Project Athena - Day 203 (Lights)

A Warm Bath on a Cold Night

I briefly considered taking a day or two off from the project over the holidays. I don't really know why other than it is just programmed into my thought patterns somewhere that the holidays mean pause or deactivate from habitual behaviors. However, when I bypassed the programming, I realized that I am actually feeling very inspired to shoot, to create, to write, to try new things, and to keep opening to and allowing for the possibility that I can be wildly successful as a photographer.

This shot did not come out exactly like I imagined it would but the bath afterwards was a prize winning soak!

Candlelit Bath

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 5s • ISO 200


Project Athena - Day 202 (Lights)

This Little Light of Mine...

This evening, I lit a very significant oil lamp that has not been fired up in over 15 years. This brass lantern was a purchase I made back when I was 20 years old and barely had two nickles to rub together. I was resolved even then that I would always have a light in my home, even if the power failed or the batteries in the flashlight grew dim. This pragmatic curio has served me well over the years, adorning a shelf in every home I've ever lived in. It has provided me with a sense of security, a light to find my way and a reminder that I am also a light in this world. I intend on keeping it to the end and then passing it on to my son so that he too may always have a light shining shining on his path and a reminder of the gorgeous light he is in this world.

A Lantern to Read By

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 20mm • F/5.6 • 1/4s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 200 (Lights)

Silent Night!

Wow! Day 200 on the Eve of Christmas. Happy Holidays Friends and Family. May this light bring you warmth and a special holiday miracle of your own choosing! For me, the miracle is that I have come this far in my photography and that I was able to achieve the exact bokeh effect (if you are a photography buff, you either know what that means or you will go research the term) I wanted the first time around! Yay Me!

Silent NIght. Holy NIght.

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 35mm • F/5 • 1/250s • ISO 1600

Project Athena - Day 199 (Lights)

Particle or Wave?

Today as I was lying on the floor, looking up at the rope light that adorns the underbelly of our dining room counter top, I was contemplating the theory of wave–particle duality and how quantic entities exhibit the properties of both. Hah-Hah. Not really! I was really thinking about how good it felt to be horizontal and that I could take a nap right under the dining room table.

Alas, I took some abstract pictures of the light and of the cats who could sense a nap coming on and thought they were going to have a person to cuddle with. I reluctantly got up and found my way to the computer to make this post.

It is amazing though to consider that light gets into everything and can go everywhere. In my younger years, I spent a great deal of time in dark rooms, developing film and making prints. Keeping the light out was always the challenge then, especially when those dark rooms were nothing more than a makeshift, converted coat closet.

It's wonderful "stuff", light. I am glad I don't spend my days in the dark any more. Just the opposite. I am devoted to bringing in more light in my life, whether in waves or particles.

Rope Light. Particle or Wave?

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/13 • 1/60s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 197 (Lights)

There is Winter in the Mountains

The mountains were calling me today so Lara and I took a drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Thankfully we drove her 4-wheel drive truck because the snow was flying and the wind was howling. Roads were slicker than a greased hog, as my Granny used to say.

We encountered several accidents as folks were sliding into snow banks and completely off the roads. Even the ranger was having a hard time staying on her feet as she skated down the road in her attempt to warn oncoming traffic of a treacherous curb. This shot is a compilation of some of that action.

Still, it was a winter wonder land to us and we both felt merry and lighthearted. We enjoyed a brisk walk in the snow around Sprague Lake and then sat in our warm truck gratefully eating our home made vegetable soup.

The day was filled with great conversation about the keen, innate power of this solstice/new moon and how the mythical stories of old about saviors and such were born from actual celestial events. As we made our way back into Estes Park, we found ourselves a warm coffee shop where we sat and wrote about what we are willing to release, forgive and just let be. Feels good to empty out these things consciously. Then we wrote about what possibilities we are willing to open into with the coming light. That felt even better to name what our hearts desire, without putting any "demands" or expectations on the Universe.

It was a great solstice day. It has left me smiling and welcoming of the longest night.

Ranger Lights Reflecting on Hood

Nikon D3200 • Compilation Photo