Ponderings

Pondering things through the viewfinder

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

Window

“If God were living on earth, people would break His windows.”
–Yiddish Proverb

"Window",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/160th sec., 125mm

“Window”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/160th sec., 125mm

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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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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.

Cindy

“The absence of a message sometimes is a presence of one.”
― Hasse Jerner

"Cindy",  Nikon D300, ISO 800, f/22 at 1/60th sec.,200mm

“Cindy”, Nikon D300, ISO 800, f/22 at 1/60th sec.,200mm

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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.

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.

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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A Dark Lamp

“In a dark time the eye begins to see.” – Theodore Roethke

I won’t bore you with my blathering today, but you’ll want to be sure to stop by again tomorrow. I’ll be giving away a free garish and ghoulish hi-res Halloween desktop wallpaper download I put together… But don’t be frightened! 🙂

"Dark Lamp", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/4000 sec., 50 mm

“Dark Lamp”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/4000 sec., 50 mm

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