we had a sunset picnic to watch the super moon eclipse, it was beautiful, clear purple skies for sunset. and a red red moon. of course i didn't carry lenses that could capture that beauty, but i could capture a few moments before dusk settled of my oldest in her excitement. we have been having warm sunny days then dropping to cooler (55 degree) mornings and evenings. fall is here. and we celebrated with warm nourishing chicken soup.
on today's day of celebrating mothers, i can say one thing: you're not alone, sister. and if you feel you are, i hope you have someone you can reach out to, and can quietly, with no words, wholeheartedly understand you, and all that you do.
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aloha friends, it's been laundry, lots of cooking, lots of dinners, lots of keeping hands busy with sewing and drawing (nick really gets blissed out sewing with these girls, i am a work in progress. i am glad they have him to guide, he loves fabric. and making clothes and things), ... it's been warm warm sunny days, crab picking at the beach (which i didn't happen to catch - because i'm balancing the picture taking and the absorbing in kids and other things), weeding the garden, my oldest is really enjoying spraying the weeds with salt and vinegar. it keeps her busy for at least 30 minutes before she's done and starts playing with the roly poly bugs. i missed a lot of fun things on camera, but i remember a lot of those things inside too. i did happen to catch that ripe deeply red moon on my zoomiest lens (if you know me, i only use prime lenses so this is a bit of a joke...because you can't zoom) balance....
please click on to Lorrin to see what else they've been up to this past month in the blog circle.
february has been amazing. like all the other months in the pacific northwest. i cannot complain. one wish: lanikai or bali just a car ride away, maybe. is that asking for too much? ;) i am grateful for the gorgeous evergreens, the refreshing spice herb pine and salty puget sound air, the lovely weather, the fake winters - yes, fake winters, this rain and humidity and mist and cloudiness, all of it. beautiful kind of winter. that writer moody winter. and these kids. i am grateful for them this month, and all months really. we've had sick days, and growth spurt days, and no sleep days, and every day tired walking feet from walks and hikes and trails days. these days i've been waking up and saying "i think i'll just be happy today". we put a lot on ourselves. being happy is more than enough. its rich and bountiful. and if all fails, 'each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most' . i'm not sure if buddha really said that. i think people like to think he did. it doesn't matter. it's a good quote. i hope you take the time to breathe in those every day moments. it is fleeting.
please continue on to the blog circle by visiting Lenka , a fabulous woman. i am excited to see what all my fellow participants have posted for this month.
warmth to you this spring,
beautiful days here. unbelievable how the wild beauty of the pacific northwest becomes illuminated when the skies are blue. and how the misty rain always brings out this moody ethereal atmosphere. it is february, and it is spring in western washington. cherry blossoms are blooming, we have sunny days with temperatures in the mid to late 50s and even breaking 60 in the afternoons. we took the opportunity of this great weather, early still that they can be awake for sunset (545pm is when it goes down). nick shared with the girls of the crabs that like to hide under the big rocks. veda loves to skip stones, or dunk them :)
i'm excited to share that i'm part of a group of women that share photos of real life on the 10th of every month this year. documenting and finding beauty in the every day, good, bad, norm. these are the photos that i love to take. the things that happen all around me, and are beautiful moments that happen in our lives, the moments frozen in time when captured. i decided to stick to my favorite black and white images of january.
there is a book we are reading at bedtime called the 'star child', and there is a lot of beauty in that book. the Star Child, a tiny flame of vapor, invisible and timeless, watches the Earth from far, far away. He marvels at the blue swirls of the ocean and the green land, a bright spot turning through the darkness of space. He wants to go to this wondrous place, but he ponders: What will that life be like? I found it my inspiration for many of the photos I took this month, and using that sense of wonder and newness in every day moments, and every day things.
hop over to Katie Brenkert's Everyday Moments page to see her january real life photos and continue on the blog circle.