Meditations on Gratitude online class with Laura Valenti continues, we are encouraged to look around us at everyday moments and objects as worthy a moment of gratitude. I have been taking photographs around the property to celebrate this little corner of the world one quiet corner of June 2016.
I am very grateful to have married into this house 22 years ago. Here, I am outside shooting through the living room window with a close up on a grouping of masks and other sculptural objects. The window glass is reflecting the trees behind me.
I like this shot because it conveys the sense I always have of our house being like a longhouse, full of mythological beings, adrift with stories and dreams.
When we were having our car breakdown and accidental extra nine days of vacation in Carmel earlier this year, Peter bought Bunny for me. I have become very attached to Bunny, and sometimes she sits in the living room window and waits for me to come home.
: Oh, by the way, if you’d really like to know, he went that way. Cheshire Cat
: Who did? Alice
: The White Rabbit. Cheshire Cat
: He did? Alice
: He did what? Cheshire Cat
: Went that way. Alice
: Who did? Cheshire Cat
: The White Rabbit. Alice
: What rabbit? Cheshire Cat
: But didn’t you just say – I mean – Oh, dear. Alice
: Can you stand on your head? Cheshire Cat
: Oh! Alice
Perdita in the Window. My sister Cheryl gave me Perdita for my birthday, made by a Mexican doll-maker. My photography teacher said she looks like a visionary or seer, and I agree.
This is the exterior of our house, guarded by a Native American Sisiutl or double-headed sea serpent, which is the Guardian of the House of the Sky People, painted on there by Peter one fine day.
Using my Go Pro, I shot from the outside of our living room looking in, accentuating the fish eye quality. I like this picture because it is odd and yet sees right through the house.
I love this photograph of our house from the living room window straight through the airy spaces to the garden.
Peter’s totem poles out in the garden are starting to settle into their places ever more deeply, here disappearing into the fennel.
What is around you in your everyday world that YOU are thankful for?