jemspark.

Original photography, poetry & digital art devoted to observing beauty everywhere, even in often overlooked everyday places.


Unrest

As the wind
Wildly whips
The wildflowers

And a solid mass
Of storm
Looms

I stay
I stand quietly
I absorb it all

This counterpoint
To fair days
Is just part of being alive

I embrace this unrest
Pliable yet strong
Wide open

Unrest

As the wind
Wildly whips
The wildflowers

And a solid mass
Of storm
Looms

I stay
I stand quietly
I absorb it all

This counterpoint
To fair days
Is just part of being alive

I embrace this unrest
Pliable yet strong
Wide open

— 4 hours ago with 4 notes
#unrest  #my poetry  #my poem  #spilled ink  #lake Calhoun  #minneapolis  #wind  #wildflowers  #city skyline  #clouds  #storm  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography 
 
 
Another lovely evening.  

Sailboats in full force.

Another lovely evening.

Sailboats in full force.

— 19 hours ago with 24 notes
#lake Calhoun  #minneapolis  #sailboats  #boats  #sunset  #dock  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography 
 
 
An Exercise in Humility: 
The Gratitude Network Effect

I challenge you

Just once a day
Take something
Anything really
And apply gratitude
To that thing
From the most obvious
Element of thanks
To the next
Follow the bread crumb
Backwards
Keep going back
Step by step
Linearly
Zig to the left
Zag to the right
Backtrack
It doesn’t matter
Which turns you make
Just keep going
And then reflect
On all the things
That needed to be
To make the thing you picked
Possible and real

I am thankful for this wall
I am thankful for that 2x4 
I am thankful for the carpenter that expertly measured and fixed it in place
I am thankful that the board was delivered by a truck from the mill
I am thankful for the advancements in motor vehicles that made the truck possible
I am thankful for the mill that processed the log that the 2x4 came from
I am thankful for the tree that gave its life to be the log
I am thankful for the seed that became the tree
I am thankful the tree survived for years from a small seedling to full grown tree
I am thankful for the rain and sun that fostered the growth of the tree over those years
I am thankful for the atmosphere for generating the rain
I am thankful for the universe for creating the sun and the earth in such a way to make life possible on earth
I am thankful for the universe
I am thankful for existing in this universe
So I could be thankful for this wall

An Exercise in Humility:
The Gratitude Network Effect

I challenge you

Just once a day
Take something
Anything really
And apply gratitude
To that thing
From the most obvious
Element of thanks
To the next
Follow the bread crumb
Backwards
Keep going back
Step by step
Linearly
Zig to the left
Zag to the right
Backtrack
It doesn’t matter
Which turns you make
Just keep going
And then reflect
On all the things
That needed to be
To make the thing you picked
Possible and real

I am thankful for this wall
I am thankful for that 2x4 
I am thankful for the carpenter that expertly measured and fixed it in place
I am thankful that the board was delivered by a truck from the mill
I am thankful for the advancements in motor vehicles that made the truck possible
I am thankful for the mill that processed the log that the 2x4 came from
I am thankful for the tree that gave its life to be the log
I am thankful for the seed that became the tree
I am thankful the tree survived for years from a small seedling to full grown tree
I am thankful for the rain and sun that fostered the growth of the tree over those years
I am thankful for the atmosphere for generating the rain
I am thankful for the universe for creating the sun and the earth in such a way to make life possible on earth
I am thankful for the universe
I am thankful for existing in this universe
So I could be thankful for this wall

— 20 hours ago with 3 notes
#exercise in humility  #gratitude  #network effect  #my poetry  #my poem  #spilled  #ink  #wall  #poetry  #poem 
 
 

Target Field Station

Not as pleasant, IMO, as the plaza, but still lovely and you’ll find a Caribou at the end of it like a pot of gold (or rather, like a pot of caffeine, and a ham gruyere on pretzel roll sandwich should it be lunch time and you end up having a hankering for one of those).

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#target field station  #minneapolis  #downtown minneapolis  #caribou coffee  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography 
 
 
Weather-kin

I am convinced
Being born
Back
Way back
At the very beginning
Perhaps with lineage
From the same star
The same dust
At our core
That there is
An innate kinship
With the weather
We are fated with
Like a favorite aunt
Or a wretched second cousin
That affects us
Whether we wish for it
Or not.

And on days like today
Where the elements
Could not decide
Between rain and sun
Wind and calm
Warm and chilly
I am exhausted
By what feels like
The longest family reunion ever
Constantly being pulled
This way and that
By handshakes
Hugs
Darting and dodging
And having the same
Conversations
Over and over
And over
Tirelessly.

What’s that?
Oh, yes.
Crazy weather
We’ve been having lately.
So bizarre,
Really.
I can’t believe it.
Truly.
Never seen
Anything like it.

Weather-kin

I am convinced
Being born
Back
Way back
At the very beginning
Perhaps with lineage
From the same star
The same dust
At our core
That there is
An innate kinship
With the weather
We are fated with
Like a favorite aunt
Or a wretched second cousin
That affects us
Whether we wish for it
Or not.

And on days like today
Where the elements
Could not decide
Between rain and sun
Wind and calm
Warm and chilly
I am exhausted
By what feels like
The longest family reunion ever
Constantly being pulled
This way and that
By handshakes
Hugs
Darting and dodging
And having the same
Conversations
Over and over
And over
Tirelessly.

What’s that?
Oh, yes.
Crazy weather
We’ve been having lately.
So bizarre,
Really.
I can’t believe it.
Truly.
Never seen
Anything like it.

— 2 days ago with 3 notes
#weather  #kin  #my poetry  #my poem  #spilled ink  #dog tired  #dog  #exhausted  #cavalier king charles spaniel  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography  #black and white  #poetry  #poem 
 
 

I’m convinced these are charting/predicting some major world trends. I just can’t tell which is which between housing prices, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, life expectancy, and the popularity of My Little Ponies…

— 2 days ago with 3 notes
#charts  #prediction  #wood grain  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography  #black and white 
 
 
Force field around downtown to keep the clouds out?

Force field around downtown to keep the clouds out?

— 2 days ago with 7 notes
#minneapolis  #skyline  #clouds  #cedar lake trail  #biking  #bike path  #my photography  #iphonography  #photography