Quotes and Proverbs

Crane Textures

“You’d be surprised how little I knew even up to yesterday.”
― Jack Kerouac

I thought I’d be sharing photos from yesterday’s 4th of July festivities in Kissimmee, but today had everything in store for me BUT editing photos. So in the meantime, I’ll share this recent photo of a Florida Sandhill crane. I really like the variety of textures spanning its head and neck. Hopefully you will like it, too.

"Crane Textures", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300mm

“Crane Textures”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300mm
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Michelle

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
— Charlotte Whitton

I chose today’s photo from my library in acknowledgement of reconnecting with a former Utah coworker and friend, who also happens to be a fellow photo enthusiast. I can’t say exactly why — and I hope she’s not offended by this — I feel like this photo and its colors somehow suit her. The quote certainly fits, as I often found her smiling face to be the sun that blotted out the shadow that was behind her.

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"Michelle", Nikon D800, ISO 800 f/10 at 1/200sec., 300mm

“Michelle”, Nikon D800, ISO 800 f/10 at 1/200sec., 300mm

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Forked and Forged

“Our world and our state have been transformed, but, in contrast, we as people have not been.”
— Ruth Ann Minner

I enjoy happening upon things like this: random objects collected and saved for some future use. My grandfather was a master collector of such things and they provided an endless source of fascination for a young boy’s imagination. I can’t see something like this without pondering the who, what, when, where and why of it. It’s like looking at a caterpillar without being aware of its ability to be transformed into a beautiful butterfly: your ignorance blinds your understanding of its value.

"Forked & Forged", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/125sec., 150mm

“Forked & Forged”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/125sec., 150mm
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The Parable of the Woman Stoned

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.”
— John 8:7

A downward glance and sunglasses hide her face from view—an archetypal expression of shame, guilt and condemnation. The symbol of Christianity hanging around her neck provides context. The quote on her shirt reveals her condition. How would you complete this visual parable?

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"A Public Stoning", Nikon D800, ISO 800 f/10 at 1/200sec., 135mm

“A Public Stoning”, Nikon D800, ISO 800 f/10 at 1/200sec., 135mm
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Texture and A Peel

“Abstract art is a fundamental distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the eyes.”
— Robert Brault

They are removing the paint from the recreational station at the nearby park. They coated the equipment with a paint stripping fluid and left it to peel away. I happened to arrive after the peel had completed, which I found had some abstract appeal of its own. The early evening light was doing its part to contribute to the image, when I suddenly heard the peal of a nearby church bell. Noting that Carl Jung himself would have been impressed by all this synchronicity, I took my cue and brought the camera to my eye. Enjoy.

"Texture and A Peel", Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/5.3 at 1/320sec., 92mm

“Texture and A Peel”, Nikon D800, ISO 640 f/5.3 at 1/320sec., 92mm

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Abstract in Wood & Rust

“Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.”
—Lynda Lehmann

"Abstract in Wood & Rust", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/9.0 at 1/200sec., 78mm

“Abstract in Wood & Rust”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/9.0 at 1/200sec., 78mm

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Iron & Ivy

“We rest; A dream has power to poison sleep.
We rise; One wandering thought pollutes the day.
We feel, conceive, or reason; laugh or weep,
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away;
It is the same: for, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of departure still is free.
Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but mutability!”
― Mary Shelley
, Frankenstein

I helped my mom and dad with a yard sale yesterday. Though certainly not what I would call a good time, it did provide an interesting opportunity for observation. As clothing, housewares and — frankly — pure junk exchanged ownership, I pondered the mutability of these objects. Going off to new homes with people as diverse as the objects themselves, these things — these man-made creations — have no awareness nor care for the change. Instantly, they adapt. How unlike us they are! — creations in which there is a keen awareness of change most often rooted in fear or denial. We are fortunate, so very blessed, to have been granted by our creator the liberty to make our own decisions regarding how we adapt to change. We have the power to decide whether change will be a catalyst for new growth or to inanimately remain the same — like a lifeless old spoon in a new drawer.

"Iron & Ivy", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/7.1 at 1/200 sec., 45mm

“Iron & Ivy”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/7.1 at 1/200 sec., 45mm

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Windows of Time

And I was a constant example to you in helping the poor; for I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
—Acts 20:35

We are only given so much time in life, and I’ve learned the hard way in the last year that none of us knows how long that is. I have concluded it is foolish to waste the time we have on purely selfish pursuits. Selfishness goes against the principle upon which life has been designed and built: Love. In all Creation, we can observe circles of love, circles of giving: the rain waters the earth which fills the rivers, lakes and oceans, supporting life, and then evaporates and gives back again. Thanks to the plants and trees, we have the gift of fresh oxygen. By putting Self first we effectively remove ourself from the cycle of giving, and we become damaged. A pond which has no exchange of water quickly becomes unhealthy and stagnant. All life consists of “wheels within wheels within wheels”, interdependent and inwardly dependent. If we determine to exclude ourself, those we are linked to will adapt and keep on turning, but our choice will inevitably lead to our own death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Love is eternal life…” (Romans 6:23)

Oops. I got preachy, didn’t I? Hope you enjoy the photo anyway. Please leave your thoughts.

"Windows of Time", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/80sec., 28mm

“Windows of Time”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/80sec., 28mm

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Recent Ruins

“There is, I find, something very evocative about ruins – particularly recent ones.”
― Joel Knight, introduction to Calico Black, Calico Blue

"A Broken Home", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/18 at 1/400 sec., 28mm

“A Broken Home”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/18 at 1/400 sec., 28mm

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Evolving Doors

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
—Helen Keller

Most of my readers are probably already familiar with the famous words of Helen Keller quoted above. It is my assertion that her statement is but a half-truth, omitting even a mention of the doors of sadness that line the corridors of our lives and behave in like manner. If it were not for sadness, I could not know happiness; if it were not for happiness, I could not know I was sad.

"Shutting in the Shadows", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 58mm

“Shutting in the Shadows”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 58mm

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