The Meaning of Relationships

Recently, a tragic accident occurred in the life of a little girl I know. Her and her father were in a car accident. The dad lost his life and she was rushed to the hospital.

This girl’s accident made think of my dad, mom and siblings. What was the last thing I said to each one of them? It also occurred to me that I don’t always recognize how much someone’s presence in my life really means to me.

It is so easy to hold grudges or be angry with  loved ones. But all for what? To waste negative energy?

The positive relationships in our lives  help form who we are as people. They also help support us throughout life.  Just like the little girl’s dad did with her. I believe that relationships are essential to the human core. We create connections and break connections with people everyday but we shouldn’t take the most important relationship for granted.

Sisters

My sisters and I. We are inseparable.

Treasure those who love support you without hesitation. Embrace their love and give it back.

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Indigenous Islands of San Blas, Panama

My trip to the San Blas Islands, Panama was planned last minute when the owner of my hostel in Panama City expressed the importance of visiting the islands. So I went, with the consideration of it being a day trip and a cheap travel opportunity.

The San Blas Islands consist of 378 tiny islands clustered close together in the Caribbean Sea.  Panama’s indigenous tribe, called the Kuna, live on these islands and welcome tourists to stay and experience their culture. Each islands has white sand and palm trees and, of course, the ocean water is pure blue.

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Me on one of the islands. (See the other two islands in the background?)

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Forest of palm trees.

Since I was only there for a day the Kuna people cooked me breakfast and lunch. They had an assortment of tea and made pancakes, bacon and delicious homemade coconut rice!

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My yummy breakfast made by the Kuna People

Just off the shore of Isla Perro there was a small sunken ship that tropical sea life now inhabits. The best part was I was able to to go snorkeling around it!

Also, the Kuna sold their homemade crafts. My favorite handicrafts were the molas, which are cloths with colorful stitching of designs and symbols.

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My picture of the beautiful molas.

The Kuna people were welcoming and, fortunately  shared a part of their unique culture with me.  To have a once in a life time opportunity like this is why I love traveling.

The Beach, My Sanctuary.

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I took this photo in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The beach is a tranquil place. The ocean’s salty ocean breeze, the smell of the sea and the coolness of the wind all adds to the beach’s refreshing and relaxing atmoshphere.

I have layed on white sands and have snorkled among tropical fish that live in the Caribbean’s colorful reef.  I have stood on top of large cliffs, looking down at waves breaking against the rocks.  I have swam in the pacfic ocean in mid-fall with nothing but a swimsuit! Crazy, huh? But my body quickly numbs to the chilled winds and ocean waters.

I go to the beach to be present. It is a place where I do not have to ponder over the worries of life, plans for tomorrow or the happenings of yesterday.

Me, running.

My mom snapped this photo of me running on one of  Oregon’s beaches.  I am dressed for the city with my sleek black boots, white fashonable coat and my coffee.  Maybe I should actually be running to catch the subway…haha. The coast is always a familiar place, a sanctuary of peace, regardless of where I am.

Intricate Details in Nature Photos

I enjoy capturing pictures of nature.  I am fascinated by the intricate details and various designs and colors in nature that is apparent within a photos.

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I took this photo with a professional camera.  The photo on the left is good quality because the camera is, of course better quality. 

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This photo of the dandelion is not as good quality because I took it with my camera phone, which has only 8.0 megapixels.  When I captured the picture of the flower on the right there was a shadow blocking the light.  In both these photos above one can compare and contrast the shapes of the petals and the various details and designs in the grass.

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I took this photo with the photography camera.  The details of the rings in this peice of wood is what drew me to capture this picture.  Observe the small bug near the edge of the wooden plank. There are specs of dirt and also one tiny water droplet on the dead leaf.

Capturing and observing these nature photos has opened my eyes to the patterns, designs and colors that make up the beauty world we live in.  Photography is truly an amazing thing.

Memories and Photography

I recently came across pictures I took from  my high school photography class. I was surprised that some of the photos I had taken were actually decent shots.

I took the photography class my freshman year in high school.  For class projects I captured many photos of my family and friends and took lots of pictures with my supposedly love-of-my-life sophomore boyfriend.

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I shot and edited these photos above of my seven year old sister drawing with chalk.  This was a regular activity she loved to do.  She is  now 12 years old and enjoys drawing and painting.

Mom and Sister

This photo is of my mom and my 9 year old sister.  This photo reflecets my mom’s nurturing and loving nature.

Hands

This photo is of mine and my boyfriend’s hands.  One can only guess why I took this picture! Oh, puppy love.

These pictures remind me of my life from my freshman year in high school.  I didn’t take away many technical details on photography from my photography class, but realized that I love taking photos to document life experiences.  When I look at a photo of a memory from years past, it brings back the feelings and emotions I felt in that moment.  It’s a magical thing.

Beginning Photography

I am newly adjusting to a professional photography camera that has lots of functions used for capturing photos.  I was out in my college’s garden the other day with my friend, Conner, attempting to play around with the cameras functions for the first time.

Well, Conner had a brilliant idea for the first photo: capture the dancing white seeds in the air while he blew them off the dandelion seed head.  Here are the photos:  (Note: The dandelion in each photo is not the same one.)

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I attempted to play around with the shutter speed and tried to set the camera to take three photos in a row, so I could capture the white seeds as they were blown off the dandelion.  I couldn’t get either function to work correctly.   On the bright side we got some good shots of plants and other interesting objects in the garden.

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In this photo I focused in on the dead flower using the macro setting and zoom function.  I tried using the aperture tool to focus in on the object but it was difficult to use.

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This photo is of one of the few statues in my college’s garden.  This wooden and metal figure was possibly constructed by someone in the art department at my college. I used the the auto setting on the camera to capture this photo.

Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival

The Hanami festival is an old tradition in Japan stemming back to the feudal period. During this period aristocrats wrote poetry about the beauty of cherry blossoms and the flower was a representation for the samurais of the code they lived by.

I had a friend who visited Japan during the Hanami festival. (NOTE: Here is audio of my friend’s description about the beauty of the cherry blossoms.) He told me that the Japanese word Hanami means cherry blossoms: hana = blossoms and mi = see. The beautiful cherry trees are planted everywhere around Japan’s cities and buidings, temples and neighborhoods. Here is a photo of the light pink cherry blossom trees.

The Japanese celebrate Hanami by hosting viewing parties or picnics. At these picnics the people bring food and drinks, enjoy eachother’s comany, write potry and sing songs.  In the U.S. there are Hanami festivals such as the one in Washington D.C.