Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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November 6, 2013

STILL GOING

... eric drove up this afternoon and we went over to oakland for a nice lunch, then enjoyed a pleasant drive back to augusta ... he headed home to serve taxi service for his daughter, while i headed west for a little wanderabout towards bryant pond and then back towards mount vernon, where i stopped long enough for c.j. to offer me a cup of coffee and some pleasant conversation ... when i left he snapped a shot of me in my what-are-you-doing-riding-a-motorcycle-this-time-of-year duds ... no, i'm not porking out in my old age, but, yes, i must admit that i look a bit like the michelin man ...

... lunch with a pal, a nice ride on a brisk late autumn afternoon,  a cup of hot coffee and the respite of a few moments with a great friend ... what a wonderful day ...







HOLDING ON THE AUTUMN

... frost on my car in the morning, western mountains topped with snow, still, i'm not ready to let go of the autumn ... i went for a little stroll around town, as i headed out instead of taking one of my big bad nikons i grabbed my little olympus ... in the place of its normal lens, attached was a cleverly machined adaptor mailed to me all the way from china ... it allowed me to use a thirty-five year old olympus zuiko macro lens with the modern digital camera body ...


... while the camera has a built-in manual lens focus assist mode, it was much easier to use the classic "move the camera back and forth until the image is sharp" approach ... other than that, the operation of the camera/lens combination was normal ...

... under heavy snow it would sometimes droop across the driveway, and for many years i've wondered when someone would trim the branch of this tree on boutelle street ...

... across the street from the "molly brown" i looked down to discover a random composition of algebraic, chaotic, and fractal geometry ...

 ... along silver street autumn resisted ...

... but a brisk late afternoon breeze promised the soon, very soon, winter would do more than merely hint ...

... in one of the concourse plazas, beneath the empty limbs of a tree the earth accepted the return of what it had given ...

... on my belly, sprawled out as i so loved to do when i was a child, in a single leaf i rediscovered autumn's splendor ...