Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Photo Dump

“Past and future are in the mind only - I am now.”
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj -

When you are snapping photographs, you are paying careful attention to the details of a particular subject, and you are very attentive to the unique and magnificent things that surround you. Thus, you are living in the present moment. There are no worries about tomorrow or thoughts about yesterday. There is no ‘what was’ or ‘what will be’. Only what is. Photography is a way to quiet your mind, so you may live earnestly in the here and now.

Below is another round of photos that kept me in the moment...


Is it just me, or does it look like this little fella has a halo?


Blue and orange are such a wonderful contrast.


I often wonder if these amazing creatures inspired the creation of helicopters.


Mother Nature hanging out with an abandoned door that she'll eventually consume. Beware, door!


A tranquil moment by Lake Ontario at sunset. Is there anything more relaxing?


A lot of drama in the sky. Looks like Mother Nature is a wee bit upset.


♪♫ I want to fly like an eagle...♫♪...er...seagull...


Um...should I tell him that it'll be awhile before a train arrives at this abandoned station?


This beautiful swan has certainly outgrown the ugly duckling stage.
 
 
I don't think the '30 minutes or less' pizza delivery guarantee will hold up at Bob's Diner.

Make it a great day, everyone! And stay in the moment...

38 comments:

  1. They are beautiful! And yes it does look like a halo!

    One day I hope and take as good as pictures as you!
    You have a great eye!
    You always seem to have nice ones!

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    1. Thanks, Alice. That's nice of your to say! Don't think about whether your photos are nice or not. Just get out there and have fun!

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  2. There must be lots of train tracks in Canada. Somehow I never pictured the country that way. Love that classic Bob's Diner photo!

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    1. I would have loved to see what Bob's Diner was like when it was open. The town it's in is such a ghost town now. So many places are shut down and abandoned.

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  3. Gorgeous photos, I enjoyed them all, that bee was quit a capture!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! That bee was the cutest little thing.

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  4. What the wonderful shots. looking beautiful, specially the lake shot. such pleasant....

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  5. great pics, and yes he does look like he has a halo!

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  6. I think dragonflies inspired missiles cause they seem to like to randomly fly towards me.

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  7. Great shots! Yes, I think that's St. Honeybee the Acrobatic.

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  8. Sounds pretty buddha-like to me. My sister has been getting into buddhism and you sound just like her! Taht's a good thing. Awesome pictures, too, like always.

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    1. I'm starting to realize that I like a lot of things about Buddhism!

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  9. I see the halo. Wonder if the food was good at Bob's Diner. Around here they call them dinors, I dunno why?

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    1. I'll have to step into my time machine and go back and visit Bob's Diner since the area is quite a ghost town now. I bet the food was pretty good when the place was open.

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  10. The dragonfly and the railroad tracks are my favorite of these...absolutely wonderful captures :)

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    1. That dragonfly was such a treat! It's hard to photograph these little buggers; they are always on the move. But this little one stopped for awhile to allow me to snap a photo.

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  11. Great photos Martha! I adore your angelic bee! I am pinning to my Bee and Butterfly board, and maybe on my Angel board too!

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    1. That little bee made my day with its little halo. Such a cutie!

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  12. This is a nice mixture that you found in your photos. Some pictures tell a good story and some are just great photos.

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    1. Thanks, Red, for stopping by and for such a nice comment!

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  13. Gorgeous. The bee does look like he's got a halo. :D The photo of the sky is one of my favorites. Threatening storms have a beauty all their own.

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    1. I really love when the sky is dramatic. It adds a strong emotion to the image.

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  14. It's not only your photos, it's your thoughts as well! Wonderful!

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  15. Wonderful photos ! We seem to like to photograph the same things lol I have a bee photo very similar to your one here lol ! Photography is a love and passion to me as I see it is of your to ! I get so lost in my subjects and photography . Thanks for sharing ! What breed of camera do you use and what lens do you use mostly ... if I may ask ! Have a good day !

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    1. Photography has always been a love of mine, and it has been increasingly so since the development of digital cameras. Now I can snap away without worrying about constantly purchasing and wasting film. If the photo is no good, delete, and move to the next!

      I use a Canon T3i and typically work with my 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. But I also use my 50mm lens, now and then. None of this is high-end equipment, but since I'm not a professional, it works well for me.

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  16. Beautiful photos!
    I love the sunset on Lake Ontario, makes me want to be there!!

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    1. It is a lovely place to visit. I'm so glad we have that lake nearby.

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  17. You said it so well Martha. There is nothing else happening but the present moment when we look through our camera. There is something very Zen about it.

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    1. You got it, Jim. There is something VERY Zen about photography!

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  18. Love to go to Bob's Diner ~~ these kind of places are always so full of character and atmosphere. Taking macros always pulls me right into the moment, love doing them!!

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    1. I like places like Bob's Diner, too; the food is often much better. I wonder what it was like when it was open, and how long ago it shut down. The area it's in has become quite a ghost town; so many places are shut down, abandoned and decaying. Quite a sad sight.

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  19. Wonderful pictures! My favorites are the bee, the field & sky, and the railroad tracks. They'd all make wonderful oil paintings. You sure do have a great eye for composition.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. It's my go-to hobby when I need time to relax.

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