Bella Vida by Letty

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Style is a Way of Life ~ Design Yourself

Style is a way of life.

Regardless of industry or career, developing your style demonstrates mastery and professionalism.  Last night I was watching “The Eye Has to Travel” a documentary about the life of Diana Vreeland and found many great lessons.  She was editor of Vogue magazine for many years and one of her most famous quotes is regarding style.

“Style is a way of life, without it you’re nothing.”

I agree style is everything and I’m not speaking about fashion.  Style is what distinguishes you and your works from others.  It is your essence communicated through voice, perspective and attitude.  Your style is what ultimately shines through in your works whether you’re a designer, artist or teacher.  Vreeland didn’t have a formal education but she had the keen ability to see style in others and encourage the development of it in other artists.   Her employees, models and photographers all stated she would push them to do more until they produced their absolute best.

Vreeland worked within the constraints of industry which to this day is sexist, ageist and non inclusive. It’s pretty ironic but true, in an interview in the 1980’s she said highlighting the very thing that makes a person unique is what makes them beautiful and interesting.  Like her, I am uninterested in fitting into any mold.  For any apprentice it is okay to experiment and emulate others but ultimately you must design yourself.

give people what they cant get at home

In another great take away Vreeland also stated people only live through their dreams and imagination.  What a wonderful perspective.  If we give up on our dreams we are not living our lives to our fullest potential.  Our imaginations have no limits therefore your capabilities are endless.  Dream big then dream bigger.  Create your ideal world.

And finally a piece of advice to artists.  Give the audience what they can’t get at home.  Take them somewhere.  Tell a story.  This was exactly what she was great at.

Have you seen the documentary?  What did you think?  I recommend it.  You can find it on Netflix.

What are you inspired to create?

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  Maya Angelou

“In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.”   E.B. White

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Florida Swamp Legends & Lore

Florida Everglades swamps

Strange, mysterious, unique and wildly enchanting is how I would describe southeastern America’s swamplands which run from Florida to Louisiana.  Fertile lands abounding with life, fresh water fish, turtles, rabbits and foxes too.  Where a great many species of birds come and go as they please.  There’s something magical about seeing the mangroves completely covered with birds randomly squawking as they settle in for the evening.

Wandering past its muddy moss covered banks for deeper exploration of this terrain requires bravery or you could go with insanity, that works too.  When exploring the wet cypress forest you are sure to face gators and come across poisonous snakes.  But what most people never mention during the day are the creatures of legends and lore.  They are usually only seen at night and rarely wander the edges although they have been seen crossing from one section to another.  Yes, it takes a certain amount of curiosity or desperation to wander in that far.

Florida Everglades swamps

Pirates and drug dealers might come to stash their loot but they don’t stay long.  There are tales of escaped prisoners hiding out living in the deepest parts of the swamp under the most hellish conditions desperate to not get caught.  The stifling heat and the blood thirsty mosquitoes are nothing when the predator becomes prey.  Surviving is easy if you’re good at killing creatures.  When you are good at killing creatures you will never go hungry.  Just remember everything in the swamps needs to feed; large crocs and gators, panthers, black bear and wild boars.

I’ve also heard mention of other creatures such as the skunk ape, pig man, aliens, ghosts, loop garou and rougarou half man half gator and half man half wolf.  Yes, the swamps are fertile grounds for the imagination.

Florida Everglades swamps

Don’t worry not all the wildlife is deadly.  For me it’s a place where I can go contemplate and find peace among the flora and fauna who continue to thrive in the southern swamplands.

Have you heard of any of these swamp legends?

 Florida Everglades swamps

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All day the sun has shown on the surface of some savage swamp, where the double spruce stands hung with ulnae lichens, and small hawks circulate above, and the chickadee lisps amid the evergreens, and the partridge and rabbit skulk beneath; and now a more dismal and fitting day dawns, and a different race of creatures awakes to express the meaning of Nature there.”    Henry David Thoreau

“Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It’s very easy to enjoy yourself.”  Tove Jansson

“A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamp.”   Carson McCullers 

“To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised. And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing. Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth, breeding grounds, experimental labs where organisms and ideas have the luxury of being out of the spotlight, where the imagination can mutate and mate, send tendrils into and out of the water.” Barbara Hurd

 

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My Entry for Capture the Colour Travel Photography Contest

I’m obsessed with photography and when I heard about the Capture the Colour Travel Photography contest it sounded like fun.  I’m constantly taking photos wherever I go so it was very very very hard to chose just one photo to represent the five different colors: red, blue, green, yellow and white.  Here are my selections.  Which do you like best?

