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Envision

envisionEnvision.

I am not sure what I envision this year to be.  What does that even mean?  Envision.  I mean, I know what the dictionary meaning is.  “To picture mentally, especially some future event or events” or in short (and as the example listed on dictionary.com)  “to envision a brighter future”.  That is what I want.   To envision a positive outcome for 2019.

Someone whom I respect in wisdom and talent posted about questions of others.  Thing that keep them up at night.  Things like the inevitable ending.  Truth be told, that is what haunts me at night.  I do not sleep because of it, but the psychologist in me knows that really it is inevitable and the actual issue is the state of affairs in which my life entails.  Or the lack there of.  I’m a visionary.  A dreamer.  I’m a restless soul that somewhere along the line got lost and way off track from anything that I ever envisioned as I was growing up.

There is so much that I want to do in this life.  I want to go to Taiwan and volunteer at the elephant sanctuary for a day (and of course tour the area, but mainly visit the elephants).    I want to go on a safari exploration of Africa.  See gorillas in Uganda. Lions. Wild dogs.  I want to follow my friend’s footsteps and go on a trail ride in the 50 states.  She takes photos to paint letter (which are amazing), mine would stay photographs (hopefully half as amazing).  I want to study certain cultures. Buy a house. Get into grad school.  Maybe finally meet the one.  The list goes on. Some are pipe dreams and some are completely obtainable.  I guess that is what I envision for 2019.

I envision getting it right.  Redeeming myself on the errors and making a start on that list of wants that I envision for 2019 and even the years that follow.  For now, I’d just like to even know where to begin.

A friend, associate…truth be told, some days I’m not sure.  Anyway, she keeps asking if I will be doing the big art show and when I said no, she asked why.  I didn’t really know what to say.  It is in September and that is a long time away.  Truth be told, I think that is my only hang up.  Last year, I knew where I would be come September.  Right now, I’m not sure where I will be come summer.  My rent is too high.  One of the grad schools that I applied to would require that I move states.  Then there is the money involved and everything else.  I just don’t know that I want to commit to anything right now.  Nothing that is far in the future.  One month at a time maybe.  I just don’t know.

So what do you when you are a visionary?  Can you even be a visionary without a plan?  Maybe I am just a dream with cheap wine dreams on a pond water budget.  I’m not sure, but I am going to continue to envision the things that I would like to achieve while I am still here to do them.  Maybe that whole “you can manifest if you believe” thing is true. Only time will tell, I suppose.  Maybe I should go ahead and make a few plans.   Have to have a place to start.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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Entry 610

DSC_0695Entry 610: A buffalo stands off in the distance. I passed him a while back, he did not notice. He stood there with a bird upon his back. I am closer now, must take pictures. He will be none the wiser.

I stopped, had to change my lens. The bird flew away and now the buffalo faces me. His gaze fixated on me as if to make sure that I made no sudden movements. I was not close enough to capture his attention. I had no made no noise. So, how did he know that I was there. Sixth sense? Animal sense? It was probably the prairie dogs. Of course they ratted me out. Damn prairie dogs. DSC_0701I stood my ground. He stood his. I snapped my picture and now he is turning his back towards me. The threat has clearly been lifted. Either that or he feels I’m too far away to make it worth an effort. Guess I will carry on my way.

Thank you, Mr. Buffalo.DSC_0723

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Let There Be Light….

DSC_45712Or at least emphasized light.  Altered grass.  You know whichever.

These pictures have been revisited.  I went to a lunch type workshop the other day where we discussed photoshop.  I use photoshop regularly but haven’t always been able to get it to do what I want.  After the workshop, I decided to go back to something that is usually foe to my patience….curves.  Selecting particular areas and using curves.

I didn’t hate these photos.  The original edits on the top photo were amazing in of itself, but this bottom one.  Not so much.  I want to emphasize the sky as the sun was starting to set.  I wanted the badlands to stand out.  I wanted the road to lead to something.  In both.  Vision. Dreams.  I don’t know, but I wanted more than what was previously there.  Hope I nailed it.  DSC_46082Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Burro Me This….

DSC_0209Not all survived the fire.  Some were donated back to, but these are the ones that remain.

There were nine when the fire took place.  Three succumbed to consequences of the fire and six remained.  I forget how many were donated back.  Some burros are auctioned off during the buffalo auction and it was of them that were returned home.  But then another died.  In its place a baby was born.  The baby will be big before I return again, but they are still beautiful and fighters.  At least I think that they are.  DSC_9246

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

One With the Tree…

DSC_1914Sometimes you just have to become with the tree. I am actually surprised that I had not posted these already.  I did them sometime ago.  They are some of my favorites.  DSC_1916The weather was so touch and go this past trip.  One minute it was raining and the next it was a sunny as could be.  I should not be surprised considering last year I experienced all four season in one hour (that sadly is not an exaggeration).   Thanks to the luck of the buffalo, it was quite sunny and beautiful when I took these. This guy and his buddies gave me the perfect scene.  Just hanging out by the trees in Prairie Dog town. DSC_1922I didn’t have to do a lot to these photos.  They did the work on their own.  The sun was right. The buffalo were cooperating. I stuck with my big lens.  I trusted my fingers, my mind to make the right call.  DSC_1930I was reluctant to say that.  I don’t know if that is true.  I was trying to think about it because I needed these pictures today.   A reminder I guess.  We all have those moments.  Overthink things.  Something that we’ve been doing for a while.  Something that we are trying to make  goal of.  We begin to doubt our abilities.  I didn’t really doubt my ability. I doubted my ability to be able to offer certain versions of photos.

A few people have suggested that they will be reaching out for photos.  I was also thinking about the upcoming September show.  I get overwhelmed and I overthink.  When I am home I tend to think about the photos that I’m taking. I overthink them.   Most are taken with a purpose these days so I’m constantly thinking about it.  Worried about getting them just right and lately it seems like I’ve hit that rut again.  When I’m on vacation, there is no thinking. No focusing. Just doing.  I need to learn to do that everyday.  Things turn out better when you don’t overthink things.

DSC_1950This set of vacation photos…by far some of my favorite.  I’ve still got quite a few go through and have not shared many of them on here, but I am done with my buffalo photos…they are awesome.  At least to me.  Hope you agree.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

This….

DSC_0648 (2)This may be a bit deceiving.  It is not as it appears.  It’s not a buffalo?  Well, the scholarly will tell you no, because there are no buffalo in the United States.  It is a bison.  Soapbox, I’ll move on.  It is a buffalo.  He is grazing.  He is not at sunset.  Wait! What?  You heard me right.

This picture was actually taken in the afternoon.  High and harsh sun battling it out with some wanna be storm clouds.  For a while, the sun won.  So, why does this picture look like a silhouette at sunset?  Filters and a lot of shade.  This guy was so dark that when I shot the photo, the shadow being cast upon him made look like a silhouette against a big blue sky.   Beautiful, but not what I was really wanting.

I could have tried to turn up the shade and down the highlights.  I actually did on another, but I didn’t like the way that he looked at that moment.  I wanted something different. I wanted this and I think it looks pretty gosh darn good. Hope you do too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography