February 28, 2010
i have a big crush on roald amundsun. i guess you could say i have a thing for rogue polar explorers from the late 19th, early 20th century; especially if they are of scandinavian decent. i’ve just finished watching a series from masterpiece theatre; the last place on earth, made in 1985 (available on dvd through netflix). it’s based on the book by roland huntford by the same title. it tells the story of amundsun and robert falcon scott‘s antarctic expeditions as they race to be the first to reach the south pole (circa 1911).
as scott and amundsun race to the pole, their story unfolds into a tale of adventure and misfortune. amundsun and his team of 3 men plus their invaluable dogs and skiis did it with superhuman strength and will. scott (who was an officer in the british navy) with his team of military men and scientists, siberian ponies, mechincal sleds, giant ego and arrogance, perished on the ice barrier with the 4 men who went with him to the pole. reaching the pole a month after amundsun, scott’s expedition was miserable and was a series of one disaster after another.
in the end, amundsun is made to be the bad guy and scott is hailed as a hero. amundsun is portrayed as a simpleton by the british and humiliated to the point that he flees england during a lecture/book tour, calling the british ‘ignorant’. he goes to america continuing to work toward repaying his debts and to raise funds to finish his work in the north. while there, he visits an old friend and fellow arctic explorer frederick cook. cook is behind bars for some kind of fraud\ scandle involing texas oil. he brings his good friend a book; scott’s last journey.
that is my kind of man.
i was born in the wrong century!
just a note about the photo published in this post:
i first published this photo titled sunset silhouette in the winter of 2009. it has proved to be the most popular photo on the blog according to my stats. i took this when the temperature had dipped below zero. in subzero temps, colors appear much more vivid.
all i got to do is to love you
all i got to be is, be happy
all it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
blow away, blow away, blow away. ~ george harrison
February 16, 2010
another day off from school due to blowing and drifting snow. what a snowy winter it’s turning out to be!
i see this building every day when i come out my door and i never tire of looking at it. no one lives in it and it’s actually filled with old pianos and things piano related. the more imperfect things are, the more i’m drawn to them. i like it when things stand out; it makes me want to get to know more about it, study it.
this interest in the imperfect applies to people as well as objects. i like trying to figure what makes a person tick. it’s also been very helpful to me in my work with the disabled. it’s very rewarding for me to be able to help someone learn to overcome the stigma a disabled person sometimes has to deal with and especially to be able to convey to them that i accept and admire them for who they are instead of what they’re not.
i believe that a kind and compassionate approach always produces a positive result.
February 15, 2010
i have photographed this view many times. i pass by here often as i head out for work, the hill, the library, and various other destinations. for me, it’s one of those idyllic scenes i wrote about in an earlier post. i took this on a foggy morning and i just love how the tree’s branches are highlighted. also, it’s always nice to visit my cow friends, who on this morning, were quite vocal. i think they were complaining to me about the cold and the snow.
i wonder, how many more days until spring?
p.s. a few more inches of snow on the prairie. i’m so grateful i have a friend who can plow me out when the snow gets deep.
February 14, 2010
when i think about living with intention, certain words come to my mind: freedom, liberation, creativity, peace, love. wow. just how does one go about living this way? for me, it’s a constant work in progress. the first big moment of realization for me was learning about the ego; how we really have to learn through observation in ourselves and then also observing others with more acceptance and less judgement. another big lesson for me is learning the practice of living in the present moment. even though i’m not always successful and have moments where the ego takes over or i obsess over things i can’t control, i do my best to catch myself and learn. every time i get it, i feel a little more free.
Blue, songs are like tattoos
You know I’ve been to sea before
Crown and anchor me
Or let me sail away
Hey Blue, there is a song for you
Ink on a pin
Underneath the skin
An empty space to fill in
~ Joni Mitchell
February 13, 2010
it’s my intention to grow creatively. this photo was a fun collaboration and what i hope will be a more diverse direction with my photography subjects.
change can be difficult. when in doubt, follow your intuition.
Don’t Let it Bring you Down
Blind man running through the light of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing through the window in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying in a gutter in the lane,
If you’re walking home alone.
Don’t let it bring you down
It’s only castles burning,
Just find someone who’s turning
And you will come around.
~ Neil Young
February 5, 2010
i remember how fun and exciting it was when i was a kid to have school dismiss early because of a winter storm. even though i’m no longer the student, the feeling is still the same. teachers stop in the hall and discuss in hushed tones their hopes for an early dismissal. during one of those conversations today, i learned how to say ‘it’s snowing’ in french.
this storm may bring quite a bit of accumulation, so i’m glad i was able to stock up on snacks, veggie soup fixins, and books from the library. i’m keeping my fingers crossed that the mail will make it out here to oakville tomorrow for my netflix delivery.
it should be fun to get out and about post storm and see what mother nature has created for my camera to capture.
by William Carlos Williams
February 2, 2010
i’m always on the lookout for idyllic scenes like this. whenever i get caught up in a scene, it gives me great pleasure and a simple, peaceful feeling. another favorite scene for me is spotting a red-tailed hawk sitting majestically on his perch surveying the land around him. to enjoy moments like this, i can’t be zooming down the road or talking on the phone or going through my to-do list. i have to be in the present; taking it all in with great observation.
ps it actually felt warm on the prairie today!