it’s quite beautiful to drift in and out of consciousness. it’s very interesting to be in the in-between states, where you’re partially in the physical ‘real’ world and partially in the ‘dream’ world. there’s a bit of a drifting occurring between both dimensions. you slowly start to become more aware of, or remember, or re-create the real world. as you do so, the dream world fades away and then you find yourself entirely in the physical world. yet you feel refreshed and like you could start anew. sometimes it takes a few moments or minutes to remember exactly what you were doing before you drifted away. a nap can be so beneficial. just to take you away from whatever you were feeling before plus also to explore this experience in a new way. all of it happens in such a brief period of time though it feels like you rested much longer. our thoughts and feelings can really weigh us down if we sit in them too long. it seems that this is a simple way to release them and then be able to experience the world differently than you were just a short time before. lay down or recline somewhere comfortable where you know your body won’t be disturbed and allow yourself to drift away. it seems best to do this in the middle of the day, or early to mid afternoon. surrender to the moment in whatever dimensions it takes you.

be unafraid to try something new, even if it's something no one else has done before. innovation and fearlessness can open new doorways for you

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it’s much easier to create with a blank canvas. in any form of art and in life itself. with previous layers showing, one has to either work with them, within their constraints and definitions, or paint over them. painting over them in physical creation can be the equivalent of letting go of old emotions, beliefs, feelings, and identities in the spiritual or mental realm. however, when something truly transforms and shifts, its more like starting with a new canvas. that free energy is so liberating once something that had been hanging around for a while is fully experienced and released. its so rejuvenating to let go of the old. for me a lot of times it feels good to complete my ideas and projects simply for the free energy and attention i get after its released — yes the art or creation itself is nice to look at or share with others, though the free energy can be so much more liberating.. to know its done and then have the creative energy available for creating whatever is next. it’s like going back to a clean slate, or getting the blank canvas for whatever is next, though not always knowing what is next. it’s nice to know that i have the free energy ready for whatever is next despite not knowing it. though it is sometimes difficult being in the state of the unknown. for often we’re so caught up with mental constraints or working on something or other, that when we get to an empty state we don’t know exactly what to do. the best thing to do is just embrace the not knowing. surrender to it. fully experience the moment you are in. relax and enjoy it. its okay to relax and be, rather than having to always do something. if you feel you must do something, then go explore. do something simple you enjoy. become more present in the moments you are in. fully engage in whatever it is you are doing, even if its something as simple as going for a walk. you might normally think its just walking, getting exercise, or taking you from point a to point b though the walk itself can become an amazing journey. begin to notice things you may not have noticed before. look at the details. examine all the little nuances and intrinsic aspects along the way. look at your feelings. are you feeling anything subtly different than you were a moment ago? tune in to the environment and tune in within. the more present you become, the more aware you become of the world around you and of the inner world. as you become more aware, you will learn to listen to that quiet space within. from that beautiful silence inspiration and revelations will come to you. don’t go looking for it or expecting it. just let go and relax. you will naturally tune in and become more aware as you surrender completely to the present moment. if the mind is thinking things you have to do or should be doing, just let them go. know they will get done. know that if you need to be some place at a certain time you will naturally remember to do so. this natural remembering is the same guidance you will receive, seemingly random and when you least expect it, that will guide you to do whatever it is you are meant to do. your spirit, your higher self, god, the universe, whatever you want to call this place where it originates from, will take you on a beautiful journey if you are open to receive it. and being open to receive it is as simple as this surrendering that allows you to listen to your inner guidance and know from your heart. a lot of times its much easier to receive this guidance more clearly the more you let go of any distractions. go somewhere quiet, remove anything from your space that is distracting you, let go, and release in the physical world. this will help you naturally tune in to what is already there in the inner world. as you become more aware, the inner world and guidance will become louder than the outer world, though in the beginning, go to a place of silence. if meditating, close your eyes to visually turn off the world as you sit some place quiet where you know you won’t be distracted or disturbed. if you are still hearing thoughts or mental chatter, focus your attention on your breathe or a mantra you repeat — either of these, as well as other techniques, such as listening to a soothing natural sound, will help you relax and surrender so that you can hear and feel what your heart is calling you to do. if any feelings arise, embrace them and feel through them. as we begin to feel and re-connect with the present moment, any old emotions, feelings, or blocks that we may have previously resisted can come to the surface to be discharged. as we choose to experience these rather than continue in resistance, we will free up our energy and attention that was previously blocking us from fully experiencing the present moment. our new heightened awareness will open us up to new dimensions of possibility. the more clear we become in the present moment, the more we will begin to see miracles happening in our lives and in the world around us. the world is extremely beautiful when we learn to see through the eyes of the presence.

relax and learn to trust the divine. you will be guided to and through many beautiful experiences

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Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.

- A Course In Miracles

love is all that matters. when you re-connect to your heart, you re-connect to others, the divine, and the universe, and you’ll begin to notice everything starts to flow effortlessly in your life. it’s such a beautiful and amazing experience, with so much gratitude and grace. life is really beautiful when we open our hearts to it.

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it seems that pettiness in life arises from a lack of happiness. when you’re happy and flowing with life itself, the little things that once bothered you no longer matter.

the simplest way to reduce anger is to let go of your need for things to be a certain way

Monday #sunrise #clouds #colors #sky #dawn
Sunday #morning #park #water #clouds

it feels amazing to be on fire again! allow life to flow through you!!

the words “choose to live a life that is inspired rather than forced” came to me recently. this audio recording is an exploration of this and other related ideas.

choose to live a life that is inspired rather than forced.  this alone will reduce your stress levels incredibly, and bring about a sense of peace and true happiness.

Thursday #bikeride #nature #park #water #lake #dusk #clouds #writing
Thursday #bikeride #nature #park #water #lake #dusk #clouds
Thursday #bikeride #goldenhour #park #nature #light

it’s all how you look at it, the experience. we see life through our own filters. i could sit here and say its great, or i could sit here and say it sucks. most likely i’m going to experience something pretty close to how i’m choosing to see it. [as i was sitting here waiting to place my order for lunch, thoughts started to come up about how this experience right now was.. part of me wasn’t quite feeling it as other people were near me and the music was loud and i was thinking it’d be quieter so i could write more.. as i saw some girls at the table in front of me, i think i had a thought of feeling alone being here by myself, and probably another thought or two after that.. though then as i looked off into the distance i don’t remember exactly what i thought or felt though i decided this was going to better than i was feeling those brief moments before. and then i started to feel better. and shortly after i started typing this and here we are] each moment is created, and can be very different than the previous moment(s) if you allow it to be. [earlier today it was cloudy and windy and cold and i didn’t think i was going to see the sun and feel the warmth for a couple days and i was a little bored, then after forgetting about all that for a while and just coming back to the moment of where i was, accepting it, i found some things to do and started feeling into if i wanted to come here or not to eat. as i started to wrap up what i was working on, i noticed the clouds began parting and it was getting quite sunny out. probably still uncertain at the time if i wanted to come here or not, i spontaneously decided yes i’ll go, it’d be good, or it felt like it’d be nice, or whatever the exact feeling was, and then on my way here i was actually a little warm without having the heat on in the car.] follow your intuition and embrace your feelings, each and every moment. there is a divine plan and order to life that, if we tune into, allows everything to flow much more effortlessly. let go of all the things you’re thinking of that are taking up your attention or draining you. they don’t really matter. do things to simplify your life and to create as much free space / energy / attention so you can live more easily from this place of flow. [one of the reasons i was thinking of coming here was to use up a bonus gift card i had that would expire at the end of the month. it’ll be nice to have one less thing to keep track of, that will no longer take attention (even if it was in the back of my mind), and will allow me to more fully embrace each and every moment.] simplifying your life and not hanging onto things or being attached to certain outcomes or feeling you need something outside of yourself, whether a thing, person, circumstance, etc to make you feel complete or able to relax or enjoy life makes an enormous difference. often we search for these things outside of ourselves as we feel that when we have it, it will give us a certain feeling (whatever it may be, attention, a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, completion, etc, etc) that we think we’d like to experience as we think it’d make us feel better. however, we don’t need anything outside of ourselves to feel better. we can choose to create how we feel, in each and every moment. every day we choose. if we’re feeling the same from one day to the next, it’s because we are choosing this or choosing to run the program from the past, or run on default. if we don’t like how we’re feeling or we’re feeling low in energy, we simply need to examine what we’re choosing to create in our lives and stop doing so.

