Women’s March 2018 – Has the Conversation Changed?

Women's March 2018Taking a look back at the 2017 March, the conversation is the same, but different. The seriousness of using your voice to make a difference has spread to all areas of our lives. We can’t depend on the government to do the right thing. But we do need to vote, we need to educate ourselves and increase our understanding of people and places. We need to protect humanity.

The featured image: Gina Belafonte, January 21, 2017 ” Yesterday was an amazing display of unity and shared purpose we must stay focused on collective strategy #whyimarch is just the beginning.”

Tomorrow’s march is to drive #PowerToThePolls in 2018!! If you can’t make the march tomorrow you can tune-in Live on the @wmnsmarchla Facebook page

This slideshow is to remind you where we were last year and provide a little motivation to join the conversation and do your part. Be aware of the importance of the issues. Let your voice be heard. Vote. Get involved. Take time to talk to young adults. And Donate on the Women’s March Website.

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Remember MLK * Hope – Serve – Act

MLK, Jr. Memorial
MLK, Jr. Memorial

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) and honoring his life and his achievements.  Be inspired to do more and to be more. At this sad time in our history, remember that one person can make a difference – one person standing up can give others the courage and voice to do the same. Now is the time to remain hopeful, to serve others and to act in a way to bring about the world you want to live in.

The featured image: “The detachment of the Stone of Hope from the Mountain of Despair reflects not only victory borne from disappointment, but allows the visitor a clear view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial which reflects the principles of freedom and liberty which gave birth to the nation.”  

Thomas Jefferson Memorial




Visit the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read the 16 quotes from Dr. King that are spread along the granite walls. When you visit the memorial, be sure to talk to the rangers. The rangers provide a wealth of information that can bring history alive for you.

Quote from MLK

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr. – The journey continues.

Red Carpet Looks for Everyday Women

For Fashion Friday, I took another look at my images from Fashion Week SS18 and was inspired by Jovani, a family based business founded in 1980 by Jacob Maslavi in New York City. I guess the Golden Globes had me looking for Hollywood glam looks. Jovani’s presentation at Art Hearts Fashion set the mood for me. Evening and formal wear for celebrities and “everyday women who want and need to look extraordinary for glamorous occasions”.

The featured image is art and Hollywood. I love the background used for the show – simple and elegant. And of course, capturing a flowing red dress in a turn is always a motivation for me. I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

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In Los Angeles, you can find Jovani at 101-105 NORTH ROBERTSON BLVD, CA, 90048, 213.805.5202 or visit Jovani’s website to find your special look. This will definitely be one of the resources I will be recommending for my photo session clients.  And, if you are applying for the Jovani It Girl and need to update your photos, we need to talk.

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Huli of Papua New Guinea

Part three of my post on Papua New Guinea includes images of some of the people. As I started pulling together the images I realized that you can’t separate the people from their culture. There are too many stories to tell in this short post. Stories about the Huli Wigmen, about the Mud People, about the significance of birds, their feathers, beaks, and bones.  Stories about the types and sizes of the feathers used in the headdresses, and the sizes of the drums. Stories about the significance of pigs and women.

So I hope you enjoy the images and take the time to read about the Huli and other people in the highlands. I went to PNG for the diving but the time spent in the highlands was full of history, culture, and traditions. Maybe it was the Huli guide from Ambua Lodge that helped us understand the life of the people that made this such a memorable experience. If you get a chance to go, don’t hesitate. I’m sure things have changed since 2006, but PNG is definitely a unique trip.

The featured image was taken at the Huli village in the men’s hut. In the middle of the floor is a fire pit used for heat and light. Entering the hut, you can barely make out the shape of the people inside. With the unlit fire pit, the only light was from my flash. Lucky to get a shot, but I think the real shot would have been taken without the flash to capture the darkness of the room.

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Seal or Sea Lion?

Of the pinnipeds (fin-footed) species, the walrus is the largest, sea lions are in the middle and seals are the smallest. Sea lions have elongated fore flippers and small flaps for outer ears. Seals don’t have ears.

Sea lions are social and noisy animals. Sea lions can also walk on land by rotating their hind flippers forward and underneath their big bodies. So what we see most of the time are sea lions. I found these two in Marina del Rey. Marina del Rey Sea Lions Marina del Rey Sea Lions






The Sea Lions in the slideshow are from the New York Central Park Zoo, a wildlife conservation society park. 

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The Marine Mammal Center is a good source for more information on the California Sea LionZalophus californianus. 


Where is DUMBO?

DUMBO is Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass and covers about 50 acres in Brooklyn, New York. DUMBO was named by resident artists in 1978 as a way to make the area sound silly and unattractive to developers. On December 18, 2007, the Landmarks Preservation Committee granted landmark status to the Dumbo Industrial district. Located in Kings County bounded by Main and Washington Streets, the East River, John Street, Bridge and Jay Streets, and Front and York Streets

DUMBO KITCHENGetting off the subway, I saw DUMBO Kitchen, confirmation that I was in the right place. Using my downloaded app, I started walking up and down the streets, admiring the old architecture, looking into windows, walking along the East River, enjoying the bridges and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dumbo was an awesome find.

The discovery app said it was a 2k walk in a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood with massive bridge structures, but it was so much more. DUMBO is filled with art studios and luxury homes created from converted industrial warehouses and vintage loft spaces. It still has some cobblestone streets, although, I saw them digging up the stones on one street.

You’ll find that you really need to spend a few days in DUMBO. My first trip to DUMBO was to get some walking in and explore the city. I thought it would be just a tourist thing to check off my list but I fell in love with the area. There are so many unique places to eat that I will need to focus a whole day on food next time I’m in New York. I did manage to have a latte and salmon burger, and of course, I had to go to the Ice Cream Factory. Trying to sample New York Pizza, I peeked in Grimaldi’s Pizza but the line was too long, and the pizza shop next door had a line that was twice as long.

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You’ll need another day for Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre waterfront park with a pebble beach, wi-fi, several piers and lawns, ferry landing, dog runs, and places to exercise and play sports. Added bonus – it’s a smoke-free space (Yeah). You can get a panoramic view of New York across the East River and enjoy the calm and beauty. I found brides walking along the river and ladies in red . . . so many places to create artistic photos.

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DUMBO is known for its art studios and occasional large art shows. I stumbled across people setting up Photoville, which is one of the reasons I had to go back for another day. It was so worth it, but that’s a topic for another post. I didn’t make it to any art studios but Photoville provided a lot of inspiration.

Looking across Pebble Beach you can see a carousel.  The second day I went, I took a closer look. As I walked around the carousel I noticed the sign on the ground – “Jane’s Carousel” – who is Jane and why does she get a carousel?

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When I returned home, I looked up Jane’s Carousel, “a classic 3-row machine with 48 exquisitely carved horses and two superb chariots.” It was created in 1922 and was originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1983, David Walentas, the developer of Fulton Ferry State Park, included an historic carousel in his Master Plan. Jane and David Walentas purchased the Carousel at auction on October 21, 1984. It took 25 years to fully restore the Carousel back to its original 1922 elegance. For the first ten years, Jane worked in her studio hand scraping the paint down to the original layer and creating a restoration plan. On September 16, 2011, the Carousel opened to the public on the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Traveling, whether far or near, increases your awareness and appreciation for the things around you. Last week, one of the answer to one of the Jeopardy questions was, “What is Jane’s Carousel?” I also took the time to watch “Sulley” and realized I had been on the Hudson and on the Intrepid. It’s the little things that make you pause and smile. The excitement that comes when you can say, I know that, I’ve been there… Life is good.

Under the Ocean in Papua New Guinea

Part two of my post on Papua New Guinea takes you underwater for a few of my favorite images. The featured image is a Christmas Tree Worm. The worms most distinct features are two “crowns” shaped like Christmas trees used for feeding and respiration. The tube worms suck in their crowns when startled. Remember the scene in Avatar? Enjoy the slideshow and have a Merry Christmas!!

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Ocean and Skies of PNG

My Thursday Travel Memories begin with my transition from film to digital cameras. In September 2006, I took a 21 day trip to Papua New Guinea (“PNG”). Ten of those days were on a liveaboard dive boat, the remainder in the highlands. This will be the first in a series of posts regarding the trip. There are too many memories. I’m glad this blog is forcing me to take a look back. I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten. I will definitely be putting together photo books of my trips from now on. Today I just want to share the view from the dive boat and a couple of images from Loloata Island Resort (which is now under redevelopment and will re-open in 2018).

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Lunchtime for an Egret

After all the fashion shows during New York Fashion Week, I had to take a break. Central Park seemed to be a perfect destination for a first-time visitor to New York to spend the day. After walking through the park and enjoying the zoo, I stopped at Wollman Rink. I watched a Snowy Egret for an hour or two then went looking for food. I found a crepe food truck, bought a savory and a sweet crepe, and returned to the rink. The egret walked along the edge of the pond in front of me. I finished my lunch and started taking pictures again when he popped up with a small fish. I watched as he moved the fish around in his beak and then, he dropped it. I guess there were just too many distractions. He started hunting again but didn’t catch another fish while I was there.

Trash in the RinkOne thing that I did notice was the trash in the rink. Granted there were no trash cans around the rink and the vendor where I purchased my crepes didn’t have a trash can near his food truck – but remember the environment and take your trash with you – I found trash cans right outside of the park.

Following is a reprint of a post about the first Snowy Egret I saw in 2013 at the Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys.

This immature SSnowy white egretnowy Egret (Egretta thula, PELECANIFORMES, ARDEIDAE) was walking along the edge of a building, at the Japanese Gardens when I captured him. As I processed the image, I was puzzled to see two birds, but then realized it was his reflection in the window. (It’s great to be surprised!!!)

“Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. Those feet seem to play a role in stirring up or herding small aquatic animals as the egret forages. Breeding Snowy Egrets grow filmy, curving plumes that once fetched astronomical prices in the fashion industry, endangering the species. Early conservationists rallied to protect egrets by the early twentieth century, and this species is once again a common sight in shallow coastal wetlands.” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

**This is my first post for my Wednesday Wildlife series. I just needed a place to share all of the animals I learn about as I travel around.

Janelle Funari

When I look back on Janelle Funari’s show for New York Style Week September 2017, I remember the warmth, the quiet energy, and the confidence of the models. I remember how the clothes allowed the models to move. There was a sense of freedom. Janelle Funari believes that “fashion can inspire and should be exhibited as an art form”.

One of the reasons I’m addicted to the runway is the art of fashion. This collection contained many moving art forms. Below are a few of my favorites. You can see the entire collection here.  Another reason I’m addicted to the runway is that it provides inspiration for my portrait photography business. The runway provides many ideas for makeup, hair, poses and color palettes for the upcoming season. To see my runway headshots visit my instagram account donnawilsonphotography.