Sunday Stills – The Landscape of My Life

For Sunday Stills – Your Favorite Landscapes

The Landscape of My Life

The landscape of my life lies before me
and it is beautiful
filled with the ‘teeners of Colorado
bleeding their rust-colored stains
the Grand Canyon deep and vast
where Condor shadows fade in twilight
Sunset on a snowy field sends skyward
a brilliant flash of gold
south to Death Valley’s salt flats
eerie, barren, grey and cold
I have seen so many sights
from Zion and Osaka,
New Zealand and Kauai
The landscape of my life lies before me
and … it is beautiful

We spent many summers in Colorado, Silverton, Ouray and Durango. It was here in the Red Mountain Pass I began to understand “Colorado Rocky Mountain High” whether from the majesty of the landscape or the lack of oxygen, I cannot say.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We have visited there several times alone and with family. Pictures cannot do it justice for it is the very definition of the word “vast.” I have never felt so small.

“Flash of Green” over the horizon in South Dakota. “Presence of God” moment, perhaps a soul coming back to earth.

Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley, California. 200 square miles of … nothing. All I could think was “what must the settlers have thought?”

Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan. There is a reason Kyoto is one of my spiritual centers and this shot pretty much says it all.

Skyline of Osaka, Japan from Osaka Castle. A stop at a okonomiyaki restaurant on the way home reminds me that some things are the same world wide. Like, pizza.

Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah. We spent a decade of falls, winters, and springs exploring this beautiful National Park. The awe and grandeur are never exaggerated. It lives up to it’s name “Sanctuary” and peace of mind, body and soul are palpable.

One of a hundred soul-stirring sunrises on Kapaa Beach, Hawaii. During our morning walk along the beach tears started rolling down my face. When Superhubs asked me what was wrong, I told him “my hands don’t hurt.” For the first time in decades, my hands did. not. hurt. The absence of pain, not relief of pain but the absence of it, can be a real eye-opener.


Til next time ~Stay trippy hippies ~JP

Sunday Stills – Storm Cloud Blessings

For Sunday Stills — Fog and Clouds

and JusJoJan – Specs

Storm Cloud Blessings

Winds from the north,
fog blowing in
changes are coming,
it’s about to begin
Winter blows in
with his terrible might
the sky up above me
is soon blocked from sight
specs of light from behind
now the clouds sweep away
rainbow breaking through
blessing me on this day

Nephology weirdness out my back door. Some of the cloud patterns we have here in South Dakota defy identification.

Mountains peeking out from an ethereal layer of fog and cloud taken from the beach in Kaikoura, NZ

And of course no discussion of fog and clouds should overlook the bizarre manifestation that is frozen fog. A couple of bushes up the street covered in fog crystals

closeup of frozen fog phenomenon

And no compilation of clouds would be complete without a flamboyant sunset (or sunrise). This was taken out my front door a few weeks ago

“It’s clouds’ illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds, at all”
— Joni Mitchell – (saw that coming didn’t you?)

Til next time ~Stay trippy hippies ~JP

Sunday Stills — Glaciers of emotion

A flash at sunset

For Sunday Stills our monthly color challenge – Glacier Blue

Feelings shift like oceans
beneath the frozen ice
glaciers of emotions
pain too long denied
struggle against the cold
mind closed against the truth
pressures build, exploding in
a single tear of glacier blue

 

Blue Sunrise — Kauai

Blue ocean – Princetown, Hawaii

and MORE blue oceans — Kaikoura, NZ are you sensing a theme here?

Snowy night in Richfield, UT I love the way the street lights at dusk create the blue glow

Til next time ~Stay trippy hippies ~JP

Sunday Stills – the Letter of Night

For Sunday Stills and JusJoJan

Letters fall from the shelf
creased and fragile
from a thousand openings

Words spill out like pictures
bright stars on dark nights
silver moonlight on the sea

Light up the darkening sky
with sacred promises
true love never dies

This week’s Sunday Stills prompt of “night” was a little daunting for me. You see I’m not a night person. I’m much more likely to see a sunrise than a sunset. When I step foot outside after dark, it’s usually just to my own yard to gaze at the moon, maybe charge my crystals. That being said, I ransacked my photo files and did come up with a few.

