"Heart On Fire" by Bodhi Smith

"heart on fire" is my new impression captured just last friday in the high eastern sierra mountains of california...
 
"this massive cloud was so alive. boldly resembling a beating heart that's in the middle of an enormous tornado...the high winds aloft rolled and molded it, churning the sky into magnificent colors of flowing water vapor as the sun set. and the tree looked like it was romancing the cloud, scarred from being burnt, but unafraid to put itself out there and fall under the cloud's umbrella to be embraced, nurtured and loved...a heart on fire" ― bodhi, heart on fire
 
"the only way to live fully is to live with my heart on fire. a lit heart is a heart full of passion and compassion. our hearts are love flammables" ― bo syrotiak, heart on fire
 
"i love that i love to love her. i'm a heart on fire, full of life's passions, burning with her love. i love deeply. i live to love. i am love" ― bodhi, heart on fire
 
"there once were three butterflies in front of a candle's flame....the first one went closer and said: i know about love....the second one touched the flame lightly with his wings and said: i know how love's fire can burn....the third one threw himself into the heart of the flame and was consumed. he alone knows what true love is" ― attar of nishapur
 
"love is like a friendship caught on fire. in the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. as love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable" ― bruce lee
 
"there is no fire like passion" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha 
 
"from the beginning of my life
i've been looking for your face
but today i have seen it

today i've seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that i was looking for

today i've found you
and those who laughed
and scorned me yesterday
are sorry that they were not looking
as i did

i'm bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes

my heart has burned with passion
and has searched forever
for this wondrous beauty
that i now behold

i'm ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of god
to call it divine

your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
you have breathed new life into me
i've become your sunshine
and also your shadow

my soul is screaming in ecstasy
every fiber of my being
is in love with you

your effulgence
has lit a fire in my heart
and you have made radiant
for me
the earth and sky

my arrow of love
has arrived at the target
i'm in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer" 
    
"what syllables would there be to describe a love so timeless that it never dies between lifetimes? that when eyes find one another again it’s a blissful reunion continuing the dance that was started long ago? when lips finally meet, hearts are on fire, and bodies entwine once more after this long eternity apart, our souls fly free in ecstatic union of our halos" ― c. ara campbell
 
"you know that it would be untrue. you know that i would be a liar, if i was to say to you: girl, we couldn't get much higher. come on, baby, light my fire. come on baby light my fire. try to set the night on fire" ― the doors, light my fire
 
"lord almighty feel my temperature rising. higher, higher it's burning through to my soul. girl, you're gonna set me on fire. my brain is flaming, i don't know which way to go. your kisses lift me higher like the sweet song of a choir. you light my morning sky with burning love" ― elvis presley, burning love
 
"love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring. bound by wild desire, i fell into a ring of fire. i fell into a burning ring of fire. i went down, down, down and the flames went higher" ― johnny cash, ring of fire (lyrics by june carter)
 
"only you can cool my desire, oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire. oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire" ― bruce springsteen, i'm on fire
 
"i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you. i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you...burn out the day. burn out the night. i can't see no reason to put up a fight. i'm living for givin' the devil his due. and i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you. i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you" ― blue oyster cult, burning for you
 
"the best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. and that's what you've given me. that's what i hope to give you forever" ― nicholas sparks, the notebook
 
"if light is in your life, you will find your way home. set your heart on fire. seek those who fan your flames. dance until you shatter yourself" ― jalaluddin rumi, a year with rumi
 
"when i'm apart from her, my heart is on fire longing for her. and when i'm in her presence, my heart is still on fire, instead in deep love and hungry passion as we share everything together..." ― bodhi, heart on fire
 
"my 
heart 
will 
ignite 
yours 
if 
you 
let 
it" 
 
"the idea of a "heart on fire" signifies intense passion and arousing excitement, full of burning desires and deep love, making our hearts beat faster and faster, giving us the feeling of heating up and getting hotter...and it's this deep love that fuels the fire in a burning heart and sets a heart on fire" ― bodhi, heart on fire
 
this song from the movie lol in 2012 has heartful and adoring lyrics about loving someone but still not totally saying it to them as three bold words in a row, "i love you"...listen to this beautifully vocalized tune, hear its lyrics, and you will have a deeper understanding of the meaning of my picture and words today herein...plus, this song has the same title as my impression. altogether, it's the absolute perfect accompaniment for my blog today "heart on fire" by jonathan clay ...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  

"i'm falling in, i'm falling down. i wanna begin, but i don't know how to let you know how i'm feeling. i'm high on hope, i'm winning. and i won't let you go. now you know, i've been crazy for you all this time. i've kept it close. always hoping with a heart on fire, a heart on fire. hand in hand, sparkling eyes, the days are bright and so are the nights. because when i'm with you, i'm grinning. once i was screwed, now i'm winning. no i won't let you go. now you know, i've been crazy for you all this time. i've kept it close. always hoping with a heart on fire, a heart on fire. with a heart on fire, a heart on fire. let me walk through life with you. everybody dreams of having what we do. like a growling thunder, you pull me out from under. no i won't let you go. now you know, i've been crazy for you all this time. i've kept it close, always hoping with a heart on fire, a heart on fire. with a heart on fire, a heart on fire. a heart on fire" ― jonathan clay, heart on fire
 
and also this song....this next tune is from 1967 and sets the mood for all songs thereafter in explaining how any heart can be set on fire by the love of the right lover... "light my fire" by the doors ...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  
 
"you know that it would be untrue. you know that i would be a liar, if i was to say to you: girl, we couldn't get much higher. come on, baby, light my fire. come on, baby, light my fire. try to set the night on fire...the time to hesitate is through. no time to wallow in the mire. try now we can only lose, and our love become a funeral pyre. come on, baby, light my fire. come on, baby, light my fire. try to set the night on fire...the time to hesitate is through. no time to wallow in the mire. try now we can only lose, and our love become a funeral pyre. come on, baby, light my fire. come on, baby, light my fire. try to set the night on fire...you know that it would be untrue. you know that i would be a liar, if i was to say to you: girl, we couldn't get much higher. come on, baby, light my fire. come on, baby, light my fire. try to set the night on fire. try to set the night on fire. try to set the night on fire. try to set the night on fire" ― the doors, light my fire
 
"we were there all alone under that beautiful sky, sharing together in the majesty of nature within this exquisite world we live, and are blessed to experience with each breath. the sky was on fire, the tree was on fire, and our hearts were on fire" ― bodhi, heart on fire
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MEANING
"my heart is on fire for 
her. heating up with thoughts of
her, i feel my face blush and 
my flesh radiates more heat. 
i'm heating up more with visions of 
her, full of burning desires, i'm burning for
her. now she's here touching 
me, feeling my heat mixing with 
hers. she's on fire and burning for 
me too. our heat combines into an
impressive force of nature. so hot, 
we're glowing in unkindled 
passion, ablaze with love's 
wildfire. beautiful, beautiful, 
beautiful, burning hearts on fire" 
 
the idea of a "heart on fire" signifies intense passion and arousing excitement, full of burning desires and deep love, making our hearts beat faster and faster, giving us the feeling of heating up and getting hotter...and it's this deep love that fuels the fire in a burning heart and sets a heart on fire...
 
when i'm apart from my girlfriend, bo, my heart is on fire longing for her. and when i'm in her presence, my heart is still on fire, instead in deep love and hungry passion, sharing everything together..
 
"enter my heart
and set it on fire. then,
let's warm up together
in its loving flames
on a cold winter night" 
 
when we are apart, i think of her constantly. i envision her smiling, hear her giggling, imagine her touching me and me touching her...i can picture tasting her sweetness and breathing in all her wonderful smells...i miss her, and i long to do everything with her in reality, to really see her, to really touch her, to really taste her, to really smell her, to really hear her...i'm burning for her in excited anticipation, butterflies fill my tummy, and my heart is on fire for her, craving her...i cannot wait until the next time we are together...
 
and then when we are together its oo-la-la...i'm warmed and happy with love flowing through my veins...we hug and hold hands and dance. i get excited when she touches me and caresses me, and kisses me. i feel so romantic as my heart beats faster and faster, warming me even more, making me feel all gooshy inside...i'm aroused and ablaze with passion burning through me, my heart is on fire in love. what a wonderful feeling to feel this alive and happy!
 
