers? How shall I go on, with my introspective and ambitious life?
I took my new zoom lens out for its first spin during an early morning moonrise. I quickly learned variable aperture = learning curve. The sun was coming up so I only had a few minutes to get set up. I am definitely looking forward to more moon shooting in the near future.
Here are some birdie-in-the-yard shots. Bird photography = another learning curve. They like to move. : )
You guessed it. Another moody, gloomy, winter botanicals post. I can’t get enough of these dreamy vintages lenses. I could walk around anywhere all day and not get enough of the swirly bokeh. Anyway, spring can’t come soon enough, and I’m thrilled that we’ll see subtle signs of her in the coming months.
One fun thing about January so far: I’ve been really into tarot cards. On the advice of a very experienced tarot reader, I purchased a really lovely deck. I’m absolutely hooked! There has been a really neat theme in the cards I’ve pulled so far.
Moody tones of green. We found a mantis egg sack nestled on a horsetail stem. I sure do love vascular plants and I’ve made a mental note to return to this spot with the macro lens in the next few weeks to try to find hatched babies
Excited to finally have some time to play with the film camera. More to come on this later as I slowly begin collecting what I’ll need for home development.
Sweet moments with this wild girl.
A former classmate asked me to photograph her in her wedding gown, so we had some fun one (very bright) day. Hoping to get more practice with portraits in the coming months! It’s definitely trickier than insects or flowers. Especially the editing process.
January has been lovely so far. It will conclude with my 31st birthday and hopefully some warmer weather. I’m really hoping to see signs of spring early this year.
Here are some recent pics of Mulato and some cozy morning shadows for good measure.
My best friend gave me a sweet window crystal that I put in my bedroom to cast rainbows everywhere. Found kitty Mulatu sitting in one a few days ago. He’s so gorgeous and sweet. He’s adjusting so well and if he isn’t screaming for love he’s sitting at the window watching birds in the feeders. Love him.
The last few Decembers have been tricky. Emotionally exhausting. Sad. Gloomy. Anxiety all the time. The gray December weather never helps. Right now I’m feeling pretty ready for the new year. A large part of my excitement stems from the three-week cross-country road trip I’m planning for May. It’ll cover fifteen states, a few major cities, a lot of small, forgotten, dusty towns, sunrises and sunsets in multiple deserts, canyons, and at least eleven amazing national parks, including Joshua Tree, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. And camping. And all of the hiking. Can’t wait to wander and document it here.
There are more exciting plans in the works, too. Anyway, here are some pictures from December. Looking forward to peace and adventures in 2021.
Played with my vintage Pentax 50mm 1.4 that came with a film camera. More on the film camera later. Much later.
I shot all of these wide open, so the images are a little blurry. Okay, they’re really blurry. When it warms up I’ll play around outside with this lens again, and hopefully I’ll get some sharper images after stopping down. I really like this lens. It’s easy to handle and it focuses so smoothly. I love the bokeh, and hopefully it’s just as dreamy at higher apertures.
Global pandemic aside, 2020 has been a hell of a year. To add to the craziness, the new hobbies, the personal growth ventures and goals, and the challenges, I decided to adopt a cat! Meet Mulatu. He found me at a “cat cafe” in Brevard, NC. I named him after an Ethiojazz artist I’m really fond of. His name means “complete” or “full”, and like Mulatu Astatke, kitty Mulatu jumped around quite a bit before finding where he needs to be. Welcome home, Mulatu.