One Thousand Words A Day.
September 23, 2010

The Dog-Days of summer.

After writing every spare moment the last three years, I decided to take the summer off. The plan was to:

a) Spend more time with my lovelies: my husband, the sanctuary dogs and the rescue horses.

b) Rest the writing muscles and come back refreshed and bursting with ideas.

It worked. I’m excited to get cracking on my current WIP (that’s work-in-progress for my non-writer friends) and I’m straining at the bit to begin another YA (young adult) novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November.

That said, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a creative outlet the past three months. Besides writing and poetry, I also love photography. It’s something I do for my own personal pleasure; unlike writing, I particularly enjoy the lack of competition and perfectionism, and the desert provides endless material.

Not something I'd want stuck in my hair!

I’m not sad to see the summer end; it’s been the hottest one yet. And even though monsoon clouds kept rolling in …

Summer has the bluest eyes ...

… and brightened up the days in a ROY-G-BIV sort of way …

Somewhere ...

 

... over the rainbow ...

… the monsoon was miserly with its rain, albeit quite generous with its sunsets:

Still, one of my favorite times of the day is when the moon appears …

The moon is an early riser.

… and night falls, which is the perfect time to snuggle under the covers with a good novel and read someone else’s one thousand words.

Photographs by Emily Murdoch

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Skytastic.
November 19, 2009

The Trees POV

Waves of Color

Sky Before Tomorrow

Trees say Goodnight

Beautiful end, beautiful day.

Through the Trees

Photos by Emily Murdoch

Paint The Sky.
October 9, 2009

God is a painter.

 

Marshmallow Skies

 

Sky like a kaleidoscope.

 

Peaceful Afternoon

 

Here and There

 

Peaceful in Pink

 

In the Pink

 

The Evening Show

 

Day is Done.

 

O beautiful, for spacious skies ...

 

An Early Moon.

 

Peek-a-boo Moon

 

Sunset Tangle

 

Photos by Emily Murdoch.

Masterpiece.
January 14, 2009

God was here!

 

this is not a destination,

but a journey.

this is not about perfection,

but improvement.

this is not a creative act

but one million creative acts

put together just so,

the picture painted.

this is not a way of thinking

but of seeing.

this is not a random act,

but art in waiting.

 

Beauty is the night.

 

(Poem and photos by Emily Murdoch)

Christmas In The Desert.
December 27, 2008

With so many people making merry, please be extra careful on the roads. Stay safe, keep warm, be careful and have fun.

Happy Holidays! 

May 2009 be the best year ever.

Silent Night, Holy Night,

All is calm, All is bright.

 Christmas Eve, 2008.

Sunset on Christmas Eve.

 

Peace on earth, good will toward men.

 

Reaching for the stars.

 

Watercolor skies.

 

Sleep in heavenly peace. 

 

Piglet

 

Cloud

 

The Terriers on Christmas Day, 2008.

 

Estrella

 

Piggy's candy cane from Santa.

 

The day after Christmas, 2008.

 

Winter Monsoon storm clouds.

 

Saguaros in silhouette.

 

Day is done ...

 

Gone the sun ...

 

The pink of dusk.

  

Dusk meets the night.

 

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lake, from the hill, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest.
God is nigh.

 

Thanks and praise, for our days,
’Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars,
’Neath the sky.

 As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.

 

(Photos by Emily Murdoch)