Project Athena - Day 335 (Rocks)

Amethyst Rocks!

Amethyst is one of my favorite semi-precious stones. It's really the purple variety of Quartz. I have always found it to be a stone that soothes and calms my mind and my emotions. It also has a sobering quality to it, which may seem contradictory to its creative and passionate energy, but I find these opposing qualities work well together, especially when trying to be productive.

I have not yet purchased macro filters for my new camera lens so tonight's photo was taken using the new Fujifilm camera body, a lens adapter, and one of my older Nikon lenses with a x4 macro filter. Voila! Pretty pleased with the outcome.

Amethyst Close Up

Fujifilm X-E2 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/8 • 1/8s • ISO 200 (Macro Filter)

Project Athena - Day 334 (Rocks)

Romancing the Stones

This Stonehenge looking structure is in north Fort Collins at a commercial landscape designer's walk through garden. It is truly one of my favorite places to shoot and a gorgeous gift in our community. I love walking  among the cut rocks that have been erected to display their raw beauty. Whoever owns this business, thank you for making it open to the public!!!

Rock Garden in Fort Collins, CO

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 30mm • F/11 • 1/400s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 333 (Rocks)

Rockin' Spider Web

Today, I have gone from one extreme to the other in terms of physical pain and mental outlook. When I woke up this morning, I thought I was in for a really bad day. I grimaced as I rolled out of bed and my back locked up. But I managed to get up and get moving, stretched, soaked in some hot water and letting all the negative projections begin to fall away. I slowly started being very present to the moment and as I did, my body began to feel better. The pain began to subside.

A visit to the chiropractor today confirmed that there is positive shift taking place in my body and I am coming more into alignment and balance. By the end of the day, I was feeling truly pain free. This is the exact opposite of what I have been experiencing over the last 6 weeks. In fact, I was so excited about the lack of pain, that I went out to shoot this evening and totally forgot I had an appointment. Ooops.  Oh well. Feeling good happens! I needed to get out, despite the rainy weather, and feel excitement for life again. Whew, it's been awhile.

"Thank you body for healing and getting stronger! I am sorry for being so inpatient with you and all the criticism and doubt. I am done trying to figure out what went wrong with you. Instead, I am committed to strengthening your core, increasing your flexibility, and staying present to what you need in each moment. I love you"

Spider's Web in Rock Pile

Fujifilm X-E2 • Fuji XF18-135mm lens • 36mm • F/22 • 1/4s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 331 (Rocks)

Blast from the Past

I have been shooting rock pictures for a very long time. There is one place in particular where I have taken hundreds of photos over the years, but not since moving into digital. This huge rock field is in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Honestly, I can't even begin to guess how massive this thing is because it goes for miles in one direction and is probably at least a mile wide in the other. I shot this picture in 2006 using my old Pentax ME. I just happen to have a digital file of it because when I had the film developed, I had the images put on a CD too. I can't wait to get up there this summer and shoot with my new equipment. One thing I noticed about this photo, aside from the film grain, is that my style has not really changed much.

Massive Boulder Field, Medicine Bow National Park, 2006

35mm Pentax ME