Thursday, April 26, 2012

~ "The Need" . . .

"It's nice sometimes
to open up the heart a little
and let some hurt come in.
It proves you're still alive.
If nothing else
it says to you,
clear as high hill air,
as diving through cold water,
I'm here!
However wretchedly I feel,
I feel!"
~Rod McKuen

I simply ♥ Rod McKuen's poetry.
It speaks to me.....deeply.
I have most of his books.
I sigh when I read them.
Anyway, this is for my "NowYou" project.
I was feeling cranky .... really cranky .....
and I didn't want to take these shots....
especially with no photoshop!
I thought "How can I?" 
But I'm committed to this project
and so I did.
This is who you'd see if you came knocking at my door.
VoilĂ .....c'est moi!!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

~ Straw Flower Cactus . . .

I've been in a slump lately ......
my relationship with my camera suffered.
I can't quite put my finger on the reason.
It's just the way it was.
So, while out shopping the other day
this little fella jumped out at me
"Take me home, I'm photogenic!"
I loved the little straw flower poking out of the side of the cactus.
I found the perfect spot for it.
Indeed, it is quite photogenic.
I love taking macro shots and this little cactus didn't disappoint.

I just loved the straw flower on it ....
it made me smile.
So, snap~snap~snap went the camera!
Then I decided to read up on this lovely plant.
I have finally stopped laughing at myself enough
to tell you what I found out......
Did you know that the little straw flower is not really part of the cactus?
Here's what I found:

"Straw flower cactus plants make a beautiful addition to any house. Upon first glance, they appear to be normal cacti with bright, vibrant flowers growing out of the top. However, the flowers are glued to the cacti and not an actual natural part of them. While the flowers are technically dead, they are still capable of opening and closing with moisture and temperature changes, which gives them the appearance of being alive. When properly cared for, a straw flower cactus can last several years."

Really???    What the heck?????
Are you laughing, too?????
Am I gullible or what?
Oh well........
 I did get a good laugh (at my own expense)
and I did get some decent shots.
I'm happy!

And out of my slump!


I decided to play over at SueLovesCherries' "Rednesday"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

~ If Not Now . . . . Then When?

♪  Ta-da  ♫

Is that me?
One click of the camera.
No second, third or fourth shots.
As is.
No photoshop.
When I uploaded this image, I stared at it for the longest time.
I so wanted to click "delete".
I so wanted to smooth my skin out.....
get rid of the wrinkles.....
I've always disliked how I look.
My nose is too wide!
My lips are .... well .... non-existent!
I've inherited my family "jowls".
Should I go on????
I walked away from the computer at least five times
and each time I came back
and looked at myself
I panicked.
But then I thought,
well if I can't let you see the real me
and be true to you
then how the heck can I be true to myself??
So, here I am ....
in the "raw" so to speak.
And I'm scared!
This is me!
It's the first step
to seeing myself
in a whole new light.
This shot brings this song to mind ....
"The morning sun
when it's in your eyes
really shows your age.
But that don't worry me none,
in my eyes
you're everything."

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