Project Athena - day 280 (Fences)

Old Cattle Shoot

I got out for a beautiful walk today in Elk Meadows Open Space up in Evergreen. I have driven by this open space hundreds of times over the last 13 years and have always wanted to check out the trails. Today was the day! The sky was a beautiful azure blue and the temperature around 70˚. Just me and my Sophie...and some joggers, bikers, dogs, kids and a few crows. But it's a huge open space so there was plenty of room for everyone.

There is an old barn sitting on the land along with some out of service livestock gates and corrals, a perfect way to end the theme of fences.

Elk Meadows, Evergreen, CO    Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 26.6mm • F/18 • 1/55s • ISO 200

Elk Meadows, Evergreen, CO

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 26.6mm • F/18 • 1/55s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 278 (Fences)

Mending Fences

Spring is a good time for mending fences, literally and metaphorically. As we move out of the direction of the North and into the direction of the East, it's a time for new beginnings. With the light returning, we begin to have more clarity about life circumstances and can consciously welcome the dawn of a new day. Our Chi is naturally awakening and energy returning. Now is the time to heal broken relationships by viewing them from a different perspective.

One of my favorite practices of reconciliation and forgiveness is Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono). If you are not familiar with this ancient practice, it's worth exploring, but the basic form is very simply saying the following words to yourself or another:

I’m sorry (for being asleep, unaware)
Please forgive me (because I have been unaware)
Thank you (to divinity for handling this issue for me)
I love you (I move in the direction of being one with the divine)

Rusted Metal Fence

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 43.90mm • F/4.7 • 1/420s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 277 (Fences)

On the Lighter Side

This is a fence in Loveland that's just a little out of the ordinary. I learned this evening while shooting that the woman who built this enclosure out of bicycles recently passed on. One of her last wishes she shared with a neighbor before "popping off", was that the eclectic fence would be appreciated by whoever took possession of the property.

Bicycle Fence in Loveland, CO

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 62.40mm • F/8 • 1/60s • ISO 500

Project Athena - Day 276 (Fences)

Distortion Becomes Reality

After hearing the news in the headlines yesterday about the 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to the Iranian leadership in an effort to undermine the nuclear arms negotiations that are currently underway, I felt it my civic duty to send my own letter. So far, no response from Mr. Gardner except to say he is a very busy man. I bet he is especially busy today. Tonight, you get a glimpse into some of my political views.

Dear Senator Gardner,
I find your participation in the letter sent to the Iranian government deplorable! Not only have you undermined the negotiations that are an effort to prevent an all out war, you have disrespected the office of the presidency and Mr. Obama himself. You, along with your other republican friends, have sunk to an all time low by ignoring the possible global repercussions this will have on our already fragile foreign policy and our world image as a united nation. You also ignorantly turned a blind eye to the fact that any agreement made with Iran and the other nations involved will, in fact, become a legal and binding contract, despite your personal agenda. The People of America elected Mr. Obama to be our spokesperson on foreign policy and even if you do not agree with him, he is the person who has been selected for this job. Your job is to support him during these delicate negotiations and hopefully work to make our domestic policy better for all citizens.

It's clear to me that you acted recklessly and are completely out of touch with the people of Colorado that you represent. Unfortunately, I doubt there will be any consequence for you and your colleagues for this outrageous behavior although I do believe there are grounds for prosecution under the Logan Act. The very least you could do is publically apologize to the President and the American people for taking part in what some, including myself, are considering a treasonous act.

Your very disappointed constituent,
Lori Beaty

Warped Poles

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 70.2mm • F/9 • 1/500s • ISO 200 (Special Blue Only Filter)

Project 275 - Day 275 (Fences)

Historical Flood Still Evident

It's been 18 months since the historic widespread flooding of 2013 that happened in Colorado. All along the Front Range and foothills, there is visible evidence of the unprecedented storms that wiped out entire communities and caused over $3 billion in damages in 24 counties and more than 2,000 square miles. The scars on the landscape write their own stories of destruction that will still be legible one hundred years from now.

This fence along the Big Thompson River collected all kinds of debris as water rushed out of the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon onto the fertile farm lands of Loveland. Mud, twigs, grass, tree branches, stones and more are all tightly caked onto the wires and apparently these ghostly collections are not going anywhere soon as this is a common sight up and down the entire Front Range. There once was a beautiful walking/bike path next to this fence, along the river, but it remains closed and in need of major repair.

We are slowly recovering as a city, county and state but there are still many displaced families who lost all of their worldly possessions, their homes, and even the ground upon which their houses were built. My heart goes out to those still in need. May you find the good in all of this and may life be better for you than it was before a torrent of rain changed everything.

Caked Debris on Fence

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 62.4mm • F/9 • 1/340s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 274 (Fences)

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

I remember as a small child receiving a book entitled "Little Book of Proverbs" as a gift from my Granny. There was one proverb in particular that stood out for me and I pondered on it for many years of my life, "Good fences make good neighbors." As a 10 year old, I really could not make sense of this ambiguous metaphor that seemed to be suggesting both fencing someone in and fencing someone out. I could sense the inherent tension in this little saying even at a young age. It seemed to be advising me to set boundaries while at the same time to be gracious and welcoming without offering any practical way of how to go about this.

Over the years, I have reexamined the value of this piece of wisdom. At times I have rejected it completely, concluding it had no prudence for my life. Other times, I have found it useful in spite of its contradictory nature.

Today, I understand this saying as simply a strategy for dealing with life and the emotional ramifications of living in community with human kind. Fences come and go. Walls are built and torn down. At times, they are a metaphor for respect, responsibility and maturity. Other times, they are illusionary barriers to ward off fear and vulnerability.

It should be an interesting week exploring fences...both internal and external.

Split Rail Fence

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 93.2mm • F/10 • 1/60s • ISO 200