remember it’s never a good thing to try to force anything. sometimes you do just have to get up and go, though if you’re not feeling it, don’t try to force it because it won’t be the same, or anywhere near the same, as if you were feeling it. if you really do want to do something, then you gotta stop doing whatever you’re currently doing before choosing to do what you want. if not feeling so good, then you gotta let that go before you can feel good. sometimes its easier than others to do this. if you have a lot of free energy, you can much more easily switch how you’re feeling from feeling a little down, bored, sad, whatever it may be, to feeling good. though if its not working when you try to change how you’re feeling, then you gotta fully experience what’s already there. jump, dive, in to the feeling you’re currently feeling and explore it. you may not like it, though once you learn that its just a feeling and there’s nothing wrong with it other than your not liking it, then you can much more easily and freely jump into anything you’re feeling so you can let it go. in doing so, you’ll learn that by resisting certain feelings or by telling yourself they’re bad or that you shouldn’t feel a certain way, you drain yourself of your energy. you make it more difficult to fully experience life in the moment with less energy. sometimes you might feel like its very difficult to do anything, even simple things — in a situation like this you’ve likely been resisting too much of life. you simply need to start feeling how you feel and move forward. accept that how you’re feeling, even though it may be very far from how you’d like to feel, is totally fine. know that and allow yourself to feel the pain, emotions, or whatever blocks are there. each time you break through something that was previously a block you’ll feel a bit lighter and freer. if it was something really big or that you were resisting for a long time, you may feel much lighter like you are flying or floating in the air. all of these excessive feelings and emotions that you resist really do weigh you down.

one of the most beneficial things you could do for yourself is to start freeing up space and creating more energy for yourself, both in what you are feeling and in what you are surrounding yourself by in the physical world. if you have a lot of stuff laying around (or stuffed in the back of the closet or garage), it’s time to let it go, especially if its something you forgot you had and hadn’t used in a long time. you’ll free much lighter and freer by doing so. creating space to live in more freely and effortlessly, physically, mentally, and spiritually, is the best thing you can do for yourself. you can even make yourself a routine out of it. every month, week, day, whatever feels right to you, decide that you will get rid of at least one thing you don’t need. sometimes it feels better after achieving whatever experience you had your mind set on rather than during the experience itself just as it frees up the space for new experiences and its no longer running in the back of your mind “when am i going to finally do …?”

close to half a year ago i was really resisting where i was. it was difficult to get up each day and feel like i didn’t want to be there (and wanted things to be very different). over time, i worked through what i was feeling and started to fully accept where i was. i don’t recall how long it went on for though it did take a number of weeks or even months to fully accept everything. as i let go of the resistance and became more okay with the various aspects of life that i wasn’t like i began to find more and more peace. in recent weeks, i’ve been realizing how peaceful i am with my life and the current aspects of it. and for the most part they really aren’t all that different from how they were a few months ago. yes, i did have a couple aspects shift and become better though overall i’m in about the same overall situation that i was back then. it was a change of perspective that allowed me to change how i felt and this shift in perspective also is what allowed the subtle shifts in my life to happen as i created the space for a new path to unfold by changing how i felt, saw, and experienced the world. releasing our feelings frees our energy to make room for new experiences aligned with new, clearer feelings in the moment to show up.

a shift in scenery

i’ve made it now to one of my favorite spots around here, honeymoon island state park. i’ve written about it before.. it feels so far away yet is so near. go some place different every so often from where you normally find yourself every day. [sometimes i do find myself here almost every day and then its time to stop coming for a little while] changing where you are will help you shift your energy. places have a certain feeling and if you get accustomed to places that have the same feeling for too long then that’s all you’ll know. you’ll start to get stuck in a sense. going somewhere new or different or that you haven’t been to in a while not only is exciting, it helps you change how you’re feeling. the exciting feeling will change how you’re feeling, though even if you don’t feel exhilarated like sometimes i feel when i’m traveling or experiencing someplace new, the subtle differences in the energy of the new/different place where you are will help heal you and shift how you were feeling when you were in your normal, mundane routine. this change in feeling or even just visual scenery helps you to be more present in the moment. you’ll begin to notice the details in the place you are at and your attention will shift away from what may have previously been draining your energy or causing you to be stuck to the new place you are. shifting your attention and energy will help you let go of what may have been bothering you or bring you down by simply not focusing on it. this isn’t to say you’re resisting it, you’re simply not re-creating the same old feeling that you were previously stuck in. if your energy and feeling shifts quickly then you may have just been stuck in it, repeating what you previously were feeling as you didn’t think to change how you were feeling and just kept on feeling the lower energy you were previously in. if you don’t start feeling different when going someplace else then you may have some energy or feeling that you are resisting that is causing you to be stuck. in this case, start to put more of your attention and energy on what it is you are feeling.. again, jump or dive into the feeling that you may be resisting, no matter how unpleasant it may be. the more you do this, the more you’ll discover that most feelings that we are resisting or think will be unpleasant really aren’t all that bad. we just have to feel them for a little while, release whatever was there, and we will heal and feel much lighter or more blissful afterwards.

the more you learn to listen to your heart / intuition / divine guidance, the more effortless your life will become, as you begin to observe it simply unfolding naturally as you flow with life (and as life flows through you)

explorations of the self

what have i been creating lately in this so-called reality?

it seems that part of me has been waiting for the rest of the world to wake up. after awakening, or awakening to new realizations, years ago, something brought me to re-creating old aspects of myself. it feel like part of it was that i found myself surrounded by old influences, family and some old friends. perhaps part of me didn’t know how to operate from higher frequencies. i’m not sure that it was that exactly. it feels like it was related to my surroundings. in seeing that others didn’t understand how i was experiencing the world, did i go back to their level of understanding just to fit in and relate? a part of it feels like i created myself in ways that they still understood for i feared what they would think of me or that they wouldn’t understand what happened if i showed up completely transformed. another part of what happened was that i saw others who were on a similar journey seemed more interested in just having fun and creating their own dreams rather than awakening the world. i feel that i had this start to happen to me too. after seeing others seeking their goals and dreams, i decided to pursue some of my own. i think part of it was a gradual process. when i created the ability to get my truck and camper, i was still feeling inspired and was writing and creating art. though i think after i got it, i got caught up with all the

it always seems so difficult to get back to sleep after awakening from a dream. in the last couple of moments just before i completely drifted into this reality, it felt a little like i was in the matrix, realizing it was not real. it’s funny being in a dream as my commands to the body don’t always work.. like i was driving and trying to shift gears but it wasn’t working completely for some reason. it wasn’t working in that the hand-eye coordination was different, so it was different than in this current waking reality. though in the dream it must’ve worked to a degree as i was able to still drive despite the shifting not working properly. it’s quite strange what occurs in dreams. it’s as if our feelings are processed in different ways. like things in my life showed up differently. for example, in the dream it seemed like the event i normally went to each week was canceled, though perhaps this came up due to a couple of other events actually being canceled. but it felt like it was the one.. though it perhaps it was the way the mind was processing it. it was thinking it was the one because of how it associated the location and people involved. yet the location itself was a little different. but it felt right. the feeling was there and the feeling of everyone felt like it was the same community. but visually in the dream a lot of it was different. and in the dream when going to back to my car and doing whatever i was doing there (deciding where to go? gathering myself or my belongings??), it felt like i had momentarily forgotten where i was in the dream. and then something changed or shifted in the dream. all of a sudden the car was parked up high on a weird hill that i didn’t think was there before. i thought i had parked on the ground and there was no hill. yet i was on a hill inside a fence next to another car, and at first i didn’t see the way out as it was a steep way down. i saw others arriving and realizing that the weekly gathering was cancelled for a strange regulatory reason. i made it down the hill with the car and when i got to the road to head back to the main road, it was quite strange as the road was small, possibly unpaved, and curved weird. at the end of the curves, right near the main road, there was a single gas pump in a small spot, with no gas station. i had recognized that as not being normal or not normally there, as if it was not there just moments ago. then i got on the main road and started driving, listening to the very loud noise of the car that was behind me on the small road passing, though we both were heading for a stopped light. at this point something awoke me and i realized it was just a dream. i realized that the process i had left running on the computer was complete and took care of it. then laying in bed thinking of the first thought or two i wrote at the beginning of this, and unable to fall back asleep. part of it was the thinkingness of being in the mind thinking of the words, wanting to write them or type them (especially as the computer was right there), though also wanting to drift back into the dream but unable to do so. the urge to record part of what i remembered of the end of the dream must’ve become greater than the urge to lay there thinking about it or wanting to get back to sleep as here i am laying off the side of my bed typing this. i wonder if this same reasoning is why i feel uncertain as what to do in this current reality after having awoken. its like in the dream, i could go back to dreaming and forget that it was a dream though that doesn’t feel like its what i want to or can do. so now i wonder what do i do? if it was just a dream, do i now choose to dream another dream, or do i go back into the current dream knowing its a dream and play and live in a new way?

