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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June 18, 2019

PHOTOGRAPHS

    
... a little wander over to new hampshire to visit with sara, gordy, my brother, and little tessa ...
   
    
... in the english language there are 26 letters used to form approximately 44 sounds ... base ten mathematics uses nine numerals and the very special zero ... twenty-eight years teaching, i feel perfectly comfortable expressing the opinion that for a child without any disadvantaging conditions these should be pretty well mastered before the first-grade ... sarah and gordy, tessa's parents, are insuring this, absolutely ... this child loves-loves-loves reading and learning ... hmmmmm, i'm reminded of a couple of other children ...
   
    
... father and daughter, a moment ...
   
    
... we all went to church to listen to the new hampshire gay mens' chorus ... the minister introduced them by telling how when they first performed many, many years ago they were asked to not use the word "gay" in the advertising ... no such nonsense now, thank goodness ... another way in which america continues to become an even greater nation ... 
   
    
... i was just dubbing around, so i'm quite pleased with this picture ... it's a five image merge that required a great deal of color and perspective correction ... i wish i could've done the same recording the wonderful music ...
   
    
... just for fun ...
   
    
... today, after my errands, i wandered over to john's to visit while he was restoring his 20+ year-old old town canoe, one that he considers his favorite ...
   
    
... it was fascinating to watch how much concentration he put into a single screw hole for mounting the portage yoke (right, apparently a serious part of canoeing is carrying the craft from water to water) ...
   
    
... electric tool, but was only his eyes providing direction ...
   
    
... i'm so-so when it comes to landscape photography, i think my efforts at impressionism and abstracts are commendable (alas, i must admit that especially for such beauty is easily found in the eyes of the beholder) ... but when it comes to black and white "people pictures" i feel as if i'm home as a photographer ...

... my "dream" (hah) is a leica "monochrome" camera ... it is the only digital camera (non-scientific, astronomical, etc.) that has a b&w sensor, thus not requiring that the photographer shoot in color and then convert/translate to monochrome ... for those not versed in the craft, this is like freezing fresh fish, thawing it, freezing it again, thawing it once more, then cooking it ...


... okay, that's not about to happen, if only because no matter how good it is as a tool  it's exorbitantly over-priced ...  plus, to be honest, i've owned a leica m3 rangefinder and found i much prefer an slr (or, in these days, a dslr "mirrorless" camera such as my sony a7ii) ... who knows, perhaps the rumors'll turn out to be true and nikon will offer those like me an affordable b&w camera ... !!! ... ... meanwhile, well, you can't fault a fellow for admiring such beauty ...