Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.

This is an interesting and often confusing word. An online dictionary defines it as:

jux·ta·po·si·tion

[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn] Show IPA

noun

1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.
I had always been taught that in photography, juxtaposition defined a composition that was in sharp contrast either in style, function or idea.  Kind of like Beauty and the Beast.
I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses.

I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses. I actually named this image Beauty and the Beast

Here are a few images I have that signify juxtaposition to me.

Nature vs. Machine

Nature vs. Machine

To be so near and yet so far away; the St. Louis Arch has been photographed so many ways, it was difficult to get a truly unique image. I basically stood with my back to the arch and bent over backwards to get this angle.

An example of man reaching toward God.

Glass spires stretch towards the pillow-soft clouds in the sky. Truly near and far.

Another example of the contrast between man-made and the heavens!

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover's bench, struck me as sad.

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover’s bench, struck me as sad.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

Have a great day!

My Name is Kendall ~ and I’m A Fighter!

From my friend Paula at Stuff I Tell My Sister.

stuff i tell my sister

Kendall is my friend’s brother.  Watch this video.  Then help me share it, if you feel the power of it….as we did.  Walk a mile in my shoes ~

To Kendall ~ FIGHT ON!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Playing With Fire II

These fire images were taken in my burn pit with my camera phone as part of a month long experiment with Phonography. The first is of the actual fire and the second is of the aftermath.

There is an ethereal quality of fire that captures our gaze and makes us want to reach out and caress it. But the sane person knows never to be fooled by the seductress.  Taken with my iPhone 4s. I used Camera+ and edited with the HDR feature.

There is an ethereal quality of fire that captures our gaze and makes us want to reach out and caress it. But the sane person knows never to be fooled by the seductress.
Taken with my iPhone 4s. I used Camera+ and edited with the HDR feature.

The intensity of fire consumes all that is in its wake leaving only the skeletal remains of old doors and couches.  Again, taken with my iPhone.

The intensity of fire consumes all that is in its wake leaving only the skeletal remains of old doors and couches.
Again, taken with my iPhone.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Playing With Fire I

I love fire. I love how beautiful and dangerous it is. It can create and destroy is one simple moment. As a photojournalist, I have taken many images of house and business fires, but the most serene aspect of fire can be found in a simple bon fire. These images were taken at a local sporting event’s Pep Rally.

The intensity of the inferno captures my imagination and awes my soul.

The intensity of the inferno captures my imagination and awes my soul.

Like fireflies dancing on the wind, sparks escape the inferno, released back into nature.

Like fireflies dancing on the wind, sparks escape the inferno, released back into nature.

In honor of Isabelle’s Bell Ringing Celebration today, I am reposting this. Today she is officially in remission! We give God ALL the Glory and Praise!

“I” Put the Dog Out!

(please keep in mind that my pooch is lounging on his soft bed, inside as I type this)

Humans are weird creatures.

We will live like animals so our animals can live like humans!

I'm all for keeping animals warm, but they should not "run" your home.

I’m all for keeping animals warm, but they should not “run” your home.

With the recent single digit (and some negative digit) temperatures Oklahoma has been experiencing, my Facebook has been blowing up with dozens of pictures of dogs (and one cat) covered in snow with quotes like “Dogs are family. Bring them in, if you are cold, they are cold,” and “It is inhumane to leave your pets outside.”

My past dogs have preferred sleeping like this to being kept in a too hot house.

My past dogs have preferred sleeping like this to being kept in a too hot house.

I’m sorry, but I take offense to this. Number one, most of the photos of snowy dogs are of huskies (bred for outdoor conditions) or of other longhair dogs that prefer it a bit cooler. And two, I’m not inhumane because I treat my animals like animals!

Some animals were meant to be kept outside in the cold.

Some animals were meant to be kept outside in the cold.

Don’t get me wrong; I love animals. I was going to be a veterinarian until God led me down a different path of motherhood. And just because I won’t let them tear up my house doesn’t mean I don’t love them.

I learned really fast that puppies are like the tide, if you turn your back on it for one second, it will devour you.

I learned really fast that puppies are like the tide, if you turn your back on it for one second, it will devour you. (this is my lab puppy Bo)

I once tried to convince my dad to let me bring my horse inside and spent one wet winter afternoon trying to cover him with my raincoat.

The horse thought I was stupid and ran off kicking his heals and I got a terrible cold.

Stupid Human, Snow is for playing.

Stupid Human, Snow is for playing.

I learned a really important lesson. THEY ARE ANIMALS! And God created them with fur coats and meant for them to live outside! Would we bring in cows? Deers? Water buffalos?

Where should you draw the line?

Where should you draw the line?

Do I have indoor pets, sure, you bet! I have a purring kitten on my lap as I am typing this right now – now if I could just remove his claws out of my neck! And if I can manage it, he will never go outdoors – but so far I have never been able to keep one in when they are begging to go outside and explore and hunt like God intended them to. I think that is cruel.

This is my sweet kitty, Skippy Jon Jones. I want to keep him as an indoor cat only, but he is already showing an interest in the great outdoors. It would be cruel of me to suppress his animal instincts.

This is my sweet kitty, Skippy Jon Jones. I want to keep him as an indoor cat only, but he is already showing an interest in the great outdoors. It would be cruel of me to suppress his animal instincts.

I also have two other cats that are indoor/outdoor – mostly outdoor and one very rambunctious lab puppy who has the capability to destroy everything not made of concrete!

This was a supposed "indestructible" chew toy that my 7 month lab ate inside an hour.

This was a supposed “indestructible” chew toy that my 7 month lab ate inside an hour.

But do I let them ruin or run my house? No. I love them, but my husband and I have worked really hard to have a nice home and when a cat starts using my house as his litter box or the pup decides to eat the carpet; I curtail their freedoms.

It only takes a moment for an animal to turn your home into a barn.

It only takes a moment for an animal to turn your home into a barn.

I actually had a post from a friend that said (in reference to my dog getting into everything) that her trashcan has permanently been moved to her kitchen counter!

Okay. Yuck! I’m sorry, but that is very unsanitary. My pup is confined to my oversized utility room with baby gates. He can still see into the kitchen and game room (where we are most of the time), but he is only allowed out when we can supervise him 100 percent. My utility room is the size of a large utility room plus the added on converted back porch, so he has plenty of room to roam, and when we are gone, he is crated. When he is grown and can be trusted to NOT eat my house, he will be allowed into more of the house, but probably never on the carpet.

Living like an animal so your pet can be more human is not right.

Living like an animal so your pet can be more human is not right.

I’m sorry, but animals are not sanitary and it doesn’t matter how much you bathe them, they walk in their own potty. We wouldn’t step in our own toilet and walk on the carpets, but we turn a blind eye to when our animals do it. My granddaughter was looking out the door yesterday and said, “Grandma, Bo just peed on his own leg!”

Ewe! That is just gross.

Sometimes animals want to be animals and refuse all our “human” melding to anthropomorphize them into behaving like real children.

Why must humans try to anthropomorphize our pets?

Why must humans try to anthropomorphize our pets?

My two older cats refuse to stay locked up. I try when the temps are turning to the teens or below, but they meow and fuss until I can’t stand it anymore and let them out. It is usually on the coldest night and I fret and worry about them, but they always come back fat, fluffy and happy. Even when I choose to ignore the screams of protest, they will make a break for it when the door is open.

Even some cats, like my big yellow tabby, prefer the cold and snow. He always goes out on the worst nights! (oh this is not my tabby)

Even some cats, like my big yellow tabby, prefer the cold and snow. He always goes out on the worst nights! (oh this is not my tabby)

And I used to have a German Shepherd who would forgo his very warm, very insulated dog house on the covered porch and lay out letting the snow and ice fall on him. I tried to bring him indoors and he panted until I was afraid he would have heat stroke.

This is my Max who loved the snow as much as his soccer ball. He hated being indoors in the winter - too hot!

This is my Max who loved the snow as much as his soccer ball. He hated being indoors in the winter – too hot!

Pet owners talk about how intelligent animals are, but when they prefer to stay outdoors in the weather instead of inside a sweltering hot house, we think we know best.

Who is really being inhumane? Someone who “lets the dog (or cat) out” or someone who forces them to remain indoors when they would rather be outside, behaving like animals???

I had to bribe Bo with a treat to "Make" him come in the warm house.

I had to bribe Bo with a treat to “Make” him come in the warm house.

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