gotta love repeating numbers! i’ve seen so many these past months, perhaps even longer. lately i’ve been noticing the time i get to the kitchen after finally deciding to get out of bed has been 8:28. it seems to not matter when i fall asleep or wake up or how long i’m laying in bed.. it seems to be either exactly 8:28 or right around that time that i make it to the kitchen. and these past days, i forget how many, have all been 8:28.

what a beautiful evening it was tonight at the flowering heart center in clearwater. there was a smaller group yet the blessings were powerful. i really felt my heart open while receiving one. it was nice to briefly share my experience afterwards and tell her it was powerful. it's funny, i had wanted to tell her though was putting the chairs away and then she happened to come by and help with the chairs, and i was able to naturally and effortlessly share what i had wanted to, and she seemed to appreciate it. it was nice to make a little connection. it was nice seeing everyone chatting afterwards too. the community feels more like home and family as i open my heart, and it's really beautiful.
i had thought earlier of stopping to take some shots along the road on the way home though wasn't quite feeling it. i felt more inspired to create this photo with a wider view of the sky and trees rather than the busy road.
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its great to learn to trust your intuition and divine guidance.  back in august i started thinking about selling my custom rig to shoot 360x180 degree time-lapse photos, though had thoughts about still wanting to keep it to be able to create long exposure 360x180 timelapses, despite not having used the rig in years.  the day after the motor and custom panorama head arrived at the dealer i was selling it to Ricoh announced the latest version of their 360x180 degree camera, the Theta S, and it had the capability to do long exposures!! trust your feelings.  the divine is always guiding you perfectly in the direction you are meant to go.  sometimes it takes a leap of faith to step into an unknown and often as soon as you do that you’ll find what you’re looking for on the other side.  i pre-ordered my Theta S a couple weeks ago and it just arrived in the mail today.  here’s the first long exposure “little planet” i’ve shot with it.  i look forward to creating night little planet time-lapses with this camera.  i’m so grateful for no longer having to carry around such a heavy rig to be able to create these images!

faith and perseverance with an element of surrender go a long way in manifesting your reality.  i started researching and developing ways to create this sort of image 6.5 years ago and never imagined it’d be so simple to be able to create this unique look back then.  once i experimented, designed, and got my custom rig working, i did start to envision being able to have a simpler way of creating the time-lapses though saw any sort of camera system that could do so either didn’t exist or would cost as much as a small car.  letting it go and forgetting about it for a while created the space for it to show up years later!

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There's more to life than making it go faster.

- Wayne Dyer paraphrasing Gandhi

as we learn to change our own perspectives and to accept others’ perspectives, we will bring peace to the world

Monday #sunrise #clouds #colors #sky #dawn
Sunday #morning #sunrise #dawn #clouds #colors
Thursday #bikeride #dusk #nature #park #palmtree #silhouette #water #lake #light
Thursday #bikeride #nature #park #water #lake #dusk #clouds #sunset
Thursday #bikeride #sunset #park #water #lake #palmtrees #silhouette #florida #nature
Thursday #bikeride #goldenhour #park #water #lake #nature

greed, especially excesssive greed of money and power, is a result of a deeply-rooted fear. the current socio-economic system of much of the world, especially the united states, is broken. it is the result of this deeply-rooted fear and benefits very few rather than the masses. it’s time for us to collectively wake up, dissolve the fear, and re-create a system that will benefit everyone.

