On Humanity

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“Burger” on trumpet with his band, TBC, at a second line on St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

The majority of the world is good – I’ve written those words on past posts here because I believe it. Even when the news constantly reminds us about all the evil, I continue to believe the majority of the world is good.

Humanity is a term that refers to all of us. All … not all with a but or except … simply all. Regardless of skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, location or any other qualifier or disqualifier, humanity includes the characteristics human beings have in common.

Acceptance
The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. (Brian Tracy, author)

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Men in support of the Lady Buckjumpers second line in Central City, New Orleans

Compassion
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. (Stevie Wonder, musician)

RLCompassion

Sammy Eubanks comforts his wife Corrie after he was notified that his band did not win the blues competition in Memphis, TN

Cooperation
The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life. (Gary Zukav, author)

RLCooperation

Members of The Stooges brass band rehearse prior to a second line in Central City, New Orleans

Goodness
Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. (Dennis Prager, journalist)

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Three generations of Mardi Gras Indian queens on the most important of all nights — St. Joesph’s Night — in Central City, New Orleans

Humility
Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. (Thomas Moore, poet)

A discussing of who to trust on the street, which is basically nobody. La salle Street, Central City, New Orleans

Mr. Otis gives me a little advice about life on the street in Central City, New Orleans

Integrity
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. (Oprah Winfrey, entertainer)

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Coming out in Treme – the neighborhood, not the HBO series

Kindness
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. (William Arthur Ward, writer)

One Giant Smile.

Sometimes we celebrate. The world’s biggest smile at Uncle Lionel’s Jazz Funeral in Treme, New Orleans

Love
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. (Ann Landers, journalist)

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Two second line walkers greet each other in Central, New Orleans

Patience
Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. (Joyce Meyer, author)

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Taking pictures requires a little patience at Mardi Gras, Uptown, New Orleans

Respect
I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. (Jackie Robinson, athlete)

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. (Philip James Bailey, poet)

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Mardi Gras Indians greet the elders during Downtown Super Sunday, 7th Ward, New Orleans

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Ray Laskowitz is a photographer in New Orleans. I can’t recall how we found each other, but I find his photos capture many aspects of humanity. Fittingly, he describes his blog as “about pictures and their backstories.” My experience told me he is the perfect artist for this collaborative endeavor. I gathered the text, then he supplied the images.

I encourage everyone to visit Ray’s blog for his stories and his website to see his photos, where images are available for purchase. I’ve invite Ray to respond to comments when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

All photos are copyrighted by Ray Laskowitz @ Laskowitz Pictures

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On 50 Shades of Light

Gray to the Americans is grey to the British

Gray – from the Old English grǣg; related to Dutch grauw and German grau

Gray – as in gri (Albanian), grisa (Basque), šedá (Czech), grigio (Italian), pelēks (Latvian). szary (Polish), cinza (Portuguese), llwyd (Welsh). and more (feel free to add your own)

Gray – a noun, adjective, a verb, or a personal name

Gray – as noun: gray, grays

Gray – a color or a pigment between black and white

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

 

Gray – a member of the Confederate army in the US Civil War

Gray – as a verb as in gray, graying, grayed

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

 

Graying – as with hair, aging

Gray – as an adjective, as in gray, grayer, grayest

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere - yet still beautiful in monochrome

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere – yet still beautiful in monochrome

 

Gray – synonyms include silvery, gunmetal al, slate, charcoal, smoky, hoary

Gray – related to old people, as in growing old, mature, older

Gray – as a description of the weather, as in cloudy, overcast, dull, sunless, gloomy, dreary, dismal, somber, bleak, murky

Winter washing away the color photo

Winter washing away the color photo

 

Gray – a person’s face – as in pale, tired, aged, ill, ashen, wan, pale, pasty, pallid, colorless, bloodless, white, waxen

Gray – without interest or character – as in faceless, characterless, colorless, nondescript, insipid, jejune, unremarkable, flat, bland, dry, stale

Gray – as in monochrome – a photograph or picture executed in varying tones of black and white – or even of one color

A photo converted into "DaVinci" sketch using Topaz Impression software

A photo converted into “DaVinci” sketch using Topaz Impression software

Gray – the monochromic version – achromatic, colorless, neutral, dirty, dull, faded, pale, chalky, ashen, washed-out … that’s gray … as in 50 shades of light

A whiteout in Oklahoma

A whiteout in Oklahoma

 

Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

On Blue

 

Atom Sea No16©marina-kanavaki 675

Atom Sea No16©marina-kanavaki

Blue …. an adjective, noun, or verb

Blue … as in bluing, bluing, blued, blues, bluer, bluest, bluely, blueness

Blue … from the Old English blǣwen, the Old Norse blár, the Old French bleu, and the Anglo-French blef, ble

Paths of Color [TGB]©marina-kanavaki 675

Paths of Color [TGB]©marina-kanavaki

Blue …. a range of colors between green and violet

Blue … one of three primary colors in painting

Blues … combined the with black, grey, or white for different shades

Blue …. combined with red is violet … with yellow is green

Atom Sea No11©marina-kanavaki 675

Atom Sea No11©marina-kanavaki

Blue … combined with green is turquoise, teal, and aquamarine

Blue … sky blue, navy blue, powder blue, midnight blue, Prussian blue, royal blue, ice blue, baby blue, peacock blue, steel blue, slate blue, and many more

Cerulean Tree©marina-kanavaki 675

Cerulean Tree©marina-kanavaki

Blue … azure, cobalt, sapphire, Lapis, indigo, azurite, cyan, cerulean, zaffre … all blue

Blue … a feeling … as in depressed, down, sad, unhappy, melancholy

Blue … to wash or make blue

Blue … hydrangea, bell flowers, morning glory, irises, periwinkles, …all blue flowers, but only a few of many

Atom Flowers #23

Atom Flowers #23 ©marina-kanavaki

Blue … a symbol, uniform, military unit, identify of a nation or team

Blue … Robin eggs, Cookie Monster, porcelain, blueberries, cornflower, Blue Man Group

Blue … as in blue in the face, exhausted, and speechless

Character #6

Character #6 ©marina-kanavaki

Blue … discolored by cold, contusion, fear, or vascular collapse … a sign of death

Blue … out of the blue, the sudden and unexpectedly

Blue … off-color, risqué, profane, indecent, smutty, trashy, porn … as in movies. books, stories, jokes

Blue …. as in Bluetooth, Blue whale, Blue Jays, Blue Bayou, Blue Cheese, Blue Jeans, Blue moon

Full Moon October 2015©marina-kanavaki 675

Full Moon October 2015©marina-kanavaki

Blue … it’s a boy

Blue … a fleeting thought … up into the blue

Blue …. as in true blue …. the faithful and loyal

Blue … as in blue collar … labor … the working class

Blue … as in blue blood … a member of nobility

Blue … to a bride … “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”

Blue …. the color of Advent season (Christianity), the skin color of the holiest (Hinduism), the covering of the items in the Mishkan (Judaism)

Vishuddha Chakra [Little Chakra Tree]©marina-kanavaki 675

Vishuddha Chakra [Little Chakra Tree]©marina-kanavaki

Blue … a sign for personal qualities as accepting, affectionate, authentic, artistic, caring, comfort, compassionate, harmonious, peaceful, sympathetic, tender … people oriented

Blue …. harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, imagination, cold, and sympathy

Blue … holiness, humility virtue, excellence, distinction and high performance.

Blue … the sky and water because they reflect blue … thus absorbing the other colors

Purple Rays Permeate©marina-kanavaki

Purple Rays Permeate©marina-kanavaki

Special thanks to Marina (Marina Kanavaki @ Art Towards a Happy Day) for the images of her artwork. I encourage readers to visit her at website and her Society 6 store where you can browse her work on various media. All images are copyrighted by Marina Kanavaki.

On Light

Light … a noun, an adjective, a verb

Light … what makes sight possible

Light … a brightness produced by an illuminant

Light … an electromagnetic radiation

Rainbow

Light … travelling (in a vacuum) at a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second

Light … the sensation arousing the stimulation of visual receptors

Light … a spiritual illumination, a truth, an enlightenment, from a point of view

Sky1

Light … something that informs, a public knowledge

Light … an aspect or appearance presented to view

Light … a medium (as a window)

Beverly

Light … a set of principles, standards, or opinions

Light … a leading person in a particular field or place

Light … as a source – a lighthouse, a beacon, a traffic signal

Lighthouse

Light … a flame to start burning, to ignite

Light … from the point of view

Light … a glare, gleam, glow, illumination, radiance, shine, brightness, luminosity, dazzle, blazing

June Moon

Light … an expression in someone’s eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood.

Light … understanding of a problem or mystery

Light … fluorescence, incandescence, LED, halogen, natural

Wall

Light … an aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context

Light … an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surroundings

Light … as in lights, lit, lighting, lighted

Candle

Light … as a descriptor of little mass, weight, low density, easy to lift, lightweight

Light … as a color shade, hue, tone, complexion

LightMood

Light … as a taste – not sweet, not heavy, not too strong

Light … a descriptor of quantity – as in a meal – small, modest, simple, easily digested

Light … a descriptor of food – as porous, fluffy, low-calorie, easy to digest, small quantity

Light … as in easy, simple, undemanding

DewLight

Light … as in frivolous, superficial, undemanding, trivial

Light … as in gentle, delicate, soft, dainty

Light … as a comparative – light, lighter, lightest

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

On Connections

Connection: from the Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere
First Known Use: 14th century

Connection: The act of connecting

Connection: The state of being connected

Bolts and Rust

Bolts and Rust

Connection: A correspondence between two partially ordered sets

Connection: Contextual relation or association

Connection: Relationship in fact

Connection: Causal or logical relation or sequence

Chained Down

Chained Down

Connection: A relation of personal intimacy

Connection: Common interest as political, denomination, social, professional, or commercial