Red

 Florida Everglades Bird

Most visitors to the Florida Everglades come to see the alligators but what they might not know is, it’s a wonderful place for bird watching.  I patiently canvassed the swampy waters and sawgrass with my camera lens when to my luck I noticed a red beak.  I walked as close as I dared without scaring this beautiful bird away or getting bit by one of the gators sun bathing on the tar road to capture this image.  This beauty is called a purple gallinule and as you can see has a variety of colors in its feathers.  It was the red beak contrasting with the green vegetation that gave him away.

Blue

Key Largo Florida Diving

This photo was taken from the top of a glass bottom boat in the United States first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.  That day the water was choppier than I had ever experienced so even though I don’t get seasick I was playing it safe above deck savoring a peppermint candy.  It was a gorgeous sunny day.  Toward the coast the water was a lovely jade color and toward the Atlantic it was a gorgeous deep blue shade that reminded me of a blueberry lollipop.  While enjoying the view a boat full of scuba divers anchored near us.  It’s scuba diver flag bobbing up and down over choppy waters.  Every day divers from all around the world come to explore the living coral reefs and natural wildlife habitat of this beautiful place.

 

Green

 Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah Georgia

This photo is a of a statue in haunted Bonaventure cemetery in Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah.  There are many famous poets, writers, government officials and civil war heroes buried here.  It was a sweltering summer day even though we were shaded under the thick branches of the moss covered live oak trees when this solemn girl caught my attention.  Maybe it was the contrast between the living and the dead. The bright green vegetations which has been growing for centuries and the inanimate statue sitting there for what may be an eternity.  The dedication reads: “Allured to better worlds and led the way.” 1877.

Yellow

 

I capture so many Florida sunsets it was very hard to chose just one.  I finally decided on this one which just happens to be my first ever instagram upload.

 

White

 Wynwood Walls

This photo was taken at one of my favorite places on the planet, Wynwood Florida.  Wynwood Walls is famous for its murals and graffiti.  They are everywhere.  This particular mural stood out to me not only because of its size, which takes up the entire side of a warehouse, but also its subject matter.  A beautiful boy pausing out of curiosity to dig for some treasure.  Sweet.

Now I will pass on the fun by nominating a few of my favorite travel bloggers.  I will be updating this post with more nominations.  My nominations are:

Adriana from La Dulce Vida The Sweet Life,  Paula from 365 Things to do in SWFL, Maria from Blogging Babies and the Bayou, Karla from Foodologie and Ana from Cabeza de Coco.

 

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“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” Karl Lagerfeld

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Marc Riboud

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

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Exploring the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter Royal Street New Orleans Collage

When visiting New Orleans a trip to the French Quarter is an absolute must.  Stretching from the Mississippi River toward Esplande Avenue and Canal Street up to Rampart Street, the neighborhood is a feast for the eyes and bursting with things to do.  Precisely because there is so much to do and so many interesting facts to learn I recommend taking a tour from one of the locals.  Tours are numerous and are designed to entertain just about every taste.  I did the cemetery Voodoo tour of which a portion of the proceeds goes back into the community to assist in preservation efforts.  That tour was so fun I have to write up a separate post to tell you all about it.

French Quarter Streets Collage NOLA

Leaving our bed and breakfast in the Garden District we took a short ride down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street in one of the city’s famous streetcars.  For a three dollar day pass you can hop on and off as much as you like.  They are a reliable source of transportation scheduled nine minutes apart.   It was a short walk to Cafe Beignet on Royal Street where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of Cajun hash browns and coffee.   I love to eat and everyone I spoke with told me there was no bad food in NOLA.  They were not lying.  The people of New Orleans are super friendly and treated us well.  After breakfast we window shopped along the antique shop lined street and took in the architecture.

French Quarter architecture Collage NOLA

Founded in 1718 the French Quarter is New Orleans oldest neighborhood.   It was French Canadian, Sieur de Bienville, who came upon this crescent of the Mississippi River deemed safe from tidal surges and hurricanes.  Under his governorship New Orleans, which he named in honor of the Prince Regent of France, became the capital of French Louisiana and this its center.  Today the district is a National Historical Landmark containing numerous historical buildings.  Most of the surviving French Quarter architecture was built during the forty year of Spanish rule which we can see today expressed in colorful pastel walls and elaborately decorated ironwork balconies.  They stand today in part because the Spanish had stricter building codes and eliminated flammable materials like wood.

