Empty

“We hear only our own voices, still echoes returning to our emptiness.”
—Dejan Stojanovic,
The Sun Watches the Sun

James and I should be celebrating 23 years of life together today. Instead, I just feel the emptiness.

"Empty", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/8 at 1/160 sec., 17 mm

“Empty”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/8 at 1/160 sec., 17 mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
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Be Terrified!

I’m sharing my final Halloween wallpaper for this year. This work of ugliness is a high-resolution desktop wallpaper measuring 2560×1600 pixels, designed to terrorize and scare away annoying coworkers. Enjoy it and have a terrifying Halloween!

Reverse-click and Save Image to your local hard drive. Full-size image is 2560x1800.

Reverse-click and Save Image to your local hard drive. Full-size image is 2560×1600.

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Candid Portrait: Hussein

Do good and throw it into the sea — if it is not appreciated by an ungrateful man, it will be appreciated by God.
— Lebanese Proverb

Often the element of surprise leads to a fun, authentic portrait, and such was the case with this photo of Hussein. He hasn’t seen this, so will probably also be surprised to see this photo here today. :-)

"Hussein", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.3 at 1/80 sec., 90 mm

“Hussein”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.3 at 1/80 sec., 90 mm

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Buddha in Flames

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
—Gautama Buddha

"Buddha in Flames", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm

“Buddha in Flames”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
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Something’s Bugging Me

I’m doing something wrong and cannot figure out what it is. Despite a few years of making a serious attempt to photoblog, my efforts fail to garner visits. I’m fortunate if a post gets 20 – 30 views in a 24-hour period. Shares are non-existent and the same few loyal followers (thank you!!) seem to generate the few comments that are posted. I faithfully visit, follow and interact with other photo and non-photo blogs; I tweet; I Pin; I comment; I “like”; I try new things like themed wallpaper giveaways; I reblog other blog posts occasionally and… Nothing. Of course, I’ve considered that it could simply be that my work isn’t appealing, but I question how people reach that conclusion when it isn’t really being seen.

I’m therefore prompted to ask a question of any who read this post, particularly those who are authoring successful blogs — you who get more “likes” in 24 hours then I get views in a week(!):
“What am I missing or doing wrong?”
Your honest feedback, suggestions or advice from your own experience would be most appreciated.

"Yellow Bug", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/3.5 at 1/4000 sec., 28 mm

“Yellow Bug”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/3.5 at 1/4000 sec., 28 mm

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Triangle in Temple

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”
― Marshall McLuhan

"Triangle in Temple", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/5.3 at 1/200 sec., 92 mm

“Triangle in Temple”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/5.3 at 1/200 sec., 92 mm

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Angry Bird

“Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.”
— Alfred Hitchcock

Halloween is just over a week away, so today’s photo is another Halloween-themed desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper may appeal to those who are fans of Alfred Hitchcock and particularly his film, “The Birds”. The first time I watched the movie was with my parents when I was pretty young. At one point in the film, I was instructed to close my eyes or leave the room. Watching it again a few years later, I learned my parents had attempted to shield my young eyes from viewing a citizen of Bodega Bay being robbed of hers by angry birds. I will spare my younger sister any embarrassment that may be associated with revealing her particular issues with this classic film.

“The Birds” was the first horror movie I remember ever watching. What was yours?

You can download this free 2560x1600 HD wallpaper by reverse-clicking the image and choosing "Save Image..."

You can download this free 2560×1600 HD wallpaper by reverse-clicking the image and choosing “Save Image…”

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Abstract in Architextures

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
— Pablo Picasso

"Glass Block Window", Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

“Glass Block Window”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

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Echinacea Imaginarium


“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.”
― John Lydgate

Today’s photo is a color interpretation of the B&W photo I used in yesterday’s post, Echinacea Monochromis. Having learned that at least one of my readers didn’t care for monochrome flowers, this is my effort at reconciliation. I hope you like it!

"Echinacea Imaginarium", Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

“Echinacea Imaginarium”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

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Echinacea Monochromis

“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”
— Og Mandino

"Echinacea Monochromis", Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

“Echinacea Monochromis”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.3 at 1/30 sec., 92 mm

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