To facilitate this, I have changed the names of my Facebook, Instagram, email, and this blog to “Louisianahhh”. That’s Louisiana with 3 h’s.
Because the ahhh is what matters. It is why I take nature photos; the ahhh factor in beautiful Louisiana. And I get to share it with you.
So please, take note of the name changes and continue to follow my journey through the seasons with Mother Nature. I appreciate you!
I want to show you what the wind looks like. You might try to say you don’t see it, but as surely as the moon moves the tides or the sun moves the trees and plants, the force called wind comes like a hand across the surface of the lake, causing ripples and waves. In ancient times this was seen as magical and it is no different today. I choose to see the magical, the mystical, the Divine in all creation.
The calendar says that Spring “officially” begins on March 20th, but Mother Nature and I know that it’s already here
Every day, without effort, the most amazing things reveal themselves to me; sunsets that take my breath away, honeybees swarming the fragrant blooming wisteria, the tree frog seeking shelter on the porch, and that hoot owl in the backyard who only gets loud after dark.
Being a photographer makes it all special because I can capture those moments into permanent memory. Years of experience has gifted me as well with the ability to recognize those exceptional times by a feeling I get. I call it the “ahhh”. All things aligned in that perfect moment let me know it is meant to be.
In addition to the feeling that has become so familiar to me, I am very fortunate to live in this state of constant beauty, Louisiana…or as I call it, Louisianahhh.
I love how Nature always has a message for me. Deep into spring, I am careful to watch the daily changes in the landscape. Each day new flowers and trees are blooming. The top row of buds on this wisteria opened this morning. Lightly covered in pine pollen, its petals popped out with exhuberance. Kind of like the 2017 me, I thought. It’s my year to say YES and so many fantastic things have been coming my way. I am emerging too…with exhuberance!!
The paths of photography hobby and my 30 year career in disability services finally met at the crossroads.
In Northwest Louisiana there is now an all-inclusive photography club. People of all skill levels, and especially people with disabilities, are welcome to join us to expand their talent as a photographer, learn new techniques, and share their vision.
While people who live locally do meet for monthly meetings and photo shoots, we do accept people “remotely” who would like to participate in our weekly photo challenges.
You can find our group on FB – NWLA Photography Club. Just ask to join – we’d love to see through your eyes!
Yesterday I was pondering pervasive thoughts about how I don’t take myself seriously any more; like some sparks of passion have burned out. I wondered “where have I gone?”
While enjoying a mild breeze on the back porch, the sun burst out from between the clouds, as if to say “HEY!” So my age-old friend and I began a heart to heart conversation:
Me: “What’s wrong with me? I’m in a funk. I have no spark.”
Sun: “You didn’t think you’d stay the same all of your life, did you?”
Me: “Well, yes, I suppose I did.”
Sun: “To be honest, I have changed over the millennia. Many times.”
Me: “You look the same to me.”
Sun: “I promise, I’m not. But you couldn’t tell because mostly what you see of me is the product of my work. You enjoy my rays of sunshine, the way I light up clouds at tween-time, and you see the flowers that lean my way in the morning.”
Sun: “So would you call me consistent?
Me: “Of course!”
Sun: “My secret is TO SHOW UP. Every. Single. Day. I do my best to shine, shine, shine. And with a host of friends like wind and clouds and rainbows, we get the job done. I simply show up and take my place in the symphony of life.”
Me: *jaw drop*
Sun: *shines stronger*
Me: “So all that I need to do is keep showing up?”
Sun: “Absolutely. Clouds might cover your shine from others occasionally, but above it all, YOU still exist. You may appear a bit differently now and then. You might even perform differently too. But the real you, with those hope and dreams and ambition and excitement about it all is always consistent. Others will see you shine even if you don’t.”
Me: *big smile*
Sun: “Lean over here and let me kiss your cheek.”
Me: *leans over so face is in direct contact with warm, soft, sunshine* Thanks, friend.
Sun: *shines on*
From one of my favorite authors: “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. —Don Miguel Ruiz
It’s been said that we can be told something over and over but we won’t “hear” it until the time is right to receive the message. Yep, truth.
As early in my life as I can remember, independence has been paramount for me; I just don’t like to ask for help. But a recent project at my job forced me to ask for some assistance from co-workers.
As I lamented about this to my supervisor, he spoke so clearly – and with a gentle smile – that our company functions as a “team” and that any of us may need the support of others at any time and we do that for each other to ensure our successful services. I’ve been working for this company for a year and can say that I observe this to be true.
So this morning, while in the middle of working on a jigsaw puzzle, that proverbial ton of bricks hit me upside the head. Finally able to internalize what he said weeks ago, my mind’s eye saw the bigger picture. And, of course, Nature was my go-to analogy.
No single feature of Nature stands alone. No cloud floats by without moisture and movement in the winds. No flower blooms that has not been fed by the rain, the soil, and the sun. No river runs without the sources of water and the land that contours its’ flow, and certainly no river life would exist without all of those conditions as a basis.
Humans are no different. None of us stand alone. It is together in the bigger picture that we exist. Farmers feed us, textile workers clothe us, home builders protect us, and so on. None of us stand alone.
It can only do me good to consider this on a regular basis, and stay humble in this knowledge.
I’m reminded of a quote used by John F. Kennedy: “A rising tide lifts all the boats.” Well said Mr. Kennedy, well said.