The photographic explorations of a former film student.

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Beginnings and Endings

Admittedly, this is late for a fall post, but I’ve been thinking big picture, so I want to back off a bit and take a broader look at the Holidays. Life, nature, and our celebrations all parallel each other. I begin my celebrations in October. As everything starts drying up and dying, I plant bulbs in the hope that spring will come and new life will emerge from the ground. I take long walks to appreciate the beauty that the end of this year’s life brings – the forests are as a cathedral and the illuminated leaves are as stained glass.

The end – with all its beauty – is as an aged soul filled with years of stories and wisdom. It is our sadness to lose it, but we know another fall will come. There will be more – but no two quite the same.

Winter, cold, and darkness then set in. We fill our homes with light and warm bright colors to help us cope. We have parties and gather with our loved ones seeking joy and hope. We put up evergreens or their likenesses to remind us that there is always life – even in the coldest and darkest times.

For many of us, there are holes as we miss a departed loved one we used to celebrate with. We miss their beauty – whatever season of life they were in when we lost them. Personally, I spent many a Christmas with my loving Grandma. I miss her more this time of year. There is a hole in my celebrations. There will be more holes in the future. I live in the hope that death is but a dormant state – a winter. I live in the belief that they live on in heaven. I live with a calling to expand my circle of love. Let there be light, hope, and joy for all of us always.


Back to Still Life – Mini Trees and Mirror Lake

I was going for something that looked like an imaginary world with this. The idea had been bouncing around in my head for several months. Fortunately, the Christmas season intervened and the right tree props became available. The snow is quilt batting, the mirror is from the dollar store, and the “rocks” are flat marbles for flower arranging with nail polish painted on the bottom (like the necklaces I did last year). I decided to put a silver-grey poster board behind it all fearing white would be too blank. It’s supposed to look unreal/otherworldly anyway. In post, I did some cloning on the “rocks”, cleaned up the mirror, fussed with the color, and added some glow filter.

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Next Time: More Still Life

I haven’t exactly decided what it’s going to be yet. Maybe more like this or maybe more mugs.


Fall on White

With fall upon us, I lament the lack of fall color this year. Maybe it’s because of the rain or the late warm temperatures we’ve had. However, a few trees did turn brilliant colors. Because of this select group, I decided to do a fall post similar to another post from several weeks ago (https://mycameramyfriend.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/vegitation-on-white/ ).

One maple in the front yard always turns and deep red.

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The ash trees and the oak have also turned for the fall. Most of the maples are still green.

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Pumpkins: fall just wouldn’t be so much fun without them.

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Oak leaves and acorn.

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Next Time: Late Fall Scenic


Frost and Ice

Well, this isn’t Christmas decorations, but it’s not archive. I went on a spur of the moment photo hike today, and I thought it would be better to do the Christmas decorations next week and show you some of the ice and frost we’ve been having in my area this week. We’ve not had any real snow yet, and the frost melts off by midday. However, it’s enough whet my appetite for the visual landscape to come.

Here, the ice along the creek complements the leaf trapped in it.

The ice forms various patterns in different locations along the creek.

 

This leaf is covered in frost. It looks practically sugar-coated.

 

Next Week: Christmas Decor

I know I can find some archive at the very least. I will most likely finish what I started this week, or perhaps add some more.

 


Looking Back and Looking Forward

I was going to do log monsters this week, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it. Recently, I’ve been backing up my photographs and watching the world outside my window slowly change and come alive with Spring. At the change of every season, I find myself looking forward to what will come, but also looking back with just as much anticipation. Back because the smells and images of last year and the many years before are deeply ingrained in my mind. Here’s some spring from my archives.

These tulips, hazy and glowing as my impressions of spring at home, were photographed last year not so far from my dorm room at school. Being a busy senior, I rarely had time to stop and smell the flowers. It’s not the same emotional attachment I have for my own plants back home, but they were flowers. They were shadows the ones at home. And today I saw our tulips pushing through the ground.

Something I won’t see this spring are the flowering trees I became accustomed to during my college years in the South. They seemed too charming for an institutional campus. Sticks suddenly bushed up into bright ornaments showering us with little blossoms. It’s only now that I begin to miss them.

One odd thing about the plants at college: most plants I found familiar were hidden away in the far reaches of campus. Roses, classic and beautiful flowers, were far behind dorms and other buildings.

Looking back farther, I remember the last time I was at home with my plants. Soon I will smell the lilac again, soon I will feel the grape hyacinth, and soon I will see (and photograph) the iris. I am so impatient. But it’s never to early to start weeding, so maybe that will keep me busy in the meantime.

  

Next Week: Liquid Experiments or Old Camera

Man, what having your wisdom teeth out will do to your blog! I thought I’d get over this faster. Anyway, a new week, a new challenge. I’m still curious about what food coloring dropping into water would look like, so I’m going to do some experiments along that line. If it doesn’t work out, I’m thinking box camera or perhaps something more interesting. We’ll see what Dad lets me borrow. For midweek updates, follow me on Twitter!  http://twitter.com/#!/MyCameraFriend