Project Athena - Day 180 (Threes)

For My Sisters

This small candle holder resides on our dining room table, a symbol of the many gatherings of women we have in our home. I love the conversations that ensue because of this piece of art. Imaginations flare and every woman has a unique, creative interpretation of what these three women are conversing about.

For me, the specifics of their stories is not what draws me to look upon their beauty but the openness of their hearts as told by their body language. The real story here is the depth of listening taking place, the sincere compassion, the unconditional acceptance of the idiosyncrasies and the full expression of love. This is what a women's circle means to me. Thank you to all my sisters who make up the numerous circles I travel within. Your presence is the greatest gift in my life and our sharing in this life together feeds my soul.

The Sacred Circle

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 38mm • F/8 • 1/13s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 179 (Threes)

Duck Race

I love a good duck know the kind where they get quacking like blaring trumpets and then paddle at high speeds toward the wide-eyed little kid standing on the edge of the pond who has just thrown a whole loaf of bread into the water to avoid being eaten himself. And there are always one or two ducks that are late to the party cause they were looking the wrong direction so they abort paddling and instead fly in low, buzzing the other ducks and making a big splash right in the middle of the crowd. Funny.

Duck Race

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 55mm • F/6.3 • 1/80s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 178 (Threes)

The Magic of Three

There is certainly something powerful and magical about the number three. Today, as I was shooting, I was contemplating some of the ways that three shows up in life...heaven, earth, and waters; body, mind and spirit; birth, life, and death; beginning, middle and end; the triangle; the fleur-de-lis; the Holy Trinity; past, present and future; the three wise guys (you know the ones that visited the baby Jesus); the three days of death before the resurrection; the three little pigs; the three bears; three wishes from a genie; on your mark, get set, go; three dimensions; three blind mice; three musketeers; three lines in a haiku poem; three ring circus....

Three Windows

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 165mm • F/6.3 • 1/800s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 177 (Threes)

Do We Really Need Alternative Fuel Sources?

During the long, but beautiful drive home from southern Utah back into Colorado today, I was super excited  about the photo I was planning to take at the National Wind Technology Center just outside of Boulder. Little did I know, the entire front range was socked in with thick smog like I have never seen before. The brown cloud was so disgusting, I just wanted to turn around and drive back to Utah. (Just kidding, kind of). As we descended I-70 into the west Denver, my eyes began to burn and it was even difficult to breath. I felt my energy drop, and a huge amount of stress in my body.

Despite the fatigue and disappointment, Lara and I took the short detour to see if there was a shot to be had anyway. By the time we got there, I had a pout-pout face. (yes, I have reverted to 2 and 3 year old vocabulary after my week with the kids) and I wanted to call it a bust but Lara encouraged me to make it work.'s not the picture I imagined for 12 hours in the car but I guess the irony of the clean energy against the choking brown cloud is photo worthy.

Tomorrow is another day. I hope it's windy!

Wind Generator Against a Smoggy Horizon

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 200mm • F/9 • 1/1250s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 176 (Threes)


Today I had the pleasure of dipping my toes into Zion National Park. I really could spend an entire year exploring this gorgeous landscape. It's breath takingly beautiful and the geological history is fascinating. 

The Patriarchs are three neighboring sandstone peaks on the west side of Zion Canyon. I guess they were named by a Methodist minister and so they got biblical daddy names, Abraham Peak, Isaac Peak, and Jacob Peak. I personally don't see the resemblance but I didn't let the names of things in the park get in the way of seeing the beauty.

I will be back here soon. 

Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park

Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park