those of you who know me know that i don’t normally get involved in political or socio-economic discussions, nor suggest any particular method, party, or viewpoint as a solution, however there is a lot of unawareness in many people’s consciousness as the current systems rooted in fear have programmed most of society to think or feel a certain way, and most people are so conditioned (and living in their own fears) that they are not aware of this. i write and share this to help awaken others (especially some, or a lot, of my family) to new perspectives, and from a broader viewpoint or higher level of awareness, one will draw one’s own conclusions as one will clearly see what one previously was unable to. in recent times, a lot of people have been waking up in different ways, however, we need everyone to wake up so we can totally eradicate fear from our way of living. when enough of us awaken, the entire world will transform, and a beautiful, new world will unfold from this higher energy.

right now you may not be able to picture or imagine a different world, as the current ways of thinking are so entrenched in society, and you may feel that something different, or radically different, may be nearly impossible. and from a collective place of unawareness, it very much is nearly impossible. however as we bring light to the darkness, we become aware of what is/was and can accept it as a product of what society was feeling at the time. at first it may be difficult to realize some previous truths were even possible in today’s world, be it in your own world or at a larger level affecting the entire planet, though as we wake up fully to the present moment reality of what is actually happening, and are able to experience and accept this as it is, we can let it go and it will dissolve. by doing this, we create the space for new moments to unfold as we continue to evolve into the future.

a lot of people are afraid of change and rather stay in the comfort of what they currently know (and are unaware of), despite this current scenario not serving them. it takes courage to accept what we don’t like about ourselves as being real. as we must not resist our own truths and take personal responsibility for what is happening in our own world, we must also do so for the larger world around us to help affect beneficial change.

going back to where i began attempting to write this.. i saw the video at the link below last night and it spoke well of the current situation that is affecting so many of us. many may not like what it is saying or even hear the actual message clearly, largely due to their own preconceived notions and the programming they’ve been subjected to. many will be all for it, again, based upon their previous beliefs of what is right and wrong. however many will also shift and open their eyes to a new perspective of what is actually happening and previous beliefs and programming that no longer serves them will fall apart and begin to disintegrate. i post this largely for the latter — the more of us that are able to open ourselves up to what is happening in the world (and in ourselves) and experience it in the present moment, the more quickly we can transform the world to a beautiful, peaceful place we can all truly enjoy. we need to become aware of what is, in order to decide on what will be from a clearer, higher place. many of you reading this may already be aware.. if you feel this (or any) message will help others, aware or unaware, please share it to help spread the word.

regardless of your current viewpoint(s) and whether or not you already know this, watch and listen to the entire video in the following link with an open mind — tell me if you don’t see something quite wrong with these aspects of the current system (and if the ideas proposed, or more so, the perspective they are coming from, wouldn’t benefit you or most of everyone else)..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VePpQBCbKBw&index=1&list=PL_2NQfDP0JsN1YKZRZiuKcZLqifUJSlvl

it’s funny how as i watched the video and went back to it to watch it again, i kept noticing repeating numbers in the counts of viewers and subscribers. this seems to happen often as spirit is subtly speaking to us. a while back, a friend thought of this a “divine wink” when it happens. for anyone interested in the message in the first video, here’s another.. i felt a strong feeling/emotion in the middle of it when i watched it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtBVuye4fZQ it feels good to take part in something bigger than one’s self, even in doing something as simple as spreading the word or awareness of something that will help support and benefit many others’ lives. together we can make a difference.

surrender. let go. relax. new insights will magically appear when you take a moment to slow down and breathe.

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here’s a shorter version of the december 2015 time-lapse video i posted the other day..

i was asked to write about how this was made so i will explore some of it below. i did write a bit about the technique and idea the other day when i posted the long version of the time-lapse. you can check the film and writing out at:

most of the shots in both films were created with either the ricoh theta m15 [...]

here’s my latest masterpiece… err, well, really more of an experimental, proof of concept piece than a so-called “masterpiece”. there are some places where this could be better and i could continue to refine this though i’ve decided to leave it as it is. technically, there are a few errors due to buggy software [adobe photoshop, ffmpeg, and quicktime player pro all seemed unable to support the size of this project.. it was 18361 still images with the final tiff files taking over a terabyte of space before rendering the 4k uhd 2160p video], colors could be improved, the time-lapse film/movie/video could be edited down to something shorter, some of the little planets could be centered better, etc, etc, though part of the concept behind all of my work is to expand perspectives [and after working on putting this together for weeks, i’m finally calling it done, at least for now]. so many of us seek perfection, especially technical perfection in the photographic, or lens-based arts, and yes very beautiful works can be created with enough effort, though this same quest for perfection can drive one insane and keep pushing one further into the mind, and the mind’s desire/need for perfection (or need for more/better/newer/faster/etc). the underlying message in my work is to let go of one’s own self-limitations. let go of what no longer serves you. expand your mind, your viewpoint, your self, to new limits. when letting go of the limitations of the mind, one will discover a whole new reality in this experience called life. one will discover a deep sense of peace amidst the chaos. life truly happens outside of the mind and its attachments/desires. step outside of yourself. expand your way of seeing the world, your self, others, and life to a new level. there is beauty everywhere, we just need to learn to see it. and it’s done by letting go rather than struggling, striving, and yearning for more and more. when letting go, inspiration easily comes to you. in this place of silence, from a deeper place of silence, ideas and feelings emerge.

just like the idea for this. i don’t recall exactly where it all started, though many years ago when i first created little planet time-lapses (which, at the time, had never been done before), i thought taking it to the next level.. it’d be neat to see them in motion — where the camera actually moves physical positions, not just virtually altering the perspective of the little planet time-lapse video as i had done. i shot at least a couple with my old rig years ago (that i never completed), and now with newer technology, a year ago i was able to create an aerial 360×180 degree little planet time-lapse in motion by hanging a ricoh theta camera off of a kite and walking for miles with it at honeymoon island. back in 2014, i had shot little planets with the ricoh theta suction cup mounted to the moonroof of a car, or holding it up on a monopod out the window while driving (at very low speeds). however in most of these shots, the car took up too much of the frame. i knew that elevating the camera higher would make the car smaller in the frame/planet though didn’t have a safe means to do so. somehow the idea came to me to get a short extension to make the camera sit higher above the suction cup [it’s funny how this happens as i don’t recall exactly what i was looking for, though inspiration, or divine guidance sometimes, takes us on these long tangents and you seemingly ‘randomly’ stumble upon something that triggers something else and then an idea comes which leads to another, etc, etc, and you end up creating what you’re creating]. anyhow, that first attempt still didn’t give me what i was looking for so i ended up researching and creating the rig that let me do the shots where it looks like you’re looking straight down on the car from a bird’s eye view as its driving on the little planet. there were a number of unknowns in doing so as this is something that i don’t think has ever been done before. [it’s funny as this is where the ego/mind would want to shout out that it was the first one to think of or create something new, unique, or to a further extreme/record, though there’s really a higher and more important message here] i’ve never seen this specific look done nor heard of anyone mounting a camera so high above a moving car (except with a large custom fabricated system like on the google maps car that’s likely quite expensive). sometimes you’ve got to just trust where life is taking you. my car is still pretty new and i didn’t want any part of the rig to come undone while driving and cause damage, though by learning to listen to and trust one’s intuition or inspiration (and perhaps balanced with a bit of logic and analysis in research and development), one can invent new things and take one’s art to a new level. when i was determining what gear i was getting to create the car rig, the idea came to me of using the components in a different manner to get the shots where you see the front of the car (from a lower angle) driving on the little planet. [and the idea of the car driving around the planet came to me a long time ago.. though at the time i would’ve had to shoot it as a time-lapse (and either push the car or drive and stop for one frame of the shot every 5 seconds) before getting the camera that was able to shoot it as a video now. i’m grateful for technology continuing to expand and make creating images with specific looks much simpler]

things don’t have to be so complex either. start small, or work in small increments, and you can do something big. with the car rig shots, i drove quite slow during the first shots (both to make sure the rig held up before incrementally driving a little faster with it, and to have more shots in the time-lapse as the minimum interval timer setting available on the camera was not ideal). a lot of this is common sense and one who has done something similar before will see this as a simple, effective, logical way to approach creating something, though i realize, and have seen, that not everyone thinks of this sort of technical approach when creating something or trying something new. it really seems to be about a balance between feeling and thinking, between inspiration and logic, just like photography is a balance between science and art — one could get by with either approach, though when combining both, one can create (and live) in new ways.

