Watering The Flowers

Untitled design (1)I started carrying my cell phone with me when it’s my turn to water the flowers.

Mind you, not so I wouldn’t miss a call.

No, I carried the phone to use the camera. I needed to turn the chore of watering into something I would enjoy.

Taking pictures forced me to slow down, concentrate, and enjoy the view.

Using Instagram I turn each photograph into my own little creation.

Now I look forward to watering the flowers.

But, don’t tell my wife, she may want her turn at watering back. I think it’s best if we just let her think I’m a good guy shouldering all the watering work.

Grab your phone next time you head outside. Silence the phone, and turn on the camera.

In my book, a camera phone plus Instagram equals Good Soul Stuff!

Gotta go – the flowers are looking thirsty!

RG

 

Let The Frenzy Begin

FRENZY on the LA 405
Fine Art Photography at SourceLightImages.com

Most days it seems like life is nothing but a race to get from one day to the next. Everyone’s to-do list is too long. Days blur together as we struggle to get it all done.

Perhaps the busiest time of year is just around the corner. The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—and the beginning of all the holiday madness.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic will wind into overcrowded store parking lots. Elbow-to-elbow, frantic bargain hunters will be rushing to nab door-buster discounts.

Everyone will be flying around in a frenzy preparing for the holidays.

Frenzy on the Los Angeles 405 illustrates the feeling I get when I feel trapped by too much to do with too little time to get it all done. I created this image at just such a hectic moment. Trapped in an automobile rushing down the freeway alongside a few thousand fellow humans in a hurry to be somewhere else.

Frantic patterns of light form when headlights and taillights dart, swerve, start and stop outlining our efforts to get one car length closer to our destination.

There I was, hanging out the passenger side window, camera in hand, doing what a photographer does.

I find it strange, but now when I look at Frenzy on the LA 405 I no longer see the “frenzy.” Now I see beautiful patterns of light. And I am reminded that all the folks represented by those lights were just trying to get from point A to point B—just like me.

As we approach this busy holiday season I hope you find some time to relax and enjoy all the people that bring meaning to your life. Maybe even give a little friendly wave to the driver stuck in traffic next to you on Black Friday.

Remember all that frenzy consists of people just like you—on the run, getting it done. If you’re like me, and you need a little reminder now and again, you can get your copy of Frenzy on the LA 405 here. It’s a reminder we are all in this together!

All the best,

Randy

Allowing Abundance

Allowing Abundance
Fine Art Photograph by Randy Grosse

Far and away my favorite self-development author is Dr. Wayne Dyer.

The following passage is from Chapter 10 in his book, “The Power of Intention.” The chapter is titled, “It Is My Intention To: Feel Successful And Attract Abundance Into My Life.”

Step 1: See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. When you see the world as abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities. They will, in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies. In this first step, you’re receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts. You’ll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.

 “The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer, published by Hay House.

 

My photograph, “Allowing Abundance” helps me to visualize Wayne’s words in action. You can interpret this image in two ways. You can see an avalanche of gold flowing down and filling your cup with whatever blessings you desire.

Or if you reverse the top and bottom of the image you can see the avalanche of abundance flowing away from you, leaving your cup empty and desolate.

A large print of “Allowing Abundance” hangs in a conspicuous area of my home where I see it often. I need to constantly remind myself to stay positive and remain in a state of allowing. I can choose to see a world that is unfair and my life lacking, or a world that is abundant and full of genuine possibilities.

Abundance is waiting for all of us in all areas of our lives. As Wayne says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

I highly recommend Dr. Dyers book. The Power of Intention is available at bookstores or directly from Hay House.

Prints of my fine art photograph, “Allowing Abundance” are available here.

Imagination…

IMAGINATION: Sunflower 01

What If You Slept

What if you slept

And what if

In your sleep

You dreamed

And what if

In your dream

You went to heaven

And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower

And what if

When you awoke

You had that flower in you hand

Ah, what then?

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as he so beautifully illustrated in this poem, believed in the power of imagination.

