27 March 2017
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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The strange phenomenon of time’s passing works its way through my days. Time can linger but rarely. Usually it moves with a nonstop cadence that wavers between slow and gallop.
An open gate accompanies my ongoing affair with time, forging days of choice and freedom: no clock to awaken me, just my internal circadian rhythm, which has been forever adjusted by my mature hormones.
As I laze in bed each morning, my new awareness climbs in next to me. After eight years of retirement, this winter’s continuous performance of grey days boosted my thoughts about a more relaxed approach to each day’s beginning.
No need to pop out of bed at first light, as I’ve been doing for decades. That habitual persistence was egged by my awareness and need to use time with its continuous dissolve. I am coerced to capture every moment, even in its illusion. Now I realize that even in the moment, there is a need to truly be with the moment, not in thought but in habit.
With tribute to time’s passage and its necessity in my life’s purpose, I honor it with this orchid photomontage—a photomontage that lands in Spring to heighten the brilliance of gifts yet to arrive. The radiance of the reddish-purple is the perfect hue to fuse my daily awareness with the here and now (and not just words but reality). Now I’m ready for a morning of foraging and forest bathing–bathing that soothes the spirit and soul with the ambience of nature.
Tip of the Week:
One of the masters of botanical photography was American artist Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976). A degree in chemistry helped her understand the science of the darkroom. In the years after the 1920s Cunningham focused on macro images, directing some of her efforts to the magnolia blossom. The exhibition, Imogen Cunningham in Focus, which includes her botanicals, runs through June 18, 2017, at the Herb Ritts Gallery (Gallery 169), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information about a deeply spiritual interpretation of her visual world, visit the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.
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2nd Monday: Macro.
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