Soft as Stone

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free.” –Michelangelo

Wow, I’m really overdue in putting up a new blog post! Time has been in too short supply these last few weeks, as I’ve had to choose to focus on some other things. I have a backlog of photos for at least six or seven posts, so I’ll try to get some of those up with some regularity over the next week or so. I’ll start with this one; I hope you like it.

“Untitled”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.0 at 1/1000th sec., 122mm

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A Walk in the Garden

“We need to return to harmony with Nature and with each other, to become what humans were destined to be, builders of gardens and Shires, hobbits (if you will), not Masters over creatures great and small.”
― Steve Bivans
, Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living

"A Walk in the Garden",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/200th sec., 70mm

“A Walk in the Garden (Bok Tower Gardens)”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/200th sec., 70mm

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The Successful Life

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
— Bessie Anderson Stanley

"At-one-ment",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/1000th sec., 95mm

“At-one-ment”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/1000th sec., 95mm

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Casual Portrait: Reverend Shirley

“Tell people how much I love them.
Feed my sheep.
Pour out my love on them.”
― Lisa Bedrick,
Poems about Life, Love and God

I photographed Rev. Shirley recently, as she briefly relaxed following a marriage celebration she officiated. She also leads the grief counseling group I attend. Rev. Shirley inspires me with her positivity, humor and the love she so generously shares with others. I am pleased to share her photograph.

Reverend Shirley

Reverend Shirley

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Let It Go

When your mind is numb and frozen from grief, it’s normal to want to smack those who summarily insist, “everything happens for a reason.” And there are probably some instances where it’s healthy to actually do so. Let it go.

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

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

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Dalton Dogwood

Dogwood trees are really beautiful, but for me, that beauty comes with a heavy price: severe allergies. I was traveling in the area of Dalton, Georgia a couple weeks ago, when some really beautiful light caught my eye. I also caught a really nasty attack of sinusitis and upper respiratory issues. Yes, we sometimes suffer for our art… and hope that every so often it’s actually worth it.

"Dalton Dogwood",  Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/2.8 at 1/320th sec., 180mm

“Dalton Dogwood”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/2.8 at 1/320th sec., 180mm

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For Love

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”
–Alfred Tennyson

"For Love",  Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/200th sec., 200mm

“For Love”, Nikon D700, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/200th sec., 200mm

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With Hope

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum,
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

"Hope",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/800th sec., 200mm

“Waiting with Hope”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/800th sec., 200mm

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By Grace

“This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.

I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.”

—Maggie Stiefvater, Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

"Grace",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/3.5 at 1/125th sec., 200mm

“Grace”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/3.5 at 1/125th sec., 200mm

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