The Friendly Cow

“The friendly cow, all red and white, I love with all my heart; She gives me cream with all her might, To eat with apple tart.”     Robert Louis Stevenson

IMG_2920 10x10 pt web I saw this herd of cows along the way that I pass when I go to my riding lesson. I pulled over and walked up to the fence. Turns out they were just as curious about me as I was about them. This lady seemed to be the spokescow for the group. We exchanged pleasantries and then I headed back into town and they resumed whatever cows do when out in their field.

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“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.”     Miguel De Cervantes

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Using a polarizing filter helped add to the drama of the scene.

Music, God’s little reminder . . .

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.”                                                                          from August Rush, the movie

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There’s another quote I like that says, “The older I get the more selective I am of who is in my tribe. I would rather have four four quarters than a hundred pennies.” Sorry I don’t know who the author is. My friend and brother from another mother came over and shared his gift of music with us recently. Bella especially enjoyed John’s playing and singing.

p.s.: I have 3 wordpress blogs. I guess it was inevitable that one day I would get them mixed up – I accidentally posted the above on the wrong one. So I did change things up here – I used the same image only photoshopped to look like a pencil drawing. I like how it shows the connection between John and Bella.

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.