To make your own hand sanitizer, you only need two ingredients: Aloe vera, and rubbing alcohol.
In a blender, mix one cup fresh aloe vera gel scooped from inside 2 medium aloe vera leaves. Only the clear gel is used, avoiding the green outer skin. Mix gel with with two cups (16 oz) rubbing alcohol until blended. Use wintergreen infused alcohol for a fresh scent, or use regular clear isopropyl alcohol and then add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell better.
The mixture will be thinner than store-bought hand sanitizer. Completely coat your hands with gel and let them air dry. FYI: Vodka is not an effective substitute for rubbing alcohol; trying it would be considered “Alcohol Abuse”.
My role as “meet and greet” photographer is pretty simple: show up ready to shoot, photograph the groupings and anonymously you leave.
Last evening’s shoot was different. I enter the library, Gen. James Mattis’ and my eyes connect, he reaches out his arm to shake my hand, I say “thank you for your service General, SEMPER FI” at which point his handshake became wildly enthusiastic, and his smile could not have been greater. After the photo shoot, one of the guests asked me if I were a Marine. I replied my husband was a Seabee, having served two tours in Vietnam, and it was he who said if I had the opportunity to speak with Gen. Mattis I should offer the Marine Corp motto, coined in 1883, “Semper fi” which means “always remain faithful to the mission”.
Mattis opened by honoring the veterans in the audience, including one from WWII: “generation after generation you have carried our flag in your hearts and the patriot's fire in your belly, a fire that keeps alive our experiment that we call America.” He stressed the importance of learning history, and if there were mandatory reading materials for an incoming President of the United States it would include the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, The Bill of Rights and 1776, by David McCullough. “This country was not granted to us; a lot of blood and sweat went into its formation.”
Semper fi oorah
The macro view of flowers has helped me come to terms with my life’s experience, and nature’s disappearing wild spaces, and excitement of the unknown.
Macro photography, is like putting on super-magnifying eyeglasses, so we can view what we could otherwise not see. Catching the light just right, and finding the precise viewpoint, the flower becomes space, revealing relationships in our mind’s eye.
A photograph can be many things. My self portrait in an orchid speaks to me in it’s silence and grace, a reality hidden in a world of shapes and spaces.
0031 | Self Portrait in Gold | Pigment print on Watercolor Paper with Hand Applied Gold Emulsion
0032 | White Orchid on Silver | Pigment print on Watercolor Paper with Hand Applied Gold Emulsion
Example of this work on view at our gallery wall in the inviting showroom at Island Interiors at Ocean Reef.
8 Barracuda Lane
Key Largo, FL 33037
This photographic website provides me the opportunity for self-expression, for sharing