A Beauty-Full Life 2019 is a follow-on project from 2015's Still...Life. Whereas 2015's focus was that amidst all the challenges in living there is...still...life, A Beauty-Full Life will comprise images selected from those taken each day of 2019, each with a message and hope that viewers are reminded that life is full of beauty of many types. Share your thoughts with me at Dion@DionMcInnis.com.
May 22 I should trim the azaleas, but the new growth is too beautiful and I appreciate its willingness to stand out and say "look at me" without fear of being lopped.
May 21 I enjoy being pressed to get an image when I only have a few minutes to find something beautiful. It makes me be open in the moment to all types, including simple lines and forms. Perhaps every moment should be thus.
May 20 The swoop of the handle, the pattern of the screen...beauty of form and line confront me as I leave.
May 19 If stars had petals, this might be what the night sky would look like.
May 18 The colors are beautiful, but most beautiful is that it is home.
May 17 Maybe this should be a jigsaw puzzle, but I love the colors and textures along with the grass creeping in, ready to take over anywhere and everywhere.
May 16 I'm fascinated in the myriad ways that the stories and lives of loved ones are told, commemorated and honored at cemeteries. This is a beautiful love story.
May 15 The angel statue captures my attention again, this time in the warm light of morning that creates a reflective halo of sorts from the kitchen faucet. Simple beauty found simply.
May 14 It is good to see colors and forms when looking up instead of gray and rain. Both versions are beautiful, but the colors are a welcome change as of late.
May 13 The warm light of sunrise and the cool light of shade form an early morning, color version of yin and yang.
May 12 The last flower that I see as I leave my Walden (Place Away from Places) strikes me with the beauty of its colors and the beauty of its imperfections.
May 11 I don't know what this is, but it and several of its cousins are new companions in the garden at church. The colors and textures stand out beautifully in this pause in the rain right before Mass.
May 10 The ever-reaching grape vine had company this moment and the beautiful details in the intricacies of leaves and wings serve as more reminders of why I love my garden.
May 9 Bolts of lightning are truly beautiful, but so too is the night sky lit up as unseen bolts travel above the clouds to create an other-worldly beauty.
May 8 On my quick walk through the yard after one of today's many rain bursts, I paused to appreciate how well the potatoes (tomatoes, beans, herbs, peppers and cucumbers) are coming along. They are all doing fine, save for falling to slugs which I will take care of, and they are all beautiful...the ultimate solar energy, turning light into food over time, which then becomes energy again.
May 7 Overcast, rainy, perfect for appreciating colors and forms, the geometry of the planter and the details of the plant.
May 6 Sunlight just begins to flood the living room with warm, morning light and accentuates the textures and colors at the fireplace. A good moment to appreciate all that surrounds me.
May 5 Cloud watching near the end of the day. The blue sky day amidst days of rain and overcast provides a moment to create characters out of clouds, and to appreciate nuances of blue.
May 4 A quick grab shot at 60 mph while pulling a trailer to get a shot of a beautiful East Texas sunset at the close of the day.
May 3 Warm morning light accentuates with textures and shadows the material of the drapes. I love light and shadows.
May 2 When the thunderstorm arrived hours after posting my image for today, I figured that if I got a nice lightning image that I would post a bonus image for the day. I love rain, lightning and thunder; enjoy the beauty, power and intricacy of it all.
May 2 I've tabbed a few pages of my Bible over the past few years. The colorfulness of the tabs provide a beautiful reminder of what they are marking for my review.
May 1 Sometimes we forget to pay attention to textures and sheen around the house. This caught my eye and held it. I couldn't not take the photo.
April 30 Some things call me to be photographed again and again. Our front door is one of those things. It is ever-changing based on time of day, color and direction of light, angle from which I view it...but always beautiful and inspiring.
April 29 A candle to light the patio for a quiet time over wine with my wife. The candle, its light and the glass intrigue me. Always has, always will.
