The Tower

“May you find your Tower, Roland, and breach it, and may you climb to the top!”
― Stephen King,
The Dark Tower

Today’s photo is another from my visit to Bok Tower Gardens this past Saturday. In post processing, I found myself thinking of the epic hero’s journey and battles and overcoming and… this happened.

"The Tower",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/9.0 at 1/200th sec., 70mm

“The Tower”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/9.0 at 1/200th sec., 70mm

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

“Excuse me—there’s an archetype in your fountain”

“The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.”
— FranÇois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Aside from noting its beauty, there are all kinds of things I’d like to say about the fountain which stands in front of the Pinewood Estate home at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. I won’t.

"Phalntain",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/160th sec., 200mm

“Phalntain”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/160th sec., 200mm

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Eloa

“But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity.”
–Alfred de Vigny

"Eloa",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/250th sec.,165mm

“Eloa”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/250th sec.,165mm

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

Clown!

“There are two types of people in this world. People who hate clowns…and clowns.”
― D.J. MacHale,
The Quillan Games

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve already learned that I am not a fan of clowns. No way, no how. And although the clown from the Osceola County Fair pictured here certainly looks harmless and friendly enough, I’m sure he must have fangs in his mouth or perhaps horns hidden under his hat. Sure, he looks innocent now — but wait until you see his face in the dark of a nighttime storm, grotesquely illuminated by flashes of lightning and emphasized by the foreboding crash of thunder. Yeah…I bet you wouldn’t hold your hand out to him then.

"Give the Clown a Hand",  Nikon D700, ISO 160, f/5.6 at 1/1250th sec.,180mm

“Give the Clown a Hand”, Nikon D700, ISO 160, f/5.6 at 1/1250th sec.,180mm

Be careful out there.

poltergeist_clown_doll

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

Little Cowboy

“I said I wanted to be a cowboy when I grew up… Mom said I would have to choose.”
—Unknown

During my photo-wandering at the Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee this past weekend, I noticed this young cowboy, whose parents so graciously permitted me to photograph him. Perhaps I got a little over-zealous in processing the image, but the fact is, I rather like the result. I’m hopeful you will like it, too.

"Little Cowboy",  Nikon D700, ISO 160, f/2.8 at 1/1600th sec.,116mm

“Little Cowboy”, Nikon D700, ISO 160, f/2.8 at 1/1600th sec.,116mm

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

Symmetry

The Osceola County Fair opened in Kissimmee on Friday, so I decided it would be a fun place to go find photos waiting to be made. I will share some of the results of that outing in my next few blog posts, starting with a bright bit of “Symmetry” — which happens to be this week’s topic in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Enjoy!

"Symmetry",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1250th sec.,200mm

“Symmetry”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1250th sec.,200mm

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

Shadows of Unrest

And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams–
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams.
—Edgar Allen Poe,
To One in Paradise

"Shadows of Unrest",  Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/1600th sec.,22mm

“Shadows of Unrest”, Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/1600th sec., 22mm

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

Lilith

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
― Ray Bradbury,
Zen in the Art of Writing

I have held back on adding new photos to my series “A Grave Image” these last few months, recognizing my fascination with grave decorations and ornaments isn’t shared by many. However, I’m pleased with my latest capture and so decided to resurrect the series to share this photo. Someone painted her forearms long ago—too dark for her face. I find this incongruence adds to her intrigue and the individuality she retains in this resting place of angels.

"Lilith",  Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/5000th sec.,28mm

“Lilith”, Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/5000th sec.,28mm

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