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Desktop Backgrounds

As I was organizing my picture files last weekend, I chose a new desktop background for my home computer. I have a bright 22″ monitor that gives each image maximum impact. My previous background photo and the new one are very different, and every time I turn on my computer I am struck by the difference in the emotional impact each one has on me. The previous picture was a view of the red rocks of Roxborough State Park against the bright green of early summer last year. It is an image of light and life, and my spirit filled with joy at its beauty.

The new background I chose is a sunset image of the view from my parents’ front porch in Patagonia. I had several pictures where the sky was aflame with intense oranges and fuscia, but I chose a broad view with less intense colors. Now when my monitor lights up I feel all my tension drain out, flowing across the wide valley to the distant mountains and calmed by the pastels of the sky.

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Photography

 

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Roxborough Park II: Cameras slow your heart but fill your soul

Saturday (June 19) was our TNT hiking team’s week off. I went back to Roxborough with my camera. Hiking in  a group, even a very compatible group, isn’t conducive to photography. Stop for just one picture and suddenly you’re huffing and puffing, trying to catch up. By myself I confirmed that cameras slow your heart rate, expecially in a place and at a time of year so full of beauty. There was never a long enough stretch without a potential picture to get my heart rate up. However, what I lost in cardio workout I gained in the renewal of my soul. In fact I stayed out twice as long as I intended.

Now if only I could figure out how to control the images on this blog, I could rotate the ones that are sideways. I guess you will just have to turn your head:

 

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Cameras Slow Down Your Heart Rate

The trail I have been using for my morning walks runs along a ridge, with plenty of ups and downs. I’ve been  stopping at a fence that crosses the trail and turning around, giving me a total hike of about 50 minutes. For the past few days I have been stopping occasionally to check my heart rate. Each time it has been right in my target range so I’m feeling pretty good about my training. This morning I took my camera along to take pictures of some ocatillo along the way. An ocatillo is basically a spray of long spiny wands topped with crimson flowers reminiscent of spindly Indian paintbrush. The trail looks slightly down on the flowers, making them stand out against the hazy blue of the gully beyond.

With camera in hand, my view of my surroundings changes. Long before I reached the stand of ocatillo my photographer’s eye found several other bits of nature to capture. (I would upload some of them, but Dad’s computer doesn’t seem to recognize my SD card.) It took me an hour and ten minutes to go the same distance as my previous hikes, and every time I checked my heart rate it was below target. I now have proof: cameras slow down your heart rate.

 
 

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