Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author Unknown
True silence really
means going deep within yourself to that place
where nothing is happening, where you transcend time and space.
You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness. That's where
all the power is. That's your real home. That's where you really
belong, in deep Silence where there is no good or bad, no one
trying to achieve anything. Just being, pure being. . . . Silence is the
Come on into my room and
sit for a while. I hope you're enjoying my site! It has been
a labor of love since it's conception in 1999. This site represents all
the things I value most in myself - photography, writing, art, poetry, nature
sounds and links with creative people. I guess you could say it's my
"book." You know, the book you want to write, but probably never will.
Over the last thirteen years, I've heard from
people from all over the world and appreciate their emails and comments.
Making connections with people who I would never meet otherwise is very
special and one of the main reasons for this site. I am dedicating this
site to my mother, Betty Connor Dozier and my dear father, James Charles
Dozier, who were my guiding lights and
encouragement all my life. Thank you both for believing in me! We
lost our sweet mother on February 22, 2008 and our beloved father July 13,
1990, but they live forever in our
As you can see from the
photos on the "About Us" page, my husband, Homer, and I live with our dog,
Dottie and lots of wild critters in Western North Carolina. As of
November, 2011, we also live with seven feral cats. You can read about
that ongoing experience HERE. Both
of us grew up in South Carolina and enjoyed observing the assortment of
wildlife on the land we owned in Columbia where we both worked. Our land and house
was an inheritance from my grandparents and we were lucky to live there with the possum, raccoons, owls, hawks, bats, birds, squirrels, frogs
and tons of insects that shared our natural nook. We enjoyed
such a diverse slice of wildlife so close to the city.
However, the legendary heat and
rising crime rate of Columbia
forced us to the mountains of North Carolina where we have a whole
new assortment of wildlife to observe. Since moving here in May of 2004,
we have taken thousands of photos and recorded
hours of nature sounds including three Great Horned Owls, two Screech Owls calling
to each other, crickets, coyotes, foxes, tree frogs, underwater audio and more. We've seen and heard a
long-tailed weasel, foxes, a black bear, river otters,
beavers, muskrats, hedgehogs, deer, raccoons, possum, and the list continues
to grow. We've been able
to enjoy a different selection of birds, including my favorite, the Wood
Thrush. We've gone totally
berserk in this beautiful place. Expect new photos, audio and possibly
video in the
coming months! We still love South Carolina, especially the swamps of the lowcountry where Homer grew
up, but the mountains are home to us in all ways.
You can also visit my new site
TibArt Audio and hear recordings I've
made in the mountains of Western North Carolina and along the coast of South
Carolina. It's a growing project and one that has brought me great
excitement and new friendships.
loved photography and audio recording for most of my life. The fact that an image
or sound can be frozen in time
miraculous to me. All photos, whether they are family snapshots, a torn
faded photograph from the past, historical
prints, or prize-winning photojournalism, are fascinating. For me,
however, the many faces
of nature are the images that have the most appeal. Patterns of light
reflected on water, clouds captured in a moment's glory, the
sudden rush of birds in flight, the path of a comet - these are the patterns and
visions I look to capture and share. It's the life force I want to capture - something that is sometimes
difficult to see through a camera's lens since much of what I "see" is
actually what I feel. It's one of those things that
is hard to put into words...I guess it's what we refer to as intuition.
The key is letting go - releasing control and allowing this force to enter your
heart. When this happens there is a feeling of total connection to all
things and this is the feeling that I trust more than any other in my life.
Spirituality means a lot to me.
It is my connection to the Universe, to the Divine, and to all things that
guides my every moment. I feel this connection in nature and try to
capture it digitally, however, it is elusive - sometimes just out of
reach. However, with time and experience, I've learned to listen to the inner
voice that guides me. As long as I stay connected to the Universe, doors
open and magic comes my way - hopefully some of the magic is captured. The next
step - sharing the magic. What's the point of being a witness to beauty if
you try to keep it to yourself. Pass it on, share it and the beauty grows.
In 2011 I experienced a profound
spiritual transformation, part of a life-long journey, but one with more bumps
in the road than usual. With the help of many people - healers,
guides, family and friends - I have emerged on the other side a new person,
filled with the happiness that comes from hard-earned peace. We all have
suffering to endure. When we allow our grief and trials to connect us, we
become even more a part of earth's family. It is astonishing to
finally be living in the moment, releasing the past and cherishing each day.
And even though life brings continued lessons, I hope to meet them a stronger
and wiser person - always growing, always searching. I hope you find this
website to be celebration of growth and hope.
Please stop by TibArt Images often.
There will be new photos added, new gardening projects, poetry, stories and new
links. Again, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me at email@example.com
and Homer at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Also, please visit Homer's incredible site on his experiences in
Vietnam at http://www.swampfox.info. Thanks for visiting!
They walk with me
encircling my sleeping place
as I dream and journey
into other worlds.
In honor of "Lady" - my Wolf-Guardian Spirit.