Times are Changing

We the People have the power of the VOTE, please use it!

 

Many of us came of age during the 60’s, and now we are seeing the pattern of history repeating itself. If you were too young to remember this, look around; it was very similar to what you are seeing now: Just fewer people

 

 

 

 

 

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

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Feeling Down? Look Up!

Feeling Down? Look up!

 

We live in an exciting, outrageous and very noisy time. Pessimism sometimes takes over, but in the end optimism gives us hope. #May hope be with you.

Try this when you need a boost, look up! The sky is filled with wonder everyday.

So start looking up, note what you see and how it makes you feel.

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Miracles

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to be either on water or in thin air, but to walk on the earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, curious eyes of a child-our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018

 

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Baby Blue

 

Baby Blue

 

This morning I woke up with this Dylan song in my head. It seems related to our latest evacuation experience. In the middle of the night, just before midnight Monday, we were ordered by the fire department to evacuate due to a fire threat.

Needless to say this is an unnerving experience to go through.

So we gather the dogs, cats and 1 parrot along with ourselves in our cars and head out to a hotel. The wildfire started in Samuel P. Taylor Park, 5 minutes form home. YIKES!

Residents were allowed back in the next day to the sound of helicopters over head carrying water with retardant, as the fire department continued to fight the fire.

These tireless firemen are our current heroes as they fight multiple fires in the state of California.

The best part of this day was a sprinkler attached to the roof; bring the sound and feel of rain. Very soothin

 

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
All your reindeer armies, are all going home
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

 

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

 

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The act of Creation by Pele

Pele: Who is Hawaii’s volcanic fire goddess?

Hannah Wiley, USA Today Published 10:40 a.m. ET May 10, 2018

 

Sometimes referred to as Madame Pele, or Tutu – grandmother – Pele is hailed as the powerful force behind Kilauea’s decades-long eruptions. 

The volcano has been in a constant, on-off state of eruption since 1983, although this eruption is a more severe case.  

“She is very dynamic, sometimes very angry. Quick to anger and quick to forgive. But she’s a force to be reckoned with,” explained Kame’eleihiwa.

 

“We must treat the landscape and others on the landscape as if our lives depend on one another-people, forest, trees, fresh water,” she said. “The Pele reminds us that as short as our human life is we must be good stewards.”

She also said people in her community “come to pray, make offerings, watch in silence, or just come to be in the presence of creation because Pele is a visually dramatic phenomenon.”

As a hula performer, Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani honors the memory of the property and lives lost through the years of Pele’s volcanic rage by sharing family stories, and through hula’s traditional songs, chants and dances. 

‘This is Pele’s place’

Sometimes, Kame’eleihiwa said, Pele needs to cleanse the land. It’s the akua’s way of reminding the people how the island must be treated, and that she feels the desecration of the land. 

“This is Pele’s place,” Kame’eleihiwa said. “And we as descendants of akua and descendants of the land need to live in harmony with the elements and the land. Humans are not the most important things on the earth, the elements are.” 

At the end of the day, Pele will take what is rightfully hers. 

“As long as Pele is erupting, we say she is dancing,” said Kame’eleihiwa, who referenced the sudden uptick in earthquakes as Pele in labor. “She is giving birth to land.”

Photograph by Diana Dunlap taken in hawaii from a boat next to the eruption 2013

 

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In Another Time, In Another Place

Wonder and Whimsy keep us light and easy.

This Photo collage is an imaginary story; you can make up the story from looking at it and asking questions. Starting with where did the elephant get that headdress? Elephants are good swimmers, and this Raven has decided to bring his band of butterflies to lighten up the journey across the river. The bands name is Joy.

There is the lavender light between them, what does that indicate?

 

Wonder

Stuff your eyes with wonder…

Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds

See the world.

It’s more fantastic than any dream made

Or paid for in factories.

 

Ray Bradbury

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018

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Of Horses and Rainbows

In the end it is Beauty that will save us. So we must keep something of Beauty in our hearts. We can refer to that Beauty when life becomes difficult or in thanks when it is joyous.

Horses are symbolic of freedom and strength, and Rainbows are symbols of Beauty.

