Some days I make photos of really random stuff, mostly because something about it caught my eye. This photo is an example. While driving past this spot I noticed the turkey vultures going to roost and thought to myself, “Self, you need to get a picture of this” and Self replied “Challenge accepted, hold my camera.” 300mm worth of zoom lens handheld is not so easy to do but every time they saw me getting out of the truck, off they went. So after around a dozen crappy shots they finally gave me this. I thanked them for the show and rolled down the road for home.
I took this photo during the summer of 2017. I had been driving around looking for a good subject and watching these clouds in the distance. As time passed the sunlight was changing how they looked. When the edges of the clouds lit up and turned white it made them appear to be cloud waves breaking on a beach in the sky. Good imagination seems to be a plus at times, just my thought on it.
I have a thing about photographing water, but not in the smooth, smoky looking, long exposure, artistic way that seems to be so popular now. I do so in order to freeze it in its infinite variety of surface patterns as it moves and flows over and around things. Much more interesting I think. We shall look at this subject again at another time.
The photo in this post was taken as I was exploring a small creek in Meramec State Park in eastern Missouri.
As I was waiting in line to order pizza for supper this evening I glanced up and noticed this mural on the wall. So I had to get a photo of it. While I can understand the train with the restaurant name, the railroad being just across the street, the cowboy has me a bit puzzled. He is enjoying a good sized slice of pizza, but otherwise I know of no connection. Maybe a bit of over thinking the whole thing.
A few years ago I pulled into a local produce seller’s lot one morning and found this unusual creation. One of those things no one believes you about unless backup proof is shown. So, here is my proof of the cornstalk pony.
I have one regret with this photo, not that its a phone camera photo, nor the fact it is a snapshot. No, my one regret is letting concern for the opinions of others hold me back from making a dozen photos that morning. I’ve come a long way since then. This is a journey, not a destination. Make those photos!
Sometimes there are things that no one would believe unless they can see it for themselves. Driving through Saint Clair, Missouri one morning I spotted Uncle Sam and the Easter Bunny hanging out together. Unfortunately, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy were nowhere to be seen. Seems the person at the table down the way is completely oblivious to the celebrities.
There has always been a special joy in my soul for a good foggy morning. The world looks and sounds so different in the fog. It is time best spent outdoors either in solitude with the Creator or else with a good friend or two. Speak softly, if at all, letting the quiet and mystique soak into your heart and mind.
If there is an accessible river or creek nearby go and spend time there as you can. Let the flow of water carry away the weight of the world for a little time, it is good therapy.
This photo was made on a local river that I have lived near and visited for fifty years.
Driving to work and this truck passed by. I started to imagine various scenarios with the cargo. Finally decided a nozzle that would shoot out great streams of gum balls would be the most entertaining thing.
Welcome! Come in, look around, I hope you see something that you like.
Some days I call myself a photographer but the truth of it is I’m just the owner of some magic boxes, memory machines, if you like. I decide where to place the box, what it should be looking at, which buttons to push, the dials to turn and press the magic button. Viola, a tiny bit of light is turned into a memory. But something more than light is captured in these memory machines, little bits of ourselves and our stories are captured and frozen in them as well.
The idea for this blog came about as I was looking at cloud storage for some of my photos and pondering my general dissatisfaction with most photo sharing platforms. I don’t want to share my photos just for likes or to lose them amongst the millions of photos posted on a daily basis. Nor do I want Google algorithms mining them for useful data.
I want to share the thoughts and the memories that were captured in these photos and if I have been successful, you, the reader, will be able to see and feel something of the moment. So some of my photos will be released into the wild to live and breath. If someone else finds enjoyment or thought in one them their purpose will be fulfilled.
Thank you for joining me on the journey.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton