Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth

White Rose

White Rose

Haha! I bet you thought I was going to post an underwater shot, didn’t you? Not today!

I love the beauty of our planet and here’s another shot that I’ll be displaying at my first show of the season in two weeks. It’s really quite dramatic printed on metal!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Admiration

Sunny Face

Sunny Face

I admire nature in all of her glory. Flowers never cease to amaze me in their complexity and colors. I’m working on a new series of flowers for the upcoming art show season and this sunflower is a piece I shot just last week. She will be printed on metal and available for purchase at my first show – The French Nest Market in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 21st.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract

Elephant Ear Coral

Elephant Ear Coral

There are so many wonderful abstract surfaces on coral reefs. The coral creatures arrange themselves in colonies of swirls, nodules and sometimes they even look like the human brain. They’re usually named for the shapes that they seem to represent.

When I scuba dive, I’m often found perched over a coral head attempting to photograph some small, beautiful invertebrate, but sometimes when I can’t find one, I’ll focus my lens on the coral instead.

Elephant ear coral is mostly found clinging to the sides of shear underwater walls and underneath shelves in the reef and many are quite large. These specimens spanned several feet.

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Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

I just finished reading “Eating Bull” and I found it intriguing. Carrie Rubin does a fantastic job of capturing many of the complex issues around obesity all wrapped into a captivating thriller.

I loved Amy’s review and agree wholeheartedly so I’m reblogging here. Have a great week!

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I know I’ve read a great book when I’m still thinking about it months after I’ve turned the final pages. Carrie Rubin’s Eating Bull is one of those books. It is a tightly crafted thriller, told from the point of view of three characters: Jeremy, an overweight, bullied teen whose favorite friend is food; Sue, the pubic health nurse on a mission to sue to food industry for their reckless manipulation of consumers; and, finally, Darwin, the mystery serial killer who is targeting the obese. It’s a mix of mystery whodunit, horror story, and public health crisis all rolled into one.

Many of the characters are suffering some past emotional trauma which is pulled into their eating habits. This backdrop makes these characters seem all the more human and vulnerable. I thought Carrie did a masterful job of telling a horrific story, alongside the complexities of food.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Half-Light

Gray Reef Shark

Gray Reef Shark

On an early morning dive off of Little Cayman, here’s what showed up to check us out…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Dance

Saddled Blenny

Saddled Blenny

Whenever I’m scuba diving, I feel that I’m in the midst of a constant dance – the creatures and the water ever moving rhythmically. My biggest challenge was to choose one shot, but I loved the tango-esque posture of this fish. I give you the Saddled Blenny who was gracious enough to light for a few seconds to have his picture taken.

Blennies are tiny little fish who constantly dart around on sandy bottoms or coral heads. This one was about an inch long.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind

Hannah

Hannah

Hannah Alkire plays the cello during a performance with her husband Joe Scott. Together they comprise Acoustic Eidolon – a Colorado ensemble that travels around the world playing wonderful music. This shot was taken during a concert at The Mishawaka Amphitheater on the banks of the Cache Le Poudre River west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Hannah and Joe shared the stage with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. It was a magical summer and a fabulous concert.

I chose this shot because I love Hannah’s facial expression and posture. To me she reflects a state of mind that is contemplative and relaxed.

To learn more about Acoustic Eidolon, click here. If you ever have a chance to see them in concert, please go! I know you would love their music and stage presence.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art

Amphitrite

Amphitrite

Or this is shot is strictly about art. Here is the mermaid Amphitrite as she adorns the Sunset House Reef on Grand Cayman. You can also see how the life on the reef has added colors to her lovely form.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Circle

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin

Here’s a literal interpretation of the challenge for this week. I had never seen a sea urchin that had made its home on the top of the reef. They usually like their hidey holes and all one sees are their spines sticking out of the nooks and crannies on the sides of coral heads. This shot was taken on Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman.

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50 Happy Things – Bloggers Unite in Gratitude

When Dawn from Tales from the Motherland emailed me last week about her project, I was thrilled to be included. Her idea is to share gratitude with the world! While this blog has turned into a photography blog over the past years, I’m stepping outside of my norm and sharing my gratitude today. No photos, just a list of things that have made me happy this year.

So without further adieu…Drumroll, please:

  1. Today is Solstice. I’m happy for the returning of the light!
  2. Great food.
  3. I’ve so enjoyed my Inspiralizer and all the fabulous vegetable noodles this year.
  4. My health. I feel so blessed to enjoy great health
  5. Fitness. I love to run, bike, hike, ski, scuba and I’m so glad my body allows me to do all of these things.
  6. My wonderful home in the Colorado Rockies.
  7. The Colorado Rockies – not the baseball team…
  8. My fabulous town. I so love Fort Collins, its people, places, atmosphere.
  9. My husband Peter – his love, support and companionship fills my days with happiness.
  10. My sister Becky. I have so enjoyed having her live close by for the first time since I left Georgia after college.
  11. My kitties, Leo and Cielo. They constantly entertain and give us lots of kitty love.
  12. My awesome kitchen where I spend lots of time cooking and creating.
  13. My vegetable garden – its so fun to be able to pick fresh vegetables in the summer.
  14. Sunrises from the kitchen window.
  15. Friends who love and support me.
  16. The fabulous people who I get to care for in my Physical Therapy practice.
  17. Music. I’m so glad that I committed to take piano lessons this year. It is so paying off with improved playing skill.
  18. Hikes in the summer.
  19. Ski season is coming up fast!
  20. My fabulous Volkl Kenja skis.
  21. Trips to the Caribbean.
  22. Scuba diving
  23. Underwater photography
  24. I so loved my birthday present from Peter this year. A private underwater photography class at Cathy Church’s school in Grand Cayman.
  25. Taking my underwater photography to a whole new level!
  26. Photography in general. I love my botanical photography shots.
  27. Living in the western United States. I get to see so many beautiful places.
  28. Technology. I love my iPad, iPhone and Mac. They talk to each other and make my busy life easier.
  29. Living in a time where technology is so amazing.
  30. Meeting Dawn this year at the Denver Art Museum. What a cool thing to meet one of my blogging friends in person.
  31. Loving my work. I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
  32. Starting a new art form and working again in my art studio – I’m making tooled leather bracelets to go with my photography in my sales booth this summer.
  33. Selling my first art print from my website this week! (I wonder how she found me?)
  34. My best year ever selling my photography.
  35. Getting into several high end juried art shows this year.
  36. Looking forward to spending Christmas with family.
  37. Books – I have so enjoyed reading this year.
  38. Blogging – I am so glad I joined the WordPress Community three years ago.
  39. Sitting on the deck in the summer enjoying a great meal.
  40. Running on the bike path.
  41. Living on the Cayman Aggressor for a week and meeting other divers.
  42. Skiing 20 days this year.
  43. Being able to play “Christmas Time is Here.” really well!
  44. My new Jeep Cherokee.
  45. Sharing the Snowmass Jeep Jamboree with Peter and Becky.
  46. A world where people are still good and caring.
  47. Getting to see the new Star Wars movie in two days!
  48. Living in a community where people are friendly and caring.
  49. My fabulous cameras.
  50. Trader Joes…They just opened a store around the corner from my office this year.

If you’d like to join our band of grateful bloggers, head on over to Dawn’s place for instructions. Tales from the Motherland. And for those of you who celebrate the season, I hope your holidays are merry and bright.