Jackson Square French Quarter New Orleans  Collage

Our trip coincided with the Red Dress Run, the biggest little red dress event in the world so everywhere we looked there were men and women in sexy red dresses.  The event is held the second Saturday of every August and is sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, a social club of self proclaimed drinkers with running problems.  They spilled out of beautiful Louis Armstrong park and onto the streets of the French Quarter in a festive mood.  There was music and drinking going just as you would expect to happen after midnight at ten in the morning.  I must admit, their energy along with the very friendly people of NOLA had me in a such a great mood, the sweltering August heat had no chance of ruining my day.

After our Voodoo Cemetery tour we headed to Riverwalk in search of something cold to drink.  We ended up having a late lunch of scrumptious jambalaya partnered with a cold fruity drink called a Cherry Blossom at River’s Edge.  Following lunch we strolled past local artists displaying their latest works of art along the beautifully manicured landscaping of Jackson Square.  The main attraction is sculptor Clark Mills’s grand statue of Battle of New Orleans hero and U.S. President, Andrew Jackson.  The square is surrounded by historical landmarks like the old St. Louis Cathedral, the Louisiana State museum and the oldest apartment buildings in the United States.

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We then headed back to our quiet, clean and comfortable room in an elegant Greek Revival mansion for a long nap so we could party all night long on infamous Bourbon Street.  Do not miss visiting Bourbon Street, no matter how crowded and obnoxious, it was entertaining to say the least.  I couldn’t think of a better place for my first taste of absinthe than at the Old Absinthe House Bar.  Absinthe reminds me of the anise flavored Columbian drink, aguardiente.  I sipped it slowly so I was all good.  This bar is almost 200 years old and looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in at least 100 and the bathroom at least 300.  I guess the interesting characters that came in and out that night kind of made up for it.  People of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities having a great time together.

You know how I really like to dig in and explore the city.  I had to go back to the French Quarter one more time to visit more than the tourist scene on Bourbon Street.  I had to experience the local jazz music scene for myself.  On my last night we had a blast bar hopping on Frenchman Street.  None of the places had cover charges.  In between stops we ran into an open air art market to inspire my creative side. Every place I visited that night had live music and every single band was great.  Non stop dancing hula hoop girl can attest to that.  We hit up The Spotted Cat, Club Negril and Maison to name a few.  The atmosphere was festive and lots of people were dancing.

horse tie french quarter

I have wonderful memories of the French Quarter and I’m sure I’ll go back one day.

Have you been to the French Quarter?  What are your recommendations?

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“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”   Mark Twain

“I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln 
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy 
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.”  Langston Hughes

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. 
It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. 
I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.”   Anne Rice

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My New Orleans Itinerary & Postcards

A couple of weeks ago I went on a road trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a blast and I will be sharing the entire month of September.  I’m giving you a sneak peek with these postcards I created of some of the places I saw.

French Quarter PostCard Hotel Monteleone

Hubbard Mansion

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

French Quarter

Cafe Beignet

National Historic Landmarks

Tremé

louis armstrong park postcard new orleans

Louis Armstrong Park

River’s Edge

Riverwalk

Bourbon Street

Dirty Linen Night

Jackson Brewery

Old River Road

Oaks Alley Plantation

Mississippi River

Frenchman Street

The Spotted Cat

Maison

Cafe Negril

Hubbard mansion postcard Garden District New Orleans

St. Charles Avenue

Street cars

Canal Street

Royal Street

Historic Voodoo Museum

Archdiocesan Cemeteries

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Jackson Square Postcard New Orleans

Jackson Square

Pirate Alley

Faulkner’s Apartment

Red Dress Run

Cabildo

Presbytere

French Antique shop sign postcard French Quarter New Orleans

Louisiana State Museum

St. Louis Cathedral

French Market

Live Music

Jazz

Have you been to New Orleans, Louisiana?  What was your favorite thing there?

