The moment you cheat…

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist. – David Hockney

Without a doubt, I miss my camera. Since finding out the reason for the delay, though, I feel badly for ever making a fuss. Nikon was a company hard hit by the tsunami in Japan. If a large company is feeling the effects months after, imagine the people there. Their entire world has changed.

My camera and I can wait.

I am interested in continuing my blog, so I have been using photos from my archives to keep the blog active. I wasn’t technically “cheating” – I wasn’t hiding the source and they are my photos. This cheating does not make me an artist, but the quote exemplifies what one will do to keep their artistic interests moving along.

It was a dark and stormy night, Snoopy

“It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.”  – Charles M. Schulz, It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy

The answer my friend…

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind – Bob Dylan

Sadly, I had to take this shot with my Blackberry. I have set a goal of taking shots using whatever I have handy to work on composition until my camera is repaired. Admittedly, I did not achieve the ideal composition here. I wanted to get a lot of the flowers with a touch of an oil refinery in the background (slight bit of a smokestack on the right). I saw these flowers as I was cycling this morning and it struck me how it was a bit like beauty and the beast – the beautiful flowers with the backdrop of the refinery.

Inspiration

I was pleasantly surprised to receive The Inspiring Blog award from PhotoPoetics. The interesting thing about that blog is the combination of writing and photography; I have two different blogs that cover those two interests. I have looked but cannot discover if PhotoPoetics is one person or a collective, but to no avail. Definitely worth an inspiring look!

 As with other blogging awards, there are expectations/rules. I am happy to follow the rules but for those people I nominated, I think it should be entirely up to them.

1. List 7 things about yourself.

2. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

3. Let them know you nominated them for the award.

Without a doubt, people who stop by regularly know more than 7 things about me:

1. I am an irritatingly proud mother of two grown children.

2. I am a spoiled rotten wife of 29 years.

3. I am sad and lonely without my Nikon that is still weeks away from being repaired.

4. I am currently training for both a half marathon walk and a 200 km ride. Perhaps I should say, just starting, and doing so slowly. Very slowly.

5. I have a great deal of respect for the power of the hammock, especially the one in my backyard. Don’t underestimate the art of doing nothing.

6. I love singing. I do it very LOUDLY in my car. Often.

7. My life is good.

I am inspired by a large number of blogs and I have nominated some of the following before. I suggest to them and to anyone on the list that it is wonderful to be nominated, but sometimes it is hard to keep the ball rolling. Just know that I am inspired by your blogs and hope that others will click on these links and check them out as well.

1. Daily Dose of Imagery – seriously amazing photos that truly do inspire me.

2. Raising My Rainbow – parenting the way it should be done.

3. Dan Jurak’s Alberta Landscapes – beautiful, beautiful photographs of one of the most amazing places on earth.

4. Mommy Man – he makes me laughs, reminds me of “the good old days” of raising my children….he IS a SUPERDAD!

5. Julia Cameron Photography – she had me at her header photo and continues to inspire me.

6. Leanne Cole Photography – across the world from me, Leanne takes photos I only wish I could and sends me encouragement often.

7. Burnt Embers – a repeat nomination; the photos and important stories on this blog continue to amaze.

8. Marina Chetner – I don’t know why but I always refer to this blog as “quirky” – her work is wonderful and fun.

9. Peas and Cougars – I love anything that make me laugh out loud.

10. Never Contrary – inspiring thoughts, put on paper.

11. The Lantern Room – another repeat nomination; truly does “enlighten through photography”

12. Beauty of Photos – a new blog I’ve started following, based in Eastern Canada.

13. Denzil Jennings – although I have nominated Denzil in the past, his range of subjects continues to inspire.

14. & 15. Imagery of Light and Shell River Experience continue to remind me to look closely at the world around me.