Upon seeing a rainbow, no matter if it is just a part of one or a full-blown double rainbow, it stops us in our tracks and we have no choice but to admire it. The rainbow is illusive, disappearing as quickly as it appeared. So keep that in your heart.

When I see a horse I want to give it a hug for being so magnificent and beautiful.

 

Horse sense is something a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

W.C. Fields

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018

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What? Where? How?

On a journey down the shore of Limantour spit in the Pooint Reyes National Seashore we spotted an unusual site. Once on January 30,2018 then again on February 5, 2018. The what of this is that it’s a very large engine. Where or when it arrived isn’t documented. How did it get here, I assume it washed up from a wreck years ago. Moving with the rise and fall of the tides. It does beg ones imagination to wonder.

Photography by Diana Dunlap 2018

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Change

CHANGE FOR THE YEAR OF 2018

 

 

A new year has arrived! Time to change things that we’ve wanted to change. We make resolutions, cast prayers to the wind, and reflect on what happened in the previous year. Fire works explode all over the globe heralding the change from one year to the next.

PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS for ALL!

Open hearts, yes, open hearts all around.

Step out of your comfort zones and explore being crazy, absolutely bonkers in fact.

No time like NOW!

Roll with it, the ride is part of the fun, not just the goal achieved.

Increase the amount of time that you give to LAUGHTER.

 

 

Becoming

You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often

to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have been carefully kept.

Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and

Your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things

Don’t matter at all, because when you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.

 

words from the Velveteen Rabbit

 

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018, from McClures beach, California

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Rainbow Blessing

A Gaelic Blessing

 

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

May the clarity of light be yours,

May the fluency of the ocean be yours,

May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words

Of love around you,

an invisible cloak to mind your life

 

 

Inspiration for this photo collage from photos around Iceleand at Sunrise.

 

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2017

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Fire from Ice

 

Standing on the Hverfjall crater that was formed 2500 years ago

I am reminded that there was and is currently fire under this island

called Iceland

The crater has a memory of it etched in its form softened by time

We are still living in an Ice age, albeit without mammoths running about

We still have Ice caps on both poles and elephants are the distant cousins of the Mammoths

What stands out as I look out over the crater is that time is a relative situation, depending on how and who is measuring it

The planet Earth is full of myriad wonders and beauty that we have the privilege of enjoying and witnessing the changes that are occurring

 

 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

 

Melody Beattie

Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2017

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The Golden Guardian

At such a towering cliff overlooking a vast landscape

I am acutely aware of how insignificant I am

All of my worries fade

As I walk it seems that the land is moving instead of me

Then looking through to another side of life

I am aware of the guardian for this mountain

Then I feel ease and protection

 

 

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have

And take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,

You must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,

Or, you will be taught how to fly.

 

Patrick Overton

 

 Photo Collage by Diana Dunlap 2017

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All that Glitters

After the journey through the Misty Arch we land deep within a golden cave

Inside of this gleaming cave is a misty watery presence

With a rainbow reflecting off of it

I will call this the oracle

So one is allowed to ask the oracle a question

An hopefully receive an answer to that question

I only had to stand there and this was the answer to the unspoken question

“My first word of advice is this, say yes. In fact say yes as often as you can. Yes is a beginning, it’s how things grow. Yes leads to new experiences, and thus knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.” –Michael Hogan

 Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2017

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Misty Arch

 

As if drawn up from the depths of the Arctic Ocean

Giant glacial ice crystals rush through the misty Arch

What waits?

When did this arch arise and from where?

Why is it here?

 

 Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2017

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Sunshine

Photographed at sunrise from Baker Beach, San Francisco, July 2017.

SUNSHINE

Chin up, chin up
Everybody loves a happy face
Wear it, share it
It’ll brighten up the darkest place
Twinkle, sparkle
Let a little sunshine in
You’ll be on the right side
Looking at the bright side
Up with your chinny chin chin

–E.B. White from Charlotte’s Web

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By the Sea

BY THE SEA

 

Once upon a time a lone hawk hitched a ride on a Chinese wooden horse

They went out to the coast to watch the Zebras vacationing there

It was a fine site to see on a sunny summer day

Some days are just for FUN

 

 

MAGIC

 

“And above all watch with glittering eyes the

whole world around you because the greatest

secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely

places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

 

Ronald Dahl

 

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Water to Gold

Water to Gold

 

 

From ‘Colors’ symbols-history-correlations

By Luciana Boccardi

On the color Black

 

The philosopher’s stone

The Magnum opus of the alchemical process analyses the values of black: the first of the four stages that govern our life, according to alchemy, and one which is linked to earth, night, winter, old age, wisdom, sadness and death.

