"Howlin' For You" by Bodhi Smith

me and my pup
we both look up
deep into space
huge grins on our face 
each of us a night owl
lifting our noses we howl
at the cosmos glowing bright
breaking the silence of night
then we both say
each in our own way
with our happy eyes
reflecting the starry skies
"i'm howlin' for you!"
"that's what i'm doing too!"
 
 
MY THOUGHTS 
following the example of the hoodoo before me, i tilt my head back 90 degrees and with a huge grin on my face, i howl up into the glowing night sky ― bodhi, howlin' for you
 
Experiencing the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the Bisti Badlands of northwestern New Mexico is like a trip to another planet, the eerie and gorgeous hoodoo rock formations dot the landscape, creating shapes and forms that carry away your imagination and open up your spirit to the marvels of Mother Earth...
 
It's a beautiful golden night, and across time and space, a beautiful golden soul visits me again. The Dude sometimes visits me in subtle ways, and other times, like on this night, in ways deeply profound...
 
It's now after sunset, the light is fading in the high desert, shadows are falling across all of the different shapes of hoodoos, creating an alternative dimension of perception, changing the way everything appears...
 
Hiking southwards towards camp, Besos and I are encountering one cool rock formation after another, each one resembling something from a memory. And then poof, he appears, as plain as day, there's The Dude right before my eyes in the form of a rock, he's a howling hoodoo, tilting his head up, pointing his nose at the stars in the glowing sky, seemingly saying to me, "I'm here, Howlin' For You"...
 
Always forever, no matter what, devotion and unconditional love flowing between us, as the infinite heavens smile knowingly above ― Bodhi, Always Forever
 
With my pup Besos beside me, I sit with him here for hours, well after all the light faded, both of us stargazing. And like the rock before me, I've my head tilted back and I'm looking up into the Milky Way. As I'm grinning and remembering the Dude, I realize this message he's giving in his random visit to me. I howl into the silence of the night, smiling even more. I look at Besos and his beautiful eyes are reflecting the stars back at me, I tell him, "I'm Howlin' For You." And without delay, Besos suddenly turns his head upwards and likewise howls at the stars. Then he turns to me and his eyes say, "That's what I'm dooing too!"...
 
Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like a dog breaking the silence of the night sky. Don't stop to think, don't interrupt the scream, exhale, release life's rapture ― Vladimir Nabokov
 
Besos then gives me a kiss on my cheek, bringing me back to Earth and reminding me we still had a few miles left to walk back to our campsite for the night. I smile and nod at him as I pat him on the head. I put away all my camera gear, get up, put on my backpack and away we walk happily into the darkness of the night...life is good, so very good.
 
And when, on the still silent nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild
 
We're writing our own happy ending, one word at a time ― Bodhi & Besos
 
 
Released in 2010 by a two-man alternative garage rock band from Akron, Ohio, I cannot think of a better tune, such a fun and raucous song with a catchy guitar lick and a bluesy vibe ...  "Howlin' For You" by The Black Keys. ... (just click on the blue links to listen to any of the songs)

Alright, Yeah! 
Well now, I must admit
I can't explain 
Any of these thoughts 
Racing through my brain, 
it's true
But baby I'm howlin' for you
Alright, there's something wrong with this plot
The actors here have not got a clue
Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Da, da, da, da, da...da, da,da, da...
Mocking bird, Can't you see?
Little girl's gotta hold on me
Like glue. 
Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Yeah! throw the ball to the stick
Swing and miss, and catcher's mitt 
Strike two
Baby, I'm howlin' for you
Yeah! Yeah!
 
 
SOME MORE QUOTES
Love is patient, love is silent, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. it is not rude, it is not loud, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love is both the darkness and the light out of the darkness. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always forever perseveres ― Gautama Buddha
 
Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping...waiting...so often desired, but sometimes unwanted, unbidden, it will stir...open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us...guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? ― Josh Whedon
 
When we're together I'm the happiest, completely complete, our energy a connected connection  ― Bodhi, Always Forever
 
Mister Besos "Puppa" Halo Smith...born on July 3, 2018, he came into my world shortly after the Dude passed...and this little guy literally saved my life, I love him so much, and we have been devoted to each other, inseparable since I first held him in my arms and looked into his eyes on September 11, 2018" ― Bodhi & Besos
 
us
together
connected
always forever
in love so lovingly
is there anything better?
 
I love you always, forever. Near and far, closer together. Everywhere I will be with you. Every sin, I will do for you. I love you always, forever ― Donna Lewis.
 
 
SPECIFICS ABOUT THIS PHOTO
What's most important is sharing time with each other, anywhere together is where we both truly want to be, always forever, one together. ― Bodhi, Always Forever
 
In order to create my vision you now see before you, two separate exposures were merged and blended into creating this composition...
 
In my photography, I always use filters to create longer 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 this composition, I used two ProgreyUSA Filters. along with the ProgreyUSA G-120Z Antarctic Magnetic Holder. to secure these filters to my Nikon D850 with a Nikon Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 prime lens. ... 
 
Camera settings for Stars
ISO-1600, 24mm at f/1.4 for 13 seconds using no filters. Image taken about 1:01am MST on July 12th, 2023
 
Camera Settings for Howling Hoodoo Rock
ISO-64, 24mm at f/8 for 88 seconds using one ProgreyUSA 0.9GND Aurora Filter. to bring down the sky 3 stops along with a ProgreyUSA 3.0ND Antarctic Magnetic Filter. to stop down the image 10 stops and permit for the longer 88 second exposure which helps to soften the sky (easier for blending it with stars) and to naturally saturate all of the earthly hues of the howling hoodoo in the picture... Image taken about 13 minutes after the sunset at 8:46pm MST on July 11, 2023...
 
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 an Induro (now Benro) Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod. in combination with the ProgreyUSA Filters. which I use with every photo I take...
 
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
 
you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you? ― bodhi, blessed
 
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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