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Creativity Flows When You Open Your Mind

Creativity flows when you open your mind and sometimes that happens unexpectedly. Recently after a busy day I stopped by the beach to take my dog Sasha for a walk on the sand. It was so beautiful out and I smiled as my mind quieted and my soul calmed to a peaceful place. The beach has always been my place of solace. Anyway, I had my cell phone with me and as I walked along the beach I began to notice natures beautiful sculptures in the sand which inspired me. So I pulled out my cell phone and started taking shots of these wonderful little treasures. I had only been doing this for less than 5 minutes when I found a heart rock which always brings me joy. (I have a tray of them at home) I took just a couple more shots and then focused on Sasha. I came home high on the beach, the sky and natures wonderful little sculptures which by means of my cell phone I brought home with me to share with you. It didn’t take a lot of time and I didn’t make a lot out of it, just shot what I saw.  So next time you are out whether it be to walk your dog or just spend some time being with yourself, remember creativity flows when you open your mind. Pull out your cell phone and see what beautiful and interesting things nature has left for you that day. Look up, look down, look all around, I know you will find something to amaze. If sketching or painting is your thing take those cell phone pics home and interpret them your way,  then,  I hope you will share with me, I would love to see how your creativity flowed when you opened your mind.

 

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My Photographic Roots part 3

Hi Everyone!

My photographic roots began pretty much with the trip to Canyon De Chelly that I  promised to share with you! My sister Carol was very  instrumental for the kick in the pants to go after my life long dream. With that borrowed camera I mentioned last time, Carol, a Photography Instructor and a few other folks, we set off for Canyon Del Chelly in North East Arizona. This land once occupied by the Anasazi is now home to the Navajo. We hired a Navajo guide and his pack horses to explore the canyon. Not only is it a beautiful place but it is home to literally hundreds of prehistoric Indian sites including many spectacular cliff dwellings and rock formations. You will also find if you look hard enough the beautiful and telling rock art of the Anasazi who lived in the canyon for more than a 1000 years. In A.D.1300 the Anasazai  people abandoned their Canyon stronghold and other groups began to contribute the the canyon rock art.

I think my mouth was hanging open the entire time I was there. As a novice photographer I was learning in the field and loving it. That is when I truly began to learn how put together the pieces of the puzzle that make a great photograph.

I have included 2 photographs here. One is of White House Cliff Dwelling and the other is an example of the rock art found in the area.

Unfortuntley shortly after this trip I went to meet with the instructor to evaluate the images I had taken. Everything was on slides. After my meeting I went to Nordstrom. When I came out my car was in the process of being stolen and in fact they did get away with it. The car was later found by the authorities but it had been stripped and my most of my slides had been destroyed so I only have a few left. Guess I need to go back! 🙂  I hope you have enjoyed visting my Photographic Roots, I know it has been fun for me too! Thanks for reading!

 

Of all the places I have been before and since this place, Canyon De Chelly remains the most unforgettable! For more information look for the book Canyon de Chelly It’s People and Rock Art by Campbell Grant.

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