Connection: An arrangement to execute orders or advance interests of another

Connection: A means of communication or transportation

On the Rails Again

On the Rails Again

Connection: A personal tie by marriage, kinship, or clan

Connection: A source of contraband

Connection: A an electronic link between databases, terminals, or virtual

Synonyms include coherence, continuity, link, affinity, association, kinship, liaison, linkage, relation, relationship, union

Antonyms include breakup, disconnection, dissolution, disunion, division, parting, partition, schism, scission, split

Unhinged

Unhinged

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Connection: an early Rolling Stones song

Steve is a long-time friend, a good guy, and long-time photography enthusiast. It’s been a while since we’ve done a joint post. This time I picked the theme, wrote the text, then challenged him to provide the photos. See our other collaborations (Time and Waves) by going to the Sidebar > Categories > Photos by Steve or by clicking here.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He will also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik, LightWavesImages

On Time

Time is a dimension, a non-spatial continuum for ordering events

Time is a measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

Time is an appointed, fixed, or customary moment for something to happen, begin, or end

Time can be continuous or in intervals

Anick Time One

Time is a moment for opportunity

Time is a period

Time is tempo, a rate of speed

Time is the past, the present, and the future

Ancik Time Two

Time is a moment indicated by a clock or a calendar

Time can be a turn

Time can be finite or infinite

Time can be good, bad, hard, or off

Ancik Time Three

Time moves on, but people can call a time out

Time can be a time for being or being on time

Things can be in time, on time, and time and again

Time can be a moment, a beginning, or an end

Ancik Time Four

Time involves a traveling back to do something different

Time can be behind or ahead; something that we have or waste; keep, lose, give, or fight against

Time is a moment, an occasion, an epoch or an instant, wink or a stretch, and even money

Time is something that passes and does not stop, yet people try to manage it

Ancik Time Five

Philosophers have sought to understand time

Einstein explained that time cannot be in isolation from space

There are connections over time, but only time will tell

“Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me” –The Rolling Stones

Ancik Time Six

FYI: For this post, Steve selected the photos and determined the theme. I, without seeing the pictures, wrote the text to his theme, and then he inserted the pictures. Next time, I’m determine the theme, which will be Connections.

Steve is a long-time friend and a good guy. I encourage you to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He will also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik, LightWavesImages

On a Wave

To beach vacationers, the rhythmic the sound of the waves coming to shore provides peace and relaxation. To water skiers, waves are the peaks and troughs created by the boat pulling them along the aquatic surface … yet the surfer eagerly awaits the ultimate ride.

To physicists, waves are disturbances transferring energy; then again, different types of waves exist. To sports fans, the wave is the standup-sit down ritual to create a rolling motion across a mass of people. Yet with hair, it refers to a curve or curl.

As a verb, wave is associated with a variety of hand actions including a common gesture. Wave can indicate a sudden surge in emotions or numbers, but it can also be a persistent condition. This post is not about any of these or any definitions not included, but a place known as The Wave.

Steve and I met as college freshmen on the windy plains of northwest Ohio. Through those college years, we shared a dorm room, had many of the same friends, and shared many memories. We were each other’s best man at weddings and though many states apart, we have stayed in contact and visited each other.

Several years ago, I saw his photos of a land I had never seen or knew it existed. Figuring that many readers may not know this place, enjoy the Q&A and pictures about The Wave at Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area. If available, Steve will also try to answer comments and questions.

You have visited your share of national parks. Why did this one take so long?
The Wave was supposedly ‘discovered’ sometime in the 90’s, and I saw pictures of it sometime in the early 2000’s. Once I figured out where it was, I was determined to see it. As it turns out, by then many others had discovered it too; and there was in place a 20-person per day limit into the area. I managed to acquire two passes for July 4th (2007) coinciding with a mountain bike trip that a group of us had planned for the same week. One of my friends and I hiked there on a very hot (near 100 degrees) day.

As a geologist, what impresses you about The Wave?
The Wave is formed from mainly wind-worn Navajo Sandstone, one of the most photogenic formations in the West. The layers of sandstone were originally laid down by wind in a huge sand dune field, and looking at the layers one can see the dune patterns. The really cool thing is that the formation was created by wind, and now the wind has created this beautiful formation.

As a photographer, how does The Wave differ from other locations?
It is a unique blend of colors, textures, and rock shapes. I have never seen another place like it, either in pictures or in person. There are similar rock layers in some of the nearby areas, but none approach the perfect combination of features seen in The Wave.

How difficult was the climbing within The Wave?
It is a 3-plus mile one-way hike across sand and sandstone to get to The Wave. Generally, it is not a difficult hike for somebody in pretty-good shape, but the temperatures in the summer are brutally hot, there is very little shade, and no water. Carrying a camera, extra lenses, and tripod limited the amount of water that I could carry, and on the day we were there, I ran out of water by the end of the day.

Tell us anything else about The Wave that you have not already mentioned.
Now, it is nearly impossible to get a pass into The Wave, as so many people want to go there, and there is a lottery set up to get passes. Most days have a hundred or more applicants. I have applied a couple of other times, unfortunately unsuccessfully.