... Beautiful things can happen.
I am a planner. I find life to be less stressful when I have a plan. But because it is life, things can go awry. Which doesn't necessarily mean that anything has gone wrong.
So when all the elements were coming together for a beautiful sunset, I grabbed my camera and headed to the beach. I made sure I was there at least an hour before the actual sunset to take advantage of the changing light.
I chose my spot for the sunset image and set up. While waiting for sunset I was taking other images that caught my eye. Imagine my dismay as the few clouds quickly multiplied int a sky full of dark clouds blocking out the sun. Within minutes all plans of a great sunset image were gone.
Disappointed I went home and looked through the images I had taken while waiting for sunset. Suddenly I realized I had a winning image. The light was perfect when I had turned my back on the sun and captured this image of the Olympic mountains in the fading light.
When plans take a detour it can be a beautiful thing.
Art has the power to heal. Not only the act of creating art, which is a powerful therapy tool, but viewing art has a positive impact on us.
Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a persons physiology and attitude. When viewing sweeping views of nature or works of art the body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from fear to creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person into a different brain wave pattern. A persons nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters are all affected.
This is why I am a strong supporter of having art in our homes, our work place and especially in hospitals. Does your home have some artwork on display, especially nature-based artwork?
You can read more about what researchers from California University in Berkeley are discovering here.
"He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead - his eyes are closed." Albert Einstein
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. This is a day set aside for remembrance of those that have lost their lives in service of the United States.
It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those that have died. The date was chosen because it didn't mark the anniversary of any battle. This was to be a day given only to the respect and honoring of the dead.
National Moment of Remembrance
This resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3:00 pm, local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps."
You've heard it said that change is constant. But that doesn't make it easy.
Do you often come home and just don't feel that good vibe you used to get from being home? You might be getting a little bored with your home. You know changing it will help to re-energize your good feelings about home, but you don't have time or finances to really do anything.
Her are 5 easy ways to change your decor without a big investment in time or money.
Embrace change in a small way. The rewards will be large.
Everyone collects something don't they? Instead of hiding your collections away or letting them become clutter use them in your home decor.
Group your items as small groupings on table tops, shelves or the mantel. Try to keep the number small and interesting. After all your goal is to draw attention to your passion. If you have a large number of items then rotate them throughout the year.
For me, as a photographer and a lover of fine art, photographs and photographic art is something I collect. For me I use the walls for the larger images. The featured photos above are all scenes from Maui taken taken from the same beach on different days. Each is unique in its light and the weather, but location ties them together with a theme.
What do you collect and how do you display it?
Life has a way of happening when you least expect it. And that is exactly what the start of 2017 did to my family and me. Shortly after the beginning of the year we lost my father unexpectedly. As a result I haven't been as focused here as I normally would be.
Slowly life gets back on track and things return to a new normal. I say new because I am moving forward with a deeper and I hope better appreciation of what is truly important. Many of you have been in this place so you understand the adjustment of living in a world where my father no longer resides. There is a tear in the fabric of my life that just can not be repaired.
I hope as we move forward into this year this better appreciation of what is important and how we bring that into our homes will show in my blog and in my photographs.
This photograph of the Broken Tree is a favorite of mine. Even though it eventually broke from time and age it is still a beautiful reminder of what life is all about.
Those of us in the northern hemisphere are in our winter phase. The astronomical start of winter officailly arrives Wednesday, December 21 at 2:44 am PST. This is known as the winter solstice.
Are you ready? Even though most of us are already experiencing winter weather we still need to make it through until spring. Do you have enough throw blankets in your decor for snuggling under? Don't forget the hot chocolate! Another winter must you don't want to be without.
Stay warm and enjoy the winter solstice!
A friend recently told me that she is feeling the winter blues this year. The lack of sunlight is giving her a mild case of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Her symptoms are mild so she doesn't need medication or a special light. After a bit of research she decided to use some bright colors in her home to trick her brain into a happier mood.
She is adding splashes of bright colors. Adding color to boost your mood is something that has been covered before in this blog. It does have some relevance for this time of year in the northern hemisphere where our days are shorter with less sunlight. Adding throw pillows to your rooms in bright colors is one way to brighten the room. Bright photographs on the walls also bring in those happy colors. Don't forget to try flowering houseplants. Flowers always make us feel better.
Do you have any tricks that you use to overcome those winter blues? Share them in the comments!
You've purchased your seascape photograph. It's framed and hanging in your living room. But something is lacking. Your room doesn't have that beach side atmosphere you were hoping to capture. Here are a couple of tips to help you give your room that seaside feeling.
Pull in colors that are beach related and the colors in your photograph. Use those as your accents if you aren't planning to replace your furniture. The featured photograph gives you a wide selection to use for accent colors. You can also use candles, especially ones that are decorated with seashells. to create a tabletop accent.
Texture is another thing you can use. Consider framing your photo in a wood that reminds you of driftwood. Use accents pillows that are trimmed in a braid that looks like nautical rope. Any little treasures you might have collected on your beach vacation can be added to create a layer of texture and to create your seascape decor.
I love large beautiful landscape and seascape photos. They can make such a statement in the decor of a home or office setting.
But what is it about a landscape or seascape image that make it work for you? The photos that you will enjoy most are the ones that you can picture yourself in. If you can do that, then you have found the perfect photo for your home.
This beautiful photograph is of a lone kayaker on the ocean. Are you a kayaker? Do you want to learn how to kayak? If so, then this might be the image for your wall, because you can imagine yourself as that kayaker.
But what if you love the image but don't want to see the kayaker? Then this is your lucky day because this image is also available without the kayak. Check it out here and start imagining yourself on the beach staring out at the deep blue sea.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.