Intentional Observation: Accidental moon sighting while photographing snow drift

Snow drift with moon


Intentional Observation: Pepper tops

I haven’t forgotten about The Aesthetic Elevator, but I’ve been too busy to post anything here the past few months and have had my mind on other long-term goals lately.

Anyway, dealing with some dried hot peppers of an unknown variety (they were given to us), I ended up with a picturesque pile of pepper tops this morning.

Pepper tops

Intentional Observations

Intentional Observation: Rainbow

On a marble surface.

Intentional Observation: Light play

A Sunday morning observation:

Intentional Observation: First shared parental observation

From a post titled 10 Things I learned from Anne Lamott (Via sculptor and mother Sarah Irani):

“Having a child can help you slow down, which is one of the first steps toward paying attention” – love this, though, I will admit a certain level of agony in the slowing down. Makes you feel mental, like you are forced to crawl through life stopping to look at every last rock, leaf, ladybug. Perhaps [Anne Lamott] is saying, yeah, that’s the point.

And then:

“Wasting paper; staring off into space” – Efficiency is not the way ahead. The way ahead is printing out drafts of our work so we can see it on paper and mark it up, not worrying about how much paper we’re using. The way ahead is staring off into space and letting our subconscious kick in even if we’ve been told that such behavior is a waste of time. Efficiency cannot be the #1 priority of the artist. So true.

Intentional Observation: Snow dye

Apparently sideways flying wet-wet snow that follows rain causes the colors of tree bark to leach.

Intentional Observation: Water, partially crystalized

Intentional Observation: Beach, grass

One of the things that makes the prairie the prairie are the grasses, perhaps especially here in Nebraska, in the Sandhills. Earlier this week I traveled to Florida, somewhat unexpectedly, and had some time in between activities to comb the beach.

While so combing, I wondered to myself why it is people are more likely to intentionally observe — to move slowly and pay attention — on the beach than other places. Are most beach combers retired (and other young kids, so to speak, who are on the beach jogging or surfing)? Is it that people associate the beach with relaxation? Is there something about the sound of the waves and the expanse of the water (if so, why do people find the expanse of grass on the prairies so lifeless in comparison)?

Intentional Observation: Quail (with halftone)