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When I Hiked

Recently I was walking around a public park in Greensboro, NC and there were two specific aspects I saw, on a life-sized bronze statue on display, that got my attention. The first was a hiking stick being held, and the second were the hiking boots being worn. These two images reminded me a lot of my past.

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Up until the time in my life when I was no longer physically able to do the sort of rugged hiking I once did, there were few things I enjoyed more than exploring alone, trails, woods, lake shores and mountain scenery on foot. I usually had a stout walking stick to help my balance, and always wore a sturdy and comfortable pair of boots. Most times I carried a camera to record what I saw. I recall one time specifically when I finally reached the bottom of a rocky gorge I’d hiked to in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, descending about 2000 feet elevation over steep twisting and ankle bending trails, when I had to stop, sit down on a large fallen tree trunk, and begin to regain my breath and to let my shaking legs rest. After eating an energy bar, and draining about half of my limited water supply, I asked myself if this sort of strenuous outdoor activity was really worth it. Well, after I continued on my way along a stream flowing through the base of the gorge, toward the trail that would eventually take me back up the steep gorge to where I had parked my car I discovered something that made it easy to answer my question of “worth” with a resounding “yes.”

Off in the dark woods, I spotted a rock wall about four feet high. It was obviously man-made, and surrounded what I saw right away was a cemetery. There were about twenty, crude stone-slab grave markers there, and the ones on which the carved letters were still legible, I determined that the people buried there had died before 1910. Many were the graves of babies who had died in less than two years after being born, a testament to exactly how hard life was in these mountain valleys during that time. Strangely, a few of the graves had artificial flowers neatly arranged on top. Someone, I thought, had been visiting this old cemetery recently. Who were they and how did they get here I wondered. Had they hiked down the steep trail I did, or was there some other way to the site? No matter how they got there, they deeply cared about the place.

As I began my hike back up the slope I concluded that doing what I was doing that day was not only excellent physical activity, but the real benefit was being able to discover such a relatively hidden place, clearly with a great amount of sentiment being given to it by those who had placed the flowers on those graves. When I finally made it to my car (again gasping and straining to walk easy) I finished off my water supply and promised myself that so long as I was physically able, I’d continue to hike and explore. It’s memories of such times that give me joy today. When I see objects like the hiking staff and boots on the bronze statue in Greensboro, I flash back to those days when I hiked.

 

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Colors and Snow

It’s obviously white, snow that is, but in a way that’s sort of boring. So, after the recent snow we had I looked for some colors. Here’s what I found.

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Artistic and Creative

 

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Winter Textures

There are many winter patterns and textures that make for sone interesting photos, especially on fresh fallen snow. Sunlight can create nice effects on the snow when it’s low on the horizon. And, there are the ever-present animal tracks. Enjoy the following.

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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

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More than Snow

Sure, I could have made some “Gee, look at all the snow” photos today (there has been a lot of it) but instead I decided to focus on our backyard Sun Dial and German Hay Wagon sitting on our brick covered porch.

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

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Inside

When it’s too cold (like in the 10s-20s) for me to take my camera outside to places around our home in SW Virginia, I elect to stay inside and make some “warmer” photos. Point is, I’m being creative with my camera and enjoying every moment of it.

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

Getting Ready for the New Year

It’s not that I don’t enjoy posting Christmastime photos, I do. It’s just that I feel it’s time for me to get ready for a new year of making photos, so I wanted to make a transition to that with some recent images I made that show lines, colors, and contrast. It’s all about having fun. Making photos that is.

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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in Architecture, Artistic and Creative

 

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Fun in Black & White

This image of our latest full moon I made hand-held so it’s not the sharpest ever, but given that the moon was just rising above some trees across the street from our house, I liked the way the limbs looked in front of the familiar moonscape.

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I got down low for this image of our new brick sidewalk which runs to our front porch. The fallen leaves gave it a nice look.

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And lastly, our back porch light is always good for an image or two. Nice contrast.

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Artistic and Creative, Black and White

 

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Modern Abstracts

These two photos are similar to what a 1950s image might have looked like in terms of subject and composition. Modern, retro or whatnot.

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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Artistic and Creative

 

Colors, Shadows and Light

Lots of subject matter here. A mix for the eyes from Martinsville,VA.

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Artistic and Creative

 

Patterns in Nature

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There are times when I see photo opportunities I’d most likely miss, were I not paying attention to what’s around me. We have a relatively new concrete driveway at our home. It’s been raining a lot lately here in SW Virginia, and leaves are falling onto the wet concrete and then as the remaining colors bleach out from the leaves, they place an imprint of themselves. Here I got a couple of such patterns, and was fortunate to have a single yellow leaf laying there as a nice contrast. This photo will make a nice wallpaper for my iPhone. There point of my brief story is that nature is full of wonderful sights, if we’ll just “see” them.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

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