"the absolute best feeling is when i feel her touch, when i feel her body, when i feel her energy, when i feel her desire, when i feel her excitement, when i feel her fire, when i feel her love. when i feel her contentment. the best feeling in the world is her" ― bodhi, her
 
this tune from the king of rock-n-roll himself in 1972 is about being filled with heated excitement and hot desire to the point where you feel like you are on fire, being happily consumed by a burning love full of passion..."burning love" by elvis presley ...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  
 
"lord almighty feel my temperature rising. higher, higher it's burning through to my soul. girl, girl, girl, girl you're gonna set me on fire. my brain is flaming, i don't know which way to go. your kisses lift me higher like the sweet song of a choir. you light my morning sky with burning love. i feel my temperature rising. help me, i'm flaming. i must be a hundred and nine. burning, burning, burning, and nothing can cool me. i just might turn into smoke, but i feel fine because your kisses lift me higher, like a sweet song of a choir. and you light my morning sky with burning love. it's coming closer. the flames are now licking my body. won't you help me?  feel like i'm slipping away. it's hard to breath and my chest is a-heaving. lord, have mercy, burning the hole where i lay...your kisses lift me higher like the sweet song of a choir. you light my morning sky with burning love, with burning love. i'm just a hunk, a hunk of burning love, just a hunk, a hunk of burning love, just a hunk, a hunk of burning love, just a hunk, a hunk of burning love, just a hunk, a hunk of burning love, just a hunk, a hunk of burning love. just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" ― elvis presley, burning love
 
"our love is more than a love
we travel on a journey within our souls,
walking a path riddled with smiles.
 
our love is more than a love
it has a deeper meaning
today, tomorrow and always 
 
our love is more than a love
it's a million and more little butterflies 
filling our bellies with burning excitement.
 
our love is more than a love
it's extraordinary moments of complete ecstasy 
with two hearts on fire in passion together,
two hearts beating as one in a groovy kind of love
 
our love is more than a love
because time stands still
everytime we look into each other's eyes 
and we rediscover each other all over again.
 
our love is more than a love 
because when i look into a mirror 
you are looking back at me.
it's your reflection i see.
your face so dear to my heart."
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STORY BEHIND THIS IMPRESSION
"i'm so deeply thankful and grateful for her, and this photo would never have existed had it not been for her" ― bodhi, heart on fire   
  
for quite a while now, one of my obsessions has been seeking out new places to photograph. i've continually been scouting out new locations, trying to find unique subjects for my impressions.
 
this past holiday weekend i packed up things for four days and went up to lone pine, california with bo, my beautiful girlfriend and partner in adventure. during our time there together, we were able to drive and hike all around the alabama hills extensively. and while we were driving around, it was bo who spotted these trees and wanted to shoot pictures of them later in the evening. she espied this small grove that had been charred by a recent wildfire, burnt badly, yet still eloquent and beautiful. we both have the hope that these trees will miraculously be able to fully recover, but that would be a wonderful miracle if they're resilient enough to do just that...
 
then while we were picnicking and eating dinner, the clouds around the owen's valley started to build, and the high winds aloft started to shape the clouds...it was really starting to look like the sky was going to show us something very special...a super long lenticular cloud formed, it had to be over 60 miles long stretching from the north horizon to the south horizon, tracing the line of the owen's valley below it, all swirling and all radiant...
 
we made our way back up to the trees right as the middle portion of the cloud started to look like a beating heart, full of life and so much color. filled with pink, red, blue and deep purple hues as the sun was setting behind the high sierra...
 
i walked around looking for a foreground and subject to shoot, specifically a single tree isolated in the rocks from the others. singularly, it really was this tree who spotted me, as i noticed it's perfect triangular silhouette fitting perfectly into the triangle being formed by the bright gap in the sunsetting sky between the eastern sierra peaks and the giant triangular-shaped lenticular cloud...
 