It is followed by the second stage of white, corresponding to water, dawn, childhood and variable moods.

Yellow is the color of the third stage associated with air: noon, summer and youth.

The Fourth and last is the red stage, connected in alchemy to the element fire: light, autumn, sunset and maturity.

 

The passages from earth to water to air to fire mark the transformations of matter that progressively dematerializes until it reaches the ethereal and luminous consistency of the philosopher’s stone. This cyclical nature is a comforting guarantee that winter will be followed by spring, night by dawn, a symbol of resurrection.

 

Megan McIntyre is photographed at night performing a fire dance with 2 balls of fire.

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In the Spirit of Rain and Floods

In the Spirit of Rain and Floods

 

All along the California coast, where I live, we have been experiencing record rains and flooding. In weather terms this is referred to as an atmospheric river. This comes with trees falling, streams turning to torrential rivers, waterfalls appearing out of nowhere and loss of power in our homes.

 

There is always an underlying spiritual message to what we are experiencing in the outer physical world that is important to note, if just for our sanities sake if nothing else. The following quotes seem fitting to this time we are in.

 

The photo collage this week started with a photo of a magical waterfall on a small break from the rain at the Lagunitas near Samuel P Taylor Park. This waterfall is normally not there. A glimpse into another realm.

 

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. 
I am haunted by waters.”
 
Norman Maclean, A River Runs through it

 

 

There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

Leo F. Buscaglia

 

 

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Pick Me!

PLEASE PICK ME!

 

Anyone who has gone to a pet store, or animal rescue facility knows how it feels when you’ve been picked by the animal: There’s a spark of recognition and love, an interspecies connection that has been with us since humans populated the planet. When the first humans arrived the animals were here, as fearsome or friendly, either way, they were our first teachers about how to live on this earth.

 

In modern times we go to zoos, go on safaris, go whale watching and visit national parks around the globe to encounter animals that we haven’t seen before. We are usually amazed at their beauty!

 

And very importantly some of us choose to have pets or raise herd animals, choosing to care for and befriend them.

 

This image demonstrates the flirtatious way an animal knows to capture the heart of someone looking to make that connection; and hopefully take him/her home.

 

I have lived with several Zen masters-all of them cats.

Eckhart Tolle

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Flamingo Rose

THE COLOR ROSE

 

Starting with a background of a close up view of a pink rose with dew, I became immersed in the color Rose.

Roses are as comfortable being tended by the angels as well as decorating a passionate valentine card.

The rose is the flower that alchemy likens to the philosopher’s stone; representing carnal and spiritual love.

 

Then pink takes hold of the vision and flamingos are asked to join the picture. All birds are messengers of some kind, so in this case I think they bring some playfulness to love, with multiple shades of pink to red.

 

BEAUTY

“We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is,

Knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”

-Ray Bradbury

 

 

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What If?

WHAT IF?

This week’s photograph started in Machu Picchu, Peru. Shot at sunrise creating the mystical blue light I began to imagine, what if. What if the ocean really did rise and come up to 8,000 feet above sea level, above the clouds.

This is a fantasy world; of course, those are things that happen at the end of Ice Ages.

Then everything changes, some species survive, and new ones take hold and Life, as we know it changes.

The world is a product of our minds and imaginations as much as the physical things we see with our eyes.

And in the words of Albert Einstein,

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Knowledge is limited.

Imagination encircles the world.”

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Owl in the Daytime with Giraffes

Owl in the Daytime with Giraffes

Owls are rarely seen during the day, as they are nighttime hunters. Walking on a path in the Serengeti, I looked up and there it was staring at me with intensity and concentration.

I said to the Owl,” What are you doing here in bright daylight?” No answer, of course, so I snap a photograph and tell it how beautiful it is. Their eyes are very large, but they don’t move, which is why their heads can turn 240 degrees.

They are difficult to see because of a camouflaged coat of feathers that are soft to muffle the sound. Their sense of hearing and keen eyesight makes these birds exceptional hunters. So these birds basically live in the dark, making them very proficient hunters, able to see and hear what others don’t. It is probably this skillful hunting ability that brings its association with death in mythology.

Another interesting anomaly of wildlife in Africa is the giraffe. If you notice in this photo collage, the giraffe are eating what appear to be thorns. They eat the leaves of the Acacia trees (very carefully) with a very tough leathery tongue. The height of the giraffe’s neck evolved, as the acacia grew taller in response to the nibbling by the giraffes. There is only so far that can go, so now once a leaf is eaten the tree develops thorns. Then as if that wasn’t enough, once a leaf is eaten the tree produces tannin that makes all of the leaves distasteful, and it sends a watch out signal downwind to the other trees. So it goes with nature, very clever protective survival skills all around.

The take away here is adaptability and flexibility as the key to surviving, no matter the species.

Words of wisdom from Albert Einstein:

“There are two ways to live your life

One is as though nothing is a miracle

And one is as though everything is a miracle.”

 

 

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ELEPHANTS: Primal Royalty of the Animal Kingdom

When you think of elephants, what comes to your mind?

Usually Their Massive Size

Elephants are huge mammals that can live to be 70-90 years old. They travel in matriarchal herds, which are led by the oldest female. They weigh in at 4-7 tons, so when you see them on safari they are bigger than the 6-passenger jeep.

They gracefully swing through the land browsing on grasses, trees and shrubs. I think they are the true gardeners of the African plains. Blazing trails, leaving huge footprints that smaller creatures can drink from. Their tusks are their tools for gathering food and clearing the trees. (Killing elephants for their tusks leaves them dependent on others for food, as well as it is being an unusually cruel practice)

Devotion to Family Matters

A matriarch, whose experience and long memory provide the culture, care and protection of the young, always leads elephant herds. Educating the young to the seasonal location of food and water are what allows for the survival of the herd and the species.

They Grieve for Their Deceased

Elephants pay respect to and grieve for their dead. They frequently visit the burial sites of their deceased herd members, touching the bones with their trunks and feet. When a member of the herd dies the Matriarch stands by the elephant flapping her ears and touching it with her feet. The herd assembles near and around her in support, brings offerings of grasses to cover the deceased.                  

To be sure elephants can display rage, pain and fear especially when defending their herd. The encroachment on their habitat from hunting, poaching and government culling has had a disorienting effect on them physically and emotionally.

“Our newly emerging compact with elephants…requires nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way we look at animals, and by extension, ourselves. It requires a new “trans-species psyche”, a commitment to move beyond an anthropocentric frame of reference, and in effect, be elephants.” –Charles Siebert

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On Being a Lion

by Diana Dunlap

 When on safari last January we spent 3 days in a mobile tent camp, right in the middle of the plains where the lions lived, as well as Zebra, wildebeests and some Elephants. At night we could hear the distant roar of the lions, which was comforting rather than frightening. They were well fed and not interested in us.

For humanity the lion has been an icon for thousands of years, appearing in cultures across Asia, Africa and Europe. Despite the fact that this large cat is known for attacks on humans, it has always enjoyed a positive portrayal in various cultures as a strong and noble beast. And commonly referred to as the “king of beasts”, a symbol of royalty.

The lion was emblematic in Ancient Greece and Rome, symbolized as the constellation and zodiac sign Leo, and described in mythology, where its skin was borne by the hero Hercules, as a magical cloak. This may explain the primitive human behavior (that continues to this day) of taking a lion’s skin and head, as a status symbol for the one who killed the lion.

The qualities of Courage and Strength belong to the Lion. Roaring summons the power of the Sun. It is thought that the Lion can call down the thunder across the plains. The pride of lions is a family with strong bonds, protected by the male and nourished by the females.

Thought magic, thunder and lightening and the solar energy of Gold belong to the realm of the Lions.

What the Lion spirit brings with it, to teach us is self-control, mastery of emotions and staying centered in your core.

Be brave; know your own nobility and value in the world, and let it be known. There may a time that you will need to roar, go for it, and let your voice be heard!

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