I’ve been blogging off and on for more than five years. It helps me make sense of the world, which is sometimes (often?) a perplexing place. Even at times when I’ve not had the time or inclination to post photos and words I’ve appreciated reading and following bloggers from around the world. And I’ve noticed […]
I appreciate this quote from Ansel Adams: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Our plum tree’s bearing lots of fruit after years of barren struggle. Persistence in watering, tending, weeding, and coaxing is paying off. The tree now stands strong and productive. Love and nurture crowds out weeds and other growth-inhibiting barriers. Just like in life.
Just sharing thoughts as this dreary weekend winds down. Work’s been intense with deadlines and travel, my good knee’s killing me from my Friday workout, we missed a 35-year high school reunion this weekend, and the cloudy gray skies put me in a funk. As for the weather, we who live on the high plains in […]
I drove to northern Colorado on a shopping excursion and took the back roads on my return to Cheyenne. The return trip took me through irrigated farm country to high plains range country. The overcast gray day gave the drive a forlorn feeling. Later, after returning home, the skies erupted with rain, lighting, and thunder.
I’ve found myself making photographs that exclude stuff I don’t want in the frame. Why would I want trash in a photo of a beautiful street? Or a weed in flower photos? Or wires in photos of clouds? I’ve zoomed or cropped or moved so the offending items make no appearance in the final image. […]
The chairs sit empty having sent our daughter to her next journey this morning. One part of me feels sad. But mostly I’m thankful for the summer conversations we had in these chairs. And I can’t help thinking there will be more, someday, with new stories to be told and new events to debate and […]
Bella’s obsessed with this tree and the squirrels or birds that torment her from it. Even when, like today, there’s not a single creature in the tree. She displays such focus and intensity and, dare I say, happiness when she gets let into the side yard to play with the tree. The sequence usually goes […]
Having bought a new prime lens in Fort Collins this morning and needing to run some errands in south Cheyenne, I exited the Interstate and drove the less-traveled highway east and then north to my city. I hoped to stop along the way and snap a few pictures at the spot pictured here which at […]
Barring hail or other obstacles it appears we’ll have grapes this year. Not bad for a vine that nearly died a few years ago in its prior spot. My wife moved it here and it’s happy, happy, happy. I enjoy coming home from work and walking through the garden. The colors, shapes, growth, and smells aid […]
Today’s 18-mile ride, peaceful, like a Sunday morning. I appreciate that voters in my fair city have, over time, voted to fund the building, expansion, and maintenance of a city-wide greenway system. This is no small feat given the tax-averse nature of our state’s citizens. I won’t get into the politics of taxation here but […]
What is a book other than a collection of words lying dormant hoping for someone to activate its story? Perhaps I assign too much power to an inanimate object by using the word “hoping” but a book, to me, contains life whether sitting on a shelf or clutched in my hand. Photo taken at Carnegie […]
It’s a last minute thought to look straight up at the dusk sky before going inside my house. And I’m stunned by the clouds gathering overhead, holding tight to the moisture that gives them shape and life. I snap a picture, as I’ve done so many times before, of clouds. But this time, and I […]
Night falls and I think of home. Not here, where the party rages oblivious to the streets below.
Early yesterday I hiked to Hidden Falls at Curt Gowdy State Park in southeast Wyoming, just 20 miles west of my home. Despite living here for sixteen years it’s the first time I’ve entered the park. I’ve been missing out and hope to go back many times. While hiking to the hidden falls (last picture […]
The popular 90s song of the same title by the band R.E.M. was apparently not about anything religious but thinking about it always evokes for me the idea of giving up things that have defined me for most of my life. Not so much an active throwing away of labels like Republican or evangelical Christian or […]
Tomorrow is our 31st wedding anniversary. 31 on 31! (If you know me, you’ll know I’m a bit sappy and yes I cry in movies and at The Voice performances…so with that disclaimer out of the way…). Bella bullied me into walking her tonight (sometimes I need her persistent side eye to force me off […]
Here in this year of firsts since your passing, I thought about letting the day go by with just remembering you in my heart. And I’m doing that as I give thanks for your life and your love. But something’s missing and I realize it’s the fact I didn’t give you flowers today. And last year on Mother’s […]
Some time after I’d caught the photography bug as a means of expression, my wife put me into photography boot camp. It was a time as an apprentice, or learner, if you will. My early photographic attempts had focused more on gear (who doesn’t love gear?) and pretty colors and the sharpest images possible (because […]