Project Athena - Day 126 (Fun!)


Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...
— John Muir

Who do you think won this stand off with the cow? Granted, the cow was still just a baby, but she was actually kind of intimidating as she bogarted the trail with her bullying  Alas, her fierce stance gave way to fear of the hiker and her running to her Momma...this time.

Today while hiking, I had an awareness about photography come to me....It is an activity of playing the odds when you get right down to it. The first way to increase the chances of achieving a captivating photograph is to have a camera. Seems obvious but I hear a lot of people say they would love to win the lottery but never purchase a ticket. Second, the odds are increased substantially when one decides to get off the couch and out of the house, with the camera of course. Knowing how to use the camera increases the odds again and being willing to squat, lay on the ground, climb, hold up traffic, talk to people, go against many social norms, carry and use a tripod, and miss out an occasional party happening during the golden hours all contribute to boosting the odds exponentially.

That's all I have to say on that subject for now. Smiling lots today.

Stand Off with Angus Calf

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 40mm • F/6.3 • 1/1600s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 125 (Fun!)

Guess Who?

What you focus on grows, what you think about expands and what you dwell on determines your destiny.
— Robin Sharma

Focusing on FUN this week has manifested in some amazing, fun experiences. Guess who I get to see tonight? Hint: they were made out of green Playdough before I changed their hue in Photoshop.

Guess who...

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 92mm • F/4.6 • 1/100s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 124 (Fun!)

Might as well jump!

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.
— Dr. Seuss

Rainy fall day. Oh well, it gives me an excuse to use this shot I took a few days ago when out on a walk in the park.

It seems to me that fun was had by all cause I was truly entertained watching this dog play! The kids in the background were kind of cute too.

Dog chasing Frisbee

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/5.6 • 1/800s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 123 (Fun!)

One Lara Leaping

A wise woman never plays leapfrog with a unicorn!
— Common Sense

Fun at Fort Collins City Park this afternoon with my partner who is all about fun!

It's amazing the wisdom that can come up in the lightness of laughter. Leap frog reminded to be conscious about the game of leap frog in life:

Taking short cuts rarely produces my desired outcomes. The unicorn is just one of the potential hazards of leaping over life lessons to "get" something or somewhere. IN other words, missing out on the experiences that life would offer to appear successful is missing out on life itself.

No goal is more important than the connections that are made along the path so be heart-full of who I leap over and how I leap over them. Rather than assuming that I will always be rewarded for my efforts and that everybody will be happy for me when I succeed, be grateful for anything  that feels in alignment with the highest and best for all concerned.

Life is a game with no "winners", just like leap frog. Whether leaping or being leapt over, I have felt extremely vulnerable at times and I imagine that those I have played the game with feel somewhat the same. Competition has almost always resulted in some emotional cost for me, all to uphold the illusion and image of being a  winner. Remember authenticity, symbiosis and cooperation are the core values guiding this lifestream.

Lara Leaping Frog    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 62mm • F/4.2 • 1/1000s • ISO 400

Lara Leaping Frog

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 62mm • F/4.2 • 1/1000s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 122 (Fun!)

Are we having fun yet?

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
— Dr. Seuss

Watching these little kids play sports tonight at a local school play yard lightened my spirit. I was reminded of the pure fun in kicking a ball around, running aimlessly, jumping over imaginary frogs or pulling grass from the lawn and throwing it in the air to let it land in your hair. It's just fun and there is no need to explain why.

Soccer Player

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 165mm • F5.3 • 1/500s • ISO 1800

Project Athena - Day 121 (Fun!)

A Tree House!

A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.
A street house, a neat house,
Be sure to wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all-
Let’s go live in a tree house.
— Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

I think every kid loves a treehouse. I didn't grow up with one but always romanticized about how fun it would be to have a fully customized dwelling in the back yard that was just mine. I would have requested a rope swing, rope bridge, fire pole escape, sleeping loft, hidden rooms and compartments, rope & bucket, trap door, electricity for the small refrigerator and record player, a crow's nest, rope lights and of course a sign that read, "No boys allowed! Ever! (except for Brad)".

Recently, I have seen some posts on Facebook of the most incredible living spaces that are in fact tree houses for adults. Bucket List?

Tree House

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 60mm • F4.2 • 1/500s • ISO 400


Project Athena - Day 120 (Fun!)

Cheaper than therapy....

I’ll tell you one of the great activities is skateboarding. To learn to do a skateboard trick, how many times do you gotta get something wrong til you get it right? And you hurt yourself, and you learn to do that trick, now you got a life lesson. Every time I see those skateboard kids, I think ‘those kids’ll be alright.’
— Jerry Seinfeld

I've watched this kid several times in the skateboard park because he seems to be there almost every time I show up to shoot. He is super talented! He has a finesse and technique to his tricks that I find captivating. Today, I watched him take a fall that sent him to the sidelines for awhile but he eventually shook it off, got back up, and came right back to the place where he crashed to try that trick again. The last time I saw him skating a few weeks ago, he didn't have the wrist cast he was sporting today so I can only surmise that he is a determined soul, bent on mastering his art. He inspires me to keep working at my own art and I don't even have to risk broken bones. Thanks kid!


Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 165mm • F7.1 • 1/2000s • ISO 320