Lady of the lake

It was the kind of week that brings defeat on so many levels that you wonder if you will even survive. But I refused to let it define my weekend and so I arose before the dawn and headed to the lake in order to rejuvenate the soul.

I decided to take inspiration from the Arthurian legend  of old and as I drew the sword from the lake’s edge, the horizon began to bleed until all about was the crimson promise of better days ahead.

Though the next battles await with the arrival of another week, I am ready to face them armed with the knowledge that Mother Nature (the true lady of the lake) is always by my side!

Hope these images from this morning add a bit of color and energy into your own week!

Not all stars are in the sky

Yesterday morning’s outing found me in the company of some friends near the Skyway Bridge at low tide. My science teacher friend, her kids and I meandered through the shallow pools finding all sorts of wonderful treasures.

All the starfish  we came across were still alive and we made sure they still would be when the tide returned. It is a true breath of fresh air to be with young kids that love and respect their environment. It gives me hope for the future.

Aiming for the stars and interplanetary travel are themes that feed fantasies of so many of us as we are taught at an early age about exploring space. Yet the true beauty of the galaxy lies here at our feet, if we will only take the time to look for it!

Have a lovely week!

Beauty

It is such an abstract notion. I learned years ago the truth that lived in the old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Which clearly determines that the “eye of the beholder” is the key ingredient in the determination of someone or something being beautiful.

This gorgeous old can, sitting in the salt waters of Tampa Bay, slowly but surely returning in mineral form to the world that gave birth to it … how could I not behold its beauty? The colors, the texture, the shapes … nature reclaiming a man-made item so that one day all that will exist of it is this picture. I hope you see the beauty here …

Have a wonderful week!

Sideways glance

So I have finished my sunrise shoot this morning and am about to get in my car, when I notice out of the corner of my eye how the golden sun is catching the dew that sits on my car roof.

It never ceases to amaze me how just taking that one final look can produce a memorable image.

This is why my mantra over the years has become that of slowing down and letting the eyes provide the window while the heart looks for its moment. I am just restating an old saying of taking the time to stop and smell the roses, but as we each head into another New Year, I wish for each of us a string of moments that our heart has seen and not just our eyes.

Bismuth

One of the most wonderful aspects of the Christmas holiday is when someone special in your life shows how much they know you with the perfect gift. It isn’t so much the monetary value of the “thing” but a statement of clarity in how well you are known and loved.

My artist daughter got me a number of fossils, and precious pieces that really made my day special but the most beautiful from an artistic perspective were these wonderful Bismuth crystals. In case you have never seen them, they are a naturally forming metallic crystal that forms these amazing shapes while cooling and then oxidation adds the wonderful colors to the surface that you see here.

Not that my own sense of wonder needed reinforcing but once again, this spectacular world we live in found a way to display its beauty through yet another magical form. Beauty is not always animal or vegetable, with mineral clearly shining brightly in such a precious manner.

I hope these images add a little color to your week!

In the most unlikeliest of places

Shopping Centers aren’t the normal epicenter of natural beauty but as I arrived onto a property in Venice just ahead of the sun this morning, I was greeted by a heavenly sight of epic proportions.

Which just goes to prove that all you really need to bring to mother nature’s sunrise party, is an open heart, a waking eye, and a trusty camera by your side.

Hope these add some color into your weekend!

Eight thousand words

I managed to capture the take off of an Osprey the other morning and managed to combine eight images to show the track of his flight.

Having a steady hand and a camera that can shoot 15 images per second can really reinforce the value of digital over film cameras.

There is something about bearing witness to such a wondrous moment that really gives impact to the value of being an early riser.

I am incredibly lucky and hope that this image adds a little wonder to your week.

Father, son, sun …

The other morning, I found myself again down by the lake side waiting to see what the sunrise might grace me with. A father and his son came down to the pier waiting for Grandpa to come by with the bait for the day’s fishing trip.

As I caught them in the golden hue of the rising sun, it reinforced for me what I already knew … that sharing your love of the natural world with those that you love, can be truly a moment worth its weight in gold.

I hope these adds a little color to your day and a welcome thought to your week.

Beyond the petals

After I had taken these shots on Saturday, it struck me how many of us look merely at surface beauty even when we are taking the time to admire our surroundings. Flowers and plants are often taken at face value when we just take a quick glance at the colors and contrasts and shapes that they present.

Sometimes, though, when you look beyond the petals and take the time to explore what may be lying beneath the surface, new worlds open to our senses and we are enriched with visions that often go unnoticed.

Here are a couple of moments that I hope might make you look at things a little differently today and I hope they add a bit of natural elegance into your week.