this massive cloud was so alive. boldly resembling a beating heart that's in the middle of an enormous tornado...the high winds aloft rolled and molded it, churning the sky into magnificent colors of flowing water vapor as the sun set. and the tree looked like it was romancing the cloud, scarred from being burnt, but unafraid to put itself out there and fall under the cloud's umbrella to be embraced, nurtured and loved...a heart on fire...
 
so, had my girlfriend not been with me, i would have just overlooked these trees. and honestly, more than likely, i would have chosen to shoot a nearby arch or a balanced rock instead. i'm so deeply thankful and grateful for her, and this photo would never have existed had it not been for her. (i want to thank you again and again as you are reading this my love...)
 
we were there all alone under that beautiful sky, shrouded by that incredibly amazing and gigantic lenticular cloud...her and i were sharing together in the majesty of nature within this exquisite world we live, a beautiful universe which we are blessed to experience with each breath we are graciously given. and on this evening, the sky was on fire, the tree was on fire, and our hearts were on fire...and we were grateful
 
and now some more music...this tune is so beautiful in its own way, a loving collaboration between two connected hearts and legendary lovers, johnny cash and june carter. she wrote the lyrics, and he wrote the music. and together it's a beautiful thing, as they were together, two hearts on fire in a ring of fire...."ring of fire" by johnny cash (lyrics by june carter) ... (just click on any of the words in the blue links to listen to the musical selection)....

"love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring. bound by wild desire, i fell into a ring of fire. i fell into a burning ring of fire. i went down, down, down and the flames went higher. and it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire. i fell into a burning ring of fire. i went down, down, down and the flames went higher. and it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire...the taste of love is sweet when hearts like ours meet. i fell for you like a child. oh, but the fire went wild. i fell into a burning ring of fire. i went down, down, down and the flames went higher. and it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire. and it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire, the ring of fire, the ring of fire" ― johnny cash, ring of fire (lyrics by june carter)
 
"we hug and hold hands and dance. i get excited when she touches me and caresses me, and kisses me. i feel so romantic as my heart beats faster and faster, warming me even more, making me feel all gooshy inside...i'm aroused and ablaze with passion burning through me, my heart is on fire in love. what a wonderful feeling to feel this alive and happy!" ― bodhi, heart on fire
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MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
this song is a classic from 1984 by the boss, bruce springsteen...it's a song a bit out of character for him being a real love song, explaining feelings of deep heated desires that can only be cooled off by that one special someone... "i'm on fire" by bruce springsteen ...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  

"hey little girl, is your daddy home? did he go and leave you all alone? mmm, i got a bad desire. oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire...tell me now, baby, is he good to you? and can he do to you the things that i do? oh no, i can take you higher. oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire...sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull and cut a six inch valley through the middle of my skull. at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head. only you can cool my desire, oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire. oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire. oh, oh, oh, i'm on fire. woo-ooh-ooh..." ― bruce springsteen, i'm on fire
 
"there is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha 
 
"love is of all the passions the strongest, for it's fire attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and each of the senses" ― lao tzu, tao te ching
 
"those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well...love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire. happy is the one who has loved much, and although they may have wavered and doubted, they've kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be...if only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things, then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger" ― vincent van gogh
 
"yes, it can be a long path for her to open and trust. she has been let down and hurt so much in the past, even if she never whispers a word of the betrayals upon her ocean-deep-heart. and each time she has come back stronger and braver than before. she wants someone just as strong and brave to be worthy at her side. she desires the heart that sets her heart on fire. she craves the heart that believes in hers...that’s who she opens to, respects and trusts" ― c. ara campbell (with modifications by bodhi)
 
“dreaming of you is like listening to the song inside of a seashell, you can’t see the waves or smell the salt, but its call can make you feel like you’re right there by the ocean. i know you’re not really here, but when you miss a thing this badly, and it still makes you weak in the knees and sets your heart on fire, though you're laying in bed, even the illusion is enough" ― beau taplin
 
"then love knew it was called love. and when i lifted my eyes to your name, suddenly your heart showed me my way" ― pablo neruda
 