2020 Blue Moon — I always find that surrounding a moon shot with frames of reference helps. Here the Halloween Blue Moon plays peek-a-boo with me behind the trees. Also, it offsets the lens flares with which I struggle, like a LOT.

Evening on the Lanai – Kauaii– Here landscape lighting and tiki torches accent brilliant moonlight reflected on the ocean.

Jack-o-lanterns — This is a great shot for reminding myself, it’s not always about the quality of the shot, it’s the feelings and memories.

Nijo Castle – Kyoto Japan — Snapped with a tiny cell phone, a good illustration of the problems encountered with night photography. The castle is lit up so brightly that details are nearly indiscernable.

Sunset on Waikiki — I may not be much for “night” photography but give me a sunset and, oh my …

Til next time ~stay trippy hippies ~JP

2020 a year of retrospection

Dawn on Kauai

For Sunday Stills our prompt is “retrospective”
and for JusJoJan prompt “fingertips”

2020 may well be know at our house as the “year of the doctor” with more than it’s fair share of medical problems, diagnoses, and treatments.

January dawned bright and clear, with the cancellation of our trip to Kauai, and the scheduling of two surgeries. That was OK though, a return to normal life was at our fingertips while we continued to recover nicely from the YOH that was 2019.

a lone pinecone in the snow outside my door

February brought us snow and the glistening beauty of winter life. I recovered quickly from surgeries and watched the world outside go by, snug in our little home.

bush after a March snow storm

March brought more snow and a corona virus that began to sweep through the world at a frightening speed, crushing travel plans in it’s path. But it also brought a medical release back to “light duty” so I could work the summer as planned.

Kwan yin golden statue at panyu lotus hill resort guangzhou

April brought us cancelled flights and all hope for travel outside (and sometimes inside) the United States were dashed. It also brought another set of minor seizures for Superhubs, and poof, back behind the wheel I went.

Amazon grocery order – yep it’s empty

May brought the resumption of my part time seasonal job and new adventures in on-line grocery shopping. This is a shot of one of my orders from Amazon, yep, completely empty, perfectly sealed, not a thing in it. But the best was yet to come.

Creepy Clouds

June and the whole summer brought seriously weird weather. Lots of thunderstorms, biblical in scale.

half melted hailstone

July brought hail storms, several, the likes of which have not been seen here in decades that left our part of the state designated a disaster area. This is a hailstone from one of the storms. It was about a hour after the storm so a lot of it had melted, the stones were the size of baseballs when they struck.

changing colors

August and September brought stress, panic disorder, and the most beautiful fall colors I’ve seen in years. It also brought a Cardiac Sarcoidosis diagnosis and finally admitting that my working days are done. My last day of work was October 1.

Once in a blue moon, on Halloween

October brought much needed down time, and a rare Halloween Blue Moon.

Tiny display of fall leaves with a bitty gnome

November brought us an LADA (autoimmune diabetes in adults) diagnosis, changes, more changes, to daily life. New definitions of “holidays” too as we learn how to celebrate on our own, without travel. Adventures in “backyarding” on our little nature walks through the RV park observing what there is to see, a hawk circling, leaves falling, skies changing was a saving grace.

December Sunset here at Hart Ranch

December brought us dyshidrotic eczema *ouch*, socially distanced Christmas greetings and a ton of grandkid videos. As the sun set on December, I realized, in retrospect, what a gift 2020 was and how I look forward to the unseen gifts 2021 will hold.

Til next time ~Stay trippy, hippies

Sunday Stills – Quality of Light

For Terri’s Sunday Stills our prompt this week is lights. Like a lot of folk, I immediately thought of Holiday lights. Honestly, they are virtually non-existent for us. It’s hard to string up lights around an RV and neither of us drive much at night for local viewing. After reading Terri’s post though, I realized that “lights” doesn’t necessarily mean Holiday. As an artist, I find I’m always looking for that particular … something, a certain quality of light that sparks the imagination, and ignites the soul.

