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From past, through present Appreciating moment Eternally now . . . . . Last evening, I had the pleasure of making it to the #midsummernightsdream_ohio2018 Instameet. It was out on a country road west of Columbus and everyone had a good time . My imagination was captured by this bit of corn, presumably from last year’s crop, alongside this year’s field of soybeans. The idea of the past juxtaposed with the present was appealing to me, and in my head the original idea for the haiku was to go into the future. I could not get to a haiku though, and then it occurred; the future is not promised to us. That we need to ground ourselves to right now and appreciate the moment we are in, and if you can accomplish that, then time kinda melts away and you are eternally now . Please know that I am eternally grateful for all the encouragement and support this amazing community sends my way. You are all rock stars!!! Namaste 🙏🏼😃🙏🏼


Afternoon delight Columbus Clippers baseball Good times in sunshine . . . . . Sunday funday here in the capital city. Mid 90’s but we’re in the shade with a breeze. Great day to be at the #ClipShow . Hope everyone else is having a great weekend, and thanks as always for looking in 😃🙏🏼😃 namaste


Some beachcombing finds Seeing beyond brokenness Finding the beauty . . . . . Composed this haiku ten days ago on the beach. I wandered the beach every day and collected up shells and parts of shells that caught my eye. Had no particular purpose in mind, I picked up the piece in the lower right corner hoping it was a full shell, and as I was discovering it was not, the life guard who was standing there commented to me “of all the shells on the beach, you choose that one.” She paused just a bit and followed up, “no judgment” smiles “well maybe a little” We chuckled together and I explained I was hoping to find it whole. We briefly discussed the vagaries of finding full shells on a busy tourist beach and went on our respective ways . As I continued walking and collecting shells, I started thinking about all the “broken” ones I had picked up and it came to me that they were as beautiful to my eyes as the whole ones. I also mused on the fact that they served as a metaphor for all of us. We are knocked about by the “tides” of life and through that process various bits of us get “chipped” away. In many ways, society will send the message that means we’re “broken”, but I’ve come to understand, it makes us individuals, and the uniqueness is the real beauty and wonderfulness that each of us has to share with the world . I had these finds set aside to make the photo for the haiku. My original concept involved sand, which I did not think to bring back and had not gotten yet. Then today scrolling through my feed, @mollystroud74 had a soulful post about her moving towards ending her daily journal writings with things she is grateful for in that moment. In her hashtags I noticed #167_broken which is today’s tag for the @picturethis365 community. Knew I needed to get this together and posted. So it was off to my local @joann_stores to get some burlap, and I’m in the backyard making a flat lay 😲 which I’d never done before on top of an apple crate (Continued in first comment)


Mindy and Mandy busy checking Mork’s and Mark’s social media feeds . . This is the twelth installment of my periodic series #travelers_strangers This is where I have a candid shot with one or more people I do not know and make up a story about the scene.


. Remember this well Each ending, seeds beginnings Eternal cycle . . . . . Hello everyone! Hope that you all are doing well and enjoying your corner of the world. This is a photo I made while on vacation this week. It is straight out of the camera, and when I first reviewed it on my laptop screen, the word that came to mind was apocalyptic. It also occurred to me that it can easily be seen as either a sunrise or a sunset . Those two thoughts led me to thinking about how endings lead to beginnings. I also wanted to include some form of confuse in the haiku to speak to the ambiguity of which end of the day this might be. As you saw, that did not come to pass, but just was not finding the right syllables that would make confuse work . I’m still not sure if there is an ending of my work, or a beginning, or a changing. I’m well, Tabitha and Marie are well, and life is continuing apace. I continue to feel so honored and humbled that such a wonderful community accepts me as one of theirs and provides such amazing support and encouragement. Thank you, one and all for that 🙏🏼😃🙏🏼 namaste


