BE STILL...and SEE Photography

Reflecting on who I am...what is important to me...and the gifts I offer the world, I have reorganized this PhotoSchmoozer blog into separate pages for your viewing. I am about so much...people - relationships - drums and rhythms and especially photography...and I realize that although separate, they are all so INTEGRATED into the Whole of who I am!! It's a very peaceful thought and I am thankful for the intuitive gift to see the connections and the relationships. Enjoy the journey through the blog...and WELCOME.
Contemplative photography is about being totally present and seeing exactly what is before you, without filters or judgment. It is about seeing with your heart.Doesn't everyone see what is before them? Not really. You may see a candle on a table. Do you also see the shadows it creates? Or the reflections that the light casts on it? Or it's underlying shape and form?

DRUMS, Rhythms and Relationships

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Baby Geese at Alcyon Lake: Unique!!

Driving past Alcyon Lake in Pitman yesterday, we had to pull over to catch the sight of the white goose and her babies.  Amongst all of the mallards and Canadian geese, there is always one white one.  A strange and familiar sight to see.  This time, we sat and watched as she hovered near these four babies - they had a lot of white feathers - an unusual combination for the babies that usually are born at our lake.  The camera was NOT in the car - how could that be??  So we came home quickly to get it and go back.  As I got out to go closer, she was wary/protective, but they did not run away and I could just be close by and watch.  It will be fascinating to see them as they grow - to see what color they will be as adults.

No problem at all coming close - OK it helps that I have my Canon SX10IS with a 20x zoom - but they were they just resting at the end of the day.

And closer yet to get a really wonderful picture of them paying attention to me...and not!  This is what they talk about when we hear about getting our ducks/geese in a row??  Keep your eyes open and pay attention to everything in your world.  There will always be gifts, treasures and pleasant surprises!!  YES!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tom - Man About Town!!

He's everywhere!!  He's everywhere!!  Anyone who drives through Pitman, NJ or walks the streets visiting the shops and restaurants, has sseen this guy - well maybe not quite so up close and personal!!  Pitman had a Music Festival (before the pouring rains came) and while PhotoSchmoozer was in the park being still and looking around (and watching our son Jon playing on the stage with Jim Six), Tom came up to chat.  He got in my face and the camera just happened to be there - and wow- pop-bam - there was this connection!  Not sure many of us have had this opportunity to be as up close and personal as my Canon SX10IS had the opportunity to be that day, but hey, capture the moments!!  That we did!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Synchronicities, Friendship and Shared Adventures!!

What seems like yesterday was actually May 2006 when I decided to invest in learning about healthy eating and cooking with Christina Pirello at her food intensive at Drexel University's cooking school.  This was an adventure into the unknown and an exciting three days of learning about food, health, and how to trust your instincts to know what your body needs.  Cooking is often not about recipes but about ingredients.  That weekend I met Lois Brown and our friendship has grown over the years - first Saturday sessions with Christina, lots of time spent at Whole Foods in Marlton and Princeton, eating healthy food, talking about nutrition and exploring new products on their shelves.  We have evolved.  Lois has become a nutrition coach with the Institute for Integratve Nutrition and I have read explored and grown along with her!  We each know so much and bring our interesting personas as well as an interest in learning to every visit we experience.  Today, we went one step further in our dance - we are making a plan - thinking about ways we can leave our legacy and how we can guide/empower individuals.

To celebrate our relationship's expansion to new levels, after working/brainstorming and laughing for many hours, we needed to celebrate.  Big Fish Grille was just down the way at the mall in Princeton and off we went - fresh tuna -and Asian noodle salad!  Yum.  This guy watched over us as we ate.

At one point, we stopped talking and just sat there looking at our table top.  PhotoSchmoozer always has her camera at the ready and today was no different.  These are the reflections of the ceiling lights that showed themselves off so brilliantly! 
Today was a new day...a new month...and a new beginning!  We invite you to stay tuned for the ongoing adventures of Martie and Lois!  DARE to AFFIRM - yourself and others.  We always choose to 'catch them doing something right!!'