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Somewhere in the Mojave Desert, California, United States
Gazing into this abyss called Life and wondering.....what's next !?!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mystical Mist

Hello dear viewers, near and far....

Just a quick post today. I am blown away by the responses to this image. I posted this on my studio Facebook page, Mojave Light Studio, and within 24 hours it received over 1,300 views and over 200 likes! Wow.

A weather front blew in rain and fog to my desert this past weekend. We lost power on Friday night from around 10pm to nearly 6am Saturday morning. Luckily, this weather front did not include sub freezing temperatures! The sounds of the house coming back to life with the power surge awakened me earlier than I would have liked on Saturday morning. However, being that I went to sleep at a decent hour the night before, I awoke refreshed and ready for the day - before the sun rose. The fog floating by my windows intrigued me. The distant mountains were playing peek-a-boo as the rising sun lightened shades of gray. My daughter, also a shutter bug enthusiast, was game to make a few mugs of hot tea and venture out to explore the foggier parts of our desert basin.  She gets being in the moment.

There is something so magical, so ethereal about being in the 'clouds'. The quiet is so rich, our ears rang. The wet desert smelled of sage and creosote and pinion and juniper. As the sun warmed up the mist, we chased what was left from one end of the basin to the other - up towards our beloved Joshua Tree National Park.  It's tricky to shoot in shades of gray without having a lot of blank and boring white space. As we were heading back down the Key's View Road, back towards home - to a warm fire and more hot tea - I spotted this view. Yes. It looked as mystical, as eerie, and as surreal as what you see.

We don't get many days like this.....

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thawing out...

The temperatures finally hit comfortable here in my corner of the desert. My daughter came up for part of the weekend and we went out to play. Expanses so wide you could feel it in your chest. The warmth of the sun heating up the boulders. Quiet so quiet your ears ring. Textures. Subtle colors. Winter stillness of the earth.

It was a grand day....

Pencil Cholla / JTNP

Fence Post / JTNP

Shadow Dancing

2013 ©Diana Shay Diehl / JTNP

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Life of Di

Today is my birthday. My oldest kids couldn't be home due to their work schedules but our hearts connected anyway. My youngest son and a close friend treated me to a movie followed by dinner. The movie was Life of Pi. I had not read the book and sort of had the gist of what it was about. Sort of. It made me laugh a few times but mainly it tugged at my heart - in a big way. Actually it was perfect for a birthday movie...especially one that is nearly square in the middle of the path from 50 to 60. While I have always been one to ponder the meaning of life and my role in it, never more so than these past couple of years. Life of Pi was a good reminder of many things....and the main message for me is it all depends upon our perspective. Our perspective and our attitudes are about all we can control - really. I am so blessed with a beautiful family and a multitude of friends who love me just the way I am. The rest - doesn't matter so much.

Here's to 54 richly lived years.

2013©James Jared Taylor

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013...

Oh goodness. What a year, what a year...

First of all, let me wish you, dear readers, friends and followers, a happy new year filled with good health, many doors of opportunities, and warm embraces from those you love who love you back.... After all, isn't 13 a lucky number?

This date also marks the end of the first full year of Mojave Light Musing. One year! As I review past posts, the path has certainly ended up somewhere completely different from my original intention. I'm glad I've allowed the energy to unfold in its own organic direction. Never would I have thought I'd have readers from all over the world! I am most grateful to the encouragement, responses, and sharing of your own thoughts as we journeyed, vicariously, through a very tumultuous year.

How would I sum up 2012? As I sit here, cozied up by the fireplace, hot tea by my side, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride comes to mind (if you've experienced Disneyland, you'll know what I mean).

Or, doing laundry.

Globally, 2012 was a year full of crazy destruction....in the weather, in politics, in certain people's sick and hideous actions.  After the shock of loss comes digging in our heels and joining together to heal. Nothing will be the same but perhaps that is the point. What was wasn't working. Sometimes change happens because we plan it to. Many times change happens because we are afraid to and God-theUniverse-MotherNature tips over our chair and spills us out to wake us up.

Okay! I'm awake now!

With all that said, 2012 brought me many gifts. Some obvious - heart warming and delightful. Some I had to hunt through the rubble of packaging to find it's worth.... I think I'd sum it up to doing laundry.....in the end, all the stuff you don't need (most of it anyway), ends up being washed down the drain or in the lint catcher to be thrown away. The important parts come out all fresh, fluffy, and ready to be worn again.

So....where will I go with Mojave Light Musing this second year? I'm not even sure I want to make any kind of resolution as to its future purpose or how often I'll make the effort to post. That feels too constrained.

Some ideas I've been toying with are:

  • Stick more to a photograph a day/week/per theme approach
  • Let this continue to organically flow as it has
  • Keep it strictly to life in my desert
  • Just keep rambling
  • Add more tutorial aspects
  • Maybe all of the above 
  • What do you think?
I will leave you all with one photograph. One I took last night as I wandered the festive streets of Temecula while a friend played in a swing jazz band.  There was a group of young people, mostly high schoolers, who were in a Swing Dance Club at their respective high schools. They chose to spend the evening just hanging out, listening to the music, and dancing in the street as the moment struck them. Some liked to show off to the crowd. Others quietly taught one another swing steps in the shadows off to the side. There were people of all ages and ethnicities milling about, from newly born to infinity.... wishing one another a happy new year.

Let 2013 be open to spontaneous moments of joy. 

Grab a partner, kick up your heels, and dance to the beat of your heart.......