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Chop Suey Tuesday 6.28

 

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Sometimes we want to rest

we do our best to make the time

only you find yourself

being watched with expectation

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just to make sure you understand

that your taking a break, is NOT

what you should be doing

I did my best to ignore the pair

however their persistence

was not to be ignored

dog noses are very cold

being stared at is not really

a soothing lullaby

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all is not lost

I did find two cars for my

“play car” collection =^_^=

I started a card

the beaver has a chewed ear,

I did find two maple leaves

then suffered a kind of writer’s block

so except for hello

that’s it for the day

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my Mother is 95, legally blind  and hard of hearing

yet here she is doing what she does best,

living each day, getting the best out of whatever opportunity

comes her way

In this case she is looking at a smart phone to catch up

on recent pictures.

my sister who is trying to catch a glimpse is now in Iceland

where she will be surrounded by

happy people, celebrating the win today against England (soccer)

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 here .. my addiction…

cold, very cold, ice coffee with a side glass

of ice water..

the perfect mix.

all this to say

life is good everyday

someone sent me a smile today

let me share it with you

saying

take your pick

the caption on this one was… take your pick…

=^_^=

Namaste         –           Oyashikiri

Pl Principle # 12      I will get up pleasantly in the morning

PL Principle # 17   I will not say nor do things that hurt others

Chop Suey = this and that

pictures are candid

Wordless Wednesday #2

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bnnies in Australia

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Wordless Wednesday – What?

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We take pictures, that is what we do.. those of us with a camera at the end of our arms/fingers, we take pictures, some we use right away, some get filed away till we discover them another day.  Well this is Wordless Wednesday, and I thought, let’s have a look at previous files/folders.  There are several whippet owners out there, that have recently hooked up to my blog.  I thought I’d share a picture of our boy.  This is one that I couldn’t remember when I looked at the small previews.  I uploaded and there was the picture. While I was looking at the messy bed (he is great at messing the bed, our own whirling dervish) I saw this head behind him.  I knew it wasn’t me, I took the picture. I was I admit stumped for a second or two, wondering who was in the bed.

My hair is no longer that long, or black.  that did look like my pillow and it is where I would be.. What was going on ?  Then “bingo!” the light went on.  Those of you who know us, have probably guessed already. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t know, I really had to question what had happened.

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There you have it, our secret it out…. the dogs have taken over the bedroom.  Wordless Wednesday it is…. Enjoy mid-week everyone… if you live with a whippet or Porti, be aware, they have minds of their own. Before you know it, they have you trained. =^_^=

 

PL Precept 7   Everything exists in Relativity

green everywhere

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I am blown away by some of the photographs that fellow bloggers post.  There are several who capture the most amazing pictures of flowers, not just the flower, but their artist reproduction of it as they see it through their lens is very interesting.

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Living in the city, right next to the downtown core, the object of our landscaping when we bought, was to allow nature to grow and give us a bit of country in our own private space.  Perennials were fine while the trees and shrubs were growing, but as the bones of the garden grew, the perennials soon lost their place in the sun. Add two active dogs to the mix, and…  …. we now enjoy the serenity of an escape from the concrete and buildings around us, but have lost the colour of the annuals and perennials.

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This is only the beginning of June.  The garden is only beginning its journey into the growing seasons.  So when I say “Wow, amazing” to my wonderful blogger pals, it is because I’m totally enjoying life through your photography and stories.  Thank you.

Life is gray without friends, my world is full of colour, I am truly blessed.

Namaste      –       Oyashikiri

PL Precept #1      Life is Art

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love is….

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I’ve lived all my life without ever having felt such an immediate connection

I knew that there was a horse in the paddock

his beauty I could see when we drove in

however, my focus was on the man raking the leaves

he was who we had come up the drive to see

when I disembarked from the truck

2 mature and protective great danes came to  greet me

although strangers, we all got along

the visit went with ease

when I turned to leave,

for some unknown reason,

it was not to the truck I went

but to the compelling figure at the fence

our eyes met, and I felt a sudden rush of recognition

of what I knew not what,

only that this handsome beast

knew my name and was wanting me closer

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we met, we touched, both wanted more

how is it that I’ve never had a desire before to connect with a horse

I didn’t want to go, but I had to leave

will that moment come again,

I don’t know, but the encounter,

the soft muzzle, warm breath and gentle nudge

is etched in my memory

it was a moment REALLY  lived….

PL Precept # 18 EACH Moment is a turning point

When we live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things ( PL Principle #3)

Each Moment, really and truly

is a work of art!

PL Precept #1   Life is Art

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

looking back

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It really was just another day on the road.  We stopped, and I got this feeling that we were being watched.  You cannot see in this picture, but in the darkness of the woodlands, was a deer checking us out….  well ok, I can’t say for sure it was a deer, but it had four legs, and piercing eyes.

