Category Archives: Photography

Emerging

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

~ Matt Hard

 

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“..a way of feeling…”

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

 

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Meet me at the water pump..now!

What do you see when you look at this photo?  Does it make you think of possible stories about things that happened at the water pump many years ago?

 

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Coming to Life

Today was another chilly and rainy day here.  However, I did not let that stop me from taking a few pictures.

My yard is starting to come alive again.

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”

By Ansel Adams

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Tag Your It!

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” by Don McCullin

 

Today I watched these two little squirrels chasing each other up, down and around this tree.  They were fun to watch and photograph.  It made me remember times when my bothers and I would play “tag your it”, “Mother May I” or kickball in this same backyard many years ago.  It brought back fun times.

 

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Photo of the Day

Spring has finally sprung on the calendar, in the air and in my feelings.  I went to a local park and my mother’s house to take a few pictures, then went to a local store, Produce Junction, and bought a bouquet of colorful flowers.

It felt good to be out photographing again.  Looking at all the buds starting to form on trees, flowers on others and even some plants bursting through the soil just made me feel good today.

I can not wait till the spring warmth is really here.

What do you think?

 

 

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He’d Rather Be….

My grandson, Arai, has been a bit under the weather the last couple of days with a cold and asthma acting up again.  Instead of him resting like his mother said, he’d rather be out in the snow with me taking pictures.  He did not care that he had his pajama shorts on and his shoes on the wrong feet he was determined that he was going out.

I had to convince him that if he was better tomorrow we will go out and play in the snow.

 

We are experiencing a winter wonderland. The new says that it could be as much as 12 inches.

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Our Unfurled Flag

This mural “Our Unfurled Flag” was originally painted in 2001 as a showing of resilience after the events of 9/11. It is located on Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In more recent times the flag has been the object of disdain by some Americans due to the 3rd verse of the National Anthem and the killing of people of color by Police Officers and the appearance of acceptance by the court system  (if it even gets that far).

As children we are only taught the first 2 verses in school but there are 2 more verses which is not taught.  To be honest I did not know the other verses until Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the Anthem during a preseason football game.

 

“Complete version ofThe Star-Spangled Banner showing spelling and punctuation
from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.”

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

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Camden

Today I had to take care of some business and needed to go to Camden, New Jersey.  When I finished, I took a little ride to a park where I photographed this water tower with the city name on it “Camden”.

 

 

I researched the city name and found out there are 23 other towns/cities in the United States, 3 in New Zealand, 1 in South Africa, United Kingdom, Bermuda and Australia with the name of Camden .    In total the are 30 towns/cities with the name Camden across this big world of ours.

I am entering this into this week’s Daily Post Challenge as I would rather be exploring Camden in another state or country to see how the are the same or different from Camden,  New Jersey.

 

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From Where I Stand – 1

I started working a second part-time job at the local big box hardware store back in December.  It took a minute for my body to get used to standing and walking for 4-5 hours at a time.  But my body is finally used to it and no longer am I ready for bed when I come home.

 

                       From Where I Stand – 1

 

UPDATE:

My last post was back in November regarding the book that I am writing.  I am still working on it and will be moving to the next stage (editor review) very soon.

 

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