Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Light

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Amidst tiny flurries.

The camera settings are unaltered; that was the actual light.

Yes, I know there are metaphors here, but I'm too tired.







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Living In the Real Sacred Space

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Now posted at The NDN Silver Blog, it's our Saturday entry for this edition of our Wednesday/Weekend series highlighting some of Wings's best current work. Today, it's a piece that coordinates both in style and in spirit with his latest masterwork that we brought you on Wednesday. [Sorry, everyone; Wednesday's featured piece has already sold, but today's and the one we'll be bringing you tomorrow are still available.]

The post is here. Wings's main page is here. And, as always, shares from the links at his site are very much needed and appreciated.






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Friday, April 17, 2015

Redheads

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Well, yellow doesn't seem to handle the cold so well.

Fifteen degrees this morning.

The poppy froze, and the grosbeaks didn't return — at least not within sight, although I'm positive I heard them off and on throughout the day.

The redheads seem to be a little hardier.

Either way, someone brought us some blessings today. So no complaints, even with the cold.

We've both spent the entire week running, flat out. No break in sight for the weekend, either, snow or no. Wings has new work in the works, and I need to be able to pick up as much of the labor around here as possible so he can get the studio time he needs.

And I'm still slogging through this recent episode. The one advantage of this pace is that it means I don't have much time to dwell on it. I'm sure plenty of people are ready to tell me that's unhealthy, but they can save it for someone else. I've got shit to do, and survival is at a premium.

I'll have all the usual posts at Wings's site over the weekend, and maybe something new here. Or not.

And maybe another shot or two of our redheads.






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Friday Feature: Earth and Water, Air and Fire

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Now up at The NDN Silver Blog, this week's Friday Feature continues the themes (and colors) of the week, this time through the lens of another Native artist. It's also the final pair like this, and they're $100 off!

The post itself is here. Wings's main page is here. And, as always, shares from the links at his site are much needed and much appreciated.





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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yellow-Dressed Guests

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Last Saturday, a yellow poppy.

Today, a pair of yellow birds: a mated pair of young evening grosbeaks.

Supposedly, they're indigenous to the area. In all these years, we've never seen one here.

They discovered the feeder this morning, and they may as well have been in bird heaven. They arrived with a clan of red and tan house finches, seemingly treating them as extended relatives. A little skittish, but not too afraid; they left and returned, left and returned. When I finished my morning practice of burning cedar and walked back, they'd migrated to the topmost branches of one of the aspens nearest the house, chirping and singing in clear solo bell-like tones. They didn't twitch so much as a tailfeather when I passed beneath them.

I think they'll be back tomorrow.






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#TBT: Sheltering Skies and Sacred Spaces

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all rights reserved.
It's #TBT at The NDN Silver Blog, and today, it's a continuation of recent spiritual themes and color schemes: sacred spaces and pueblo blues. Not the kind of blues that keep company with sadness or melancholy; these are blessings, undisguised.

The post itself is here. Wings's main page is here. The photo is available for purchase in any of the usual three ways; simply inquire via the site's Contact form. And, as always, shares are much needed and much appreciated.






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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Four Years Now

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Four years ago last night (10:42 PM, to be exact).

This photo was taken not long before, when she was already ill past the point of no return. In the photo, though, she felt fine; she was simply snoozing, tuckered out after a long day of playing. It all happened fast, fortunately, and Dom really had only one day that was not so great, her last. I sat with her on the floor when it was clear it was imminent, and she went to sleep on my lap one final time. Her burial was actually four years ago this morning; it was bitterly cold that night, and too late to dig in the dark. So I put a little cedar on her resting place this morning.

She learned that she loved riding the ATV with Wings; she'd stretch out on the back, or on the fender in front. He had a dream early yesterday morning in which he was riding the ATV (we use it for muck duty, hauling heavy stuff, plowing snow, etc.), and in his dream, we had a cat that was demanding to be taken for a ride. Apparently Dom decided to pay him a visit, even if she took feline form. She was always a little lithe and cat-like, anyway.

Hard to believe it's been four years already. It's also a time of year when the death markers, for humans and animals alike, come thick and fast for us. Another has just been added. There'll be at least one in each of the next three months, too. 

For now, though, I'm just going to remember this little girl we love so much, simultaneously fragile and fierce, as she was when Wings took that photo: Happy, comfortable, content.







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