Rita Mosiman Presents … Walls

Photography and prose by Rita Mosiman

WALLS

The rock wall, lovingly formed, attracts my eyes with its embellishment of snow.  I think of how skilled the hands were that created it.  I wonder what kind of soul directed those hands. Suddenly my mind shifts to walls, in general.  There are so many types.  Some walls are retaining.  Some divide property—and people. Sometimes it’s good when a wall comes down. Some walls are emotional, seeming to protect us from hurt. Some are made to be solely beautiful. Maybe it’s good for us to notice what kind of walls we’ve created in our lives. Continue reading

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Enjoying New Mexico

Article by Sherrian Felix

It has been five months since I became a New Mexico resident, and I am loving every minute of it. Being in a place so rich in culture and filled with beauty, I felt it is my duty to share some of what I have seen, and perhaps offer some insight into places to visit in New Mexico.

Located in the Manzano Mountains, the Fourth of July Campground and Canyon, has been made famous by the brilliant display of colors from the large maple trees during the fall.

I took these pictures from the Fourth of July Canyon two weeks ago.

El Rancho De Las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is a living history museum located in Santa Fe. I was fortunate enough to attend the Harvest Festival this year. I got the opportunity to crush grapes for wine by foot, make tortillas, grind corn for flower, look at animals and watch the spanish dancers on the main stage. Continue reading

Rita Mosiman Presents… Warm Light

Photography and Prose by Rita Mosiman

Photography and Prose by Rita Mosiman

WARM LIGHT

Warm light and subtle color bring a soft appearance to the rugged mountains.   What a gift!  I had been scurrying all day to get done more than was possible in a day, feeling a bit frustrated.  In the midst of this unexpected sight, the frustration left me.  What did it matter that I didn’t get to everything?  Aren’t lists never ending anyway?   Let’s soak in the beautiful moments when we find them!

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Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Serenity and Beauty

Published by JB Stillwater

Autographed copies of Serenity and Beauty are available at Bookworks Albuquerque.

Rita Mosiman Presents … Open Spaces

Open space with daisies

Photo and prose by (c) Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

Open Spaces 

Open spaces, wide horizons of the amazing Southwest, with vast fields of summer flowers, completely open our souls to the immense and marvelous feeling of freedom.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Book signing event: Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Serenity and Beauty

Published by JB Stillwater

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The Sunset

Orange Sunset sky

Photography and prose (c) Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

For Whom Are We Singing?

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Photo by Rita Mosiman

The Power of Nature

Power of Nature areal view of the clouds top mountains

Photo and poem by Rita Mosiman

Rita Mosiman Presents … Sculptures

Yellow cottonwood trees

Poetry and Photo by Rita Mosiman

SCULPTURES

Fall colors are approaching.  I can’t wait to see the gold of the cottonwood leaves against New Mexico’s azure skies!  Equally beautiful are the forms of the tree’s branches that become more pronounced as the leaves turn gold.  Each tree offers a unique sculpture, which, when seen with the colors of leaves and sky, creates a painting of incredible design and blend of hues.

Nature’s gifts are stupendous.  I hope man remembers to gift in return by preserving and respecting nature and letting the warmth its gifts bring us spill onto those whose paths cross ours.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Book signing event: Please join Rita Mosiman on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at Bookworks. 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Call 505-344-8139.

Serenity and Beauty

Cover by Rita Mosiman. Published by JB Stillwater

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The Old Fence

Old wood fence with blue morning glories

Photo and poetry by Rita Mosiman

Canopy Of Colors

Autumn trees

Photo and prose (c) Rita Mosiman

Mystical Fog

Two trees stand in the fog in a park

Photo and prose by Rita Mosiman. (C) JB Stillwater

Rita Mosiman Presents… The Old Fence

THE OLD FENCE

Blue Morning glories bloom next to a dark wood fence

Poetry and Photo by Rita Mosiman

The old fence
And morning glories
Bring sweet memories
Of days gone by

I remember the smiles
Of grandparents and friends
The fresh, clear mornings
Of days gone by

The old fence
May hold some secrets
Best left behind
Of days gone by

Now fall approaches
Morning glories soon past
Fall leaves speak too
Of days gone by.

Each passing season gives us something wondrous to see and to feel. Is it the old fence alone or is it the old fence with the morning glories that sparked a frenzy of memories? I don’t really know, though I think it’s the beautiful combination. What’s important is that the memories were sparked and a warm feeling ensued. There’s something about getting out in the natural world that touches our spirits, that balances our lives and connects us to loved ones who’ve transitioned and loved ones who are still with us.

Invitation

Dear Friends,

Please join me on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 pm for my book signing.

At

 Bookworks

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW,

Albuquerque, NM 87107

505-344-8139.

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Rita Mosiman, author Serenity and Beauty, JB Stillwater publisher

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Photography by artist Rita Mosiman is featured at Western Commerce Bank. 1910 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112!

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Canopy of Colors

Autumn trees

Photo and prose (c) Rita Mosiman

How Many Seasons?

