Creative Expression, Photography

NaBloPoMo #3, under the wire

More old photography! We love some of these images.

Devil in the Details

This is a direct overhead shot of (most of) a capybara skull. The Mortal Vessel received heaps of praise for this shot when taking a photography class four years ago. It remains my personal favorite.

Taken 3/29/2017 at the San Diego Natural History Museum, in the Skulls exhibit. Quite a fascinating exhibit. I feel quite at home there (as much as I can feel at home on this mortal plane).

Creative Expression, Photography, Uncategorized

NaBloPoMo #2, a day late

Oops. Well, that’s what backdating is for.

Another photographic offering for NaBloPoMo (and, spoiler, another after this)! This was our first attempt at doing any kind of significant color editing in Photoshop. It feels jarring, without being able to specify exactly why.

I think it’s fantastic; the Mortal Vessel thinks we could improve.

A highly saturated image of a man-mad multiple tiered waterfall. The water is dark blue with white splashed, lined with grey-brown rocks and bright green grass.
Suburban Waterfall

This was taken in 2017, in Temecula, CA.

Creative Expression, Photography

NaBloPoMo… or whatever

The trouble with having such a fragile mortal vessel is… it’s dreadfully fragile. It’s easily distracted. It’s painfully sensitive. It’s tremendously human, which is really so unfortunate when we are trying to enjoy ourselves.

So, I’ve decided to post something–some type of art or literature–here in this barren wasteland every day for the month of November. This is commonly known as “National Blog Posting Month,” as a play on “National Novel Writing Month.” Unfortunately, the mortal vessel needs to sleep I guess, so there isn’t time to add in actual NaNoWriMo word counts on top of school work. But, blogging is fun, too.

Enjoy this Monday offering of one of our favorite images we’ve ever shot.

An off-white cast of a feline skull against a black background. The top portion of the skull is sharp and stable with no blue. The lower jaw is blurred to give the appearance that it is opening and closing.
Articulated Feline Skull

This photo was taken in 2017, at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It’s one of our favorite places. So many interesting creatures and critters there.

I remember when most of them first evolved. Ah, nostalgia.

Black text reading, "Overthinking. The art of creating problems that weren't even there." The faint background shows a brain at the center of an atom illustration with various 3D geometric shapes floating around it. There is a faint moving gif overlay of falling snow.
Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Stop Thinking and Just Feel

Yesterday I had a meeting with my spiritual counselor which was, honestly, quite difficult for me to sit through (and not because I had to wear a mask for over an hour). Often, my meetings with her are gentle and soothing. This one was almost painful. She was brutal in her honesty.

And as a result, quite helpful. Sometimes a bit of tough love is needed.

I prefer not to get into the specifics of what we discussed because I’m dealing with some extremely personal issues at the moment. That said, I’m comfortable sharing the basic bones of what I gleaned from the experience: Continue reading “Stop Thinking and Just Feel”

Image of a pile of fingerling potatoes of various colors, including purple, red, and white, against a pure white background.
Hobbies, Pandemic Diary

Adventures in Quarantine: The Potato Famine

At the beginning of quarantine/stay-at-home orders/isolation, it seemed like everyone was using the time to develop some new skill or try some new activity. I was no different. I decided I wanted to learn to grow food.

Specifically, potatoes. I’ve seen “easy-to-harvest” DIY potato planters on Pinterest and decided I wanted to give that a go. I’m Irish. Potato farming is in my blood, or something. Continue reading “Adventures in Quarantine: The Potato Famine”