Did you ever have one of those moments when you're frantically looking for something that you really want and everywhere you thought it would be turns up nothing? And, then you some how simply give up trying so hard, perhaps tired and frustrated, and then it seems to magically appear. This was one of those moments.
We had just spent an hour driving as fast as we could in the dark to capture the sunrise at the Grand Canyon's east entrance. With lots of cloud coverage, it wasn't one of those picture perfect sunrises. As a photographer I was a little disappointed since who knows when I would return. Personally, I was simply thrilled to be here. Then it was time to find wildlife in the park. For some reason we were stuck on photographing deer that morning. We drove through all the forest areas we through they would be. Over an hour later, nada. A little tired and very hungry we headed to the visitor center. And, you guessed it. There they were. right there in the parking lots. Lots of them. They were totally unfazed by all of us gawking at them in pure delight. Seeming too busy and hungry to notice us, they simply kept on munching on grass and jumping up to eat the leaves of the tree.
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It's a busy day over here. Writing this blog post between uploading images and writing text for a fellowship. Two more work related projects to finish and, yahoo, it's time to pack-up luggage and photography gear for Ireland. Excitement is building.
The change of seasons seems like the prefect time to launch my new website. Although, in south Florida, You can't really tell that there is a change in season. It's more like we have a perpetual season called hot with varying degrees year-round. Even though the meaning of autumn is often misunderstood to imply going into darkness or death; it feels like a most positive turning point to me. Symbolically it is the season between light and dark, summer and winter, outer and inner growth and awareness -- a time of balance.
Traditionally it is associated with a rush of activity in gathering the fruits of one's labor in preparation of a quieter, deep, inner time. Inspired by the radiance of autumn's colors, it's a time to account for and acknowledge our bounty, harvest and blessings. All of this resonates as truth for me.
For the past several months or so I've been in high-gear preparing for my month-long artist residency at Olive Stack Gallery in lovely Listowel. In preparation of what I feel will be a working meditative experience, I've upgraded many things in my life and business. Ironically, reflecting on it now I can't even remember all of them. Some were big, others small and all seemed essential and, in some cases, long overdue. From designing this new website (to this point any ways), to many new purchases including clothes and boots, new laptop, latest photography software upgrade and even new glasses to new front doors. Some things went smoothly and many didn't. It oftentimes felt like moving one step forward and two steps back, perfectly normal since most of this time has been mercury in retrograde. All the while one big item has been droning on for six months now - settling with insurance company over a water leak incident. And, if all goes as promised it may be resolved by tomorrow...just in time for celebration time.