Thursday, February 26, 2009

Musings on Nature

Musings on Nature, originally uploaded by amandavisualzen.

It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something.”- Charles Dickens (Little Dorrit)

Yesterday was a gorgeous day. It was windy the entire day and then in the evening the sky was a brilliant pinkish red. It was because of the sky that I walked out to the lake to watch the water. It was completely silent for a long time until off in the distance I could hear birds. When I came home to look at the photos I wanted to do something in PS with the shot that would bring out that beautiful pink in the sky. I realized as I was looking at my finished product that suddenly felt like Little Dorrit amazed by the beauty of the world around me as I travel. Everyday there is something more beautiful than the next I cannot wait to see more.

This photo was turned black and white then a pink linear gradient was added to the top portion of the photo. It was crossprocessed and then an omni light effect was added to the left hand corner. I also sharpened the final layer to give it an older look around the trees ( I really like the faded trees in the back).

View On Black

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Middlemarch- George Eliot

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Three Men in a Boat- Jerome K. Jerome

"Let your boat of Life be light, packed with only what you need- a homely home of simple pleasures." Three Men in a Boat- Jerome K. Jerome

Life on the road is wonderful. Our homely home is only packed with what we need and our days our spent enjoying the beauty around us.

Three Men in a Boat is a English funny novel about travel that was published in 1889.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

On the Road

“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” – Jack Kerouac “On the Road”

Once upon a long time ago Norwood and I were younger and adventurous. We set sail in our land yacht (although it was hardly a dingy) and toured the southeast and the west. We spent a year (and some change) of our life seeing the United States through the eyes of a traveler. From campground to campground we made each new city home simply by pulling up and parking. Now here we are five years older, wiser and right back to the East of our youth. After a month of talking about hitting the road we finally did. We were disappointed when the original “deal” we had worked out with an RV dealer fell through. I was terrified when everyone kept telling us that our truck was an unusual choice to pull a fifth wheel with and as such no one knew where to place the all important brackets that would hold the hunk of metal we call a hitch that would connect the 30 foot 7500 pound home to our truck which together would speed down the road at 65 miles per hour. I was in tears when the rolling hitch was so rough it looked and sounded like the entire back end of the truck would be ripped off. But today all the problems have been figured out and fixed and we hit the road. All the little bumps and delays do not seem to matter now that we are back to the same roads we traveled before.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Tempest Act IV Sc I

The Tempest Act IV Sc I, originally uploaded by amandavisualzen.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

-William Shakespeare

What does this Shakespeare quote mean?
In the above quote from the Tempest Prospero has just put an end to the wedding pageant he put on for Ferdinand and Miranda. What follows is the speech he gives comparing life to a dream or the play that we are reading. Both life and the play at times seem magical and perfect but life and the play must come to an end. We cannot dream forever. My favorite line of the speech is “We are such stuff/ as dreams are made on.” In this statement Prospero gives hope to the reader in the storm that is the play. We ourselves hold the magic we want in our lives.