Certain Quality of Light

The air alive with magic, the world awash
with a certain quality of light
eyes open to incandescent beauty
of the new day, brave and bright
my poor heart trembling,
I breathe, weeping with delight
The moment passed too quickly
but never will I forget the sigh
of a world alive with magic
and that certain quality of light

 

Dawn on the beach
Heceta Head Lighthouse – Florence, Oregon
Sunlight on Hibiscus
A dreamer can only find her way by moonlight
“Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun’s light, in the spring becomes the rose”

And finally, for those of you who just NEED that Holiday Lights fix, my fav

Til next time  ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Wonder in the Winter

For Sunday Stills our theme this week: Winter Wonderland brought to us by catsandtrailsandgardentales while Terri is off this week. Well, here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we finally got some snow. It feels so much more wintery and holidayeee with snow. I love it! We’ve spent 12 of the last 14 years snowbirding. Staying in areas with warmer weather and while we had great fun, nothing quite beats a Christmas snow! A few Winter Wonderlands from our travels

The hills outside Virgin, UT covered in the all too rare winter snow
It always amazes me how snow brings out the child artist in people. We found this funny little fellow at Zion National Park during another of the rare snowfalls
This is more of the type of ice sculptures we get here. This is an icicle that ran down the side of our RV and finally frozen itself solid to the concrete slab.
Winter wonderland of snow and frozen fog here in South Dakota
Once again, here in South Dakota a pretty little snowfall

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – through the cracks

For Sunday Stills our theme this week is “City Sidewalks”

City Sidewalks, busy sidewalks
people rushing to the stores
like watercolors flowing
down the canvas of life
spread too thin
to leave an impression
Nature’s beauty superfluous
to their needs
too hurried to smile
too harried to pause
they never even noticed
the tiny flower
growing through the crack
in the pavement

 

Flower in a pavement crack, Pahrump, NV
taking the sidewalk into Castle Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Sidewalk running by the hot spring in Hot Springs, SD
A rainy sidewalk in Osaka, Japan
Sidewalk in Xiamen, China
Walkway across the quay into Wellington, NZ

What I’m listening to now:

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Colorful Textures

For Sunday Stills our prompt is Textures

Colorful Textures

Colors of the sky
texture of grass
songs of the ocean
feelings that pass

Colorful textures
changing with time
rough hardened edges
that sparkle and shine

Large amethyst geode on display at Ruby’s Inn – Bryce Canyon, UT
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming — “This means something”
A thorny flower or a beautiful thorn bush? – Pahrump, NV
Robin’s egg found in a nest of stone in South Dakota
The power of water – shooting the rapids on Animas River, Durango, Colorado

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

Sunday Stills – Thanks for the memories

For Sunday Stills our theme is “Thankful”

It’s been a crazy year, that’s for sure. If you feel yourself a bit uninspired in the thanks department this year (and who isn’t), please do pop over to Terri’s site and get yourself a dose of thankful reminders.

Early in the 2000’s Superhubs and I left our home and family behind us. We abandoned the 5 year plan and the 10 year projections and became pilgrims, seekers, voyagers. We became Wide Eyed Wanderers. For the next 13 years our home was a 30 foot class C motorhome christened the SS Minnie.

I am so thankful for that little home on wheels. Ah the adventures, the views, the fun we had with her. Oh the places she took us.

The historic beauty we found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

the magic spires of Bryce Canyon, Utah

and the places where the Minnie couldn’t take us, Opaekaa Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, NZ

We let her go last year to a new home for more adventures, but I am thankful for the memories. Mostly, I think I’m thankful for all the goodness of life. Let’s raise a song of harvest home, the glass of good cheer, the heart overflowing with joy. I have so much for which to be thankful, so much about which to smile. Chief among those is:

Status board at the hospital after Superhubs first brain surgery

I have so much to be thankful for, al I have is truly all I need. Life has bestowed upon me an extravagance of riches, but still I hope for one thing more. The gift of a thankful heart, a heart that does not forget the blessings I have received.

Til next time ~Peace Peeps ~JP