Welcome to Timeline Photos. A few years back I started peeking around my archives in search of some of the first photographs I had taken. Here records my quest into better understanding my long term love of camera and experiencing the world with it in hand. All photos appear in chronological order hopefully revealing an evolution of how I see and what moves me to speak with light.

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(Photo credit Phil Monahan of Orvis)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Benjamin Booker excellence!

Big holler goes out to the Atomic Pop Shop vinyl store here in Baton Rouge for their 2 ticket raffle for the Benjamin Booker show at the Varsity.  I entered and was more than psyched to have a message on my phone that I had won!!  Shared my tickets with a good friend in from North Dakota, and grabbed another great friend to be there with us, too.

Dear lord!!!!  Leaning on the front and rockin' out during the show made for a more than excellent night.  Hot sounds and energy!!

I was treated to a set list at the end of the show given to me by the drummer, Max Norton. When I asked if he could sign it and get the others, too, he didn't hesitate.  "Go on back...." pointing to the doorway to back stage.  Really?!!!  After a nano second of hesitation I walked on through and was welcomed by Benjamin Booker sittin' on a couch with the opening band, the Yelephants, and a handful of friends.  He even made room for me to sit down.  Happy girl, indeed!

Thank you, Benjamin Booker!!  We were the lucky ones to catch you that night.  :)))

Thursday, April 16, 2015

bouquet of irises

Buy yourself a bouquet of irises, and watch them bloom in the rain. `~ Me

The other day I bumped into a friend at Trader Joe's on my way out of shopping.  She had a bouquet of irises, and I knew that on my way in I had said to myself to remember to buy one.  I added it to my basket, and walked out with them in hand.  My friend and I talked a bit outside before heading to our cars.

During the week, I kept them inside my house on our round dining table, but today I was prompted to take them out into the rich, wet green of our backyard.  I placed the vase on the deck edge, and the blooms looked gorgeous against the green in the falling rain.

I have different shots, but this composition serves the iris group best.  I most appreciate the connection shared with my friend also enjoying the process of her blooms.  Special.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Charles Bradley's soul and goodness...again

Couldn't have been more fortunate to have been on the center rail for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires' set at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival 2015.  This was the second time seeing him in Louisiana, and given that I was beyond moved by him at the Internation Fest Louisiane 2013, my heart swelled even more.  He truly, truly LOVES his opportunity to sing and connect with people, and in the audience that energy is felt very strongly.

Arrested Development, yes, Arrested Development, performed before him and were fantastic!  At the end of their set the ENTIRE crowd emptied the floor.  As my jaw hit the floor, my husband and I went right to the center rail and planted ourselves there for an hour waiting for Charles Bradley.  :)))))  Best spot in the house!!!

I have lots of good photos, but the one I've selected here is what stays with me the most.  Charles Bradley is about LOVE, appreciating opportunity, overcoming life challenges, people connections and appreciation....deep SOUL.  Whenever he holds his hands over his heart I feel it in my heart, too.  Look at this moment and know that CB, "screaming eagle", is true, and really wants you to know how much that you are loved.  He generates beauty.

After the set, he was hoisted off the stage by Doug, who I think is his manager, so he could hug any fans ready to receive him near the rail.  His hugs are strong and memorable, and it's a wonder to feel his tears and embrace.  When he got to my husband, to my right, he held him tight and they exchanged kind words in appreciation of one another. Before holding me he said, "I saw you out there!"  Gah, my heart jumped and I really squeezed him.  He really is beautiful.

As he continued down the line to my left, I asked Doug, if there was a setlist.  He kindly replied that he'd look for me.  In minutes, there it was, in my hands.  Thank you SO much Doug!!  I risked hanging around a bit more to ask for Charles Bradley to sign it, and a Blues Festival organizer saw me and insisted I go beyond the rails to wait for him.  I didn't want to be too much.  Charles Bradley talked a bit with a musician as Doug held a white jacket on a hanger embellished with a silver eagle.

Once Charles was done, he came over to me very kindly and shared goodness with me once again.  I introduced him to my husband, and the love fest continued.  I let him know that my brother is the one who introduced me to his music.  He smiled and shared some stories about his mother's words about sharing love, and then talked about how he usually passes out roses to his fans and the end of the shows.  "Why did God make yellow roses?  Because he loved them.  Why did he make white roses?  Because he loved them.  There are red ones to represent our shared blood as human beings....some people believe in God, and some people don't.  In the end when you close your eyes you will know that we are all part of the same Creation."

Charles Bradley, you are one very special man.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.  I'm very grateful and inspired.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Breathing in

Breathing in, I calm my body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know is the only moment.
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

Friday, April 3, 2015

Texas journey

We traveled through northern Texas to visit good friends for a few days, and there was a story to and from in the repetitive view of  long roads, open ranch spaces, and the modern immersed in the old and abandoned.  With many, many hours spent looking out the window as my husband drove, I documented more than a few of the scenes.  I really like the entire set of images processed bw, all 52 of them, and here I attempt to pick the images which best summarize the views.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jack solo time

I was surprised today when offered to ride Jack without a lead line from the start.  :))  I'm learnin' and growin'....

The most lovely of moments was upon arrival to the barn and all of the six horses stalled inside, minus one, were napping.  They made me stop in their moment of peace and silence.  What beautiful, large creatures centering themselves for a needed rest.

Thi is sweet Jazz.  I was standing near his stall while Jack was being saddled, and he snuggled his lovely head into my back and left arm.  My whole person was filled with a good feeling, and I reached my arm around him.  :))

See you, Jack!  Thank you!