Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

I love poetry and I enjoy recording them. Of all the poems I have read, I love this one the most because it’s so heart wrenching, yet sentimental and loving. I think at one point I almost shed a tear when I read a certain part of the poem, but you’ll never guess at what part. I suppose I am just a sensitive soul with an innocent view on love or so I have been told recently. Enjoy the poem!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

8 Feb

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This was taken at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs last year. Yes, the rocks are that big. If those people were twice their size and standing on that platform, the rock on the right would still tower above them.

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We were driving along a highway in Colorado and I saw these homes. I just thought it was so quaint. Those homes seemed so far from society, placed on the side of a big hill where they appeared untouchable. I can only assume there was a small road alongside the three buildings.

Artist of the month: Gustavo Silva Nunez

31 Jan

If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you will know that I love blogging about painting and artists. I oil paint on the side for fun and once in a while I’ll write about them. I must note though that I can only oil paint nature and not people or animals. The way I draw people rivals that of a five year old, and the five year old would win hands down in a draw off. So, I will stick to painting snow capped mountains, trees, lakes and modern art.

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I came across this amazing Venezuelan artist, Gustavo Silva Nunez today. When I saw his paintings, I was positive I was looking at a photo. His creations of hyperrealistic paintings are so real you have a to do a double take. This painting below of the woman in the pink bathing suit coming out of the water is my favorite. I could look at this photograph for the longest time. As an artist, you can recreate a person or imagine a place or person in your mind and make them come alive. That’s what I see here. Is she a real person? Is this woman someone from his imagination? Only he knows. It’s almost like his painting is coming to life, being curious and looking at the artist who created her. Truly a spectacular painting and photo.

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More of his paintings.

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So I choose Gustavo Silva Nunez as my artist of the month for his impeccable, brilliant and realistic way of painting people in water. To learn more about Gustavo Silva Nunez, check out his Facebook page.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

27 Jan

To be honest, I was too lazy to go back and find a picture that represented me for this weekly challenge. Instead, I decided on two pictures I took this past Sunday when we went to a dog park.


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I love taking pictures of doors, patios and especially windows. This window was on a church that we passed on our way to the dog park. Luckily, the traffic light was long enough for me to whip out my camera and snap this window. How does this picture represent myself aka express myself? Well, for starters, I am like this specific window. Beyond the exterior, I am a simple girl. I am precise, artistic, simply elegant, delicate yet very strong (wrought iron strong if you will). I’m open, yet private, but just enough for you to take a peek at what I’m all about.

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This next picture was taken at the dog park considered one of the “Top 10 Best Dog Parks in the USA”! How can you not love the mountains in the background and the rolling hills of trails to walk on? By the way, the dog park is called Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was truly enjoyable. There are creeks and many trails to explore which isn’t found in a typical dog park.

How does the last picture reflect me? I am one full of love and care. I tend to burst out in laughter, love, kindness, compassion or any type of energy that spread out and grasps anything in its way. I want to bring light to darkness. If anything, you’ll always feel pure, but gentle warmth from me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

19 Jan

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Yesterday we went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to explore a bit. While there, we saw the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun up further in the mountain looking grand and serene as it towered above us. We were already about 8,000 feet above sea level at the zoo as it was, but I had to zoom in quite a bit to get this shot and had a bit of fun editing it afterwards as you can tell. After taking the picture, I just stood there and looked at it for a few moments. Another day I will go up there and take more pictures of it, but all I could do was just look at it from afar. But there it stood as if it was just overlooking the Colorado Springs town below with a sense of serenity. The Shrine is beckoning.

Carrying only a lantern through a cave!

13 Jan

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Feeling a sense of adventure once again, we went to check out Cave of the Winds this past Sunday. We did not know what to expect, except that one of the tours we bought was the Lantern Tour. The Lantern Tour is a tour through the cave holding only a metal bucket with a candle inside it for less than two hours in complete darkness. We were told it would be rugged terrain and to wear comfortable shoes. Little did I know that it was also a complete workout by walking up steep steps, bending down in 4 feet tall tunnels, squeezing through smaller tunnel walls and having our hearts literally pop out of our chests from being scared by the tour guide.