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I tried for another look, at that time I was using a digital Minolta, I confess that I am not a stealthy hunter when I cross over brush and fallen logs to get a closer look.  At the time, I didn’t know about  phone cameras where I could see what I was stalking.  It is in clearing an area on a shelf for a new acquisition ( an airplane clock) that I found the delinquent disk, with pictures from “another time”- labelled Bancroft.

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From the pictures of the interior of the darkened woodland, I see I was determined .. and was not going to just walk away.  I’m  happy to say that this stubborn streak is still with me, much to the chagrin of others.   Now looking back many years later, what I have to show for this adventure of mine, is pictures of a forest woodland that held on to its mystery and mystic, why share the pictures, it’s a case of you had to be there… really there to appreciate the moment. =^_^=

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I have no idea what this last picture is all about, but decided to include it since there is so much black in the other pictures.  As a photographer, you have to accept that some of your artist captures, are not always, A1, but for sure, they all capture that moment in time, when you thought Ah Ha….

some one, or some thing

watched in the shadow of the trees

drawn to the feeling of being watched

I let myself be captured by the slight movement of the leaves

as always when totally caught up in the moment

my heart did a little dance

my sense of awareness went into over drive

would we connect

would my lens find its mark

no matter, I had to pursue my  need

to capture what I couldn’t really see

this adrenalin is pure, it comes from within

the artist in me is alert

for in a nano second, I’ll press connect

to the instrument in my hands

the moment passes, the thrill happened

will the climax be complete

when I look at the

picture on the screen

no matter what

I lived the moment

and the picture

that I will see

will be

a forever reminder

that in that second

I was part of life

in that space and time

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Do you believe that you are always connected to the Universe, and that, there are times, you are drawn to produce, or create something, because it just feels right..?  I believe that we are all artists in our own way, sometimes, what we do, is clear, the picture, a “master piece”  It conveys something to the artist and the viewers alike.  Other times, it is a reflection of a moment that came and went.  No more, no less.

Just be

namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

our dogs back then

Echo – white/tan lab

Karma – Portuguese Water Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

remember there are always two sides

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Did you have to look twice.  Photographer Seth Casteel is the photographer that captured these wonderful pctures of dogs underwater.  In combination with the under water currents, mixed with his skills using his high speed camera, he was able to transform our darling little love cuddles, into aquatic  fur hounds.

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There is something mesmerizing about the pictures.. I look at them and see the happy smiles.. of the dogs in action, their anticipation of the catch.  Dogs do love having fun, and many of them love the fetch and catch played with their owners.  What we don’t see is the owners, their human getting them revved up and then  tossing the ball into the water so they’ll dive in to retrieve it.  Our first Porti was like that.. she loved the water and she loved to fetch.. she would egg you on all day, there was no tiring her out if there was water nearby, or a ball.

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The photographer, Seth Casteel is on Facebook .. the article I found on his work was back in 2012.. so I can’t be sure if it is still up, nor was I able to get a web addy.  But my hat is off to this artist… his creativity and patience to go underwater and get these pictures.. well… I say… bravo and thank you.

In life, we have to grab the moment, seize the day so to speak…. we only go around once, we only get to live the day once… and no two days are ever alike.. the endless possibilities.. are beyond categorizing. A friend I met up with, was very upset and angry at himself.. he had let someone else ruin his “day”  As humans we think too much, we want to dissect and rethink everything.  Eventually he got past it.. it wasn’t a mistake, because he learned from his experience.

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I learned something too.  I learned that guys hurt just as much as we do when they are wronged,  It is not that I didn’t know that.. but.. it wasn’t top of mind.  it is not only guys who can be the person doing wrong, so can the woman  Being a woman, I hear all about  how so and so, was this and that…. or how the marriage ended because…. and usually for me it was always the man’s fault.

There is no such thing as someone else’s fault.  WE make our choices, and we are responsible for our own actions and decisions.  No matter what the story is.. there is always another version.  Somewhere in between lies the truth.. and even then.. it depends on the telling.

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When our dog pals, are with us.. they are happy just sharing time with us.. when we want to play they are over joyed..  “come on, Fetch” and the sight of a ball whizzing past them is irresistable, they are off and running.  they don’t cogitate on what does he want me to do.. they see the ball, hear the words and they are gone.. propelled by the moment, and the thrill of sharing that moment with their “human/partner”

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Sharing time with another person,can be so rewarding, it all begins with respecting the other person’s unique individuality, and sincerely wanting to be with them.  If honesty of intention is not at the core of the friendship, then it is doomed from the start.

Love is life.

Let love touch your heart today.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

http://www.sethcasteel.com/#!/home

he has books, calendars and is working on another book to be out in 2016

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