How to become a bathing beauty in 12 easy steps

I have a tutorial to offer you today, and the lovely and talented Haley has graciously agreed to serve as our instructor.

We begin with Step 1:  Relax and just be your natural, fabulously beautiful self.

Steps 2-5:  Gradually move toward the water, playfully drawing ever nearer.

Steps 6-10:  Casually step/kneel/sit in the water, gasp at how shockingly cold it is, and then just GO FOR IT.

Steps 11-12:  Laugh because you not only have survived hypothermia but also somehow look even more radiant than before.

Easy as pie!  Who’s next?

 

Not Joshua Heinlein - March 10, 2014 - 5:21 pm

This seems easy enough. I’ll go next!

admin - March 10, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Exactly the person I was hoping would step up. See you soon!

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How long?

Since last Thursday I’ve been down with the flu.  It took me a few days to fully realize it was the honest-to-goodness flu, probably because I was aimlessly staggering from bed to couch to bed in a world that felt like this:

But then today, Day 5, this happened:

This development has been good, in that I’m beginning to make sense out of my world again and find tiny reasons to hope for better things to come.

It has also been startling to my nervous system — things seem to keep popping out of the fuzzy background and shaking me awake. I wonder how and when I will ever function somewhat normally again.

And now my arms are exhausted from typing.

Donna Bogema - February 25, 2014 - 6:24 am

Praying for your restoration to the land of the living! You are MISSED!

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Every now and then

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I just have to take a break from my daily routine.

Every now and then I need to stop looking at people through my camera lens and instead look at … not people.

Every now and then I just need to wander around noticing lines and rust and shadows.

Every now and then it does me good to look straight up and click the shutter without worrying that it might not be a flattering angle.

Every now and then I like to simply document how nicely things are constructed, even after they’ve passed their prime.

Every now and then I need to treat myself to linger on delicate details that are normally overlooked when a person is in the shot.

Every now and then it does my heart good to suddenly look around and realize I’m standing in an unexpected sanctuary.

Every now and then it’s so very very nice to photograph in full sunlight and not cause my subject to squint uncomfortably.

Every now and then I delight in geometric forms and repeated patterns …

… and then shift my gaze to notice that those old forms run parallel to their newer replacements.

Every now and then I am met with disappointment and prevented from exploring as much as I’d like, but that’s when it helps to have a fellow creative thinker along for the adventure.

And every now and then I can no longer resist a smiling face and gladly slip right back into portrait photographer mode.

Every now and then I take time to recharge and play a bit.  I definitely need to do this more often.

Bobby Hinson - February 15, 2014 - 5:55 pm

I enjoyed looking at the pics. I have lived in Brazoria most of my life. I am 67 yrs. old. I can’t count the number of times I have crossed the Brazos on that bridge. Thanks again for the pics.

admin - February 15, 2014 - 6:17 pm

You’re welcome, Bobby! Glad you enjoyed them!

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