Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm Not Even Kidding

I'm fairly certain seeing that billboard convinced the captain of this ship that this parking lot was a friendly spot to land.

Precious Little Baby Toes

These little feet belong to the cutest baby ever. She toddles along on them tippy toe happy, exploring her world with the grace only a baby can possess. And those shoes? Kill me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to Be an Artist-Monk

How to Be an Artist-Monk

June 24, 2009 · by Christine

Be. Here. This Moment Now is all there is, don’t go seeking another. Discover the sacred in your artist’s tools, they are the vessels of the altar of your own unfolding. Look at this cup of holy water, washing clean the brushes. See the blank page, awaiting your blessing. Gaze on the colors before you, each one a name of God: Saffron, Cobalt, Azure, Ruby. Say each one slowly and taste its juice in your mouth. Let this be your prayer. Brush them across the page. First the small strokes, then the larger sweeps. Lose track of all time. This too is prayer. Listen for the words that rise up: Awaken. Envision. Sing. Alleluia. Place marks on the page saying I am here. Watch as word and image dance together. Luminous. Illuminated. This is your sacred text. This is where God’s words are spoken, sometimes in whispers, sometimes in shouts. Be there to catch them as they pass over those sacred lips, tumbling so generously into your open arms.

© Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts:
Transformative Living through Contemplative & Expressive Arts

Although this was so beautifully written by Christine Valters Painter, I had to share it here.

Lose track of all time. This too is prayer...Place marks on the page saying I am here.

That's what I do here. I am marking the page and saying I am here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Feelin' Beachy

These pictures were taken in April on Star Island outside of Tampa. It was a beautiful day, the weather was mild, and my friend Drew and I were able to enjoy the breeze and the fantastic scenery. It was such a good day! We also went to Clearwater beach that day...

...and it was just as lovely there. Clearwater is truly that. You can see the powdery white sand through the water right down to your feet, which never looked as good as they did walking in the water on that beach!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monthly Feature: My Best Friend's Toes

Here at My Point and Shoot Life, I aim to record the every day. However, there are times I will commemorate holidays, seasons, and special moments.

Each month (or thereabouts) I'll be posting pictures of my best friend's toes since she's creative, and there's usually a theme going on. Pretty cool.

I give you July's toes:

The angle would lead you to believe that they are my toes, but they're not. It was night time and there were a lot of shadows and I had to get in her lap. Seriously.

Cat In Motion

I've never lived with a cat before. I've often thought of them as sedate, mostly lounging around, sleeping most of the day. Not this one.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Club Soda Up Close

There are no precedents: You are the first You that ever was. -Christopher Morley

Sweet reminder.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mt Dora Moon

"You cannot amputate your history from your destiny. But I'd like to add....your history doesn't have to be your destiny." - comment from the blog Boobs, Injuries and Dr Pepper

In my history, so many times I've looked at this very moon with the kind of heartache that sears through your chest and leaves a hole in your back. In those wrenching moments I didn't believe I could possibly live through the night yet so many years later by the small busy little waves near the lighthouse in Mt Dora I stood with my head tilted in the same way, looking at it, feeling sad, knowing that sad is not a way of being, not for me, not anymore, and that I would live through the night. Sad is now a process, a feeling, and time will have its way with that. Tonight this moon will set, the sun will rise in its place. I know today that I have a say in how I live in my destiny. Not what that will look like, but how I will live in it.

And I have that moon to light my way when it gets dark.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Grocery Store Orchids

I like to take pictures with existing light. While at the grocery store tonight, I saw these orchids and wondered about the last time they saw sunlight.

July 5th, 2009

Bird of Paradise, July 2009

Although Birds of Paradise are fairly common here in Florida, it's rare to see one in all its glory like this.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Flowers

From early spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was lucky enough to spot these as I walked past this tree. They are very small little flowers, but they burst with happiness. I smile when I look at this picture.

One Nosy Girl

This is one of my favorite pictures of Sky. The lighting was just right, she leaned in to check me out, and her colors just popped at me. Those eyes!

Paper Nautilus

This Paper Nautilus is such a beautiful shell. I was awed when I found it while walking on New Smyrna beach. It's even more awe inspiring because they are most commonly found on the coasts of Mexico and Southern California. How on earth did it find its way to me on an east coast Florida beach? Wow.

Biltmore Estate, earlier this year

In the blink of an eye, the click of a shutter, the most amazing things are captured: crisp detail, softness, natural light and how it changes the way you look at something. So much we don't think about and yet there are miracles caught in the lens of a camera. Even a point and shoot.

Flagler Beach, Florida

After A Pedicure

I have decided that I will try to post a picture a day. Today's picture comes from my pedicure place.

I'm not feeling particularly witty today, so I'll just stick with the picture and let it speak for itself!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 we go.

I've thought about my DSLR camera for a long time. It's just not working for me. My Canon point and shoot does. So all the pictures I post and talk about here will be strictly from my little Canon. Because that's the way I roll.