"if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine" ― pablo neruda
 
"lovers feel a certain burning in their hearts. a deep longing and desire to meet with your beloved creates that burning. to love each other is bound to create a very great fire in you. you will be on fire because you have chosen as your love something impossibly beautiful. you will have to weep and cry, and you will have to pray, and your mind has to continuously repeat and remember your beloved" ― osho, the secret of secrets  
 
"i came to set fire to the earth. and i am watchful that the fire grows. may the fire of love grow in our hearts" ― paulo coelho, the alchemist   
 
"...now i knew how easily love could set fire to the heart" ― paulo coelho, by the river piedra i sat down and wept  
  
"dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)

trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)

honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at this evening)

never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for god likes girls
and tomorrow and the earth)"
 
"the future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. in the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite...love participates of the soul itself. it is of the same nature. like it, it's the divine spark; like it, it's incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. it is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. we feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven" ― victor hugo, les miserables  
 
"i commend lovers, i am enheartened by lovers, i am encouraged by their courage and inspired by the fire in their hearts" ― maya angelou
 
"if you deny yourself your own passion, your own path, your own longing, your own drama, your own life force, your own truth—then you might be tempted to live vicariously through those who allow themselves theirs. your creative energy has got to go somewhere, even if it is projected onto others. you’re tempted to live a life of fantasy if you deny yourself a life of truth" ― marianne williamson, illuminata
 
"things! burn them, burn them! make a beautiful fire! more room in your heart for love, for the trees! for the birds own nothing—the reason they can fly" ― mary oliver 
 
"unless she scares the hell out of you, blows the cobwebs from your mind, scorches your heart with passion, melts your chains with goodness, and lights a fire in your pants...then she is not the one" ― shannon l. alder
 
"i have entered into the darkest regions of myself, bearing torches and lighting candles. i have left a burning lamp in each lonely cave of my person; i have planted roses in every swamp of my mind; i have ignited stars in all the nights of my heart. i have lit myself on fire to walk through my soul. i have glowed as my own moon when there was no moon within me. i have done all that was necessary. now watch me become the light, watch me be the light, watch me illume as light inside of light, watch me emerge as light. you've never seen this version of me before." ― c. joybell c.  
 
"i want so many things. i want your mind, your strength. i want to be worth your time...i want to feel your skin on fire. i want to feel your heart racing next to mine and i want to know it’s racing because of me, because you want me. because you never ever want me to stop. i want every second. every inch of you. i want all of it" ― tahereh mafi, unravel me
 
"there could have been no two hearts so on fire and so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, as us" ― jane austen, persuasion
 
"a heart well worth winning, and well won. a heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted" ― charles dickens, our mutual friend
 
"...the heart is an organ of fire" ― michael ondaatje, the english patient
 
"do the gods light this fire in our hearts or does each man's mad desire become his god?"― virgil, the aeneid
 
"you will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms. the rim of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, and your heart, as it was then, will be on fire" ― anna akhmatova, complete poems
 
"only you can decide how your fires will affect you. will you be sanctified or will you be scarred" ― beth moore, a woman's heart
 
"i want to be someone's everything. i want fire and passion, and love that's returned, equally. i want to be someone's heart" ― s.c. stephens, thoughtless
 
“you must burn. burn higher.
burn for everything you have ever wanted. 
for everything you have ever lost, 
for every crack in your heart and 
every fraction of every irreplaceable moment.
burn high for love.
for fear. for life.
burn as fast and as long as you can.
because nothing in this world will 
kill you faster than a dying fire.
you must burn, burn higher"  ― mia hollow
 
"it’s too bad if a heart lacks fire, and is deprived of the light of a heart ablaze. the day on which you are without passionate love is the most wasted day of your life"  ― omar khayyam
 
"i stopped asking how. i just did it. the head is too unwise. the heart is all fire" ― maggie stiefvater, the raven king
 
"the little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe...all the love of the heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not you will find there" ― swami prabhavananda, breath from the eternal
 
"love, however, cannot be contained. the more that flame is covered up, the hotter it burns. also love can always find a way. it was impossible that these two whose hearts were on fire should be kept apart" ― edith hamilton, mythology
 
