Time is a State of Mind

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

 

 

SEASONS OF OUR DISCONTENT: PART II

You can read Part 1 here:     PART I

In this photo, the season is late summer, the aspens have not turned yellow yet. When Ted Bundy escapes from the Pitkin County Courthouse at just about the time this photo is taken, he works his way through town, by-passes Tom’s Market, then climbs Aspen Mountain and hikes over to the back side. He runs across a cabin, breaks in, steals some food, some clothes, a rifle. Continue reading

HOW YOUR LIFE IMITATES ART: Finally, a short read

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou

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SAY YOU’RE A SPANISH CONQUISTADOR LIVING IN BARCELONA in the early 1500’s. Candle wax is more expensive than oil. Maybe you like the taste of salt, but you may never taste black pepper in your lifetime; it is too expensive. Coffee will not reach Spain for another hundred years or so. But you will be one of the first Europeans to eat chocolate, perhaps believing it possesses magical powers—which as we all now know, it does. You will sail away from the turbulence of the Atlantic Ocean and discover another calmer (seemingly calmer) ocean and name it Pacifico. Continue reading

2 HALFS OF EVERYTHING: DEITIES AND DEMONS

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ZEBRA DOVES OF BALI MATE FOR LIFE. Two of them are building a nest under the roof of my neighbor’s house. One dove carries a bamboo twig, the other stands watch. The house I’m renting sits in a rice field in Penestanan, a village near Ubud. That is, it used to be a rice field. Ten years ago, it was a rice field. Today, the land slopes downhill in terraced, level plots, but instead of rice growing in paddies, houses now grace the land, like so many wallowing pot-bellied pigs. Decades ago when the first few homes were built, it was simply a marvelously pleasant and heavenly idea: a home with a view of the vast rice fields all the way to the ravine where the jungle thrives along the river. Continue reading

2 Vivid Memories – The Last GAP T-Shirt

The Last GAP T-Shirt

The Last GAP T-Shirt

Imagine for a moment that you are waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square on December 31, 1990. You await the new year not so patiently . You already have three new year’s resolutions on your list, knowing that if history is any predictor of the future, you will keep none. You watch the rowdy-and-slightly-lush crowd seethe into one barely-controlled wild animal prowling the streets. You take a sip from your flask, hot ginger tea, perhaps—it is winter in New York—and reflect on a year that didn’t make much sense to you. It’s a memory that appears vividly in your mind as one faulty scene after another in a crude documentary film. Continue reading

PHOTO REHAB: LOOKING AWAY

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Please, no smoking in the Amsterdam canal house, please

Today’s theme is “Looking Away.”  I’ve slightly altered the concept, perhaps, to something closer to “Looking the other way.”    I shot this one sunny day in Amsterdam with a Canon G6 at F2.8 at 1/800 sec. This is one of those times you might wish you had a truly telephoto lens, something like a 500 or 600mm with professional optics. The little G6, extended to the equivalent of 140mm, leaves a bit of noise and softness in the photo. Please “look away” from that weakness.

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PHONEOGRAPHY & NON-SLR PHOTO CHALLENGE: NATURE

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I’m joining this week’s Phoneography & Non-SLR Digital Device Photo Challenge hosted by Lens and Pens by Sally, which you can find here: https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/iphoneography-challenge/

You might want to visit her blog to view Sally’s striking photos, as well her to read her insightful writings.   You can also find links to other photographers’ entries in the Challenge.

This week the theme is nature.   Because I still am the only person on planet Earth who has never owned a smart phone (who wants a phone smarter than themselves?), I have again used my iPad 4 (or 5, who knows these things?).

If anyone can point me in the direction of the support that shows you how to hide the url and have a word appear in its place, I would appreciate that.

pingback:   https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/iphoneography-challenge/