Life is Change

The Big Basswood

Yesterday was a sad day for me. We had the last of the wise old willow tree removed from beside the pond, an unplanned change that nature brought us. Change is the one constant we can expect in life. Everything changes, people, landscapes, cities, even climate. I was sad to see the old willow tree go. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be …

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Photo of the Week — Morning Light

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Sometimes the magic appears in the mundane. Earlier this week I was in my office working when I noticed a shaft of morning light angling towards the cup of pens and pencils on the corner of my desk. It struck me as one of those fleeting moments of luminous beauty that appear and then disappear like grace notes that decorate our days. I grabbed my camera and made a few photographs. Within a minute the …

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Making Abstract Digital Art Using Photographs

Digital Photo Art

I happened upon an article about the new Photoshop “craze” called Twirls. It was a perfect day for playing with photos yesterday, so I watched the video, read the article, and started playing. Making Abstract Digital Art Is it art? I hesitate to call it art, as so much of the process is formulaic or chance, but I had a lot of fun seeing which photos and techniques allowed me to create images that I …

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Remains of the Day

Empty doll cradle waiting to be put away

My daughter and her family came for a visit last weekend. Because they live an 8-hour drive away, both parents work, and they have early grade-school kids, their visits are infrequent. We did a lot of planning and preparation for the weekend, getting beds ready, baking cookies, menu planning, and grocery shopping. Then they arrived and it felt a lot like my head was going to explode. Constant activity, stuff everywhere, cat in hiding, cooking, …

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Photo of the week — Light and Dark

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Light and Dark — It’s in All of Us As you integrate ignorance and failure into your knowledge and success, do the same with all the alien parts of yourself. Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself. Let your altruism meet your egotism, let your generosity meet your greed, let your joy meet your grief. Everyone has a shadow… But when you are able to …

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All About Light

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I am in the process of reviewing photographs from the past few years to see whether there are images that I overlooked originally and now find interesting. It has surprised me how many images I found that I wanted to work on again, given the growth in my editing skills and the new tools that I have available. Today, I worked on images from early 2013 in Hawaii. Some are from areas where volcanic flows …

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