Seasons of flowers angled to the sky

Photography & Prose by Rita Mosiman

Nature’s Subtleties

Subtleties of Nature

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Rita Mosiman Presents … Nature’s Subtleties

Poetry and photo by Rita Mosiman

Poetry and photo by Rita Mosiman

Nature’s Subtleties

Unfolding before my eyes right after the rains was the ever changing desert.  Overnight it became green with splashes of yellow strewn throughout.  Not knowing what the yellow was, my curiosity took me on a walk.  Close up, I saw wispy yellow threads covering what appeared to be green succulents.  These small patches of yellow actually brought a huge amount of color variation to the panorama of desert flora when seen from a distance.  The view from afar was softly pastoral, giving me a peaceful feeling as I returned home. What other colors and blooms might appear with each weather and season change, I wondered.  There’s so much that awaits me!  Being filled with this tranquility, I found myself noticing more the subtleties in people as well.  A slight smile on a shy child’s face or the nuance behind a word that allows us to see more deeply into the heart was more noticeable.  Nature is a marvelous teacher!

Do you, too have memories you wish to share of nature’s sublime subtleties and how they affected your life?

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Photography by artist Rita Mosiman is featured at Western Commerce Bank. 1910 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112!

Free extras from Rita Mosiman

Bosque

Sandhill cranes grazing by river

Photo and Prose by Rita Mosiman

Mystical Fog

Two trees stand in the fog in a park

Photo and prose by Rita Mosiman. (C) JB Stillwater

Canopy of Colors

Autumn trees

Photo and prose (c) Rita Mosiman

Rita Mosiman Presents … The Power of Nature

The Power of Nature

Power of Nature areal view of the clouds top mountains

Photo and poem by Rita Mosiman

Desicating winds
Seared the earth
No respite in sight

Suddenly appeared
Cumulous clouds
Providing us hope

Torrents of rain
Crashed to the earth
Breaking the spell

Thundering bolts
Lightening streaked skies
Earth quickly sated

In one month’s time our drought has been broken.  It is perhaps too late for some plants and creatures, while other creatures thankfully munch the new greenery on the desert floor.  Desert’s extremes seem to have momentarily struck a balance, albeit leaving damage in its path.  Homes flooded and cars stranded as people rode out the storm.  There’s a mix of thankfulness for much needed rain and sadness for the destruction its violent nature took.  Thus can be the flash floods of the Southwest.

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Photography by artist Rita Mosiman is featured at Western Commerce Bank. 1910 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112!

Free extras from Rita Mosiman

How Many Seasons

Flowers in bloom against a blue sky

Photography & Prose by Rita Mosiman

Southwest Rain

Photo and poetry by Rita Mosiman

Photo (C) Rita Mosiman

 

Faces Everywhere – Part 1

Ever notice that if you look at something long enough it looks like something else? I bet you can find faces in anything if you look hard enough. Don’t believe me? Check these out from Twisted Sifter.

Car in disbelief

Yo? S’up?

Coooookkkkiiieee

Fish head

OMG what happened to your face!?!

Singing lighters

Yay we did it!

Maniacal moccasin

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Rita Mosiman Presents … How Many Seasons

Flowers in bloom against a blue sky

Photography & Prose by Rita Mosiman

How Many Seasons

Early spring.  Lacy leaves.  Nesting  bird choruses.  Rebirth.  As I meander through the neighborhood on my walk, I hear sudden pounding of staple guns doing a quick repair and meet children  going home from school, remembering the days I did that (in another life?!).  I wonder what is going on in the homes I pass.  Many stand empty during the day.  Some have their guard dogs fussing at the fence.  I think about the typical American life now.  What is the typical American life?  Where is middle America?  Does it exist anymore?  They are perhaps all at work – both mother and father – husband and wife, and seventy-year olds, trying to hang onto what little they’ve eked out.  What joys do they put into their lives?  Are they seeing and appreciating the fresh leaves that peak over the roof tops, the fruit tree blossoms that dot the yards of their houses?  What music do they listen to” – or is the television continually on?  What books do they read?  – Or is there never any time for that?

Wasn’t it summer just yesterday?  I remember that amazing summer sky.  Huge low clouds of mauve turning to strong, but dark peach in one area with sky blue surrounding it and some white cloud patches, behind one of which was the moon, creating a bright cloud lining until the moon, itself, brilliantly appeared.  Once again, I wondered what the sky was saying – from where was the peach coming?  Do people really look at a sunset?  It was the sort of summer night meant to be spent outside, sleeping on a blanket in the back yard, camping somewhere, taking a walk – somehow soaking it all in – preferably with someone – but really soaking it in!

And won’t it be winter tomorrow already?  Oh, have we skipped fall?  Does one day just drone into the next?

How many springs, how many seasons – just go by?

Previously published on JBStillwater.com

Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.

Free extras from Rita Mosiman

For Whom Are We Singing?

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Photo by Rita Mosiman

Photography by artist Rita Mosiman is featured at Western Commerce Bank. 1910 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87112!