Tesla

“Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

As I pulled into the parking space alongside this gorgeous Tesla Model S electric car, my 2011 Nissan Leaf whimpered in what could only have been the automotive equivalent of penis envy. I whimpered a bit, too, but I swear that was just routine jealousy.

“Tesla Model S”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/14 at 1/80 sec., 85mm

“Tesla Model S”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/14 at 1/80 sec., 85mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Sanjay

I did an in-home portrait session with Sanjay Raja a couple of weeks back and learned he has a very unique perspective on fitness and nutrition. His background in the field of medicine and experience as an athlete have given him a dynamic outlook on health and fitness. Sanjay has over 10 yrs of experience working as a consultant with a variety of physicians and surgeons, helping treat various disease states and providing education on new surgical techniques. As an athlete, he has competed in amateur MMA fights. Sanjay has developed a comprehensive approach to what he calls functional fitness. He stresses the importance of nutrition and how augmenting nutrition can help the body function better in our daily lives. Most important to his approach is how tailored nutrition and meal plans can help his clients achieve their personal fitness goals for weight loss, gaining muscle, or nutrition for sport-specific training. He says the biggest difference in this approach is that it is sustainable because it involves a true lifestyle change with long-term benefits based on science, physiology and nutrition instead of a short-term solution with short-term results. If interested, you can learn more on his “Team No Excuses” website.

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Doorbell

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
—C.S. Lewis

I enjoy seeing how things get repurposed, filling a role or performing a function other than that it was designed to do. My grandfather was a master of repurposing. As a child, I was always intrigued to see what he would create next: windmills with blades cut from empty soda cans; jars nailed by their lids to the rafters in the garage and filled with nails, screws, bolts and washers of every size; the bed of his 1952 Willy’s Jeep converted into a box for his hunting dogs; a scrap of leather cut from an old shoe to make a hinge for an old wooden toolbox; or a new “yard chair” constructed from the components of other chairs. Seeing these sleigh bells tied to a door handle to alert the shopkeeper of arriving and departing customers reminded me of all that. I hope you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed the memories sparked as I created it.

“Doorbell”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.6 at 1/60 sec., 150mm

“Doorbell”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.6 at 1/60 sec., 150mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Chair

“Ah, love—it’s like a chair. It’s always sitting, yet standing on its legs.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

I suppose being too busy to get a blog post completed last week is in some ways a good thing, right? Determined to get one done today, I’ve chosen to share a photo I captured on a recent walkabout downtown. Though I really liked the colors, lines and angles, it was the lone, exiled chair in the scene that initially caught my eye.

“Chair”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/11 at 1/1000 sec., 28mm

“Chair”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/11 at 1/1000 sec., 28mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Rescued

The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.
–Colette

This little cutie is Cali; we rescued each other back in May. Cali spent the last several years living on the roof of an abandoned Mexican restaurant on the side of a busy highway. She has abrasions on her corneas of unknown origin, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted her vision too badly. She’s a munchkin calico; she has a normal sized body with short little legs. She hasn’t quite gotten used to the thing that clicks and makes a bright flash of light, but she’s learning…

“Cali”, Nikon D800, ISO 900, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300 mm

“Cali”, Nikon D800, ISO 900, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300 mm

Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Phosphorescence

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.”
― Emily Dickinson

"Phosphorescence", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/7.1 at 1/160 sec., 50 mm

“Phosphorescence”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/7.1 at 1/160 sec., 50 mm

Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

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 of grief.

"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
throughout Central Florida.

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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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings™
throughout Central Florida.

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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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings™
throughout Central Florida.

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
throughout Central Florida.