Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

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Yesterday we walked a regional trail. Since it had rained hard the night before and we were walking early before anything had warmed up the trail was iced and slippery and lots of leaves and galls had fallen on the path. It made for some excitement to be sure we did not slip and fall. I had set my mind to play with Hipstamatic while we walked, deciding just on one lens and film combo to see what they did together ((Dream Canvas film with Bettie XL lens). I liked it well enough and then when I got home I had a new app I thought I would brush over the top (Distressed FX). That led me to finding some words from Mary Oliver to see if I could thread the images together.

I love to walk…and stand…and look…

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How to…

A recipe for taking on the day…

1. Set your cat alarm for early.


(Our Cliff in the last few months has developed a voice two times louder than he used to have. Some have said that when cats get old they lose their hearing and compensate vocally. In any event he is obnoxious every morning at 5:00 a.m. and as soon as he has us all up, he repairs to his upstairs corner and sleeps through the morning.)

2. Brew and enjoy your Blue Bottle Coffee.



3. Don your fingerless gloves so that you can still operate your iPhone/camera.


4. Walk, because you will be enveloped in magic from grey to vibrant, opulent to plain.

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5. Sometimes you will be alone except for the birds.

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7. There might be a convention of 5 year olds learning soccer skills,


but for the most part you will have it to yourself…lots of clouds or few clouds it will get you started on the day in the best possible way.

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Of What Surrounds Me

Whatever it is I am saying, I always

need a leaf or a flower, if not an

entire field. As for sky, I am so wildly

in love with each day’s inventions, cool blue

or cat gray or full

of the ships of clouds, I simply can’t

say whatever it is I am saying without

at least one skyful. That leaves water, a

creek or a well, river or ocean, it has to be there. For the heart to be there. For the pen

to be poised. For the idea to come.

Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems, vol.2




We went out to Fort Cronkhite last weekend. TM needed to do some off-season maintenance jobs for GGRO (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory) and I always jump at the chance to go with if he is going to spend the morning at one of the most beautiful places in the world. Plus, I get a lunch in Sausalito and a dash into the Heath Ceramics Factory Store. An ideal day, IMHO. It was so foggy this particular morning that you could not tell that there was a Golden Gate Bridge when the road passed it and there were raindrops to dodge. It was beautiful anyway. I took a lot of video clips  and included some 8mm app footage, but wasn’t quite sure what my story was until I ran across a poem by Mary Oliver. Here are some still shots, the poem, and the iMovie I made with them all. You can make the movie full screen by clicking in front of the word vimeo.

IMG_9258IMG_9194IMG_9204IMG_9267IMG_9328IMG_9335IMG_9336I Go Down to the Shore  by Mary Oliver

I go down to the shore in the morning

and depending on the hour the waves

are rolling in or moving out,

and I say, oh, I am miserable,

what shall—

what should I do? And the sea says

in its lovely voice:

Excuse me, I have work to do.

https://vimeo.com/63275654 (click to see the movie)