Gratitude

Project Athena - Day 175 (Gratitude)

Petroglyphs

Ah...the human language....certainly something I am very grateful for. These ancient petroglyphs were carved, scraped and chiseled into the sandstone at a site in Arizona called The Little Black Mountain and represent 6,000 years of human habitation and communication. Looking upon the primitive nature of these designs, I found myself feeling both awe and wonder at the age of communication in which we live where email is a way of life for most and the precision of language is a direct reflection of our knowledge about the workings of the universe. I am also grateful for all the tools I have to disseminate my personal message...my camera and this blog being just two of the many fantastic tools. Enjoy.

Petroglyphs, Little Black Mountain, AZ

Petroglyphs, Little Black Mountain, AZ

Project Athena - Day 174 (Gratitude)

I am so grateful for the natural beauty of this planet. Today  I was blessed to hike in Snow Canyon in southern Utah. Every step was like being in a postcard picture with diverse textures, vivid contrasting colors, earthy smells, azure blue skies and wonderful company. I chose this photo today because this scene represents how gratitude really feels to me...rich, solid, and layers upon layers.

Snow Canyon, UT

Project Athena - Day 173 (Gratitude)

Brotherly love.

I'm grateful for my brothers.  As I watch these two little guys create their lifelong bond together through fun, play, laughter, tears, fighting, competition, and those rare moments when they patiently share a toy, I am even more thankful that we all came out of it alive and as friends. I love you Jimmie, Cris, and Brad. Happy Thanksgiving.

Desmond and Kian, Thanksgiving 2014

Project Ahena - Day 170 (Gratitude)

I'm Grateful for Wine!

I am so, so grateful for wine! It's been around forever and I personally have had a colorful relationship with this beverage over the years, maybe even lifetimes. I started out drinking sweet, cheap, white wines in my youth then graduated to blushes and rosés since they were so easy to pair with almost any meal. Nowadays, I love a nice bottle, I mean glass, of blended red wine in the evening with a delicious home cooked meal.

I am not a sophisticated wine drinker nor do I have the esoteric wine terms roll off my tongue whenever I open a bottle and have that first taste. But I know what I like and in Bhadra lingo a good wine tastes something like this: yummy, rich, chewy, dryish, layers of flavor, delightful, and pleasurable. The pleasurable is the after effects.

So, sending out huge gratitude to the wine makers of the world! May your vineyards flourish and your wines age with grace.

Wine Rack

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36mm • F/8 • 1/3s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 169 (Gratitude)

A Week of Gratitude

The wispy gentleness of these delicately snow capped plants reminds me of the gratitude I feel for the seasons and natural cycles in life. When I choose to live in sync with these cycles, life is so much more joyful.

As we move full on into this winter cycle with the cold temperatures, the blustery wind, and the blankets of white snow, I surrender to the Season of the North. I am grateful for this time to go inward and rest. It is also a time for community, to reconnect with family and friends by the warmth of a fire with some good food and laughter. It is a time to let the body rest and allow the land to rest as well. And even though this time of year can take people into a frenzy with preparations for the holidays, I am willing to surrender to the short days and long nights, to let my entire being rest, to feel the gratitude of a bountiful harvest this year and enjoy the company of those I love. Ah-Ho.

Snow Capped Plants

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 125mm • F/6.3 • 1/400s • ISO 100