Just add water

Here in Southern California as the song says it “almost” never rains.  So when it does it’s a real treat. After a good downpour like we had a few days ago, I love to walk around one of the many parks near my house with my camera . It makes everything look completely different. Things I hadn’t noticed before tend to stand out.  Here are a few examples. …All shots taken on a slightly overcast morning in Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA

Meet Ruby!

As you know I am an animal advocate freak! I have recently been accepted as an aspiring member (new photographer) to a group I would like to call your attention to. HeARTs Speak, which is a group of international artists joined together to lower euthanasia rates and promote adoption. You can read more about them here www.heartsspeak.org and if interested download a member application. There are many different types of artists not just photography. SO if you love animals and want a creative way to make a difference you may want to check them out. In the meantime meet Ruby. She is located in San Diego. : -)

Kites without strings

So excited I “caught” my Kites today! I have been stalking them since I found their tree by accident. I have only seen the one before and today there were two. I came prepared with my 300mm. They are very difficult to get near at all. The tree is about 150 ft tall and they are at the very top and extremely wary. Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA  Enjoy!

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I have been on fire the last few days! Hyper productive and I hope spot on creatively…it feels that way. This directly on the heels of a huge slump. Feeling like “what is the point?” Of course the “WHO cares?” and the “What am I doing?”  existential “etc” here… Then the very next day I got up and worked for 8 hours straight (???)  I mean NOT moving at ALL from 6AM- 2PM in my BED(!)  RE-designing my web site in the midst of panicked pacing and looks of distress from my dog. IF she could, she would have dialed 911 for SURE! Since then I have been a whirlwind. I have a Shop up and running here: http://www.cafepress.com/asqewcreative, I am about 10% into my SmugMug Pro account for my Pet Portrait business clients and “serious” art (HaHa!) for sale here:  http://www.asqew-creative.com/ and loving the creativity of it all. Sometimes lately I think, how I was a nurse all those years?  I only say that because two different sides of the brain right? I strongly doubt my whole brain is firing so what gives? Therefore in light of the work I have been doing, I took a break and spent time investigating tools of other trades such as a couple of the gorgeous local wineries I frequent. A lot.  Cordiano Winery, Escondido, CA. http://www.cordianowinery.com/    and Rancho Bernardo Winery, San Diego, CA   Divertiti!

Listen to The Guitar Man

This week we attended the Ocean beach Farmers Market.   As usual there were a variety of street musicians playing and I saw this man sitting to the side strumming away. The first thing that caught my eye was his very cool, homemade guitar (?) At first glance some people might think; “oh poor guy he can’t afford a real guitar”, or alternatively “he must a bit crazy” so he made one!  In reality, often the most talented musicians will create an instrument from their exceptional knowledge of sound, how it’s created and how to manipulate it for their purpose. That is the case here. This instrument has a very unique sound like many guitars strumming at once and almost electric.  I didn’t want to interrupt his playing for a lengthy discussion but I approached him by complimenting his instrument and then asking if he would mind if I took his picture. The answer was obviously yes.  Meet “The Guitar Man

On a Happy Ending Note! My site is now up! www.mscott-photography.com

Enjoy your day!

Shadows and Light- A mini Exhibition A Re-post

Hi all It was brought to my attention late in the day that one of the photos was missing! So sorry! Here is a FULL repost of my previous. Enjoy!

I love shadows…especially when you notice them unexpectedly. When they are calling out “Over here! Look at me!”  and it startles you. Today I give you three of those moments.

I lived in Spain for 4 years and one of my favorite objects purchased there is a Lladro of Flamenco Dancers. While I was sipping coffee on my sofa the sun brought them to life as they perform on my wall …  Also shared on Flickr-Project52

The second occurred on that same, apparently magical, couch. This is of my fireplace.

During a walk with my dog, we paused for a rest on this log (embarrassing inadvertent rhyme) when I looked over and noticed this lovely feather…

Shadows and Light- A mini Exhibition

I love shadows…especially when you notice them unexpectedly. When they are calling out “Over here! Look at me!”  and it startles you. Today I give you three of those moments.

I lived in Spain for 4 years and one of my favorite objects purchased there is a Lladro of Flamenco Dancers. While I was sipping coffee on my sofa the sun brought them to life as they perform on my wall …  Also shared on Flickr-Project52

The second occurred on that same, apparently magical, couch. This is of my fireplace.

  During a walk with my dog, we paused for a rest on this log (embarrassing inadvertent rhyme) when I looked over and noticed this lovely feather…

Put the phone down

I was reading a post about the importance of networking for business and it got me thinking… isn’t networking what life, not just work, is ALL about?

The principle of “getting out there” applies to every aspect of life. Being present and involved, aware of those around you and connected in your day-to-day life will pay off in many different ways not only in your work. Take a break from your phone (!) Lift your head, meet someone’s eyes and take a breath. You don’t need to be a social butterfly ~ simply say “hi” to someone walking past. We are all on this journey together and making connections is at the core of it.  You can’t know where you may meet your next friend, who may be a future colleague, whose day you just changed completely by showing them your smile, opening a door for them, acknowledging their presence, or who you may need help from in the future.  I for one am a tech junkie, I admit it. I love what technology can do for our lives. I adore my phone!  BUT, I like to think I know when to put it down.  I take regular conscious breaks and take my own advice.  I have met a few new clients this way, although it’s the emotional/spiritual payoff that is key for me. Simply put I feel better when I am out and about and connected to the world right in front of me.  So, put your phone down and look up. You truly never know who may cross your path!

Friends from around the world who I would never have met with my head down. 🙂