. Story of my life Filled with warmth, beauty of love That you freely share . . . . . Earlier this week, I pulled this shot of my favorite tree that I took back in January with the intention of posting it, but had no idea how I was going to caption it. It’s a sunrise, so that lent itself to an opening line like “a new beginning”, but there was nothing coming from that to me . Then yesterday as I was driving about the @onedirection song, Story of my Life, cycled through a playlist of mine. It’s always come across to me as a bit plaintive, but I’ve always loved the way the chorus sounded in my ear. I was humming along and it popped in my head that story of my life was five syllables. Thought about the photo and how despite the snow on the ground, the sunrise sky gives it a warmth and beauty, and found 12 more syllables incorporating those ideas and telling the story of my life . I’ve been blessed over the years knowing the love of so many people, who have been so generous and gracious in sharing it with me. That includes everyone here, and all the support and encouragement . Thank you all, hope you have a great Sunday, and a better week beyond! 🙏🏼😊🙏🏼 namaste


Good morning everybody! 🌞 happy #humpday 🐪🐫 and hoping you all have a #wonderfulwednesday . No haiku today, just a macro shot of some beautiful mini carnations from @market_blooms in @northmarket . They were in a small ceramic milk bottle vase, that has painted on it a car with a sign “just married” on the back. Under that are the words “ever after” . I bought the vase 5-6 years ago in a knick knack shop here in town, and ever since each week I get two new flowers for the vase as it sits on the table. It’s meant to be a reminder for Tabitha and I that no matter what, the two of us are together ever after . Also, I wanted to share something else with everyone. As you know, I had the honor of having 26 of my pieces hanging on the wall of @wildgoosecreative in April. Many of you from out of town expressed that you wished you could make it. That meant the world to me. The good news is that I can bring the show to you!!! Just check this tag, #awg_ct_ub_selected and you will find the 26 photos and haikus that were on the wall . It continues to provide me energy and inspiration to be a part of such a talented, warm, gracious community. Thank you for the honor and privilege of belonging and contributing to it 🙏🏼😊🙏🏼 namaste


Flowing like water Temporary turbulence Will not deter you . . . . . Hi there! 🙋🏻‍♂️ thanks for still being here 🙏🏼 and thank you to everyone who has reached out to check on me. Everything here is hunky dory 👍🏼 . I did this daily for 3+ years. It started as a personal challenge, it developed into a joyful ritual, and towards the end started feeling like a job. As that happened, I knew that it needed to end, but I kept at it still for a bit. Finally, I missed a day and I let it go . Obviously, I’m still doing it just on a seriously less rigorous time table, and rediscovering the joy of it as well . This is a bit of the creek that formed Glen Echo Ravine here in Columbus, and watching the water tumble over the rocks and getting frothy got me thinking a bit about the Bruce Lee quote regarding water, and it felt like a great visual metaphor for the idea that if you can stay flexible, that even if life tosses you about some, you can come through those circumstances and keep on moving along your journey. The haiku then comes from that . I’m so blessed to be a part of this wonderful creative community. I wish you all the best Wednesday ever 🙏🏼😊🙏🏼 namaste


. Your love is the wind Lifting me ever higher Giving direction


Understand, love, peace Seeking out the first of these Finding the others . . . . . Two weeks ago, I was out walking about and making photos in Glen Echo Ravine. It's a beautiful area/park here in Columbus with the Glen Echo Creek running through it into the Olentangy River. These three "sisters" caught my eye, and I'm always glad to make a photograph with three of something. The trios always bring to mind, faith, hope and love; and peace, love and understanding . This particular shot just resonated with the second of the three and I started playing around in my head how to incorporate peace, love and understanding into a haiku. Together in that form already have 7 syllables, but several months ago, I already did a haiku with that as the second line. I worked them around a bit more and crafted the first line . Then I pondered on that line, and the thoughts that occurred to me is that if you take the time and make the effort to understand someone else and where they are coming from, you will come to love them and from that love and understanding you will find peace and acceptance. Just took a bit more time to distill those thoughts into the haiku . Thank you to everyone for all the warm wishes on my previous post announcing the coming show which my work will be a part. It was so heart warming to see all the responses. I hope everyone will have a fantastic week ahead of them 🙏🏼😊🙏🏼 namaste


