Posts Tagged ‘Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge’

I find it absolutely fascinating that in a number of places around the world a common way of celebrating something is to fire one’s gun off into the air and yet here in U.S. where we are more or less awash in guns this form celebration is quite uncommon. Instead of that joyous sense of personal violence, we celebrate with the joy of sharing spectacular explosions. Both approaches to celebration have a subtext of danger – people are injured and killed by both forms of celebration, though much less so as a result of the reasonably well-regulated local fireworks display than through those pesky raining bullets that are a consequence of the individual with great celebratory enthusiasm, an automatic weapon and money for ammunition.

Now that I have finished with my pompous pontificating, it is time to turn to a different kind of celebration, one of a gentler sort and for that, a riff from Jimi Hendrix would never work, but this quote from him seems to me to be perfect support for my contribution to Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Celebrate. The photo is of our local (Maple Bluff) fireworks display which, for extra safety, is launched from a barge in Lake Mendota. For perspective. the Wisconsin State Capitol Building is in the background on the right.

 

Excuse me while I kiss the sky. ~ Jimi Hendrix

Celebrate - August 29, 2013

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Wings has left me with an entirely unanticipated dilemma based on a very surprisingly realization. Until I saw Ese’s challenge and thought about it for a bit, I hadn’t realized that classifying my photos might well begin with the approximately evenly split categories “things with wings” and “everything else.” I have thousands of photos of things with wings in nature ranging from bees and wasps to butterflies and dragonflies to hummingbirds and cardinals to blue jays and bald eagles. In the wings found on machines  I have photographed hundreds of winged aircraft including the very small and slow ultralights, the tiny light sport aircraft, the very big Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and the very fast F-16 jet aircraft and things in between. How to choose?

Of course I have treated my dilemma with the solemnity it deserved and offer the following powerful message and accompanying photo to demonstrate the angst I have suffered  whilst considering this challenge.

When Donald Duck traded his wings for arms, was he trading up or trading down? ~ Douglas Coupland

 

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The reason I like your shoot and quote challenges is that they often offer me an opportunity to think outside of the box. The challenge asks for the sources of our inspiration. There are plenty of answers to that question — everything from beauty, to grace, to patterns, to symmetry, to humor, to pathos, to joy, to the unexpected juxtaposition and on and on and on. It is pretty easy for me to find things to photograph.

One of my many sources of inspiration is the one demonstrated here — it is the ability that the digital darkroom offers me to take a photograph and use it as the beginning of a flight of fantasy with more than a dollop of whimsy. Thus it is both the photo and the power of the software tools at hand that together make one of the sources of inspiration for my photography and my contribution to Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Inspiration.

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Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

~ Augustus Hare

A few winters ago we had a cycle of repeated snow, melting and freezing that resulted in a two foot high piece of ice developing on our deck about three feet away from our patio door. What an opportunity! As it melted it created wonderful shapes like a T-Rex, a chipmunk and a lion. It also created fragile structures of great delicacy. Here is one of them, which has always reminded me of a bird in flight.

My Quote for this week’s challenge

Beauty is a fragile gift. ~ Ovid

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Cookie and Cronkite

Here is my take on this week’s Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Touch: an un-posed and touching (in more than one sense) photo of our two dogs: Cookie and Cronkite. I am also including one of my favorite quotes of all time, which is:

Happiness is a warm puppy.  ~ Charles M. Schulz

I hope you enjoy this.

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There are places like this location on the Oregon coast where it is not always clear where ocean and shore begin and end. Streams flowing down from the hills along the shore cut wide paths through the beach allowing the salt water and fresh water to mingle. Large waves crash nearby and the ocean’s waves are readily visible here but do not dominate this enclave (at least not now). Thus, here land gradually becomes sea and sea gradually becomes land and the earth continues on its way. I hope you enjoy my contribution to this week’s Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Continuous.

“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” ~ Alan Watts

Playing with your little cousin is pure happiness.

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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama