In Savie, France Simon Beck spends days plodding through the snow in snowshoes creating these sensational patterns.
Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of
three soccer fields. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new
snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant
overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason
for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to
problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least
painful way of getting exercise.
Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!
All night my heart makes its way however it can over the rough ground of uncertainties, but only until night meets and then is overwhelmed by morning, the light deepening, the wind easing and just waiting, as I too wait (and when have I ever been disappointed?) for redbird to sing.
I've learned that no matter what happens,
or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've
learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he-she handles these
three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've
learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss
them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a living is not
the same thing as making a life. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a
second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's
mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I've learned
that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right
decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've
learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a
warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a
lot to do.
Had a fun holiday dinner with the One-Two Punch team at one of my favorite Hollywood gems. The Chateau Marmont was built in 1927 as a premiere luxury apartment building modeled loosely after the Chateau D'Amboise in the Loire Valley. It was sold during the depression and reopened as a hotel soon after. Never big on the LA bar scene, The Chateau was one of my favorite haunts in the '90s when it was somewhat threadbare, and the cast of characters unpredictable. Although more popular, it's still as charming as ever, especially at Christmas time.
A nine foot tree graces my living room, glowing with lights and shiny decorations. 'Tis the season for merriment, reflection and work deadlines. Taking as many pauses as possible to be in the moment, and embrace the unknown.
Destination wedding photographer Jonas Peterson went to Bali to document the union of a couple that met in NY, but of a girl who grew up in Bali. What unfolded was a three day event, too beautiful for words.
The first day the father of the bride took the guests on a wondrous hike, through rice paddies. Lunch was by the river where many took a dip in the spring
pouring over the cliff from the family residence. Later that night, was the first celebration, an Indian ceremony followed by a raucous dance party.
Day two started early. The bride's dress was made from fresh Jasmine
flowers. She walked with her father across the river on a bamboo bridge made for the occasion. The reception that night took place under a
large Banyan tree.
Day three, the couple were blessed in a lavish local ceremony. Five hundred locals feasted under the stars honoring their union.