Bluff Springs Trail. Superstitions Arizona

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So much to say and show from the past week.  But this for now …

I am so grateful that yesterday  I was able to up my hiking distance and carrying load . I am NO where near where I was several years ago. When we look at our lives  I feel at times how tricky it is for the mind to know when to say GO FOR IT, and when to say…. REALLY ARE YOU NUTS? I am reading WILD and humbled by how insane the author was to push herself  the way she did.  Today I am grateful I was able to be on a  10 mile day hike with temps ONLY getting into mid 80s are spring flowers galore. No it was not flat and yes my back and neck  was able to  once again allow me shooting with a “real ” camera.  More photos and posts to come.

How can we not take anything for granted? It is so hard to remember to be mindful of  that when our bodies  and minds and lives are able to do what we ask of them. And when we are not able to do what we want when do choose to resolve to move on and say … that was then. And when do we strive to push towards goals that we had. Just pondering and open for conversation.

Thoughts while trimming bougainvillea

Thoughts_on_trimming_bougainvillea©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_PhotographyThe last several days I have  been having a painful  heart to heart conversation with  our three frost trashed bougainvillea shrubs. . I have no desire to post what the winter brought to these shrubs and come March I know I have to go for the tough love. I hack away at the sharp spiked branches. I have way too many scratches and punctures from which have gone through shirts, gloves, and pants . Come June the plants will once again be showing off their  beautiful bracts . The flowers are actually tiny and white and the   yummy magenta color  display are actually considered leaves not  flowers!

So why the painting instead of a photo? As I was trying to maneuver the endless sharp stems into trash bags for yard waste, and putting  the  mulched up leaves for compost I kept thinking about a series of paintings that I was working on  around Valentine’s day. The paintings  have many layers of work into them and this 24 x30 painting reminded me of the branches and stems that so viciously protect their beautiful leaves and flowers.

FYI- I realized when I was messing with this image to post that I had quickly shot this on my iphone . I need to shoot it also with DSLR  and see the difference.

 

I awaken with so many ideas that there is an electrical charge sparking

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I tend to wake up from an internal alarm . It is chirping LOUDLY at me .  It seems to be saying ” HEY , you have all these  ideas you want to accomplish today and they are playing bumper car in your brain with electrical sparks FLYING . GET UP and go!

Ironically with all those  electrical sparks if I am not careful I am in a tizzy in no time.  I am  so much better off when I pause and take a mindful moment … or 5 or 15 minutes to ground myself before I blast off  🙂

 

Gardening analogy – one of many, lemons and my life.

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I keep experimenting to see what REALLY works for me in life. Been doing it as long as I can remember.

When I see what works for someone else I can not help but wonder if it will work for me too.

I plant and see what happens.

I get caught in the process when I am really into it and loose track of time.

I keep working on  growing deep roots

I am so grateful when the results I am working for actually happen

I keep trying

I guess I am too foolish and  obstinate to know when to give up. More on that later.

Despite how much certain aspects of the work seem to be hard on me or/ and for me … I keep trying a way to either ignore it, find a work around, or just keep complaining about the pain and keep doing the work … right and not just find someone  to pay to do it!

I know if I have all these thoughts…. others do as well.

These lemons are just a few of oh so many I have harvested from our neighbor’s tree . Really not the best image for this analogy?

Thanks to our dear neighbors there has been lots  of lemonade, and varied dishes using the lemons….  and art as often as I can think to take the time.

Wondering when the lemon tree we planted last winter will bear fruit. Just covered the ground with more home grown compost and lama dung. ( another post), and free wood chips before the big rain hits.

OK- photographically…. I found that workflow for  this image  in Light Room  to On ONE did not give me the quick and easy results I had hoped for where LR to Photoshop  worked much faster for the clean up .

I woke up feeling like dirt this morning … why would you want to read this?

out_of_the_darkness_comes_insights_7079Linda_Enger_©_2013Yep, The title sounds pretty negative. But hold on. This blog is WAY overdue.  WHY?  Why the blog or why overdue. Well when it comes to a creative mind , priorities and distractions…. there are lots of shiny objects in each 24 hour day .

Honestly I am proud of myself I am finally here. Not wandering off down another rabbit hole of interesting websites, researching interesting stuff. I am also  very appreciative that you are here as well. Why? What is the old poem/ saying about a tree falling in the forest and no one hears it? SO what is the intention of this blog site anyway? The story is this. I want to  share with others this  fusion of ideas, and imagery that is overwhelmingly back logged and really have a place to  generate a conversation around some topics that are on my mind and in my world resonate with  the images I am sharing.   I look forward to sharing not only my insights but hook you, my reader  up with sources of information that I have found helpful… and that is just the beginning.  Yes the title may sound like gardening and cooking … which are very important to me. But that is not all it means. Stay tuned . Please come back …. and please comment.

I woke up feeling like dirt…. after editing this I am feeling delicious.