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The Grove South of Raccoon Creek: Happiness is When

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  “ For most people to be happy, there has to be a person, place, or thing involved in their happiness. In true happiness, there are no things involved. It's a natural state. You will abide in that state forever. ”  - Robert Adams     Forgive the long gap since my last blog post, dear readers. The topic involved in that June post was absolutely dreadful and required me to take some time to recommit to my purpose. But I'm back now, although in truth I never really left. I continued to photograph and write. And found happiness again. Here is work from my post on April 30, 2022... Happiness Is When by William Arthur Ward Happiness is our heritage when Faith becomes our constant companion; Self-discipline our tireless teacher; Integrity our competent coach; Truth our trusted tutor; Discernment our careful critic; Optimism our able advisor; Goodness our gifted guide; Beauty our infallible inspiration; And love our blissful benediction. Clicking on the image will open it in full scr

Indian River Marina: A Melancholy Metaphor

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  “ No, you don't shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that's what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see. ”  - Katja Michael     It's astonishing the number of massacres using firearms there have been since the despicable racist attack at a grocery store in my hometown of Buffalo. I can't include them all here since there's too many.      Everyone is aware and sickened by the attack at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, but there were also people shot in Philadelphia by a man on a mountain bike, six shot in Alabama at a graduation party, a mother and her three young children were shot and killed by the mother's step-father in Michigan, six people were shot near the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, four people were shot in Colorado Springs, Colorado, four people were shot and one of them killed in a shooting in Fresno, California, four people were shot at a house party in Malabar, Flori

Ancient Journey: Following in the Tracks of the Horseshoe Crab

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  “ I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. ”  - Annie Leibovitz     So there I was on the beach, early in the morning as always, to capture some landscape images in the lovely South Carolina Lowcountry sunrise light. As I wandered along, I was delighted with the sheer number of shorebirds along this still very natural bit of shoreline. Hilton Head Island has only been connected by road to the mainland since the mid-1950s, so the area is still quite impressively pristine. And, to my surprise, I came across this intrepid pair. As I wrote in my post from May 21, 2022...      You can’t imagine how delighted I was to witness these two wonderful horseshoe crabs crossing each other’s paths as they headed out to sea one sunrise morning. I watched them travel about the beach for quite awhile before they lined up for, pardon my pride, this spectacular composition.      Although a bane of surf anglers because they l

Risen Sun: On the Third Day

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  “ The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer. ”  - Steven Pinker     I always thought there ought to be a version of the classic Peanuts cartoon where Linus explains to Charlie Brown what Easter is all about. I can hear him, in his Linus voice, clearly quote from the Apostles' Creed, "Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty." But we have more about what actually happened that third day...      The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28 (NRSV)      After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and becam

Amber Waves: Admitting You Don't Know Is the Key to Growth

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  “ The eye should learn to listen before it looks. ”  - Robert Frank     Mahatma Gandhi, best known for his contribution to the Indian Independence Movement through non-violent resistance, once taught us to,  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”      Stunning as it seems, Gandhi speaks two Stoic truths here. The first is memento mori, to remember our deaths are inevitable and unpredictable, so we should live as though it's our last moments on earth, with our words and actions fitting how we desire to be remembered.     The second is that we need to keep learning all through our days. As soon as we either think we know it all or that we cease being intellectually curious, we are essentially done. We will progress no further. And sadly, I almost fell into that trap with this this week's photograph. Fortunately, I remembered my Epictetus, as I wrote about in my post from March 26, 2022...      The ancient Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus t

Interconnection: The Way Things Fit Together

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  “ If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. ”  - Jim Richardson     Sometimes, the interesting stuff I'm looking for is an evening beach, a ship out at sea, an interesting cloud, and a glowing moon, all working in unison to inspire me to think about how everything works together. The moon influence the tides, affecting the ship, and also the weather, which influences the cloud, which all worked to produce this interesting composition for me to capture and share. I love the color and the light, but most especially, I love the way all the elements work together. What harmony we have when our connections are clear and valued. As I wrote in my post on March 19, 2022...      When I was much younger, there was a BBC television show called Connections starring the Sherlock Holmes of Science, Mr. James Burke, who had a way of making each episode exploring some aspect of science into a spellbinding detective story. It was fantastic how he traced th

Vision: The Power of a Paradigm

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  “ Without vision, the photographer perishes. ”  - David duChemin     How do you see the world? You probably think you see the world objectively, as basically the way it actually is. And in some ways, you might. But in other ways, the way you see things is determined by your paradigm at the moment.      For instance, imagine you're on a busy train headed home from work after a long day and, with several more stops to go, a father and two young kids board the train. You watch the father slump in his seat but the children are restless and begin to bother the other passengers by yelling back and forth, and even running up and down the aisle a little, bumping into people. It's hard to imagine how this father can just let his kids run wild this way! You can see the other riders are growing irritated with the kid's behavior and eventually, and with great restraint you might add, you finally get the father's attention and ask him if he might not be able to control his childre