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Out of this World

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The sunsets lately have been “out of this world!” It seems like this has become the “norm” that we have smoky, hazy skies in August and September. Unfortunately there are people in California and Montana, as well as other states in the West, who have been directly affected by these fires. These fires are very destructive and I pray for those who have lost their homes. However, the presence of smoke in the air makes for beautiful, oddly red sunsets. This photo was shot this evening. The normal evening light is golden, but this light is even warmer. I hope and pray that the cooler temperatures come, the winds die down and the rains come for all the states that are experiencing wildfires!

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Day 155: Haiku

 

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Day 155: Respect the Flag Haiku

I stand for the flag,

disrespect if you kneel,

play football please!

I think it is very important to pay respect to our American flag, our country and our brave men and women who have fought for our country (past and present), especially as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. I am proud to have served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1985-1989.

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Day 154: Change

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Day 154: Change, it can be a very good thing! Maya Angelou said,”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

I think all of us knows someone who always complains. This person is a “buzz kill,” never having anything good to say. It gets tiring for those who have to spend time with people like this and it has got to be tiring for the complainer as well!

Why not change your circumstances? It is a win-win for all concerned! Life is too short to be and feel miserable. Happiness is a choice! It is a false assumption that others can make you happy. Only YOU can make YOU happy! Life is full of unfairness and disappointment, but why wallow in your woes, when you can try a smile and see where it leads. It can’t hurt, but it could certainly help. If you wear a smile, you are sure to get positive feedback from others.

I urge you curmudgeons out there to turn that frown into a smile! If you know a curmudgeon, take them out and “kill them with kindness!”

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Day 152: The Color Pink

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Day 152: The color pink. Normally pink is not one of my favorite colors, but now all the trees are blossoming and I can’t stop admiring its bold color!

Did you know (I didn’t) that pink was first introduced, in the Renaissance period in the 18th century, to the painter’s palette?

Also, did you know that pink was considered the color for boys and blue was considered the color for girls? Interesting! Pink was considered a strong, bold color while blue was thought of as a more delicate color. Everything I had always known has been turned on its head, so to speak. I learn something new everyday!

Now we know that currently pink is for girls and blue is for boys. When did it change? It was later in the 18th century that painters started to portray women in pink, and the rest is history.

Lately, we see men dressing more in pink than any other time. I believe if you are man enough, you can wear pink! I am no authority of course! It is even seen in the NFL in the month of October for breast cancer awareness month, which I think is a kind gesture. I know that breast cancer can afflict men too.

That is a very brief history of the color pink. What do you think of the color pink? Should it have remained a boy’s color or not?

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Day 152: The Color Pink

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Day 152: The color pink. Normally pink is not one of my favorite colors, but now all the trees are blossoming and I can’t stop admiring its bold color!

Did you know (I didn’t) that pink was first introduced, in the Renaissance period in the 18th century, to the painter’s palette?

Also, did you know that pink was considered the color for boys and blue was considered the color for girls? Interesting! Pink was considered a strong, bold color while blue was thought of as a more delicate color. Everything I had always known has been turned on its head, so to speak. I learn something new everyday!

Now we know that currently pink is for girls and blue is for boys. When did it change? It was later in the 18th century that painters started to portray women in pink, and the rest is history.

Lately, we see men dressing more in pink than any other time. I believe if you are man enough, you can wear pink! I am no authority of course! It is even seen in the NFL in the month of October for breast cancer awareness month, which I think is a kind gesture. I know that breast cancer can afflict men too.

That is a very brief history of the color pink. What do you think of the color pink? Should it have remained a boy’s color or not?

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Day 151: Beauty

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Day 151: Beauty. I love this time of year! Beauty is all around us. Just look at all the signs of life around us. The grass is greener than green. The birds are all singing. The flowers and the tree’s blooms are in their glory. Noticing new birth all around, calves, colts, fillies, fawns. We have been given a great gift this spring after a “longer than normal” winter!

I am finding beauty everywhere! Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” For me, it is hard NOT to see the beauty that is around me!

Hoping that all of you can make it outside today to find the beauty that is so abundant in our environment this time of year. As a photographer I am giddy with all the awesome photo “opps” around me!

Have a beautiful day!