As an artist, the first step in creation is always imagination. To bring a concept or visualization into reality is truly a gift shared by all of humanity.

Take a moment to read the poem again. Then sit back, relax, and ask yourself, “Ah, what then?”

For me my photograph, “Imagination: Sunflower 01”, is a symbol of imagination. This unusual flower with its beautiful colors, shapes and textures is evidence of an imagination far greater than mine.

Prints are available here.

The Universe Responds

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Wayne Dyer goes as follows, ” No matter what the circumstances or obstacles, once you draft the dream, the way can be cleared and the universe responds, and works with you to manifest the dream into a reality.”

This image, Glass Works 08 — The Universe Responds — is my vision of a dream churning about in the universe as it prepares to manifest.

The Universe Responds

I chose the color the blue as the dominant color for this image. Blue symbolizes trust, wisdom, intelligence, faith, and truth.

Blue is also the color of spirituality and thought; both seemingly necessary ingredients for a universe to manifest a dream.

My wish for you is that the universe responds to whatever dream you draft.

Prints of Glass Works 08 — The Universe Responds are available here.

The Afternoon Nap

Casper and Rocky

Gotta get it done. Another item checked off the to-do list. No time to sit, no time to rest, no time to think—just keep moving.

Sound familiar?

It seems in today’s wired world we are always connected, always on the go, always striving towards that next goal. There is never a quiet moment.

What ever happened to the afternoon nap?

Is such a luxury the epitome of laziness by today’s standards?

Maybe so…

But just think of the possibilities…

Close your eyes for a short 15-minutes. Turn off the computer, silence your smart phone, and quiet the “gotta get it done” thoughts bombarding your consciousness.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Maybe you’ll catch a few winks; more likely you’ll just enjoy a few minutes of quiet time. Great thinkers say their best ideas popped out of nowhere while they practiced quiet time. Taking an afternoon break may be the most profitable thing you can do! Worst-case scenario, I guarantee you’ll feel better facing the demands of the rest of your day.

Give it a try… close your eyes, breathe deeply, relax and enjoy some quiet time. It’ll be good for your soul.

Until next time,

Randy

P.S. Thanks to Casper and Rocky for showing me how the afternoon nap is done.

Ever Wonder What’s On Your Pet’s Mind?

This is Rocky, one of the two cats that Linda and I call ours. I snapped this picture as he explored a flower garden. I’m left wondering, what’s he thinking about?

While I’ll never know, and some of you are thinking I’m a little crazy for wondering in the first place, here’s my point.

I can almost guarantee you Rocky is not thinking about his to-do list. He’s not thinking about tomorrow’s hectic schedule.

He’s not concerned about the impression he makes, or what you think about his looks.

There is no mortgage payment to make, car repair to schedule, or vacation to plan.

No groceries to buy, dinners to prepare, kids to take care of (vet made sure of that) and not a care about home maintenance projects left undone.

If I had to hazard a guess, Rocky’s thought process is 100 percent focused in the moment. No distractions, no dialogue playing in his head about what he should be doing, shouldn’t be doing, or what some other cat done wrong to him.

He’s just living his life, one heart beat at a time.

Last night I attended a prayer vigil at my wife’s request. A young mother of two faces her tenth surgery in a two-year period to try to repair a life threatening condition. The doctors have told her this long shot is her last chance for recovery. If this procedure does not work they simply don’t know what else to try.

Friends and family prayed, cried and comforted each other. As the service drew to a close, this brave women addressed us all. She called her experience a blessing. As strange as that sounds, what she told us made sense.

We all have friends or family members that were forced by illness to bring life’s hectic pace to a screeching halt. As I heard last night, these folks preach the value of enjoying every moment. To cherish life instead of chasing after it. To make sure your to-do list includes some living, not just a lot of doing.

Maybe, just occasionally, we humans should follow are pets around for a day. Eat a meal, take a nap. Snuggle with a loved one. Play with a friend. Bury our messes in the liter box and forget about them. No worries, no cares, just enjoy the day. I’ll note one exception here; don’t try chasing your tail, that’s a behavior pets picked up by watching crazy humans.