Monday, January 3, 2011

Back to the Future

As we visited with the 'characters' at Calico Ghost Town, it was evident they loved being where they were, and doing what they were doing, which sometimes meant just enjoying the moment.  I think these people yearn for a simpler way of life, one not so complicated with the pressures and hustle bustle of the world today.  Sometimes we do get so caught up in running from one event to another, or jumping from one commitment to another, or struggling to 'keep up with the Joneses', that we lose ourselves.  We lose sight of what is important and what the really meaningful things in life are.  We neglect ourselves, our spouses, our children, our friends, our health, our faith.  Maybe the beginning of a New Year is a good time to reassess how we spend our time.  After all, our time on earth is a precious resource and gift.  None of us knows exactly how much of it we will be given or when our allotment will be all used up!  I'm going to try harder this year to spend more of my time doing what really matters most!  Want to join me?        

21 comments:

Scott said...

Is that a Styrofoam cup that old cowboy is holding in his hand? Great job on the aging treatment you gave on this. Looks like a painting.

Joop Zand said...

I like this Karen....well done.

greetings, Joop

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I like to visit places that are a recreation of what it was like in earlier times. I like the HDR effect of your image.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am one always seeking ways to simplify my life. That is an interesting effect you did on that shot. Seems to fit perfect. Very nice.

Sandra said...

I will join you in doing what matters most. to me that is anyway. this is an awesome photo of what used to be, and I love it. one of the things that matters is visiting your photos, so i will be here everytime you post

Ginny said...

That's a lovely guest post you did. Gosh, the men in the ghost town appear to be lost in time. Sometimes, maybe we can find ourselves by losing ourselves. But what a great picture, catching all the details!

Robin said...

Karen, sounds like a plan!
I really like this shot! And like the treatments you have given it!

Peter said...

nice processing !

really the far-west !
gr, peter

Nancy said...

I will certainly join you Karen -- now I just need to figure out what is most important -- the list is long. :)

Love the photo -- very cool.

Stephani said...

Sure do! ~ Love everything about this photo!

Tommy Andre Nekkoy said...

Nice composition - But I'm glad I live in 2011 - Well done

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you so very much for this nice entry, as in my opinion, it is indeed much needed, for humankind to remember its real, important reasons for and about life.

Please have a good Tuesday.

daily athens

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Karen,
Wonderfully composed, Nice work.

Regards,
Wong

SouthernSass said...

I love this photo and the processing! A simpler way of life would be grand!

janc@mac.com said...

Great sentiments -- now for the implementation.

Dawn said...

Yes! Will join you in this for sure!!!!
That DOES look like an unreal picture!!!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Well shot, processed and said!! I want to join you in that quest!

Linda R. said...

What a great post.. Thank you so much for the reminding me of how precious time really is..

What a great shot.. I love the processing you did on this. You know I might be camping up in Calico in a couple of weeks. Depending on weather. Looking at your shots are inspiring me.

Hugs, Linda

boromax said...

I'm in! Simplify - an ageless motto. This photo is fabulous in its composition and treatment. Well done!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Stunning work of Art and is a wall hanger for sure. Do you print your own , on canvas or how. That would be a good topic to have for teck talk.
Thanks for sharing.

Photog Ave said...

I really REALLY love this Karen!