April 28 Beauty in the moment...the moment of a young man's first celebration of the Mass as a newly ordained priest while he delivers his first homily, the moment of the morning sun breaking through the stained glass to add a special feeling to this moment and memory.
April 27 The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at University of Notre Dame prior to my wife's cousin's son's ordination. Beautiful and breathtaking, and soon to be filled with voices and song. Incredible.
April 26 Less than 36 hours before the snowfall, sufficient enough to need to scrape the rental car's windows, the buds against the Indiana sky revealed the beauty of spring.
April 25 Last night's storms gave way to brilliant sunshine and plants that express their joy with colors and textures.
April 24 Between sheltering during a tornado warning and enjoying the rainfall, I had the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of light, shadow and movement as the storms wore down.
April 23 This beautiful collection of pinhead-sized grapes will become snacks, jelly or wine months from now, depending on how they survive my daily nibbling once they are ripe. In the meantime, I'll marvel at the beauty of colors and of the growing process that is largely ignored when shopping the produce aisle.
April 22 Light on new leaves busting out for spring is one thing, but light shooting through the leaves is another kind of beautiful.
April 21 The roses that I greeted my wife with at the airport after her week away with family, quickly came to full bloom. revealed in the morning light.
April 20 She lays in the sun, the light bringing beautiful textures and colors that out of the shadows.
April 19 A welcome mat of light. How fitting in a photographer's home, though it only lasted for part of the morning.
April 18 Is the door swinging open or closed? The light of the new day invites through the door either way.
April 17 Beautiful day or night, still or strong in the wind.
April 16 A wash table that has been in the family for well over 100 years and was lovingly refinished by a former boss, as the home for a raku art piece given to me as a thank you for my work for the art program at a previous employer. Beautiful items and beautiful memories.
April 15 A spot of sunlight hits this gnarly weed. Beautiful to look at, but not something I want to grab a handful of.
April 14 A quick trip to the nearby home improvement box store brought me by this field which provided a view of these beautiful horses. The beauty of errand running.
April 13 Rain droplets on the gutter during a pause between storms.
April 12 The smooth textures of the skylight and its tonalities against the textures and patterns of the roof provide a nice respite while working in the backyard.
April 11 I'm becoming more intrigued by the beauty of regular household lines, shapes, light and shadows. Just walking through the house while paying attention is a reward unto itself.
April 10 With this project, I am paying more attention to reflections on water, dishes, glass and more. The indirect view of something creates a beautiful new perspective thanks to the surface upon which the reflection resides.
April 9 Light near the end of the day reveals colors working in harmony from inside and out. Beautiful enough to cause a pause of "I hadn't noticed that before" thoughts.
April 8 Resting at home, after spending a night in the airport with two hours of sleep folded into a chair, I see the light and haze as a little piece of heaven -- home. A beautiful sight and a beautiful feeling.
April 7 I look up before heading up the elevator to the airport terminal and this new art piece in the ceiling captures my attention. The beautiful colors and forms made of materials and light give me pause to reflect on the look and the artist who created it.
April 6 Light shoots through the tree, and when added to tiredness, takes on more of a hazy, drowsy beauty.
April 5 1000 miles from home, I see beautiful colors of plants unfamiliar to me at a hotel that is oh-so-familiar for business trips. The beauty welcomes me.
April 4 On travel, after a long day of getting from Point A to Point B, I find calming beauty awaiting me in the room that will be my home for the better part of a week.
April 3 Wires glistening in abstract art forms belie their role to keep deer out of newly planted flowers. The beauty of art is everywhere.
April 2 The grape vine is awake and shooting for the skies, later to provide grapes for nibbling and, perhaps, enough for canning. At this moment, the pyramid of forms and textures reveal a beauty unto its own.
April 1 Seeing the various types of beauty in one's environs serves as a great reminder of that beauty of all types surrounds you every day.
March 31 The lightpole could only hope to be able to cast light as beautiful as today's dusk.
March 30 The green of the broccoli seemed particularly vibrant and beautiful under the refrigerator light.
March 29 I love the beauty of lines, shapes and forms; sometimes, they resonate better together than every likely intended.
