Do not despair of our present difficulties,
Believe always in the promise and greatness of America,
Because nothing is inevitable here
Americans never quit.
We never surrender.
We never hide from history.
We make history.
Farewell, fellow Americans.
God Bless You, and God Bless America.
– Senator John McCain, Cornville Arizona
An early morning drive up Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff for a browse around, Thai food, and then coffee at the booksellers. After, a good long look and photo taking time with two very different public murals.
Mural Joe painted the True Blue mural in downtown Flagstaff that honors some of the aspects of Northern Arizona University and the NAU Lumberjack.
Entire mural is quite striking and each scene tells it’s own story while flowing smoothly into the next.
Located a youtube video of the artist creating the mural. Provides an inside look in the creating art on such a large scale and unconventional ‘canvas.’
It is family, friends, the arts, music, books, and nature that I seek out to balance the continued divisive and unsettled times globally. Days long media breaks, a catch up with the Sunday Times. Liberally self prescribing doses of activism on getting the vote out in my own country (America) for the upcoming Midterm Elections on November 6, 2018. Prescribed in response to anxiety and concern over what my country and yours, our shared global community will look like in ten or twenty or thirty years from now. What opportunities, choices, potable water, breathable air, education, and liberties will be available to the Grandchildren coming up into their adulthood. Mine, yours, everyone’s Grandchildren.
Been taking the camera along, it’s familiar presence a gentle reminder to slow it down and pay attention. To notice and appreciate the delicious light filled length, variety, expansiveness of a given summer day in the high desert. The photos above are some favorites of the summer, the slideshow below showing the difficulty I have choosing favorites.
Thank you for your support and interest in my photo essays. Wishing each and everyone of you a safe, prosperous, and engaged month of September.
Music: Aretha Franklin: Think- Natural Woman