An old friend visited me last week. We took a walk around the historic east side of Santa Fe after a glass of wine. The light was so beautiful; there was moisture in the air from recent rains, and all the plants seemed to be humming.
I always get seduced by Santa Fe this time of year. The monsoons let me know there is hope in the flow of water. There is abundance in every moment despite living in a high desert climate that can be harsh beyond measure.
I am grateful for every little moment; for all the lessons presented to me, and for continually being compelled to sip from the chalice of understanding.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Driving to work, windows down, roof open, singing at the top of my lungs to "One of These Nights" and "Lying Eyes".
Driving to work, windows down, roof open, singing at the top ... on Twitpic
Friday, July 29, 2011
Every summer at the Santa Fe Photo Workshops there is a weekly instructor 'slide show' on Monday nights. The Workshops first brought me here umpteen years ago and I consider it a touchstone of sorts. The summer workshops usually start at the end of June and go until early August. I hadn't been to one in over two years and really wanted to make this sojourn part of my summer this year.
I finally caught the penultimate show last week. Five instructors showing their work, and a panel discussion afterward. It was good. It was interesting to hear them all talk about sacrificing so much to be a full-time photographer, professionals, making their living making/taking pictures.
From time to time over the years I've wondered what would have happened if I'd taken all the time and energy I spent designing other people's photo books, and put those efforts into my own photography to be able to do it full time. I've made some money over time shooting weddings, portraits, events, for sure. But I never really went for it.
It was so surprising for me to sit and listen to these folks this week, as it slowly dawned on me that I was so glad I'd never become a full-time professional photographer. I've been taking pictures since I was about eight-years old and it has always been magic to me. That continues. If I'd done it professionally I don't know if I'd have the same feelings about it.
Then something else came in. I asked myself, if you could only choose one, take pictures or write, which would you choose? And to my utter surprise I chose the latter. To write stories. One of my favorite artists is (was) Beatrice Wood. She published an autobiography called "I Shock Myself". Such a delight, as she lived to be 103 and attributed this in great part to her love of chocolate and young men!
I am not sure how much longer I will call New Mexico home. I came here many years ago to live a creative life. I have, and it has come at a price in many ways. But I would not change a minute of it. And if it took me this long to be able to surprise myself with this realization of writing, which may seem small to the reader, but which is actually huge for me, then so be it. The timing is always perfect, and no moment of the journey is ever wasted. Wonder, wonder, wonder.
Monday, July 11, 2011
We've been so parched here in the southwest. Not much moisture since January. A lot of fires as a result. But today, a crackin' thunderstorm with steady rain for several hours visited us. Bliss. I can hear the creatures, the plants, and the trees celebrating.
The reason I've been so absent from this blog is because Parlez and I have had to move several times in the last few months. We finally moved out of the house on Old Dog Run (seriously, that IS the name) after five years. And we finally figured out (thanks to sweetie still being there) in the early spring, a couple of months after I had to leave, the cause of my severe health issues escalating into a near-fatal reaction back in December, was because of MOLD.
So many blessings have come out of this experience, not the least of which is a deeper understanding of aspects of myself, and a very clean diet. (Not like I was a junk foodie before :). I look forward to sharing some things in the future that may be of help, and even inspiring.
Wishing you many moments of wonder this summer, and beyond.
Love from Elsa and Parlez
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Hello everyone, Just to let you know Mama has been taking some time off to take care of her health. I'm attempting to teach her how to nap. It isn't second nature to her for sure, but she's workin' on it. She sends love to you all and looks forward to reconnecting with you in the spring.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thank you everyone for stopping by my seashell at Jeanne's Annual Craft Fair on Saturday. It was a lovely time and great to see people I only get to see at this event. Met some new people, too. Fun!
I will be moving out of my etsy Pearl Girl Pearls site and adding a page to post what I've been doing with regard to pearl jewelry and bookmarks here. As soon as I finish up the pearls I have that will be it for Pearl Girl! I will be focusing my attention on other things. More about that as it evolves...
Happy New Moon in Sagittarius. Truth seekers of the world unite.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
... so said Chase Jarvis.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I was on the phone absently studying our night blooming cereus plant. It's a great great great great (give or take a great) granddaughter cutting from Georgia O'Keeffe's plant. No lie. It was gifted to me a couple of years ago and I've not seen anything but sprouting leaves and stems, and done my level best not to kill it. "Give it some sun", says my neighbor, "they love sun". And so I did. The poor thing quickly turned into a crispy wonton so I whipped it back in the house before it was too late. That was almost two years ago now...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Vanilla gluten-free cake made with lemon essential oil. Chocolate fondant icing. Very cherry berry coulis made with port (and doTERRA's Wild Orange essential oil). Oh, and cream... As you might see it was all very tasty!
I went outside in the hot sunny afternoon, looking for flowers for a table arrangement yesterday. The monsoons had brought an amazing array of blooms to life, and I found these in our neck of the woods. The white puffy ones smell so sweet. As I clipped them I noticed a small praying mantis nibbling on the unopened buds...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
.... until May 31st.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I presently have a really challenging skin condition that is being aggravated by the invasive juniper pollen we have proliferating here in northern New Mexico. This itchy, scaly, extremely uncomfortable circumstance has forced me to really scrutinize my diet. As we all know: everything is connected. Not like I'm a junk foodie, far from it. But there are certainly some foods that are better than others for you, and especially during allergy season. What's more, if your skin is upset, you can pretty much figure that something inside is trying to get your attention.
Extensive studies have shown that 70% of our immune system is connected to the gut. Or, our digestive system. And with allergy sufferers in particular, having a wobbly set of intestines is paramount in contributing to the problem.
I've known this for a while and have been very careful with my intake of gluten, corn, sugar, alcohol, and dairy. Ideally, these should be eliminated entirely. Wah! I know, boring. But if you want things to run tickety-boo then one needs to eradicate the stress of these foods. Your liver, in particular, will thank you for it.
Even through the winter I was guided to eat a lot of salads, and cucumber, celery, cilantro, and cabbage; all raw, which is usually just the opposite of what I want: warm and cuddly foods. I actually craved cabbage. And I am still craving cabbage. I wanted to know more about cabbage. So I set out on a cabbage expedition.
I came across this recipe from my new favorite food blog, thestonesoup.com, and was immediately salivating. Then I had to pay a visit to google and look up the health benefits of cabbage. I was amazed at what I found. I knew it was alkalizing and beneficial for the digestion, but I had no idea that so much goodness could be in one, simple, humble cabbage.
Here are some things I found out. Everything you wanted to know about cabbage but were afraid to ask. Please check The Mighty Cabbage page on my new blog (!) here.
Be sure to check out Jules Clancy at her blog, from whence the cabbage salad recipe came. If you love good, fresh food, and beautiful photography, you will love her blog from Down Under.
A great juicing site: This page will lead you to the bennies of juicing cabbage.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.
Recently I came across some quotes from Anais Nin. I've wanted to edit my tulip images for a long time, and indeed found a note on my computer "Edit Tulips!" from last year. Sometimes it takes a while for things to blossom. I feel her timeless words go well with these images.
I hope you get lost in these "immagini" of the tulips as much as I got lost in photographing them. Literally, I climbed inside of them with my camera. Postscript: They are as I saw them, not manipulated in any way. :)
I looked with chameleon eyes upon the changing face of the world,
looked with anonymous vision upon my uncompleted self.
And... these tulip images, and others, will be available as limited edition prints made by me on recycled sugar cane photo paper that is just glorious. If you'd like to be contacted when they are up for sale, please email me at email@example.com with "Tulip Prints" in the subject line.