March 28 Spring has sprung, releasing beauty in colors, textures and forms.
March 27 Subtle whites of barely-there clouds against a blue seamless background. Beautiful view from the front porch (or anywhere).
March 26 Everyone and everything has a shadow side. Embrace the beauty of it.
March 25 The familiar is still beautiful, not to be taken for granted. Perhaps the beauty comes in the companionship, connection and function of the relationship...for decades, a keyboard has been my beloved friend.
March 24 Burning some excess trash wood provided the chance to admire the beauty of the colors, nuances and intricacies of fire.
March 23 Years ago, a photography student of mine at University of West Bohemia commented, "Dion, you really do love light, don't you?" Yes, yes I do.
March 22 I am trying to not repeat too much of the same sort of beauty as inspiration, but this East Texas sunrise requires me to look to the sun and clouds again for today's view of beauty.
March 21 We could do worse than simply noticing the beauty of light, shadows and forms in our own environs.
March 20 The orange tree survived last year's uprooting and relocation, now providing beautiful little buds that sparkle in spring sun and attract bees with their scent.
March 19 Two gifts of beautiful thoughts: a bookmark from my wife and an "experienced" writer's table from my daughter in-law. It is a beautiful thing when people give you gifts that reveal they know you.
March 18 Simple colors and lines reveal their beauty as they wait on a hanger.
March 17 Spring seems to bring incredible and beautiful colors and patterns as it and winter feud for dominance before spring takes firm hold.
March 16 When I first became serious about photography at 16, I would prowl behind my mom's azaleas to photograph their colors and textures as the light shown through them. The flowers -- their colors and textures -- and the memories remain beautiful to me.
March 15 The layers of colors reminded me of playing with colored chalk and blending them so that the dust of each blended together in a blended delicatness...but this time the "chalk" was in the sky.
March 14 Light slats on a rug, a light ladder leading to shadows...I am not sure what I see, but it caught my eye. We're surrounded by different types of beauty that would catch our eye if we were willing for it to be caught.
March 13 Most of the orange blossoms survived the late freeze a few days ago, and their sweet, bug-calling aroma calls me, too, long enough to save their youth in images.
March 12 For some of us, this weathered site is beautiful and calming; count me among those.
March 11 New textures of spring's young bloom against the old texture of stone...beauty of youth and age, transitory and permanent.
March 10 The more I notice the beauty of lines and shapes, the more I am attracted to the most humble of them.
March 9 I'm so proud of having been able to carry this torch for the cross-country Olympic run in 2001 in Albuquerque, that I sometimes forget how beautiful the design and colors are.
March 8 I've only ridden a horse once, but there is something about a horse's features that have always attracted and inspired me. Beautiful animals, whether real or portrayed.
March 7 Black, gray and white cloud waves roll in front of the seamless blue sky...beautiful. Time to pause in the driveway before driving off.
March 6 I envisioned this as a black-and-white image, but when I opened the file and saw the colors of light on the blinds...sometimes beauty means looking at it for what it is, not what you think it is.
March 5 Sitting aside after serving with softness and scentbeauty of many senses.
March 4 I could be constrained to my house and not cease finding beauty in the forms, shapes and textures as light moves over the house, changing windows into which it peaks to illuminate in different ways.
March 3 I never thought of ratchet straps as beautiful until they stood out in the bed of my truck, a bold red x of strength and service.
March 2 The beauty of the foggy morning, my truck's headlights pulling the signs out a bit, remind me about what awaits when starting the day early.
March 1 Amidst the cloudy days stand out the crisp colors of leaves, greens and yellows collaborating to catch my attention.
February 28 Yet another area of the house largely ignored as I walk by every day, but in this morning's light all the elements called me to notice.
February 27 Proud Texan: the star always makes me smile. I think it is beautiful; it is home.
February 26 I couldn't decide which I thought was most wonderful to look at, the flowing water or the rain drops, so I opted for both. Ever-changing patterns thanks to rain and a rain gutter.
February 25 My high school textbook for sophomore English/literature quickly became a prized possession, helping me explore in words the various manifestations of truth, beauty, goodness and commitment. The themes are as beautiful as the path they set me on.
February 24 Gentle curves and warm tones pulling themselves out of shadows in a place that is only visited for a formal meal. I need to look in there more often.
February 23 My wife's grandmother's Bible reveals the beauty of faith in use, faith lived out, which is how it should be.
February 22 Beauty exists in how things look and also in what they mean to us.
February 21 Sometimes the simplest of beauty in shape, light and shadow is the most calming.
February 20 Another everyday view that comes to life in the right light and a moment taken to notice.
February 19 Rain drops on the arm of the chair on the porch beckon me to warmer days. For now, the shapes, textures and colors give me pause to appreciate before heading back in to warmer temperatures.
February 18 The path to my Walden, a place of beauty seen in work, peace, curiosity, discovery, rest, play, thought and more. Beauty is more than to just be seen; it reveals itself in living.
February 17 It seems that everywhere I turn in the house there is some sort of beauty -- colors, textures, light and shadows. Walk more slowly around your surroundings.
February 16 Beautiful pink flowers attract my eye and will soon be attracting bees that will then be attracted to my vegetable garden. The beauty of attraction!
February 15 The beauty of night and quiet, and a special place to sit with someone special.
February 14 Valentine's Day...a day to notice the beauty of love and to somehow say so.
February 13 The crown and halo for this tree caught my attention, though I wonder how many others in the airport noticed it at all.
February 12 Beautiful in this view, as well as a bit mysterious. Unnoticed the multitude of other times I walk past this door at home.
February 11 I really hadn't noticed her coat much until someone said they loved its colors. Once I noticed it, and that her hair and mine are similar in tonalities, but not length. How can I not agree that it is beautiful?
February 10 More tree tops with clouds. I keep finding beauty and patterns, and today in the colors that will soon make way for the greens of spring.
February 9 A beautiful moment to be remembered for decades. It is nice to have the image, it is better to have the memory. Not all beauty and beautiful moments can be recorded; sometimes, your ability to recollect the memories is more powerful than a collection of images.
February 8 Warm tungsten light from across the street at night and the pattern of our front door's glass and...another reminder to notice the beauty of ordinary things.
February 7 The north winds pulled in today as the front passed through, creating flurries of motion that blend colors. Chilling in many ways.
February 6 Sometimes the best I can do is look and appreciate, and then whisper "thank you for this moment."
February 5 Sometimes you see something that strikes you as beautiful yet you can't describe it or show it adequately. This is one of them. The ring of the glass against the textures...well, I didn't show it, but I won't stop seeing beauty in simple things. You shouldn't either.
February 4 I don't think I ever completely lost my childhood love of watching clouds (including when I played center field in little league), but seeing them now with a perspective six decades long provides a calming sense that beauty was, is and forever will be if we but look to see it.
February 3 Reflections hold what they can as the dusk light sets in until patterns disappear into the shadows.
February 2 More beautiful aging, made more poignant by the beautiful inscription on the back of the bench: "Old Man and His Fishing Buddy." My son made this as a place for his daughter and I to fish. Since then, he's had a son, too. The bench will be wonderfully crowded as beautiful memories are made.
February 1 In the bold light, the aging of the oft-used smoker takes on a beauty of texture, color and time passing.
January 31 Sunlight, shadows and forms; cabinets and a door appear more beautiful than their humble roles would suggest.
January 30 Some things are worth pulling over to the side of the road to pause and enjoy. Here's one.
January 29 Beyond the steamed up window of the shower is a beautiful day. Just by seeing it, I am anxious to enter it refreshed and recharged.
January 28 I find that any glisten of light caught in my peripheral vision, causes me to turn and look for the beauty that I can no longer simply walk past.
January 27 The flames may be fake, but the movement is still calming and mesmerizing. Don't worry about the source; enjoy the beauty in front of you.
January 26 Early morning light, patterns pulling themselves out of shadows. A pause, a sip of coffee and knowing another beautiful day awaits.
January 25 Normally, the chocolate milk color of the water is not considered beautiful, but it celebrates differently the colors of the sky. Keep your eyes open for things that aren't as beautiful as they usually are; they are simply differently beautiful to be seen with new eyes.
January 24 The day starts with beautiful colors pushing away the darkness.
January 23 A couple of days after the blood moon that caught everyone's attention, I opted to preserve the beauty of the everyday moon. Beauty is not just in those things that "everyone" celebrates; it is in the everyday and the oft-unnoticed that beauty hides in plain sight.
January 22 Abstraction through reflection -- this platter becomes differently beautiful when its surface performs more as a mirror than a holder of food. Beauty in things, scenes and people often becomes visible when the subject is viewed in other than the expected, typical ways.
January 21 The warm beauty of welcome at the front door.
January 20 I love this place. I can't stop staring when I go. Return to places of beauty.
January 19 The light were red; I stopped and looked. And admired the beauty of colors, and the man-made against the natural. The lights turned green, but I stayed in place long enough to preserve the view. Stop. See. Go.
January 18 The fog before the cold front provided a scene that was wonderful to look at, and inspired ideas for poetry and stories. Beautiful days don't need to be "chamber of commerce" days.
January 17 A completely different perspective of "a home on the water." Looking at things differently often reveals beauty in the "ordinary."
January 16 Colors that I see every day jump out for attention today. A moment's attention provided a day's worth of joy that I had found something "new."
January 15 This almost appears to be a slightly sepia toned image, but the water is actually brown due to recent rains. Beauty can be found in what we see and how we share through our vision what we see.
January 14 Elegant simplicity of curves and lines. Simple beauty simply seen.
January 13 Early morning light, dark wood tones, variety of textures...all the makings of found beauty in something I see a dozen times a day.
January 12 Sometimes beauty isn't something you understand. It just is. And these are.
January 11 Looking up to morning clouds as the sun rises reminds me of cobblestones in the sky -- beautiful, soft, colorful cobblestones. Look up, not just out, during your day.
January 10 The elegance and beauty of simple lines in the house, particularly lit by daylight streaming through windows, has caught my attention lately. Let beauty catch your attention.
January 9 Beauty of lines and textures at a place I stand a few times a day. Today, I really noticed it; it reminded me of a sculpture, a beautiful sculpture. And then I washed my hands. Sometimes beauty should simply garner our attention, not our reverence.
January 8 Fog is flirtatious and beautiful, hiding from the viewer just enough to increase the interest to see more.
January 7 What appears to be a black-and-white image is actually color. Nuanced color, subtle color. Reminding us that beauty is not always in the bold, but also in the subtle; not just in the dynamic, but also the graceful. Beauty exists within the view of where you stand every moment of your life.
January 6 Sunset light showcasing the trees against a sky of clouds charcoal and white transport me to a location of memories and dreams, but I was only a half-mile from my house. Beauty carries me to time, locations and emotions from the past and into the future, while relishing the moment.
January 5 Who would have thought that there is beauty in doing dishes? The colors, curves and movement...move me. In every moment there is beauty to be found.
January 4 Simplicty of color reminds me of my crayon box as a kid, but a closer look at the nuances in the simple scenes of life make even my big box feel outdone. Textures revealed on a closer look provides its own beauty, including of memories of the many uses of pine needles: stuck into window screens as we played telephone operator; thrown like darts; main ingredient in a tea and much more.
January 3 The front door and side panel remind me that beauty is made by people and machines with the goal of adding to the world's beauty, but we often ignore it. Pause long enough to notice the many ways beauty is added to your world by the work of others.
January 2. The cold, dreary day revealed beauty, it didn't hide it. From the cover of the front porch, beauty caught rain only a few steps away.
January 1 These boutonneires greet me every morning, pinned to the wall next to my mirror. They remind me of beauty of aging, and beauty of special times and special moments in life as I age, too.