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Amazing Spot for Photo Ops Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

Florida is a huge state with two spectacular coasts donning some of America’s most beautiful beaches.  On one of my many road trips I discovered an amazing spot perfect for photo ops.  The place is called Blowing Rocks Preserve.  I found it because the town it’s in has a wacky name so of course I wanted to explore it.  The town is called Jupiter and located in Palm Beach County Florida.

Blowing Rocks Preserve was named for the rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline.  This one mile stretch is special because most of it is either underground or underwater.  It’s one of Florida’s rarest surviving landscapes.  There is a dune habitat with beach sunflowers, bay cedar, sea grapes and sea oats.

During the summer months the beaches provide important nesting habitats for endangered sea turtles.  The sea turtles and the nests are protected by federal, state and local laws to prevent extinction.  Do not touch them or their nests.

On the day I was there a rain shower passed through causing giant splashes as the Atlantic Ocean slammed into the hard rocky surface.  Don’t be afraid to get wet.  It’s a really fun sight to see and makes for some wonderful photos.

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

While researching I found it turns out that a bunch of famous people have homes in Jupiter, Florida.  Burt Renolds, Tiger Woods, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Michael Jordan, Dara Torres and Camilo Vargas just to name a few.  If you’re interested in history the Town of Jupiter has a website with a timeline dating back to prehistoric times when the Tequesta lived there.

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

I recommend this spot whether you just have a few free minutes or an afternoon to spare.

Have you been to Blowing Rocks or Jupiter?

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“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”  Robert Frank

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”  Ansel Adams

 

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Photos of Wynwood Graffiti Murals

Imagine a place where art is all around you. Yes art.  Art is expression.

Wherever you look, someone left traces of their creativity.

Leaving no place overlooked, it’s on the walls, on the street, windows, light poles even trash cans.

Where the wind carries the acrid chemical smell of spray paint but you don’t really mind it.  It’s a welcome relief from the humidity.

Where you have to be careful where you walk, lean and sit or come away with wet paint.

Where the streets are slanted, side walks broken, but you can still appreciate the beauty of decay on crumbling industrial buildings lovingly wrapped in barbed wire.

Wynwood Walls Murals Graffiti Miami Florida Wynwood2 Wynwood3 wynwood4 wynwood2011

 

Where mystery and the mysterious are not uncommon.

The Miami neighborhood of Wynwood is an ever changing canvas where you are sure to be uncertain what you will see or experience next.

Sometimes people are the art.  You will find them costumed or painted into the most interesting characters you never thought of.

Performance art is everywhere; a group of kids dancing on the corner, a DJ spinning creating an impromptu party on the sidewalk or  an acoustic duo playing outside a fancy new gallery.

You can get food from a truck or the ghostbusters station wagon inside a bar sometimes flea market.

This place inspires me.  I come away feeling the passion expressed in artists works.  It reminds me of the passion I have for expressing myself.

Gentrification has me worried about how much longer this place will exist.  Wherever these artists flee I will follow.

 

Have you been to see Wynwood walls?

Is there a place you always go to for inspiration?

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“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”   Deepak Chopra

“One line placed on the canvas committed her to innumerable risks, to frequent and irrevocable decisions.” Virginia Woolf 

“I like that about art, that what you see is sometimes more about who you are than what’s on the wall.” Cath Crowley

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.”  Banksy

“Graffiti is not about clean lines, pretty colors and beautiful blends. Graffiti is my life’s turbulence exploded on a wall.” Mint Serf

“This world is but a canvas for our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

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electricity ~ Light Graffiti Photography and a Poem

law of conservation of energy

energy in an isolated system remains constant over time

The only thing that can happen to energy in a closed system is be transformed from one state to another.

Energy is not a material substance.

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ATP molecules

human kinetic energy
human voltage
Superconducting Quantum Interference Device
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electro          electric              electricity

electrical signals sodium-potassium gate between 10 and 100 millivolts

Superconducting Quantum Interference Device
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if electricity could be seen with the naked eye what would you look like?
light graffiti photography bella vida by letty
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elec·tric·i·ty

Pronunciation: /i-ˌlek-ˈtris-ət-ē, -ˈtris-tē/
fundamental entity of nature consisting of negative and positive kinds,
observable in the attractions and repulsions of bodies
electrified by friction and natural phenomena

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My Obsession With the Sky Began in Puerto Rico

