Sunny Hours


The inscription on this sundial I saw in a small flower garden next to a local real estate company’s office in Martinsville, VA reads, ” Let others tell of storms and showers, I’ll only mark your sunny hours.” I did not see that inscription until after I had downloaded the photo on my computer for processing. After reading it I focused on the last two words…”sunny hours.” Too many people tend to focus on what’s not right with their lives, and overlook all the many blessings they may have received. Positive thinking is important…I know this to be true because over the past many months I spent far too much time on negative things and not enough on what I have to be thankful for. Like the shadow on this sundial’s face, time moves forward…never backward. Best to think positive…all the time.

For those interested technically, I used a Panasonic Lumix GX1 micro four thirds camera for this image, with 45-200mm lens attached. Using a telephoto lens for a close up like this allows you blur the background so as not to detract from the main subject. I have pretty much stopped using my much larger Nikon DSLR camera gear. Had I not done so, with a similar lens attached, I would have been carrying six pounds versus less than a half pound. Same results would have been achieved, but my body is very grateful for the switch!

Seeing What Others May Not


I never seem find a church building that I can’t find some architectural aspect which attracts my eye photographically. In this case, I was standing across the street from this Baptist Church in Martinsville, VA looking up at the spires. What attracted my eye was the manner in which all the roof “lines” and “angles” came together in a great composition…to me at least. I especially liked the positioning of the cross in the photo.

Many photographers may see things that others may not. I suppose I am that way and no matter where I am, I keep looking for interesting views that might make for a good photo. Of course, you have to have your camera handy to record what you see at a given moment in time. Isn’t at what this is all about? Sharing what you see with others through photos?

A Vacant Chair


Like the wooden rocking chair sitting on our home’s front porch, my photo blog has been “vacant” since last October. That’s soon to change, and I hope to be able to “fill” that vacancy with lots more of the type photos I have been posting for several years. Why the temporary absence you ask? Well, in a word “cancer.”

When I stopped blogging late last October I was scheduled for a blood related cancer bone marrow transplant at Duke University Medical Center and that month-long treatment made it impossible for me to get out and take the sort of photos I post here. All went well thanks to the good Lord, and while recovery from such a medical procedure can take months, I am at a point now where I feel ready to resume my photography, and to again be able to share my work with anyone so interested. But, enough of my medical story!

So, I invite you to bookmark my blog and to return often. I am going to resume my photo work slowly, so don’t expect new photos every day. But it won’t be too long before I’ll be able to meet that objective. Cheers and good health to all!