“In the Mountains,” Li Bai (Chinese Poet, 701-762)
You ask me what my idea is, staying in the green mountains?
I smile but have no reply, my heart at peace in itself.
As the peach blossom on the flowing water goes into the unknown,
there is another heaven and earth, not among people.
About the images: Photos from a trip to Maui, Hawaii many moons ago. The photos were shot from a yacht early one evening.
As the day draws to a close, sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility as the sun dramatically sets in Hawaiian skies. –from the postcard back.
I “closed the book” on Fall 2018–a long and stressful semester–but a lengthy to-do list mocks me, reminding me that there’s so much more to be done. No matter. I’ve already planned my mental escape. I’m “on my way” to Maui as I type.
To escape and sit quietly on the beach–that’s my idea of paradise. –Emilia Wickstead
I’m baaaaack with another monochrome photos post. I can hardly believe the last monochrome post, “Animals in Monochrome,” was in January. I didn’t realize how much time had gone by.
I attempted a “Water in Monochrome” swap earlier in the year, but there were no takers, so I was pleased as punch when my penfriend Beckra joined the “A Thousand Words” group on swap-bot and joined the swap when I “re-created” it in September. She had been experimenting with shooting water in black and white, so the swap was perfect for her.
Beckra shared two photos which exhibit her photographic interactions with water and light. Both photos were shot at her happy place, the creek at Woolly Hollow State Park.
This first photo was captured “close, close, close-up” while wading and crouching in the creek. Beckra writes that it “seems like the light is writing on the water in a kind of cursive.” Interestingly, it also looks like a fire dance.
For the second photo, she had been trying to capture the “starlike glints” on the water and was pleased to find this photo did not disappoint.
Although the next photo was not part of the swap, it is a “water in black and white” photo and it completes a perfect trilogy of abstract water photos.
Beckra sent this one at the beginning of summer break, a moon trail on the lake. She followed the bright moon to the water and was able to capture this reflection, a beautiful “luxury of the summer.”
The guys and I found different places to experience nature and we were overjoyed to find some hangouts near or on water. Being a Westbank NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) girl, I feel a little lost sometimes not having the Mississippi River down the street from me.
I sent four photos, two from summer and two older photos because I am sort of proud of the monochrome renderings.
This photo is from Wheeler Lake, which is located between Rogersville and Huntsville in Northern Alabama. The lake was formed by a dam along the Tennessee River. Although part of a popular tourist spot, we were among very, very few people in the area we explored.
Here’s another favorite shot from Wheeler Lake park:
Although flawed, this one was fun to work with because I had to remove a HUGE orange garbage can from the shot. For some reason, it reminds me of a place where fairies play. I think I read one too many medieval romances last month.
Ditto Landing marina, described as “Huntsville, Alabama’s gateway to the Tennessee River,” is my new favorite spot. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and are looking forward to returning soon. You can learn the history of Ditto Landing and see gorgeous pics on the website.
The “Closed Bridge” photo featured in Friday’s post was from Ditto Landing. Here’s the original photo.
And a favorite edit:
Here’s another one of my favorite photos from Ditto Landing–a nice balance between air, trees, water, and land. There’s so much more to explore I can’t wait to go back.
As mentioned, I also sent two older photos: a sepia photo of from “The Fly” at Audubon Park, featured earlier this year in one of the nature photo challenge blog posts, and a photo of waves crashing against the rocks (was it mountains?) in Maui. Although I “heart” the original photo, I couldn’t resist the purple.
That’s it for now. Until next time…I’ll be riding the purple wave…
We’ve reached the final day of the nature photo challenge. I’m a bit proud of myself. Seven blog posts in seven days! I applaud those of you who blog daily, but blogging every day for a week was quite a feat for me.
I had a little trouble deciding on today’s photo. A moon shot? A tree lined path? Another flower? A rainbow peeking out from the clouds? Far too many choices.
Today, I leave you with a sunset, an appropriate end to the challenge.
This is another photo from Maui. Hubby and I were on a yacht (with others) on an evening tour around the islands of Maui and Oahu before ending at the Maui Ocean Center. We were graced with this beautiful scene before everything became pitch black over the waters.
The weekend is mere hours away, and I’m dreaming of sunset Friday and a period of rest.
You can find other photos posted for the challenge by clicking the links below:
Until next time…
Today’s nature photo is brought to you by a far too brief vacation in Maui 10+ years ago.
This one’s from an all-day exploration of the island. It was difficult choosing from the hundreds of photos I shot. The ocean. The mountains. The sunsets. The flora and fauna. All breathtaking. I added the scripture to this one some time ago, so decided to go with it. I breathe Psalm 90:2 during almost every experience with nature.
I have three distinct happy memories (from) immediately BK (Before Hurricane Katrina): My one month in New York working on my research and hanging out with amazing scholar-friends, the week my hubby and I spent in Hawaii, and my oldest nephew’s wedding in Dallas. All are wonderful reminders that there was indeed life and joy before that fateful moment.
During our time in Hawaii, my hubby and I seriously considered moving there. We still think about it every now and then. Who knows? Maybe, next year this time, I’ll be blogging from Hawaii. 😉
I got in trouble with my son because of the cow posting a few nights ago. Sure, I posted “the cow” as he requested, but he didn’t want me to post a “Photoshopped cow” [Note: I didn’t know he was familiar with the term]. He wanted me to post “the cow” in “its” natural state. So, here’s the photo, no filter.
And a goat on the same land captured seconds later:
And while we’re at it you might as well have some more bovine:
I snapped this one in Maui a long time ago. I wonder where else in the U.S. we’d find beach-lovin’ bovine.