this balance, or way of understanding both/all sides, is part of the whole underlying message of expanding perspectives. by being able to see, understand, and feel one way or the other, one can remove limitations in one’s life. spiritually, or philosophically (or whatever you want to call it) looking at this, it’s more of a non-dualistic approach. as we learn to transcend the limitations of duality, we embrace oneness. in oneness, we see that everything is connected and there is no right or wrong, no good or bad, and no separation. everything is part of the whole, and needs to exist in order for us to have this experience we call life. without up we cannot know what down is. without good or something we desire, we cannot know what bad or something we resist is. these dualistic perspectives give us the ability to experience life from a single viewpoint or perspective of separation, though as we learn to understand the whole, and see everything/everyone as connected and somehow related to everything/everyone else, new doors of perception will open to us. our current understanding through a vantage point of duality, is caused by existing and perceiving through the limitations of the mind. as we awaken and transcend the limitations of the mind, we begin to see the world as it is — before awakening, when perceiving through the mind, we are seeing a filtered world — we are not seeing it as it is — our viewpoint is clouded by programming/conditioning/judgment that we have been taught since we entered this world. we are told this is where we begin and this is where we end — anything outside of this defined endpoint is not us or ours, and anything within is us or ours. separation and conditioning is taught. the separate self, the ego, is a learned concept. yes, it is part of our current human experience, though it is also the root cause of all suffering. when we learn to see that we are all one, our lives will heal. we’ll also begin to see that there is no past or future.. these are merely concepts the separate mind has been creating. some concepts can serve us in various ways though many limit us. as we realize none of what we thought was real actually is real, we can much more easily let go of any attachment and suffering. we’ll find a place of bliss and peace when we can live fully in the present moment, in the now, and let go of thinking things need to be a certain way or cravings for what we don’t have or resistance of life circumstances we are experiencing but prefer not to. fully embrace the present moment. let go of anything that is not here and now. it is not real. your thoughts of the future, past, desires, resistances, etc, etc are only preventing you from fully living today, here and now. “carpe diem” seize the day, today and every day. do not dwell upon what is not. yes, you can vision, create, and manifest your future, though you must also let go, and surrender, to the present moment of where you are now in order for the creation to manifest. if there are any hinderances in thoughts, feelings, etc, etc preventing you from experiencing that which you desire, you will be taken through those so you may fully experience and release them and create the space for what you do desire to manifest and unfold simply in your life. the more we let go, surrender, and experience, the simpler this whole process becomes. the more we let go, the simpler life becomes. and the more we let go, the simpler it becomes to perceive and understand and fully know who we truly are (and all of the seemingly magical or mystical perceptions and understandings that come with this).

life is beautiful. live it fully. today. every day. here and now. let go. embrace. live.

step outside of yourself. awaken. become aware. understand by perceiving [what is]. grow. expand. be.

 

here are some of the locations these were shot at (all in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, Florida):

Brooker Creek Nature Preserve
Canal Park
Countryside
Crystal Beach
Davis Islands
Duke Energy Trail
Dunedin Causeway
East Lake
Ed Radice Sports Complex
Fred Howard Park
Honeymoon Island
John Chestnut Park
Keystone
Lake Chautauqua Park
Lake Dan and Lake Frances Nature Preserves
Lansbrook Golf Course
Odessa
Oldsmar
Palm Harbor
Philippe Park
Safety Harbor
Selmon Expressway

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obsessions and addictions can come from a lack of fulfillment or purpose, or from resisting what is there. when the urge arises, shift your energy and attention to go within to feel and experience what is really going on in life. once we work through what is there, we open the door for life to unfold and to live our purpose. in doing so, we no longer get caught up in things we don’t really want or that don’t serve us

letting go of control will bring you great peace in your life

Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.

- Ramana Maharshi
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Sunday #morning #sunrise #dawn #clouds #colors
Thursday #bikeride #dusk #nature #park #palmtree #silhouette
Thursday #bikeride #nature #goldenhour #dusk #clouds
Thursday #bikeride #goldenhour #park #trees