Ready to Ride

I have never actually “moved” on a motorcycle, but I have been on the seat…pretending. I’m sure the thrill of riding a motorcycle (especially a Harley) is one of life’s greatest things…but it’s a long way from that as far as I am concerned. I’ll stick to making photos of the bikes and equipment…helmets and goggles…shiny and colorful as they are.

A Downtown Saturday Afternoon

When I can, I like to wander around on a Saturday afternoon in downtown locations such as in Winston-Salem, NC. Lots of people “are out and about”, largely relaxing and having fun. Some of that involves listening to music as the young person at the left of the first photo is doing, and some of that involves enjoying good food and drink as those in the second image are doing. When was the last time you went downtown on a Saturday afternoon?

Green Fields

Sometimes what a photographic image is composed of can be largely simple in view, but complex in meaning. Here are two examples. I had to turn around on a major highway recently so I could go back to make these two photos (there were several…these were the best). What I was interested in was the expansive green cornfield with the low hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. But, after I made that image I looked across a dirt road adjacent to the field and saw the second image with lots of white clover and a small shed in the background. Simple landscape photos both…but to me there is a much more complex meaning. The world around us is truly “alive”…especially at this time of year. Our “world” happened not by chance but by design, and this world is but a small part of things so much more complex than we can ever imagine. Our understanding is sometimes challenged when we start to analyze what it’s all about…why are we here and where are we going. But our faith in a higher power than us (God) is strengthened when we see just how beautiful and intertwined everything is in our world…if we will just take the time to look.

Arts District

Here’s a couple of images of a portion of the “arts” district in downtown Winston-Salem. A VERY eclectic area and fun to visit…and photograph. I liked the two musicians who were playing just for fun…they were very good too.

On the Street

First, a note to those who visit my blog regularly. In the past I have been posting a new entry every day except Sunday. That’s becoming a bit work intensive for me to keep enough “new” photos in the hopper to continue to do that. While I could go back and pull some old images out of my extensive collection of digital photos, I prefer to keep using new and more timely images for my blog. Thus, I’ll be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the future. I can handle that schedule better. Now for today’s entry.

Here are two photos taken in the “arts” district of Winston-Salem, NC. I wanted to capture a car parked in front of an interesting business establishment in that district, and got lucky with these two. Check out the sun’s reflection on the front fender of the first image.

Outdoor Cafe

Hard to find people sitting in an outdoor cafe when it’s 85 degrees in the sun. Maybe later in the day or at night. This was an inviting place no matter the time of day or temperature.

Simple but nice

I like this image. It’s simple but nice in terms of the composition and the subjects. That’s a real gas light by the way. I saw this on the front of a cafe we had lunch in recently and said to myself, “Got to make a photo of this.”