Meditative Music & Light

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Mari has been attending a workshop with Linda Maree for a few months. Recently we met Linda and her partner David Gittens on Siesta Key beach and had a wonderful connection with both of the them. This video is from a performance that David and Linda gave at the Unity Church of Sarasota. David’s guitar is a 23 string guitar of his own creation and Linda is playing a Tambura. I took the audio portion of their performance and ran it through iTunes and did a video screen capture of the Visualizer which was responding to the music David and Linda played. Sit back and relax, but don’t close your eyes.

Mineola Journal 4 – 6

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#4 – Great Egrets

Great Egrets are very commonly seen in the creek. They appear very tame and will walk right by with no concern. We also see Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets.

#5 – Manatees

We do see Manatees quite often in creek off our backyard, but all we usually see is their nose coming up for air and a little bit of wake. On this day there was a lot of action happening because they were maiting.

#6 – Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons are a very common presence here. Sometimes they will stand for hours in the same place doing nothing but standing and preening. As you will see, one of the Great Blue Herons had some kind of mouthful.

Mineola Journal 1-3

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#1 – Heron & Spoonbill

Since I purchase a new camera (Panasonic Lumix GH2) I have been making videos with this remarkable camera. These “Mineola Journals” are short videos taken in our backyard (Mineola is the street we live on). Our backyard ends at Phillippi Creek which is a long meandering creek the empties into the Gulf.

#2 – Anhinga

We see Anhingas often in the creek. They have no oil in their wings like other water birds and so they have to dry them off in order for them to fly effectively.

#3 – Reflections

Late in the day, with the sun low in the sky, interesting patterns form on the opposite shore.

Refections are so difficult to communicate through still photos. Video really is able to capture the mood of moving reflections.

Maggie, Lorna & Tony

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I met Maggie, Lorna & Tony through Debbie (my sister-in-law) who had been dog sitting for Karen & Tim Stark. The dogs were very cooperative as long as treats were involved. The video is a homage to William Wegman who had videoed first his dog Man Ray and than later included Fay Ray.


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What he did with getting them to move their heads had always tickled me and here in this video Maggie and Lorna revised the rolls of Man Ray and Fay Ray.

Many thanks to Debbie for assisting in this session.

As all previous photos in my posts, these photos were made with the Canon G10. The video was also made with the Canon G10 and was edited in Final Cut Express.

Woody

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I met Woody first in New York a number of years ago. He is a friend of my sister-in-law Debbie (Mari and I have been living with Debbie for the past 8 months) and I have seen him a number of times here. Woody lives in Nokomis which is in Sarasota County. He took an amusing photo of Debbie, Mari and I recently, so you can see we have a good time together.


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If you are interested in see his paintings and read what he has to say you can go to RO Woody Studios.

This is a from a series of Black & White Portraits I have been posting. In most cases I will be posting a short video interview so you can get some idea of what the person sounds like and looks like when they are talking. In addition there will also be a series of B & W portraits from one or more sittings. I work with natural light, so the portraits are all taken outside.

As all previous photos in my posts, these photos were made with the Canon G10. The video was also made with the Canon G10 and was edited in Final Cut Express.

Maji

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This is a first in a series of Black & White Portraits I will be posting. In most cases I will be posting a short video interview so you can get some idea of what the person sounds like and looks like when they are talking. In addition there will also be a series of B & W portraits from one or more sittings. I work with natural light, so the portraits are all taken outside.


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I met Maji many years ago up north in Boston. Maji was one of the first participants in Dance Freedom which was a dance organization begun in 1968 in Cambridge. Dance Freedom is a smoke free, alcohol free, barefoot dance environment where any kind of dance is acceptable (as long as it is non harmful).

Maji now lives in Venice (part of Sarasota County). I reconnected with Maji at the Drum Circle. For anyone who has been to the drum circle at Siesta Key or Nokomis, Maji is a regular participant, wearing his jesters hat. He also spends time on an organic farm in Costa Rica with his wife. Earth Rose Organic Farm.

As all previous photos in my posts, these photos were made with the Canon G10. The video was also made with the Canon G10 and was edited in Final Cut Express.

Siesta Key Drum Circle

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Here is another video slide show of photographs I made from a few trips to the Siesta Drum Circle at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota (also included are a couple of photographs from Nokomis Drum Circle in Nokomis). Mari and I met sixteen years ago at a weekly event called Dance Freedom in Cambridge, MA and the drum circles down here have a similar flavor to them where anything goes dance wise. Although in the case of the drum circles here there are more watchers than participants. This drum circle according to their web page (www.siestadrumcircle.com) began twelve years ago. Continue reading