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The ride up was a little hairy and I had a few white knuckle moments when driving to the cave. There are no barriers from the drop off cliffs, so my heart was pumping a little extra hard. After parking our car and proceeding to walk down to the main area to buy tickets in the gift store, we saw this sign. Bears? Rattlesnakes? Up here? Bears?? Where would I run too? I began to see myself being chased down the hill by a big brown bear. Until I saw this…

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Luckily, it was the only bear I saw outside. Hence, we moved along to the safety of our destination.
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Once the tour began with a group of 10 or so, we were brought into a big area where there were lights lighting up the cave and ceiling. Our tour guide provided some information about the room and what to expect from the near 2 hour tour. Before we knew it, we were all walking in a fast pace up very steep stairs, gingerly walking down dirt trails and bending down for a few yards in a 4 foot tunnel. The first few minutes of walking were lit by lights and there were strategic lights lighting our way. However, soon we were all given a metal bucket and a candle to proceed into the dark cave. From here on, we were told, there was only one way out from where we were going and to stay close because the cave is enormous and it’s easy to get lost. We even were trained in “code words” to say to each other such as “bend down”, “steps” “duck”. This way of code talking came in handy as we were all walking in a single row since the pathways were incredibly small. It was all so Lord of the Ring! Anyways, our little lanterns were the only lights we would be seeing for the rest of the tour and it would be lighting our pathway (except of the occasional flashlight from the tour guide to point out things).

The said ladder above was pointed out to us as where a man was “pushed” to his death. He was one of the owner’s friends. He later died in the hospital, but the man claimed there was something in the cave that allegedly pushed him off the ladder and said the cave was haunted by something. Something or some things that did not want people exploring or working in the cave.

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Wait, are those business cards inside this cave? Why? Legend has it that if you leave your business card in there, it will bring you good luck. I think. Don’t quote me on that. Yes, I did leave my business card in there. It is now forever inside that cave and if you know my first and last name, good luck finding it. It’s pretty easy to find if I go in there with you, but you’ll be there quite some time looking for it. I then realized, oops. I don’t work at my old job anymore from my business card. Back in the day, during the early tours, people would leave their business cards under the State initials written on the walls of the cave. This would help people to find potential business or employers under that particular State. That area of the cave was just immersed in complete darkness. At one point, were told to blow our candles out to experience complete darkness. I imagined what it would have been like to be a miner in this cave and not finding my way out. That is a very scary thought!

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Here I am trying to squeeze through a small tunnel and taking it for the team to lead the group to our next trail. Just kidding. It’s not me. Just a demonstration of how tiny the tunnels actually were when the cave was discovered.

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These tools were found in the cave to show us what the miners used back then.

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It was around this time that my camera died, but not before I took this picture. We were told we would be able to see the ghost of the owner of the cave up in that hole.

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If you go to Cave of the Winds, I highly recommend this particular tour “The Lantern Tour” because it is more rugged and adventurous than the other two tours. I won’t spoil what you will see or hear during the tour, but I guarantee you’ll have a fun and informative time. If you happen to come visit us in Colorado Springs, I’ll be more than happy to take this tour with you!

Why Wednesday

7 Jan

Hello friends,

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I know for me, I am a writer. My thoughts come flowing out when I write, but sometimes I feel extremely vulnerable when it comes to verbally express my deepest feelings to someone. Sure, I’m a great conversationalist in person, but that doesn’t mean I go deep each time. In the past when I’ve expressed how I’ve felt in a calm and collected way to someone (I don’t believe in yelling or shouting to express ones feelings), be it a concern or anything in a negative situation, I’ve been met with anger. I began to wonder, “Why did they react like that? I just asked an innocent question. Why are they so angry?” You almost begin to doubt yourself. Was it my question? Did I hit a nerve? But I’ve learned, it’s not me, it’s them and their issues.

So next time, if someone comes up to you and opens up about something in their past life or anything that involves the both of you, just remember you have a choice of how to react to what they say. In a healthy friendship or relationship, the person listening is caring and puts forth the importance of the other person to come to a reasonable resolution.

But if you’re on the other end and you’re the one who is expressing your feelings and the person reacts negatively, just know it’s them, not you. They had a choice of how to react.

