Wow, looks like its been over a month since my last update. Not exactly the best practice for what started out as a DAILY photo blog.

Let get this back on track shall we?

A little bit about todays pic…..

Not entirely sure why I thought that mid September would be a good time to drive through what can only be referred to the hottest and most desolate place in the country, but there I was. Lots to explore there I am sure, but that air-conditioned car seemed to win the tug for my time for most of the day. I did happen to sneak out of my little traveling oasis a few times to capture what I could though, but I am sure I will make it back someday. Of course, a little closer to winter might be a better idea next time:)

Life.....in death valley

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

Well I could come right out of the gate and post a quick story about the shot but first, I feel the need to explain why I haven’t been around in a while. (Strange when one feels the need to describe their absence from their own home now that I think of it!) Not too much of an excuse though. Just haven’t had the creative urge to share any of my work lately. Or the time. More accurately, I have been a little more focussed on the projects I have this time of year with my Hylite lighting team. It’s these few months of hard work that allow me to explore a bit of this amazing world in the off months so I guess thats a good thing. Work hard to play hard or at least budget for it:)

(more on that later in the post)

That being said, thanks for stopping by! I fully intent to get the oil can out and lube up this machine and get it running again so stay tuned.

(did that sound as stupid as I think. yeah, I’m pretty sure it did…..)

First look at UtahCool, you’r still here!

And now for something completely different….

As you know, I like to mix it up here a bit on Sundays. My goal with these posts (if I can remember to stay current with them of course) continues to be to share with you someone who is using their unique gift to share their art with the world. As I have been recently getting my own personal finances tweaked a bit and laser focused, I thought I would share this well known creative finance coach with you. As a few of my readers here are in their own personal career evolution, I thought that some of what he says might resonate with you.

With that said…

Meet the Artist – Dave Ramsey

From his own website…..

America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His four New York Times best-selling books—Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, and EntreLeadership—have sold more than 7 million copies combined.

From my own words…..

I have recently been consuming quite a bit of his content and teachings from both his podcasts as well as his books on both the subjects of finance and leadership. As a real estate investor, I have for years used a little leverage (and perhaps sometimes too much) to reach my goals, but am starting to rethink the way I go forward. Again, not exactly the type of artist I share here, but I thought that Dave’s teachings would resonate with some of you as I know it has for me!

Here is a quick video about Dave and his story. It’s produced pretty well (and is actually a piece of art it its own right!) We all need mentors and these days, shall I say “Digital Mentors!” He’s a good one to follow, I promise:)

Enjoy, and let me know if you like these kinds of posts!

A little more from Dave….

Dave’s main Website

Dave on Facebook

Dave on Instagram

Dave on Youtube

Dave on Twitter

So first off….Happy New Year! (only about 18 days too late though Mike) Been a little busy lately illuminating a few events and working on a couple of other projects, but isn’t that always the excuse:(

Yeah, I know, its time to get back focused on this lil ole blog o mine!

Lots of images, tips, tricks, videos, and stories to tell I promise:)

Till then, here is a little gift for ya.

Gino Vanelli…..he still has it after all these years!

Funny how I never appreciated the art of his voice while my dad played his albums over and over in the 70’s when I was just a little tyke. I guess it took a few years of jazz appreciation to ….. well……appreciate his art! He really is a true artist that has stood the test of time. Having seen him live in Europe and most recently locally here at the Kravis Center, I couldn’t help but wish I was able to share the experience with my dad actually. Funny how music has a way of triggering a few fond memories.

Miss ya Dad! I am sure you would like this (and hope you do too!)

 

More from Gino here on Facebook, his Twitter feed here, or his YouTube Channel here!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. – Thomas Merton

Not that I can (or have ever tried) to take paint to canvas, but if I could (or would), I would love to be able to create something like this. Lucky for me, until then, I have my Topaz Impression plugin!

Boats on the edge of Annecy

More on that in a future video, but until then, here is another little quick tip about some of my favorite features of camera raw! …….not exactly related to the image above, but it was next in line:)

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

I could have sat in that meadow for hours. Not sure why I didn’t actually. I was really in no hurry as I bumbled up the state on my way to Denver. Telluride…sounded like a nice place to stop and soak in the Colorado air for the night. As with so many of my quick trips, a small taste of the area and right back on the bucket list for hopefully another trip back someday.

So many places to see……and see again:)

Lost in the meadow

 

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