Photography · religion and spirituality

Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

What I’ve never understood is that immutable laws of nature are seemingly lost on humanity.  Case in pint: In nature, everything has a purpose and everything about life is geared towards that purpose.  For example, a leaf insect is perfectly adapted to hide itself from predators and so that it can live its life among… Continue reading Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

blogging · Photography

Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

Good lighting and pretty colors will almost always draw my camera out into the open.  When I drove by these blossoms, I had to shoot them — their shapes and colors presented an opportunity too good to pass up…. I went out, set my D3300 to “A” and….sneezed!  Again, and again, I sneezed with an… Continue reading Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

Photography · Uncategorized

A flower in a field….

When I snapped this flower (top image), I thought it was a good shot, just on its own.  But I wanted to do a bit more with it, maybe change it a bit….so I used the “posterize” feature in GIMP and then cropped it in Preview (bottom image).  While I have a lot to learn,… Continue reading A flower in a field….

Writing · Photography

3 cool things about sucking at photography

When I first bought my Nikon DR3300 DSLR camera, I had no idea I would dig it so much.  I can’t say I know what I’m doing or that I have any skills as a photographer.  As a matter of fact, I can even go so far as to say that I suck: I often… Continue reading 3 cool things about sucking at photography

Photography · Writing

Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

It’s not easy to be a “change agent,” which I have been in one way or another all of my life.  That is, I have guided individuals and organizations through the process of changing from one state to another as long as I can remember.  Whether I’ve led an organization’s software conversion or led a… Continue reading Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

addiction recovery · blogging · Music Therapy · Photography · Positive energy · substance abuse treatment

The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

I spend quite a lot of time absorbing darkness; it’s not easy hearing the circumstances from which people turn to substances to cope.  Because I am a writer, first and foremost, I scribble as much of the darkness as I can.  But there are times when a pen isn’t enough: I need to dive without… Continue reading The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

blogging · culture · food · Photography · Positive energy · reflective journaling

Culture connects us all…

Roasting green chile for those of us in Northern New Mexico is as much of a fall ritual as prepping for the holidays.  The other night, I felt like roasting some, and even though it wasn’t Hatch chile, I felt like I was part of something far bigger than myself…. That’s the power of simple… Continue reading Culture connects us all…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · Creative Writing · Photography · substance abuse treatment · Writing

All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it.  Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could.  I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!