Stay strong. Never keep things inside. The people who truly love you will always listen and react in a positive way.

Until next time. xoxo

Cid.

Sunday in Manitou Springs, Colorado

29 Dec

My son and I took a stroll through Manitou Springs today and I thought I’d share it with you. Today was our third day in Colorado and we were anxious to explore a little since we had previously passed through this town a few months ago.

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I absolutely love dreamy little corners of the world where you can just sit and have a cup of tea and appreciate life. I must come back when it’s much warmer.

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Dreamy little place to shop.

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I used the window as a frame for the background which was quite fascinating.

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Bear alert!

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Adventure Boy, my 13 year old love of my life.

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I was getting odd looks as I was taking this picture. Why would someone take a picture of this? Because I saw something beautiful blowing in the wind and I wanted to capture it! Hence, I bring you this…

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Beauty in ordinary things. I see it everyday. I want to see it everyday. I must.

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Pretty.

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Canals are great! I felt like I was in Europe for a few minutes.

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Seeing a glimpse of life in plants peeking behind windows just made me stop and take this picture. Instead of curtains, this made the whole picture so beautiful.

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Came across a wall with this painting on it. Who was he?

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I was initially admiring this gorgeous bird house until….

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I saw the bird house had an adorable resident already living in it.

Manitou Springs is a quirky little town, but I captured just tidbits of it all. To visit it, would take all afternoon because there is so much to see there. Below is a short video I shot today and I hope you like it.

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Why Wednesday!

10 Dec

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WHY, is that I will refuse to jump out of a plane and go parachuting, yet I would be willing to descend into the dark abyss of said cave pictured above? Why?! What is wrong with me? Since I am terrified of heights, why is it that it doesn’t bother me to descend into a cave? I think because I have a slight more control of how slow I am descending via the ropes rather than falling through the skies in a very fast speed. I know with parachuting and spelunking, the final destination is the ground…but I tend to like to take my time when it comes to descending…hence my less fear of heights going down into some dark cave.

This cave called Cave Sarma world’s is the second biggest discovered cave in the world. It is also the most challenging, so if you want some major mental and physical challenge then this is the cave for you!

I don’t see myself going to Vietnam any time soon, but Son Doong is the world’s biggest cave and I would definitely check it out if I had an opportunity. For now, I’ll just explore it vicariously through this National Geographic documentary safe and sound in my living room eating my warm chocolate chip cookies and almond milk. Cave exploring, seeing and hearing rushing waters, climbing over rocks and wearing caving equipment, yes please! Ok, I admit. I wouldn’t go as far as these explorers and researchers did, but I would descend and explore for half an hour and then scramble back up. You have to make sure you always have an escape exit when in a cave!

If you do watch the video below, wait until you get to the 18:00 minute of the documentary. All I can say is that it’s very Jurassic Park-esque and beautiful. Those lucky cave explorers!

Video credit: Threeland Travel

JavaGirl’s Music Pick for December: KEVIN ROSS: ” This is my Wish”

9 Dec

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Hello my dear friends,

So December is definitely one of my favorite months of the year where I can give, spend time with family, celebrate the meaning of Christmas and think of how the past year has changed me in a positive way. It’s also a time when I like to choose a favorite song of the month that speaks to me deep in my soul. Kevin Ross is a classically trained musician who presented the Glade company with a demo of him singing; Glade loved it so much, they partnered up with him and hence this beautiful song is heard in almost every household in America as part of advertising Glade’s candles. Check out the video below and let it warm your heart with peace and love.

Here is a behind the scenes video of how the song came to be.

Most people don’t know that I love Motown music, so hearing Kevin Ross sing is music to my ears. There is something about Motown that brings back great memories of childhood. The funny thing is my mother rarely listened to Motown, so I chose that genre on my own from somewhere and I continue to enjoy it to this day. I know one thing though, Kevin Ross and I both love Glade candles and I can say here that Angel Whisper is my favorite. Whenever I go shopping and I need it, I buy three of them! My home always smells so nice. I have some pictures of candles in my photography and also a short video showing candles I made for a good friend, Kate, set along with music.

Don’t let anyone blow out the bright, strong and gorgeous light inside of you. Let it shine, even in the darkness.

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