I think my obsession with the sky began in Puerto Rico as a young daydreaming girl in the backseat of my parents Nissan Sentra on our weekly road trips to visit my grandparents.  My father would take a different route each time.  Sometimes it was the bumpy cement highway zigzagging the island, forcefully cutting through giant mountains, pushing aside hundreds of acres of wild dark green making way for noisy metallic traffic flow.  The radio dial would flip between Salsoul 98 and Casey Kasem’s top 40, whenever an annoying song came on, to camouflage cacophonous highway sounds.  Passing the coastal towns of Canovanas, Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo on one side, while on the other, we felt the grand depth and height of island’s mountainous interior.  Just beyond little towns dangerously perched on steep mountain tops the sky would provide entertainment and put on the greatest cloud coloring and shape changing shows you could never imagine.

Other times we would cut through the islands center via old, flat tire inducing, pothole laden roads criss crossing  towns with names like Gurabo, Juncos and Las Piedras.  Roads which twisted gracefully, rose precariously and dipped steeply causing awkward sensations in my tummy.  The belly of the  mountain was wet with humidity while at her heights cold whipping winds could make you tremble.  Growing impatient of her sticky embrace I would look up to catch glimpses of an orange, pink and blue sunset just beyond gaps in the canopy.

reflection of the sky among lotus flowers in a pond

reflection of the sky among lotus flowers in a pond

When I felt misunderstood

she was my witness

When I first fell in love

she was my witness

My skies were never empty

They were bursting with movement and shooting stars

She taught me how to paint

demonstrating how colors pop and fade away in different light

She taught me nothing is permanent

moments cannot be repeated

the sky is my witness

Today she is my muse, my connection to the universe, my comfort.  You will find her influence in my artworks, writings, photography and paintings.

 

Have you been to Puerto Rico?

Tell me what inspires your creativity.

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“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”  Marcel Proust 

 “He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.”  Lauren Oliver

 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  Rabindranath Tagore 

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”  Paul Brandt

 “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”  Jimi Hendrix

 “time is a tree (this life one leaf) but love is the sky and i am for you just so long and long enough” E.E. Cummings

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Hope

“Hope is a waking dream.” Aristotle
Seagulls

No one can take your hope away.  Continue to dream big and take the steps to lead you there.

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“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” President Barack Obama


“We dream to give ourselves hope.” Amy Tan



“Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
Emily Dickinson


“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” E.E. Cummings

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A Look at 2012 in Photos

A moment to look back at the photos I’ve taken this year and share some of the things I have learned.

South Beach Florida Sunrise
Sunrise in South Beach, Florida

The year began with this quote:
Today and everyday I will live a life true to myself, not the life others expect.

Everglades Florida Sunset
Everglades
Florida Everglades
Everglades
Florida Everglades sunset
Everglades
Finding the courage to take action begins with loving yourself and knowing that you are good enough.
Altered Light Graffiti Photography
Altered photo of fire dancer
I encourage you to create content and share it. 
Altered Light Graffiti Photography Fire Dancer
Fire Dancer Light Graffiti
We are constantly building … destroying and re-creating our reality.
 
Blowing Rocks Jupiter Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Today what will be, will be and that’s okay.
florida sunsets
 
My goal in life is to be my truest best self. 

Sueno por que el alma necesita volar

 

 

May the new year bring you everything you desire.
Join me as I take steps to continue building, learning and growing.

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Soaring With the Little Gifts I’ve Been Given

“Man’s hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or morning dove.” Ralph Ellison

Florida Beaches

We each have our own ways of dealing with tragedy and mine is to soar with the little gifts left behind for us. They are truly precious and I know I’m lucky to receive them. Little gifts gently shed the weight of sadness and negativity off my shoulders not allowing my heart to grow stone cold with indifference. Little gifts are the reminders of what we know to be true. Little gifts fill me with love and light. I rise. I rise until I’m soaring above it all because I already have the only weapon I need and that is love. Practicing and teaching compassion is the cure.

My little gifts are the reminders of what is true:
– Every human is valuable
– It’s okay to cry
– Crying is an outlet of intense emotions
– Love gives us courage
– We need each other
– We receive much more by giving
– Helping others always helps ourselves
– We are capable of so much love
– The future requires unity
– The future requires compassion
– I am love
– I’m not afraid to love
– Every positive action creates a reaction
– We already have the answers
– We are not alone
– I am capable of change
– I have so much love to give
– Emotions are universal

Thank you for my little gifts may you rest in peace.

