Cat Eye on Spotlight

In a previous post, Best Loved Photos of Our Family Pets, I featured some of my sister’s outdoor cats.

Now, there’s this one cat my sister treats almost like a princess, and she rules the house! Kring, as she is fondly called, is an indoor cat. She also knows my favorite hobby of clicking away at them pets. And though she remains aloof to me, she doesn’t hesitate to call my attention when I fail to notice her with my phone camera. I’m just enjoying myself, but hope to really practice the great animal photography tips for beginners.

One tip I’ve learned is to focus on the eyes. These photos may not yet do justice to Kring, but I’ve managed in a way to capture her personality, another tip.

                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

        

perched on the ref — one of her fave spots…
taken with my smartphone (Samsung J5) ƒ/1.9   1/17  3.7 mm  ISO640

 

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
Mark Twain

Evergreen

Finding Contentment

When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.

Thus the saying goes. And I say, when there’s brownout (power cut-off), take some photos.

So what else is there to do when it’s raining, with a pestering brownout to boot – almost eight-hours long. You take photos, just like I did.  Thus, during yesterday’s heavy afternoon downpour that led to that long power cut-off, I busied myself with my simple phone camera looking for interesting angles, textures and patterns.

And here they are. Be warned though; they’re not pro. These are just snapshots meant to amuse, and let the creative juice flow. Just my way of finding beauty in the mundane – just as in my previous post with the same title– even during a heavy rain.

Looking through the rain-covered window

Finding contentment, seeing beauty even in the most mundane…

reflection in the rain
light and shadow
tangled wires and bamboo leaves freshened by the passing storm

 

a glow in the dark

 

 

Finding Beauty in the Mundane

I enjoy looking at beautiful landscapes. They make for great photographs, especially sweeping panoramas – of mountains, fields, the sea.

Yet, as I spend more time developing my photography skills, I discover so much beauty in the mundane as well.

Silver, one among the greens in my tiny garden
Playing with angles and light and texture
While others may pull weeds from their plot, I simply let them be, including the blur.

“I have always been caught by the pull of the unremarkable, by the easily missed, infinitely nourishing beauty of the mundane.”
Tana French, Broken Harbour

 

 

A Piece of Heaven Beneath My Feet

As my response to the weekly photo challenge given two weeks back, I took delight in capturing this piece of heaven beneath my feet — right in my yard. Soon this piece of heaven shall become a wonderful memory of the place that’s been my home for a while, when I move.

Such a joy to see even the lowly weed can offer such dainty pink blooms…
Lovely floral weeds
Muning, my dear stray feline, just got to be there…in the scene.
Pansit-pansitan, an edible herb used in many Asian cuisine as toppings for soups or a salad ingredient.
The pansit-pansitan just sprouts from the ground…
Texture
Rain-soaked ground. After the rain comes the sun.
Red leaves shaped like butterflies — the Shamrock plant…

Even in the mundane, God is present.

We can indeed find our piece of heaven wherever we are, wherever we go. Heaven is in our hearts. God is in our hearts.

 

The Pavement: 3 Perfect Shots

Afternoon Scene — I took this photo of a pavement inside a mall…

Same pavement, another shot…

A different angle shot of the same pavement
Interesting play of light and shadow on the pavement…

Overall, I wanted to capture a sense of motion when I took these shots one after the other. One pavement, three perfect shots, I hope.

Photo Collage: My Yellow Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus In My Garden

In my tiny garden stands a small bush abloom with yellow hibiscus warming up to the first rays of the morning sun…

My Yellow Hibiscus

Such refreshing sight greeting me each day lends a cozier ambience to my simple sacred space…

Gallery: Windows of the Soul

 

These are some of my photographs depicting different window scenes, except for the last photo which depicts the message of forgiveness and forgiving (see photo credit, A Christian Counselor). A window’s perspective. There’s something about windows that has always fascinated me; somehow the view from behind a window frame makes the scene outside more alluring than when I am seeing it out there.  On deeper reflection, we find  the world around us is mostly seen from the windows of our soul…

Looking for the beauty around us...

The way we see the world around us comes from deep within.

Serenity

Out of the goodness of our heart comes goodness, and we see beauty around us.

And from the evil inside, we spew evil through our words and actions. I’m reminded of one quotation:  “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself” ― Earl Nightingale

Mystery

Indeed, for you show who you are, what you are by the way you judge others. We must be careful then of how to pass judgment on others — you can just see in many social media posts how cruel many are in their condemnation of others’ behavior by the way they share their opinions, or criticism about others – as if they themselves can never, ever do wrong!

Homeliness

When our heart is filled with love, we can see through the prism of love, and forgiving is made possible for us, though it’s hard to forgive those who have hurt us and our loved ones. Still, we can forgive, if we ask for the grace of God’s forgiveness.

From the windows of the soul...a vista of forgiveness...Rainbow of God's Healing Light

                        Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…             

Photo Credit: A Christian Counselor