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 fifth 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.

March 4, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMIE

... chad and emmie invited me over for supper in their new house ... before he fell asleep baby grant was the star of the show, which, of course, is as it should be ...

... mother and son, peaceful ...

... emily should do ads for the apple orchard ...

... megan's entered junior high, a strange and wonderful new phase in her life ...

... forget the baseball and football, with great intensity chad schools baby grant in the ins-and-outs of browsing amazon to order a new 14mm extra-wide angle lens ... 

... danny makes a trip to the refrigerator to fill his water glass a most fascinating exploration ...

... walker immerses himself in whatever world he's created ...

... constantly asking question, constantly seeking answers ... at his age it was the same for me, except, of course, in those now ancient times it was an encyclopedia or the book of knowledge, or, "pa, can you take me to the library" ...

... i snapped these pictures using my fuji x-t1 and a thirty-year old zuiko manual focus 50mm f/1.4 lens ... i am constantly amazed to hear contemporary techno-geeky photographers remarking, "oh, such-and-such is a good camera except for the noise level in images taken at extremeliy high i.s.o. values" ... i wish they would try picture taking with a roll of kodak ektachrome 160 color transparency film, very expensively boost-processed to i.s.o. 320 ... with the same lens on an olympus om-1 film camera loaded with ektachrome i don't think it would have been possible to take these photographs ...  "noise level" ... well, to paraphrase henri cartier-bressen, who remains the gold standard for this type of photography, "worry about taking a great picture, after that everything else'll fall into place" ...

... for emmie, who, by the way, makes a fabulous pot roast, these pictures are a little birthday present ... happy birthday, emmie ... !!! ...