Florida Beaches
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“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller


“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.” Victor Hugo


“The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. ” Douglas Adams

Happy is he whose thoughts soar like the lark to sing,  As through the morning skies, in freedom, he ascends,  Who, gazing down on life, completely comprehends The language of the flowers and every speechless thing!” Charles Baudelaire


“The doubters said, “Man can not fly,”
The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,”
And finally soared In the morning glow
While non-believers Watched from below.”  Bruce Lee

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How Do You Find Cool People to Follow on Instagram?

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I recently joined Instagram and am looking for cool people to follow. Things I find interesting are works from other photographers, nature, places, fashion, etc.  In summary I really enjoy looking at great photography.  Not only is it inspiring, there’s much to learn by studying a great photo.

I’m following my family and friends, a few magazines, celebrities, musicians and stores.

Who do you follow on Instagram?
and
How do you find Cool people to follow?
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“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer.” Walter De Mulder

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” Diane Arbus


“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty


“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” Susan Sontag

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I Have a Passion for Fashion Photography

One important aspect of photography is the historical significance of taking a moment in time and preserving it.  While another just as important facet is its creative contribution to the arts.

My work in photography includes documentation of nature, photojournalism, creative/ artistic light graffiti photography as well as digital manipulation.

I am inspired by other artists and creatives. So you can imagine how elated I was to come across these wonderful images where literature and photography intersect by a woman whose work I admire.

Vogue‘s September issue 2012

Vogue’s September issue features a literary inspired photoshoot on Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, featuring Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Diaz and Jonathan Safran Foer shot by Annie Leibovitz. I am really loving these images. Source

While Fashion photography is created with the purpose to sell clothes it doesn’t have to be limited by it.  I have a Pinterest board of the most phenomenal images from fashion photographers HERE with many examples of creativity.

If you are a fashion photographer, I would love to connect with you.

Here are two examples of well known fashion photographers for some creative inspiration.
Peter Lindbergh
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Peter Lindbergh

Ellen von Unwerth

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Ellen von Unwerth

 

Which fashion photographers inspire you?

You can view other works which inspire me on my Fashion Photography Pinterest Board.

 

 

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Jackass Crossing in Florida

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Yeehaw Junction Jackass Crossing Dessert Inn Florida
Yeehaw Junction Jackass Crossing Dessert Inn Florida

If you follow me on social media you know how much I zigzag across the state of Florida. One place I’ve passed several times is Yeehaw Junction. You’ve seen the myriad of signs announcing discount theme park tickets littering the highway. I never paid much attention to the place until we had a little extra time to explore and discovered it was actually one of the oldest towns in Florida. A hundred years ago these old roads were used by cowboys moving cattle and truckers hauling logs making this intersection the perfect place for a trading post. It was originally named Jackass Crossing in honor of the donkeys ridden by ranchers until one day someone decided that wasn’t a proper name and changed it to Yeehaw, the sound made by a donkey.

Yeehaw Junction Jackass Crossing Dessert Inn Florida
Yeehaw Junction Jackass Crossing Dessert Inn Florida

Today it’s a small town with a population barely over 200 people. The day we drove through most of the establishments were closed or in an abandoned state. The only thing to see there is the Desert Inn and Restaurant which has made it to the The National Register of Historic Places. That means it is on the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

To tell you the truth we were not brave enough to eat there even though the sign announced ‘the best Cuban sandwiches’.  We got out of the car and the place looked empty.  No one was around except a farmer selling watermelons from his truck across the street.  So I snapped some pics then hit the road again.

Here’s what the plaque says:

The Desert Inn was founded as a trading post in the late 1880s. The present building dates before 1925 and served as a supply and recreational center for cattle drovers, lumber men and tourists during the era when much of Osceola County was still undeveloped wilderness. Cowmen working the free ranging cattle on the palmetto prairie and lumber men cutting timber in the nearby pine lands came to the Desert Inn to eat, drink, and dance at this “oasis” where they could enjoy some relief from their arduous labors. Local patrons of the trading post and restaurant included African Americans and Seminoles, who had separate dining facilities in the era of segregation. The construction of roads in the 1930s brought tourists to the area, and a set of overnight cabins were erected behind the original building. Today the Desert Inn continues to be a popular destination for tourists and local residents. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Yeehaw Junction Jackass Crossing Dessert Inn Florida
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