Unfocused Mind Diaries part 1

2014… Year of Changes
June, near the end of the month, on a Sunday afternoon. My mind has been so unfocused and scattered lately, and getting worse the last couple of months. Anxiety attacks about what should be small things, but shake and bake my body and brain. These are followed by time staring blankly into space… important things forgotten like crumbled dry autumn leaves falling from the trees into the silence of deep winter. Names that I know well slip away like the last lick of a soft ice cream cone… gone.
Sitting in my truck in the sun in the church parking lot, with all the congregation gone home with their families already, listening to the song of the capricious winds dancing among the leaves of the grown up Weeping White Birch and big old Maple trees. Mother helped plant so many trees and shrubs here so long ago when we built stage one of this LDS church building in Pucker Huddle. She would be thrilled to see how well they grew; I can picture that in my mind.
Ah, yes, my mind… THAT is where I started, and what I wanted to talk more about on this sunny day full of puffy white clouds and wind-swept trees. My mind, and how it does not like to focus on things of importance in the ways of this modern world, but would rather drift off dancing with the leaves in the wind or sink deep into the earth to curl up and wait to be born again; to grow questioning tendrils reaching out like the roots of a tree to find the pockets of vibrant life force that nourish mind body and spirit.
Waiting; Nothingness, and yet Everything-ness. Calm, listening and observing; the curl of the hawks wing fingers as he changes directions in the wind; the sudden squawk of a Crow searching the ground under the tree for a bit of supper.
Supper…. That is right; I was invited to two different meals today with family and then friends! I had best be on my way.
>>>to be continued<<<

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Stick Pony Races at Ketchum Kalf Rodeo

More images from the Glenwood Rodeo of a time-honored tradition… Stick Pony races! Starting with the kids, and ending with a race between Keith Kreps and the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Queen for 2014

If you are a parent of any of these children, you can contact me here via email and I can send you images… or comment directly on the images you want.

 

Woman of few Words

This week, it is all about the images. I am working through my processes and do not want to unload that on you so here are some more images to make you smile again. Remember to check out the Galleries link in the sidebar on this page… see many of my best and brightest, and contemplate one hanging on your wall or a gift for a friend. Metal prints are the most popular these days, and also Thin Wraps and Canvas wraps. Use the contact form below to contact me with questions or with orders.

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Random Images that make me smile

Sometimes words simply aren’t enough…

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River of Fog fills the Columbia Gorge in December of 2013. This is a Panorama of multiple images. 

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sudden surprise sunset of glory in Trout Lake, Washington, just when all was flat gray and all hope of sunset seemed lost.

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Aurora pillars at Trout Lake and Mount Adams in October of 2013

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Bald Eagles love the snags in the Columbia River Gorge

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Osprey guards it nest from other Osprey

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My old dog Rio lays among the flowers at Dalles Mountain Ranch. I miss that girl!

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Sunstar in an Old gnarly tree on Camas Praire

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Apocalypse Mill

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Lightning flashes blue during an August sunrise of pink, over the Bingen Museum in Bingen, Washington.

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Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra'ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother's Day weekend 2014

Celtic Musician Leannan Sidhe performing with Dara Korra’ti at the Glastonbury Renaissance Faire in Toledo, Oregon along the Oregon Coast. Mother’s Day weekend 2014

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"Dancing Fairy Child" Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach at Oceanside, Oregon

“Dancing Fairy Child” Leannan Sidhe dancing on the beach at Oceanside, Oregon

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Look closely for the refraction of another flower in the raindrop on this Daffodil

Look closely for the refraction of another flower in the raindrop on this Daffodil

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Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

Spring Beauty, an early spring pink low growing wildflower that grows in subalpine zones near Mount Adams, blooming as the snow melts

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Lower Falls on the Lewis River  at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

Lower Falls on the Lewis River at Dusk, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington state

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The old Billette Farm above White Salmon in Klickitat County.

The old Billette Farm above White Salmon in Klickitat County.

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Sunstar over an old pond

Sunstar over an old pond

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22 degree halo around the sun, so big it would not fit in a 28mm lens.

22 degree halo around the sun, so big it would not fit in a 28mm lens.

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22 degree halo around the sun, so big it would not fit in a 28mm lens.

22 degree halo around the sun, so big it would not fit in a 28mm lens.

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"The Quiet American" - a musician busking on the street of Hood River, Oregon, during a First Friday gallery walk event

“The Quiet American” – a musician busking on the street of Hood River, Oregon, during a First Friday gallery walk event

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Not the best Rodeo ride!  That horse was pretty fierce

Not the best Rodeo ride! That horse was pretty fierce

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Sails and Rays in Hood River, Oregon

Sails and Rays in Hood River, Oregon

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Light Delight

Moments in Sand

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Today I am grateful for my sister and my brother who got to come home from the hospitals they were each in, and praying still for the other brother who has been in the longest with a lung infection, and still is there. For one night they were all in the hospital at the same time! These sandy images are from a happy time at the beach last month with my daughter. She is currently sick as well, with a respiratory infection. I like the happy images of her on the beach, like a prayer for her… and a wish that I could do more.

Mount Adams Bicycle Tour coming up soon

Click on the photo to go to the website and learn more details!

Click on the photo to go to the website and learn more details!

 

Also see my previous post for photos of the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo in Glenwood, Washington!

Ketchum Kalf Rodeo

Here is what I have processed so far… there will be many more!  If you are one of the riders in any event, you can contact me in the contact form below and I will send you the small size images for facebook and email for free.  I will be able to get you prints as well, of most any size.  My main price list is in the menu links in the right sidebar, but here is a Rodeo Special:  8×10″ prints $15  for Rodeo participants, and $10 if you are willing to let me use your images for magazine submissions, Klickitat County tourism, and in my books or calendars.

5×7″ prints will be $7.00 each, and 4×6″ prints $1.00.  Mailing is extra.

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New Art Installation in Toledo~

I am thrilled!  My work is now hanging in the University of Toledo Medical Center brightening up an alcove to make people smile… freshly installed this month 🙂

This image of mine is part of a new art installation at the University of Toledo Medical Center

This image of mine is part of a new art installation at the University of Toledo Medical Center.  If you click on the photo you can see the larger file of the image itself in my galleries.