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 31, 2012

ON THE ROAD - THE GREAT ARCH


...  several years ago jon and i stopped in st. louis to visit the gateway arch*, for both of us it was a first visit to this marvelous structure ... it was exciting to be able to introduce adrien to this architectural wonder ...

*here's a slide show of that visit


... not "distortion," but a simple trick of perspective, at first sight it is very difficult to get an accurate sense of the scale of the arch ... look at the people in the grass just to the right of adrien's sneakers, then, very carefully, examine the area just to the inside of the right base of the arch, where you will find some figures which will allow you to appreciate what i consider the "courage" of this fabulous structure ...


... a place of both serious celebration and wonderful fun, in my opinion quite like the lincoln memorial, it always inspires me to the point that i forget i don't bend quite as easily as once did ...


... the elemental simplicity of the arch's mathematical shape, one in which functional form is entwined with the very fabric of the universe, is seductive to the eye of the photographer ...

NIKON D200 & OLYMPUS E-PL1