A vacation is an opportunity to preserve life's slices visually, whether on film, videotape or digital media.
We traveled to the Central Coast midweek, missing the highway hordes that are usually seen on Saturday morning trips.
Beautiful weather followed and stayed throughout our short stay. Add to that --- wonderful people, no car trouble, and plenty to do and see --- and who could ask for more?
Flowers are most congenial friends, asking for little and giving so much. I like what Longfellow said:
Stars of earth, these golden flowers;
emblems of our own great resurrection;
emblems of the bright and better land.
These vestiges of Eden clearly show the chasm stretched between a perfect Creation and an imperfect heart. They preach a righteousness we know nothing of but for Grace.
Let's all get out the paper plates, brushes and colored paint. It's time to learn the One Stroke method and begin your journey toward fame and fortune in the art world.
This style is kinda like finger painting for adults. Except you don't get as dirty, thanks to the brushes.
Quizzically, Quintilian said:
The perfection of art is to conceal art..
People, too, can be works of art, especially those old friends that lend a bit of definition and perspective to our own personalities.
Here, oldest and youngest of four brothers pose for a never-before-seen glimpse into the present.
Good old Fitzosborne said:
The most powerful and the most lasting friendships are usually those of the early season of our lives . . .
Sitting on the Kissing Bench, Mallory tries her hand at being incognito --- or is it little bandito --- or might it be yellow mosquito --- only she knows for sure.
A too slow shutter speed lends a bit of impressionistic expression to this artsy rendition of young Jesse. Peanut butter commercial marketers: here is your man! The perfect "I love peanut butter" smile.