Spring at the Huntington Gardens

Spring at the Huntington Gardens
March 29, 2014

I live so close to the Huntington that I can get there at 3:30 and still have time to see all this beauty in an hour.

My backyard :) @TheHuntington

Beauty at @thehuntington @olloclip #macro

Butterfly @thehuntington  @olloclip #wideangle

Caterpillar @TheHuntington  @olloclip #macro #beauty

Butterfly wings are so beautiful.  @thehuntington @olloclip #macro

Better than a painting.  @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

Hello, Mr. Lizard! @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

Wabi sabi...  @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

Perfection  @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

Camelias @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

So beautiful  @thehuntington @olloclip #wideangle

The visual layers of these flowers,  stems, and leaves mesmerize me. @thehuntington

Happiness | Sunland, CA

Happiness
March 23, 2014
Sunland, CA

Today has been a beautiful day.

Hummingbirds, lizards, birds, gophers, bonsai, roses, daisies, friends, and good eats!
Homemade pasta sauce with sausage over rigatoni topped with grated Romano cheese
Honey tamari sriracha hot wings (gluten free)
Apple bunt cake (gluten free)

Thank you Master Josh and Seth for opening your home to us.
Here are a few photos. Enjoy!

Grasshopper eating Japanese Maple flowers.  #sunland #macro @olloclip #grasshopper #happiness #grateful365

African Daisy @olloclip #macro #happiness #grateful365

Tiny cactus flower  @olloclip #macro #happiness #grateful365

Happiness

Happiness

Happiness

Happiness

“For A Day”

“For a Day”
March 19, 2014
Burbank, Ca

A performance reading of 64 haiku spanning the following:

Dawn – Morning
Noon – Light
Twilight – Darkness
Prophecy – Night

“An elegant presentation of haiku, tai chi, and music.”

Dr. Richard Gilbert reading haiku
Don Baird performing Tai Chi
Kathabela Wilson and Mariko Kitakubo performing percussion

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

"For A Day"

Twilight at the Huntington | Dancing with Phoebe

Twilight at the Huntington | Dancing with Phoebe
Huntington Gardens
December 29, 2013

Yesterday to honor #dancingwithphoebe, I went to the Huntington Gardens to play with the fairies.
These are the photos I captured and this is the video I made: instagram.com/p/ihnnLVGSQm/

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Twillight at the Huntington

Blue Dragonfly | Huntington Gardens

Huntington Gardens
July 14, 2013

I met this little feller today. He posed for over 5 minutes for me and smiled the whole time.

Blue Dragonfly

"Oh, HIIIIII!"

Blue Dragonfly

"You caught me off guard, let me get into official "Dragonfly" pose..."

Blue Dragonfly

"Oh wait... this is better form!"

Blue Dragonfly

"Howeverrrrr, sometimes you have to just let a wing hang loose... be free... Freedom with a heaping side of joy!"

For more about what the dragonfly signifies spiritually, I have quoted the medicine card below by Jamie Sams & David Carson.

Dragonfly ~ Illusion

~ From “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams & David Carson ~

Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

Some legends say that Dragonfly was once Dragon, and that Dragon had scales like Dragonfly’s wings. Dragon was full of wisdom and flew through the night bringing light with his fiery breath. The breath of Dragon brought forth the art of magic and the illusion of changing form.

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment, and the communications from the elemental world. This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits of plants and of the elements of air, fire, water, and earth. In essence, this world is full of nature spirits.

If Dragonfly has flown into your cards, you may have forgotten to water your plants. On another level, you may need to give thanks to the foods you eat for sustaining your body. On the psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need to change. Have you put on too much weight, or have you started to look like a scarecrow? Have you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transormation.

Contrary:

Are you trying to prove to yourself or to someone else that you have power? Are you caught in an illusion that weakens your true feelings of minimizes your abilities? If so, you may have contracted “Dragonfly Dive-Bombing.” Is this the final “crash and burn” for some pipe dream that had no real purpose? Look within and feel the sense-of-self energy. Notice if it is ebbing, and find the point in time when you were deluded into believing that you would be happier if you changed because someone else wanted you to. Misery is a prime clue that you lost your will and personal validity when you bought into someone else’s idea of who or what you should be. The illusion was that you would be happier if you did it their way. In forfeiting what you know is right and true for you personally, you give away your power. It is time for you to take it back.

Follow Dragonfly to the place inside your body where magic is still alive and drink deeply of its power. This strength belongs to you. It is the power of becoming the illusion. This ability is ever changing and contains within it the knowledge that YOU ARE CREATING IT ALL.

Getty Villa

When I moved to LA in 1999, the Getty Villa was closed for renovations.
On Thursday I was finally able to visit the Getty Villa since it’s reopening in 2006.
I decided to bring my DSLR but I had forgotten to charge the battery.
Here are a few memorable moments with my iPhone, Camera+, and Instagram.
Enjoy!

The Getty Villa
July 11, 2013

The Getty Villa  #latergram

The Getty Villa entrance

Amphitheater floor

Me walking on the Amphitheatre floor... "Friends, Romans, countrymen... lend me your ears!"

Lavender

Lavender found in the herbal garden on our culinary tour.

Roman Chamomile

A field of Roman Chamomile.

Be like the pond

Purple lilies in enchanted pond.

Beautiful colors

Complementary and contrasting colors

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Tiny purple flowers in the herb garden

Seaside view

Seaside view for the memorial site of J. Paul Getty.

I wanted to lay on that rock too!

The gardens, pool, and colonnade entrance of the Getty Villa

Lotus

Lotus flower in a fountain.

Repose

A bee devours nectar from a Hummingbird Mint. The leaves and blooms are highly
fragrant and smell of licorice candy.

Repose

Herb Garden
Huntington Gardens
June 9, 2013

Float

Float

Huntington Gardens
June 9, 2013

The Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

The Blessing of the Animals
Olvera Street, DTLA
March 30, 2013

Every year, the Saturday before Easter, you may bring your pets
for the Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street.

At the Pavilion there is music, dancing, drumming…

Mark your calendars for next year!

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Blessing of the Animals | Olvera Street

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas
Pasadena, California
March 22, 2013

Jose Gurria-Cardenas asked me to photograph him for his upcoming show at the Blue Whale on May 7.  “The show is about the phases of my career in particular the last 6 years which is what I have spent in LA , where I feel so many life changing things have happened… The healing aspect is that the music has washed (if not everything) at least the most toxic stuff. I have survived because of my art.”

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas

Jose Gurria-Cardenas