Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #359

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”  ~Carl Sagan

How long butterflies live depends on many things and varies greatly. It depends on the size of the butterfly, the species of the butterfly, where it lives, and what time of year it became an adult.  For example, if the butterfly is of the smaller version it will probably not live as long, but if it is a larger butterfly, it will live longer.  Now of course the size of the butterfly is not going to be the only factor of how long a butterfly will live, but does attribute to it.   There is an average life span of a butterfly – it is usually about one month.  Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.

So, what are you doing today?????

Value the time you have on your journey††††††††nada te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #358

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW…..ERR, UNDER THE RAINBOW!

I was about to head off to check a location for a Saturday morning football team shoot, and I was greeted with this beautiful albeit thin double rainbow. I ran back in the house grabbed my 10.5mm fish-eye and attempted to make an image in the field next to our home. But there was little there to work with, and did I mention that is was now raining, a nice sun-shower. I then remember this bed of Zenia’s that the city had planted in the park catty corner from us.  I ran in my flip flops through the rain and made some images before the light dropped, the colors faded, replaced with lighting.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true……on your journey††††††nada te turbe††††

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #356

I have no idea what this little furry fellow might be. One rainy afternoon, I was not finding much in the meadow near our campground in the Lincoln Nation Forrest, New Mexico. No butterflies, fresh blooms, birds or mushrooms. I happened across this deer carcass that was in the final stages of having the last small pieces of flesh being done away with by nature. The bones were covered with swarms of these kind of creepy creatures whom were devouring the last vestiges of flesh.I said “cool” my muse muttered some disdainful comment about boys. I stretched out on the forest floor with my 105micro and set up 3 lights and photographed until I kept feeling itchy, like things were crawling on me. I muttered something about boys and wandered on with my muse.Enjoy the whole cycle of life on your journey††††nada te turbe††††jim

via Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #356.

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #356

I have no idea what this little furry fellow might be. One rainy afternoon, I was not finding much in the meadow near our campground in the Lincoln Nation Forrest, New Mexico. No butterflies, fresh blooms, birds or mushrooms. I happened across this deer carcass that was in the final stages of having the last small pieces of flesh being done away with by nature. The bones were covered with swarms of these kind of creepy creatures whom were devouring the last vestiges of flesh.

I said “cool” my muse muttered some disdainful comment about boys. I stretched out on the forest floor with my 105micro and set up 3 lights and photographed until I kept feeling itchy, like things were crawling on me. I muttered something about boys and wandered on with my muse.

Enjoy the whole cycle of life on your journey††††nada te turbe††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #355

MISS BLUE EYESI had set up an 8′ octo box to do some testing and my blue eyed deaf dog came and laid on the floor with this mournful look. How could I resist. Sweet “Grace” is a good friend and the challenge of communication makes her even more fun, plus as my muse says, her deafness is the least of her “issues”. She steals my heart anyway, well the part that the muse didn’t already take.On a totally separate note, I had a conversation with my only sister, Judy, today and she has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and will soon be undergoing major surgery to attempt to remove and eliminate any further spreading of the beast . I ask for any and all prayers for her. She has had a hard life and has certainly earned some blessings. I didn’t know quite how to make an image to reflect my feelings about that.Enjoy the presence of those you love on your journey†nada te turbe†jim

via Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #355.

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #355

MISS BLUE EYES

I had set up an 8′ octo box to do some testing and my blue eyed deaf dog came and laid on the floor with this mournful look. How could I resist. Sweet “Grace” is a good friend and the challenge of communication makes her even more fun, plus as my muse says, her deafness is the least of her “issues”. She steals my heart anyway, well the part that the muse didn’t already take.

On a totally separate note, I had a conversation with my only sister, Judy, today and she has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and will soon be undergoing major surgery to attempt to remove and eliminate any further spreading of the beast . I ask for any and all prayers for her. She has had a hard life and has certainly  earned some blessings. I didn’t know quite how to make an image to reflect my feelings about that.

Enjoy the presence of those you love on your journey†nada te turbe†jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #353

If you happened to be in Hiroshima Japan 67 years ago, at 10:34am on August 6,1945, it was to be the start of a dark day.The mission on Hiroshima began at 8:16 a.m. The time of actual destruction and impact was 10:34am according to a clock in the Hiroshima Peace Museum on display. This antique wind-up pendulum 31 day clock survived the blast half intact.That converts to 8:16pm – 10:34 pm today, Sunday, August 5 here in Alpine,Tx.Earlier this summer, we came by the highway marker on US 380 near the Trinity Site in New Mexico.Back in the 80’s, I was working in the defense industry and had the opportunity(?) to visit the Obelisk at ground zero. I even picked up a few pieces of trinitite (sand/earth that was converted into glass from the heat of the blast) that I kept for years in my desk at work. I finally threw them away when I left defense work. I somehow believed that they truly had bad karma with them.I now have mixed feelings about our use of “the gadget”. I have read all the stats about how many lives were saved by our 2 detonations. I would hate to have been the one to sell that to the Japanese people.According to wikipeda: Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a US estimate of the total immediate and short term cause of death, 15–20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable garrison.My father was a WWII veteran and served the course of the war in the Pacific as a Navy/Marine combat photographer. My mother carried bitterness and extreme prejudices towards the Japanese. I grew up doing “duck

via Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #353.

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #353

If you happened to be in Hiroshima Japan 67 years ago, at 10:34am  on August 6,1945, it was to be the start of a dark day.

The mission on Hiroshima began at 8:16 a.m. The time of actual destruction and impact was 10:34am according to a clock in the Hiroshima Peace Museum on display. This antique wind-up pendulum 31 day clock survived the blast half intact.

That converts to 8:16pm – 10:34 pm today, Sunday, August 5 here in Alpine,Tx.

Earlier this summer, we came by the highway marker on US 380 near the Trinity Site in New Mexico.

Back in the 80’s, I was working in the defense industry and had the opportunity(?) to visit the Obelisk at ground zero. I even picked up a few pieces of trinitite (sand/earth that was converted into glass from the heat of the blast) that I kept for years in my desk at work. I finally threw them away when I left defense work. I somehow believed that they truly had bad karma with them.

I now have mixed feelings about our use of “the gadget”. I have read all the stats about how many lives were saved by our 2 detonations. I would hate to have been the one to sell that to the Japanese people.

According to wikipeda: Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a US estimate of the total immediate and short term cause of death, 15–20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable garrison.

My father was a WWII veteran and served the course of the war in the Pacific as a Navy/Marine combat photographer. My mother carried bitterness and extreme prejudices towards the Japanese. I grew up doing “duck & cover” drills in elementary school. Somewhere in between all that, I have just grown to despise the thought of so many souls being vaporized. So shoot me. The “day of infamy” that started it all ended exactly the same way.

Try to remember the victims & survivors on your journey today†††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #352

Sometimes Struggles are exactly what we need in our life.
If we were to go through life without any obstacles,
It would cripple us.
We would not be as strong as we could have been
And we could never fly.
So next time you are faced with an obstacle,
A challenge, or a problem,
Struggle a little- then fly.

Shantanu

I sat in the comfort of my rocking chair under cover from the heat. At first the noise distracted my escape of morning reading and meditation. But then I looked into all the racket, and found that the perfect image of struggle was across the street rather than in my own head.

We all have struggles. It is personal and as big or small as we make it, but we must move on past the dust and disgust.

You will have struggles on your journey, that is how you grow†††††††††nada te turbe†††††jim