Flowers and Flowers

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” — Claude Monet “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi As if Annecy’s Vieille Ville, or old town, isn’t charming enough with its “Venice of France” river and canals meandering between historic buildings and a crisscross … More Flowers and Flowers

Magnetic Beauty

“Life is given only once, and one wants to live it boldly, with full conscious and beauty.” — Anton Chekhov “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” — Paul Cezanne • Inspired if not by Cezanne but by the mountains themselves, I decided to see what I could capture … More Magnetic Beauty

Stillness

“Life’s most precious moments are not all loud or uproarious. Silence and stillness has its own virtues.” — Kilroy J. Oldster “When you approach something to photograph it, first be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. Then don’t leave until you have captured its essence.” — Minor White * … More Stillness

Don’t argue

“Sometimes, not saying anything is the best answer. You see, silence can never be misquoted.” — Unknown author *   *   * Parental argument —  Osprey photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Silenced

“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.” — Mark Haddon *   *   * Rained in. Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2016

“Something I like to do a lot is just sit by the water when there’s a current

and just stare into the water. I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I don’t scuba, don’t spear, don’t boat, don’t play basketball or football   ̶  I excel at staring into space. I’m really good at that.” — Iggy Pop * * * “Kingfisher meditation”—watercolor painting by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock…

and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it’s nice to go out there and clear my head.” — Devon Werkheiser “Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you’re juggling emails, rushing to meet the 5 P.M. deadline or straining to make your … More “I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock…