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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

legacy ...

Is greatness born or is it made?

"Be not afraid of greatness.  
Some are born great, 
some achieve greatness, 
and others have greatness thrust upon them."

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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Winston Churchill by all accounts was a very influential leader, 
voted the Greatest Briton at one point.
Born into politics, he aspired to the position.
The circumstances of his tenure was ripe for weeding out leaders versus followers, 
greatness versus pure evil.

"I felt as if I were walking with destiny,
and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour
and for this trial ...
I was sure I should not fail."

Winston Churchill


While in London we would have been remiss if we had failed to visit Churchill's Bunker.  He was made an honorary citizen of the United States after all.

Imaging what it would be like to live below, 
leaving the world you knew
unsure of what world
you would resurface to.

Without question, 
their very lives
relied heavily
on the attitude 
and greatness of 
their leadership.

but not without a little levity
(a pretty accurate caricature of Hitler)

Greatness may not be born or even made
but it takes the right person of the right attitude to
be sure he should not fail
and the character to inspire greatness in those around him.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

natural ...

When you photograph a scene that is magical.
I did not add the birds, paint the cityscape, the busy canal, or the bridge of spectators.  I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and the beauty of it all magically came together,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

tbt- so what it's Tuesday (still counts) ...

At some point after mom's passing I was digging through old pictures and came across this shot of her with my younger brother. They always had a special rapport, but his expression here is priceless. 
Her - deep in thought, 
him - so over it!

I have no recollection of this occasion.  I have no clue who took the picture or why.
But when I am feeling a little need for nostalgia and a chuckle, 
this photo fills the bill.


**eta - dated for Tuesday but just released Saturday - apparently the schedule setting on Blogger doesn't work.  Oy! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

life is hard ...

life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. 
so love the people who treat you right, 
and forget about the ones who don't. 
and believe that everything happens for a reason ... 
if you get the chance, take it; 
if it changes your life, let it. 

nobody said it would be easy ... 
they just promised it would be worth it. 

author unknown

today we said goodbye to Taylor Leigh Wilson, 21 years of age. 

 They say the saddest stories are those that end before the story is finished. 
At 21 years old, who among us even remotely scratched the surface of our life's story. 
My heart hurts, 
it hurts for all the people who feel so burdened and heavy with pain 
they can not image there might be another chapter to their story.
There is.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

and there it was ...

no hype, no alerts just one big ole moon in all its glory 

The ever elusive 'blood moon' 'supermoon' 'harvest moon' - whatever, 
I just wished I had a camera other than my phone on me when we made that first turn 
where it literally was HUGE and RED, beautifully accented by houses and trees.
  Unfortunately in the short amount of time it took to get to the house, 
skirt around several "OMG you're finally home" cats, 
change out of my work clothes 
and commandeer a partner to ride shotgun to hunt it down, 

in the time it took to do that 
the moon resituated itself in the sky 
and would for the most part only appear as a white dot. 

one of these days
it will happen
I will be in the right place AND have a (better capability) camera on me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

its okay, really it is ...

Sometimes you just have to accept that photography comes with random heads
- it's okay, for they too tells the story along with the dude on the horse.  
(and yes, other than a well placed cape, statue man is riding commando - apparently his mother never lectured him about the importance of having on clean underwear in case he was in an accident ...)

{on day 2 of our anniversary trip we made our way to the British Museum ...}

The reality is that travel pictures are going to have clutter, people and fragments of other landmarks.  

{second stop: Buckingham Palace - modest fixer-upper located in a nice quiet neighborhood  ...}

And people give it interest.
That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

{Exit London, stage left --- taken out taxi window as we were whisked away to the train station} 

Where even flawed shots can be salvaged with a little architecture and a hint of sunflare.

{but wait, there's more -  a quick stop St. Paul's Cathedral 
... doesn't allow indoor pictures but more than makes up for it outside ...}

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I could really get behind this thing called #travelphotography -
new places and rules more flexible than a contortionist 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

take hold of the good that comes your way ...

With the passing of the 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, my husband and I watched several specials, documentaries, and commentaries of the events of that horrific day. With every watching I realized there was still a part of me hoping and praying it would somehow end differently. Regrettably that is not possible. The only thing that can change from that day's events is our awareness of the world beyond our borders, appreciate the reality that we must never become complacent of our vulnerability to the evil that exists in this world, and to keep in check our arrogance and ignorance because combined they are a lethal combination,
one that can bring even the great and powerful to their knees.

 Over the years I repeatedly watch the re-broadcast of events of that morning,  searching for some sense of healing, some degree of resolution. I'm not sure that will ever happen, but one of the quotes from a show did give me some direction: 

"take hold of the good that comes your way" 

 If ever there was a moment in time that should make us realize that in an instant our world can be taken away or forever changed, 9/11 is it. Time to quit focusing on whether the glass is half empty or half full and instead appreciate the glass, appreciate it has content. Look around and you will certainly find something or someone that is good in your life and that, THAT is where you will find peace, and that peace is where you heal from life's ups and downs, its cruelty and injustice. 
 Peace is not in the level of the content for that will always vary, 
and the degree of satisfaction associated with the content will always be relative.

#neverforget #foreverhonor