All about my circuitous navigation, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, through conventional Western medicine, alternatives to conventional Western medicine, and the ensuing mind/body/spirit explorations and epiphanies (plus numerous digressions).
Oy, I am very busy working nonstop right now. I have not been reading my friends' blogs and feel disconnected from humanity. My sole function in life is updating the Writing Salon website for Fall Session. Yesterday my eyeballs fell out. I am typing blind. I don't even know what photo I posted. Jack is also busy. We are two ships passing in the kitchen. Olivia's walks have been getting shorter and shorter. That is all I have time to report!
I posted this leaf shot late late late last night, and woke up this morning to a comment from another Flickrite that made me feel all was right with my world:
A work full of mood with the colours of autumn. The texture works so well here. Have a nice weekend, my dear. Best regards from Austria Elfi
I think what "made" this comment was the third line "my dear." Elfi is an experienced and wonderful photographer; I don't know her age exactly, but I think she has mentioned her grown children.
That "my dear" touches my heart every time. Perhaps she uses it with everyone she knows. That's okay! It doesn't have to be limited. (Amma gives katrillions of hugs, and they all seem to work. So I figure, the more "my dears," the merrier.)
Wow, I just figured out how to make a mini-sized slideshow of a Flickr set. I had a big burst of new "leaf revision" energy and have therefore been working on this particular set of photos for the last couple of days.
Yes, I am now taking baby steps as I travel along the photo revision learning curve. By revision, what I mostly mean is playing with texturing and layering -- not for every photo, of course, but for some of them. It's really fun and makes for a whole new dimension of creativity. The first few photos in this slideshow are textured/layered. (BTW, if you are actually looking at this slideshow, you can click on the tiny box with four arrows in each corner, in the bottom righthand side, and the slideshow will expand to fit your screen. To get out of it, you hit the Escape key.They look a lot better large.)
I worked on this "creation" last night while listening to the soundtrack from the movie "Fur," about the life of Diane Arbus (starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.). I loved the movie and I loved the music. It's a combination of three different photos that I "layered," which is a technique I am just barely beginning to play with. So...I guess this means I am no longer the "purist" who does no or very little "post-processing."
I suspect this is a natural progression in the photography learning curve, at least for me.
This goes along with the earlier shot of Jack in his expensive $500 prescription sunglasses (since stolen from his truck along with his brand new screw gun, car registration, fasttrack thingie, doggie pack, etc.) when we were on a short Sunday outing to McLaren Park pond where Olivia went beserk with joy and Jack and I sat on the pond's edge, in warm sun and caressing breeze, vegetating. Twas a welcome reprieve from work work work and the stresses of city life (i.e. truck break-ins).
Boo Boo Bouchet and I enjoyed a brief stop at this spot not far from the Writing Salon loft. Boo Boo stuck her head into the hole, of course, but I didn't catch her pose on camera. What she was looking at on the fence when I snapped this, I have no idea.