Weekly Post Challenge: “Time”

Black and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary street photography

Time

Time;
Some days it seems there’s just never enough.
Constantly planning, planning,
Running around,
Hurrying up to deliver results but
Waiting for that much needed feedback,
Reciprocation of action
Or results.
At times my life gets to be ruled by time.

Until I find time to strike back.

HA-HAA!

Weekly Post Challenge: “Vibrant”

Hamilton Ontario Canadian contemporary street photography rainbow coloured hair girl

Rainbow Girl

A vibrant face or character can uplift spirits any day of the year.

Arboretum Virtualis | VIII

Black and white tree forest landscape photography

In a Late Summer Breeze

The giant enchanted weeping willow slowly approached me by the country road, and whispered some advice that I felt compelled to hear. It said that no matter where I go or how old I may become I must always be forthright but patient, obstinate but considerate and always striving to grow.

Weekly Post Challenge: “Weight(less)”

Black and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary street homeless photography

The Defence Rests

For this non-challenge I chose a shot that, to me, carries weight.

I lie on this street corner hoping to dream of heaven.
It’s difficult to sleep as the sidewalk is so hard.
People see me and pass me by.
I know what they think.
Most keep it to themselves but some come straight out with it.
“So call a cop!” I say.
I am cuffed and hauled into their court of public opinion.
I stand accused of flagrant addictions.
I stand accused of being demented.
I stand accused of spending my life making mistakes and stupid choices.
I stand accused of being a misfit.
I stand accused of being screwed by the system
But that charge is quickly dropped as it doesn’t support the prima facie case.
They charge me where I lay
But they really don’t know which charges to enter on the docket.
I dare plea innocent of all charges
But they’re content to make them all stick.
They sentence me to stay right there on the street where they found me.
They sentence me to die, and
I don’t resist.
Instead of spare change, I need real change but I don’t know how to go about it.
I want salvation but I fear that even God and his angles will not have mercy on my soul.
Court is adjourned but the trial isn’t quite over.
I’ve felt myself slipping away for an awfully long time but
This time it’s different;
The sidewalk no longer feels too hard.
I think that I will finally get some rest
Dreaming of heaven.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click the picture above to see the complete report.

Mercenartist-2016

new year’s resolution display banner modes of flight

2016 Resolution Herald

concept art modes of flight

Starship Concept Art III

For years I’ve heard two camps square off on the subject of making resolutions. I’m sure you have too. You know, one group says, “Hey, don’t bother making a resolution, they never work! Just go with the Flow!” The business oriented faction; however, insists that you write out a business plan or business model. Well, doing either for a year is, in layman’s terms, establishing a New Year’s Resolution. Even sociology, psychology and business experts advise that resolutions will fail if they aren’t SMART (Specific Measured Attainable Realistic and Time-sensitive) resolutions.

I’ve gone many years in the past without drafting business plans or even personal resolutions, and I have spent the last four putting summaries of my more elaborate marketing plans on this blog. I can honestly say from careful practice and observation that both camps are right about the benefits and drawbacks of establishing a resolution.

By the end of 2014 I decided to change things up a bit. last year’s plan was to avoid going into detail about what my plans for 2015 were. I simply let you know what happened as they happened or shortly after; which is pretty much standard blogging anyway. I must say that I like this non-resolution approach so I’m doing it one more time. I am asking; nevertheless, for honest opinions from readers though.

For those who are also familiar with my other blog Hammer Home, do you think it should continue as a separate dedicated project site or do you think it would be better off being shut down, and continued on the main MOF blog? Many of you have very keen observations about adequate blogging skills and techniques, so I’m eagerly hoping I’ll get to hear what you have to say.

Beyond these points, I simply want to thank all of you who have been supporting Modes of Flight, and Hammer Home. Thank you also for sustaining keen interests in the arts and your favourite artists. It is greatly appreciated.

I also wish everyone a joyful, prosperous and loving 2016!

Arboretum Virtualis | VII

Black and white tree forest landscape photography

Otherworldly

I had never heard of the Amur maple until I started this project. Learning about it, and figuring out how to creatively but simply photograph one inspired considerations that are so typical of me.

In our species’ search for extrasolar worlds, astrobiologists are trying to imagine the many ways and forms in which life could evolve. There’s life as we know it (LAWKI), as astrophysicist Frank Drake has said, and then there’s life that is unrecognizable to us. If we were able to cross the cosmos to one of the extrasolar globes, would we be able to recognize something looking like a rocky cliff in the Grand Canyon as being the life form that it might actually be?

Apart from what we can conceptualize using the scientific knowledge currently available to us, are there trees on other worlds? If so, what might they be like? I am very curious about such things.

If there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, advanced enough to have the ability to travel to Earth, and shine a beam of light down upon a tree to examine it, I wonder what they would think of it. Would they recognize it as precious life?

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