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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March 14, 2012

YOUNG MR. FRENCHY


... i've no idea as to exactly when this was taken ... the "margin of error" in my estimate, only a few years, is pretty dramatic when you consider that at one end this image was made just after my father got out of high school, before pearl harbor, while for the other extreme he would have just come home from the war, married, soon to discover that his wanderlust would never be satisfied within the confines of tiny rhode island ... forgetting all that i know about my father, myth, legend, and that which i observed for myself, still, in this photograph i see someone i think i would have had great fun knowing ... be it into a burning building, or, equally, simply creating mischief and raising hell, a man i would have followed without hesitation ... 

... questions ... when ... where ... absolutely, what was the vehicle ... can you help ...

UNKNOWN

MAGENTA MERRIMENT


"The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.  Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him."

AUGUSTE RODIN

... i could spend a lifetime taking pictures of flowers, and little children, too ... if you think about it, that makes wonderfully great sense ...

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INTO THE SUN


... most photography primers will warn that you should "keep your back to the sun," and that "bright sunlight is the worst time of day for picture taking" ... i imagine that hidden in the footnotes they also advise "there's nothing to be found investigating fire hydrants" ... as far as i'm concerned, however, in disregard of all conventional advice concerning the art and science of photography, i find it important that at times you let your sense of humor direct your vision ... after all, a fire hydrant at the edge of the sea, how could i resist ...


... p.s. ... also, those books also tell you to "never put the center of interest dead center in the viewfinder" ... my rule:  "you want to learn about photography, study the pictures first" ...

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