Monday, September 29, 2008
I chose "The Monk and the Monkey" by Chris of ancientartizen for the second photo. This photo can be seen in my post here on "Diversity."
The feature was posted today - pretty exciting! You may see it here.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
"An Evening in Oz" can now be found in my etsy shop.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potentail to give something back if they only had the chance." Princess Diana
"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world." Anne Frank
"Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not." Bono
"Press on, MacDuff." my father
"Lighten up, Frances!" Anne Lamotte
"I cannot live without books." Thomas Jefferson
"We need never be ashamed of our tears." Charles Dickens
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day. Anonymous
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. John F. Kennedy
Experiencing the diversity and richness in others around us is one of the most awesome things about being here, I think. The differences in us are something to be respected and appreciated and enjoyed. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the very talented POE, which illustrate my feelings perfectly. These photos are moving and amazingly beautiful. A sincere thank you to Chris, Mady, Darryl and Jen for sharing their photographs and their stories with me.
This wonderfully intimate photograph was taken by Chris (http://www.ancientartizen.etsy.com/). Chris's comments:
"The Monk & The Monkey" is one of my favorite shots and hands down the best moment I've ever caught on camera. It was photographed at the famed Temple of the Tigers near Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The temple monks rescue endangered animals including Tigers and the monkey shown in the photo from the black market trade near the Burmese border. I had the opportunity to capture this moment while visiting the monestary during a backpacking trip across Southeast Asia in 2002.
Any POE member (really any etsy member) has probably seen this incredible self portrait by Madelaine (http://www.madelaine.etsy.com/).
This awesome photogaph was taken by DarrylGlade (http://www.darrylglade.etsy.com/). Darryl's words:
The story of the second line photo is an interesting one. Hurricane Katrina decimated my home city of New Orleans. Katrina not only exposed the city's hurricane defense weaknesses, but it also exposed deep rooted race relations issues. It soon became apparent that these race relations issues existed not only in New Orleans but throughout the United States (including Washington D.C.).Towards the end of 2005, a huge second line was organized. For those who do not know, a second line is associated with a jazz funeral here in New Orleans. There is a "first line" which consists of people integral to the funeral, such as family and friends. Following the first line is the "second line." The second line is made up of onlookers and people who are attracted to the music being played. Lots of dancing typically takes place in the second line. These days, second lines can take place independently of funerals and can mark the observance of a certain event or even just to show pride in one's culture. This is, of course, a very shortened explanation of what a second line is. Whole books are written about them!Anyway, there was this huge second line planned to mark the "rebirth" of New Orleans. Literally thousands of people took part. There were people as far as the eye could see. Many different brass bands and many different types of people all came together and paraded through the city that the love. Of all the pictures I took this day, this one means the most to me. I think that it encapsulates the entire message of that second line. First of all the most obvious...Rebirth Brass Band is playing (one of my favorite brass bands)! The next is that the entire frame of the picture is filled up with people of all different races parading right next to each other and supporting each other in their fight to survive this difficult time. Lastly, while the picture may feel a bit chaotic, most everyone is ultimately moving in the same direction...forward.
This beautifully detailed photograph was taken by Jen (http://www.ppdesigns.etsy.com/). Jen's description:
This photo was taken at a Masai village in Kenya. I was drawn to taking this photo because of the vibrant colours of the beaded jewellery especially against the red cloth garment.We learnt that the beaded jewellery is quite an important aspect to the decoration of the masai women. There is much meaning to it from the colours that are used to the style of jewellery that is worn which can depict the different stages in a womans life and even their position in the village. The Masai people at this village were wonderful and friendly. They gave us a little insight into their lives and culture which made this journey fantastic.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Help thy brother's boat ashore, and lo! thine own has reached the shore. Hindu proverb
This first photograph is by JudiFitzPatrick. You may find her etsy shop here: http://www.judifitzpatrick.etsy.com/ . I was drawn to this photo for several reasons. The colorful boats against the almost black water was the first thing I noticed. Also, the angles of the boats made this a very interesting photograph. I also love the colors of the boats together. The water is almost glass-like, making it a very peaceful scene.
Judi's thoughts about her photograph: Being a pisces I am always drawn to the water, so I am always visiting places to photograph with water in them. As for why I was drawn to this scene - the bright colors of the boats, the overcast sky making the water appear black, and the contrast between these was one reason. Another was the random direction the boats were heading - it seemed more interesting than those where they are lined up side-by-side like little soldiers. Nothing very deep (no pun intended.) Just seemed like a pretty and peaceful image.
This second photo is by mystiqueisland. I was struck by the way my eyes were drawn up from the bottom of the photograph to the top - up to the beautiful sky. I also think the contrast between the angular lines of the boats and the whispy clouds makes this a really beautiful photograph. You may find mystiqueisland's shop here: http://www.mystiqueisland.etsy.com/
mystiqueisland's thoughts on her work: I was in love at that time with the boats. As you know, that kind of boat is rarely seen. It's a hundred-year-old boat. The boats were HUGE, as you can see in my other boats' shot http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13626234, you will see on the second boat, a man was standing there, he is so tiny, isn't he? And at that time also I saw the clouds were beautiful, it looks like water.
This final photograph is from ArtyAllsorts (etsy store: http://www.artyallsorts.etsy.com/). I was amazed at how the boats seem to be suspended almost in air, the water is so clear. It also looks so peaceful and warm - definitely somewhere I would love to visit.
ArtyAllsorts' thoughts on her photo: It was a tiny little cove over on the far side of Zante from where we were staying. Our waiter (who was a keen photographer too) marked a map for us of some pretty places and this was one of them. He didn't warn us about the very steep, twisty and narrow road though so it was a complete relief to hubby once we got to the bottom and could breathe normally again!I think there were only 4 or 5 boats in the cove, 2 Greek fishermen tidying away their nets and us. We walked along the quayside and took photos of the anemones and starfish in the water but it was only as we were walking back, that I saw the 'picture'. I only took the one shot like this, the others focussed on the individual boats and details but this is definitely the most spectacular of them all.
Thank you, Judi, mystiqueisland and ArtyAllsorts for your participation! You are all so very talented!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Preparation: Chop onions and shred carrots. Warm up the oil in the big pot (I use a dutch oven.) Add carrots and onions to oil and cook until golden. Add rice and water (enough to cover the rice). Add salt, pepper and bay leaves to suit your taste. Place pot into oven, and cook at ~ 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (until rice is done).
Variations: If you want to add meat, chop it into small pieces and saute it until done with the veggies in the oil. Other tasty additions: chopped tomatoes and cilantro, asparagus (or any other veggie you love), red pepper flakes (one of my favorites! Yummy!). It also turns out well with brown rice.