"so fierce is the passion that burns within my heart for you, a raging forest fire, unstoppable and consuming" ― michael faudet
 
"her arms will hold my fears, but she won't carry the load; as it is my lesson to love myself, and find my own sense of hope....when we cross our paths, our knowledge will last the test; as patience fills the air and our burdens are put to rest....i will honour my truth, and seek what i desire; ever-lasting love and passion set on fire" ― nikki rowe
 
'i promise to remain faithfully beside you. i pledge to conquer faults; perfect my character. i vow to deserve you....i declare you're my dream, my fervent wish fulfilled. i offer my past wealth and future promises. i swear to keep your trust....i commit my soul's fire and my body's force. i profess i am forever bound to your heart. i proclaim i am yours" ― colleen houck, tiger's destiny
 
this song from 1981 is about missing that special girl, burning in desire and longing for her so bad that it's to the point where nowhere seems like home and time makes no sense until he can be back in her arms again "burning for you" by the blue oyster cult ...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  

"home in the valley. home in the city. home isn't pretty. ain't no home for me. home in the darkness. home on the highway. home isn't my way. home i'll never be. burn out the day. burn out the night. i can't see no reason to put up a fight. i'm living for givin' the devil his due. and i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you. i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you...time is the essence. time is the season. time ain't no reason. got no time to slow. time everlasting. time to play b sides. time ain't on my side. time i'll never know. burn out the day. burn out the night. i'm not the one to tell you what's wrong and what's right. i've seen suns that were freezing and lives that were through. but i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you. i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you...burn out the day. burn out the night. i can't see no reason to put up a fight. i'm living for givin' the devil his due. and i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you. i'm burnin', i'm burnin', i'm burnin' for you" ― blue oyster cult, burning for you
 
"there's a candle in the heart of man, waiting to be kindled. in separation from the lover, there is a cut waiting to be stitched. o, you who are ignorant of endurance and the burning fire of love...love comes of its own free will, it can't be learned in any school" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
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ABOUT THE IMPRESSION
"i'm burning for her in excited anticipation, butterflies fill my tummy, and my heart is on fire for her, craving her...i cannot wait until the next time we are together..." ― bodhi, heart on fire
 
it's very rare these days to find any great location that does not have another 3 or 5 photographers trying to capture the same scene, never as pleasant or as peaceful...so, obviously and consequently, i will not be releasing the location of this photogenic tree, because all it takes is one big photographer with a big following on social media to do a workshop here, and this spot will be forever ruined and lose its beautiful innocence...
 
this impression was captured while perched high up on rocks in the alabama hills just east of lone pine, california, as the sun was setting behind the eastern sierra mountains at 8:03pm on may 27, 2022...this composition is comprised of one quasi-long exposure of the tree and the swirling lenticular cloud (f11@24mm for 11 secs, iso-64)  
 
in my photography, i always use filters to create long exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
 
and to get the effects and balance i was looking for in the mountainscape exposure of this composition (f11@24mm for 111 secs, iso-64), i used two progreyusa filters: first, a 1.8nd progrey antarctica filter to bring the light in the image down 6 stops and permit for the longer 11 second exposure, and create some softness and motion blur  in the clouds (in my own style), which in turn naturally saturates all the blue, purple, and red/pink hues in the image... 
 
second, combined it with a 0.9 reverse gnd progrey aurora filter to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it...in this case, to stop down the much brighter light in the sky, the glow of the setting sun, in the upper left section of the image an extra three stops and help permit details in the shadows of the rocks in the foreground as well as the distant rock mountains to come out better in the exposure... 
 
i also used the progrey g-120z magnetic holder to hold the filters and secure them to my nikon d810 with a nikon nikkor 24mm f1.4 prime lens... 
 
i wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my induro phq3 series 5-way panhead with the induro (now benro) stealth carbon fiber tripod in combination with the progreyusa filters which i use with every photo i take...
 
"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" ― bodhi, blessed
 
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhi, if nothing else
 
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhi, into my photography
 
"my photography is my way of keeping a diary" ― bodhi, my diary
 
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhi, my world
 
i leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters... 
  
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
 
namaste,
bodhi
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