City Signs

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Signs offer direction and cues to people all over the world. Street signs keep traffic moving, pedestrians safe, visitors insight to where they are at, and vandals territorial rights. Signs are more or less a form of organization. Whether they are pictures or spelled out names of restaurants and stores, we follow signs more than we probably realize.

These pictures were submitted by Jayson D. He has his own plumbing business in Tempe, AZ, www.cureallplumbing.com, and one of his favorite hobbies and passions is photography. He currently is fascinated with city signs. Being that he travels many places throughout Arizona for his business, he started photographing signs. It began one day when he was stopped at a stop sign. He sat in his truck and snapped a picture. He said it was really nothing, but then he thought-people pass signs everyday, aware of then or not. Most are ones we are used to seeing. Some are funny, some are sad, some give you a clue to what is in front of you and some are random. But signs are part of life in action. How often do you really stop and pay attention to the signs around you?

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Buds of Life

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The Buds of Life

Many people think cactus and think thorns and prickers, which there are, let me tell you. I actually was swinging my arms on a walk and my hand hit right into one. Six cactus thorns were stuck in my left them and pointer finger. I pulled them out one by one, and had to use force to remove them. A few months later I had a weird rash on my fingers and I could barely bend my thumb and forefinger.  It was painful and felt like my joint was poisoned. Come to find out, it is an after effect of cactus needles. It took six months for the pain and stiffness to cease and today there are still small scars. So cacti are a lot of needles, needles(s) to say :).

This photo, taken by a reader and guest photographer, Amy, was captured near A-Mountain in Tempe, AZ. The flowers went from buds to bloom. The vibrant colors reds, oranges, and yellows are a sight for the eyes.

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Caught in the Moment

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Caught In The Moment

This shot was taken of a girl sitting on a bench on the main street of Huntington Beach, CA. She was sipping a coffee and, very obviously, in her own thoughts. I noticed something in her hair. I zoomed in to find out it was a beetle of some sort.

If you notice in the first picture, the color of the bug ties in with the wheel of the bike you catch a glimpse of to the right of her. It is art in life. The contrast of the color of her hair and the beetle/bug, the shades of natural sunlight, and the bike tires (if you notice them) of life happening, although it is caught in it’s stillness.

I love catching people in moments of existence. So many things we do and experience now a days are thought out and planned. To capture someone in their own stillness and place, unexpectedly, is something that truly inspires me. If you saw and read my last post, it again reiterates what I have just said.

What was this girl in deep thought about? Do you ever wonder what people are thinking when you catch them unaware of what is going on around them, or what may be in their hair?

Quiet thoughts

Captured moment.

Unblocked flow

Expression in form.

Nature’s Colors

Life’s Chaos

Click and observe the Captured Moment.