About a month ago, I shared with you that in April my photography and haiku would be part of a gallery show. I’m here to share the details . There are three of us presenting our photography; Rose Klockner @rose_klocker_photography Vincent Nobel and myself will be presenting . Uncommon Vision . Photography, at is most basic level, is always about common things, rocks, trees, leaves, buildings, lights, people, animals. Anyone can take a photo, but what makes the common into art? Vision. The ability to see beauty, where others see the mundane. Whether it’s a street light, a fogged swept mountain, or cracked mud; whether they travel or stay close to home, it is the artist’s vision that brings out the uncommon beauty in all the things they photograph . Arthur’s photos, along with his haiku, speak of love, connection and the beauty of the human connection. Rose and Vincent try to honor the soul of nature and inspire others to explore and preserve its beauty. Taken together, they hope these photos bring you an “Uncommon Vision” of the world around you . The show is opening on April 7 at Wild Goose Creative @wildgoosecrestive It’s located at 2491 Summit St. Columbus OH 43202. It will open for Wild Goose members at 6:00pm and the public at 7:00pm. The show will be there through the remainder of April . This image will be among the 26 which I am exhibiting. Very excited about this and I hope to see you there for the opening!


As you move through life In dark moments remember Angels everywhere . . . . . Two weeks ago I nabbed this shot as I participated in one of the winter hikes that @cbusmetroparks organizes each year . I was walking along looking around for interesting scenes and paused for a moment, looked down and was greeted by this angel . Composed the haiku, and also wanted to share the thought with everyone that while a popular perception is that angels are these divine beings with wings, I also believe that each of us has a touch of the divine within and so we are angels too. We are literally surrounded by other angels . I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to properly share the profound gratitude I have for each of you wonderful angels that graciously support and encouragement me. It is so heart warming to hear my work resonates with you. Thank you very much for all of it 🙏🏼😊🙏🏼 namaste


. A final order It’s cost: eternal silence Give me life’s chaos . . . . . This past weekend was my first time shooting in a local cemetery. It was a cold grey day, so did not stay too long, but was drawn the the orderliness of this section. Snapped a few shots, and this one is my favorite . As I started thinking about what I saw to compose the haiku, the idea of order came to mind with the tombstones lined up so nicely. It caused me to start thinking how we all try to control things in our lives so they are orderly, and due to some things at work how we will try to line things up for the future, so we can know what is coming. Then I thought, how boring would life be if we really could see the future. Because once we saw it, we would have “lived” it. We would have”fixed” it to a certain shape which could not be changed, and that it is the ability to change which is so integral to being alive, and that in death, changing stops and everything is perfectly in order . And then I had it, death brings the final order, but we are silenced forever, and I would much rather have the chaos then have to be silent and unchanging . So while there certainly is a lot to be said for keeping your ducks in a row, please remember that the occasional goose showing up is what becomes noteworthy and that just maybe you can embrace the chaos, the unknown, a bit more going forward in life. Namaste


. Sitting peacefully Relaxing into moment Before taking flight . . . . . Got out shooting Sunday, wrote the haiku Monday, but just now writing the rest of this. I think this is an osprey; he floated up into this tree as I was walking along a path and was gracious enough to hang out a bit, let me get a couple of shots before taking off . Which kinda inspired the haiku, but it’s also kinda about me right now. After 3+ years of posting daily, it was just time to relax for a bit. Obviously, I’m posting again, but not sure about the frequency, because I have a few things going on . One thing I will share is that in April I will have the honor and privilege to show a collection of my photography and haiku @wildgoosecreative as part of a photography gallery for their monthly series . I’m in the process of choosing 20-30 to be printed, haiku written on the matte, and then framed for hanging. So that’s going on and chewing up a bit of my time. More details to follow as the opening gets closer . Thanks to everyone who is still along for the ride with me. Your encouragement and support are priceless, and I’m not sure that I will find the words to properly express my deep appreciation for it all. Namaste 🙏🏼😃🙏🏼


. Light and warmth of love Pushing against cold and dark Creating magic


. A moment alone Allowing for reflection Before moving on


. Sharing meal with friends Wonderful time together With great company


. Sometimes your sideways Will be looking fantastic Keep on being you