One Nation

Photo Courtesy Smithsonian Magazine

I have a lot on my mind today. None of it am I prepared to organize and share.

Instead, I encourage you all to be kind to one another, to set aside your differences, to embrace what is right, and to move forward as part of the solution.

Enough is enough. Our country badly needs to heal as one nation.

Words matter. So I leave you with these 31 words.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America

And to the Republic for which it stands

One nation, under God

Indivisible with Liberty and justice for all.

Snow In Black And White

Snow begs to be preserved in black and white. Sometimes I wonder why I feel compelled to rob a perfectly fine picture of its color but there’s peace and serenity to be found in these images from home.

These small trees in my back yard remind me some of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Perhaps this is why I like them so. They’re underdogs.

And the giant in my front yard that I often photograph in snow, rain, sunshine, sunrise and dusk. It seems even more imposing here than it does in any other photo in my collection.

When it snows I frequent the same spots around my yard but am often amazed at how appearances change in different light, with different snow.

Black and white transforms these scenes into something completely different. This snow from Christmas is long gone but I look forward to the next snow and the opportunities afforded to my camera.

Winter Walk

I walked with a friend at a local park yesterday.

It was a beautiful day for a long walk at a familiar place.

I always say the official mascot here is the Canada Geese. Yesterday didn’t disappoint. They were everywhere.

Between this walk and some shopping, my Fitbit logged about nine miles. That’s not half bad for a day of leisure!

Grange Building

The day Jack Pine hosted his amazing glass pumpkin patch this fall, I savored the sunshine by taking a drive. This Grange building is just north of Jack Pine’s place, right along the beaten path, but I’ve never had time to stop.

The color pictures we’re fine but the black and white images speak to me.

The Grange dates back to 1867 but I’m not sure about the age of this building. It’s quite old bit appears to be lovingly cared for. It was formed to help farmers with the many issues they face and even to do some political lobbying on their behalf.

Standing there, for just a moment, I could imagine horses tied to trees and hitched to wagons while men in overalls discussed the price of corn.

That’s the amazing thing about visiting some of these old places. If you have any imagination at all, time travel is possible.

It Would’ve Been A Great Picture

I had pulled over to have a closer look at something when this beauty went cruising by. It would be a great picture if not for that darn satellite dish in the background.

Yes, I could edit it out but that’s not my style. All these heavily photoshopped pictures you see these days feel a bit like cheating and I would prefer to stick with my imperfect reality than dishonest perfection.

Oh, the troubles of being a documentary photographer!

It’s still a fabulous car!

It Would’ve Been A Great Picture

I had pulled over to have a closer look at something when this beauty went cruising by. It would be a great picture if not for that darn satellite dish in the background.

Yes, I could edit it out but that’s not my style. All these heavily photoshopped pictures you see these days feel a bit like cheating and I would prefer to stick with my imperfect reality than dishonest perfection.

Oh, the troubles of being a documentary photographer!

It’s still a fabulous car!