The Sense of the Beautiful

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful that God has implanted in the human soul.”     Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I’ve been dealing with some health issues and have not been very active with my photography. Here’s hoping that I will regain my focus and passion for getting out and clicking away.

Let the rain kiss you . . .

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”                                                                       Langston Hughes

Here in California we are getting some much needed rain!
Photo of rockrose (cistus purpureus) in our yard.

Playtime with photoshop

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one”                                                                                                                                                Stella Adler


One day I looked up, well I look up a lot, but this day I saw the patterns of the leaves on my mimosa tree. I liked it a lot with the blue sky behind it, but today I just felt like playing with photoshop filters and came up with this version.  I’ve probably used this quote before, but for me lately, it helps me to re-focus on the facet of life in us that transcends what sometimes feels like the grind of life/living . . .

Here is the blue sky version. Which do you like better?


Animals . . .

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.”                      Alfred A. Montapert


We have had animals all our lives. I can’t imagine life without them. This is our kitty Pearly. She was found in a tree stump with her sister when they were 4 weeks old and then fostered by someone till she came to live with us when she was 8 weeks old. We are more dog people (we have 3) – cats, well you have to accept them more for who they are, and be okay with a relationship on their terms – unlike dogs, who love you unconditionally no matter what. Pearly shows us her love in her own way, and we love her sweet quirky nature.

Venice Beach Sculpture

“My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.”             Joyce Carol Oates


Venice Beach is a wonderland of sights and sounds. I recommend visiting and taking in the variety of art, activities, beach scenes, graffiti, people, and more that you will encounter there. Like this sculpture, for instance, which seems somewhat incongruous set amidst the sand and palms.

As to dancing . . .

“As to dancing, my dear, I never dance, unless I am allowed to do it in my own peculiar way. There is no use trying to describe it: it has to be seen to be believed. […] Did you ever see the Rhinoceros, and the Hippopotamus, at the Zoological Gardens, trying to dance a minuet together? It is a touching sight.” ~ Lewis Carroll

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I finally visited Venice Beach for the first time. Street photography is one of my favorites and in the limited time I was there I was able to capture a variety of images, including what appeared to be someone making a music video (the camera crew is just out of sight.) I plan on sharing a good number of my photos, including a shot of a guy that I boogied down the boardwalk with for a bit on my photoblog, in the not-too-distant-future.


Enjoy the Present

“Dogs, I had reflected, are lucky to have shorter memories and fewer apprehensions about the future – they know how to enjoy the present.”    Margaret Wittmer/Floreana

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Photo taken at the dog beach at north Morro Bay beach.

I read the book Floreana many years ago. Fascinating read.  Recently I discovered a documentary called The Galapagos Affair on Netflix – I totally recommend it.