Kissimmee

Beads of Burden

“I’m having my own mardi gras celebration without the parades, costumes or people.”
–Unknown

This is another grave decoration, and it sits next to the grave of a young man who died in his teens. Knowing what it is like to lose a spouse, I’m sure I can only begin to imagine what it must be like to lose a child.

"Beads of Burden", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/1000 sec., 90mm

“Beads of Burden”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/1000 sec., 90mm

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Free Hi-Res Wallpaper: Solitude

You can download today’s image as a free hi-res desktop wallpaper by reverse-clicking over the image and choosing Save Image as… (The desktop version is sized 2560 x 1709 when downloaded.) I hope you enjoy it.

"Solitude", Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 1/160 sec., 135mmFree Hi-Res Desktop Wallpaper - Just reverse click over the image and choose "Save Image as..."

“Solitude”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/20 at 1/160 sec., 135mm
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Lines and Cow

Drive just a few miles outside of Kissimmee and the sea of hotels, gift shops, questionable restaurants and theme park-related tourist traps disappear. These obstructions give way to Central Florida’s natural beauty, cypress swamps and pastures. This is by far the Florida I prefer. It is the Florida that surrounded me growing up, before “Disneyfication” completely turned the place upside down. In childhood, I often walked through the pastures and cypress swamps near our home with my friends. Those adventures revealed so many little marvels of nature; marvels that seemed to me then and still do now to be revelations of Divine planning and intent. It saddens me that my favorite childhood swamp is now a parking lot and apartment building. I suppose they live on, in a sense, having given life to the fascination I have today with observing and photographing the order from which our chaos is derived.

From a technical standpoint, today’s photo is about composition and using lines to draw and direct the viewer’s eye. I hope you like it.

"Lines and Cow", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm

“Lines and Cow”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125 sec., 116mm
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The Laughing Place

There is a spot in Kissimmee that sits hidden just feet from Highway 192, the main road through town. It is a place that has somehow beat the odds against the so-called progress resulting from having Walt Disney World in your back yard. It is fortunate to have kept most of its pristine natural beauty. It was a favorite spot to bring my camera as a teenager back in the 70’s; in fact, I won a 1st-place ribbon in my first photography contest in high school with an infrared photo taken here. At some point, I started referring to this as my “laughing place”. Of course, I took that name from Joel Chandler Harris’ “Uncle Remus” story with the same title. In the story, Br’er Rabbit explains that his laughing place is where he goes when he wants to forget his troubles. I’ve killed many hours forgetting my troubles in the shadows of this cypress swamp, watching leaves drift silently by on the mirrored surface of its black waters. Back then, as now, I would often find myself wishing I could somehow just hop aboard one of those leaves and let the slowly moving current quietly pull me away to wherever it wants me to go.

"The Laughing Place" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 16mm

“The Laughing Place” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 16mm
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Gravity

“Gravity will always hold my body but never my soul.”
― Nouf Alfadl

"Gravity" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/350 sec., 29mm

“Gravity” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/350 sec., 29mm

Though I personally like the disorienting, free-fall feel of the upside-down version, I have doubts it will appeal to others the way it appeals to me. Maybe I’m wrong. Here it is again, reoriented as-shot.

"Gravity" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/350 sec., 29mm

“Gravity” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/350 sec., 29mm

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The Whole of Tranquility

“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”
   ― James Carroll

"The Whole of Tranquility" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 1000, f/4.5 at 1/640 sec., 28mm To purchase a print, click here.

“The Whole of Tranquility” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 1000, f/4.5 at 1/640 sec., 28mm
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Questionable Social Behaviors

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Abstract Nature: Moss, Cypress and Sky

“It is another nature which speaks to the camera rather than to the eye.”
    — Walter Benjamin, Little History of Photography (1929)

Having a bit of fun going overboard with the various editing tools in OnOne Software’s new Perfect Photo Suite 8, again… Usually after a few days, I’ll get this sort of thing out of my system.

"Moss, Cypress and Sky" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 1000, f/29 at 1/320sec., 90 mm

“Moss, Cypress and Sky” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 1000, f/29 at 1/320sec., 90mm
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Angel Descending

And he saith unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
— John 1:51

Today’s image is one I had fun a lot of fun with. It seemed as though she took control when her descent landed her in the Adobe® Lightroom™ “Develop” module. 🙂

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"Descending Angel" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.2 at 1/320 sec., 85 mm

“Descending Angel” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.2 at 1/320 sec., 85mm
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Resting in the Garden

There is a grave in Rose Hill Cemetery that has become a lush garden of tropical plants. Catholic idols and instruments attend this woman, this mother, who was so obviously cherished by family and friends. As I was roaming through the cemetery in the last few minutes of daylight, my eye was caught by this grave and the way the combination of light and shadow drew the eye directly to the angel statue, holding a rosary and watching over this loved one. I was struck by the variety of ways we express our grief and our love for those who have died, and liked how grief for this much-loved mother has grown into a garden.

"Resting in the Garden" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/9.0 at 1/13 sec., 85 mm

“Resting in the Garden” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/9.0 at 1/13 sec., 85 mm

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Resting in the Confederacy

“It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
— General Lee to General Longstreet

The Confederate battle flag hangs above the grave of Joseph E. Tuck in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee.  Tuck served in the 3rd Georgia Infantry from 1861 – 1865, and is one of many volunteer soldiers of the Confederacy buried in this beautiful, old Central Florida cemetery. Records list him as being placed on a “leave of indulgence” in 1864, and there are varied definitions of this term. Most likely, it means he returned home at that time while remaining enlisted in the volunteer ranks.

Each Veteran’s Day, as flags are placed on the graves of American soldiers, those who served in the Confederate Army are appropriately recognized by placement of the Confederate battle flag. Being raised in the South, I have wondered – though have admittedly never taken the time to research – what truly motivated a Confederate soldier to enlist? We have come to think of the Civil War has being a war only about slavery, though there were certainly other political and cultural factors that play into why it was fought and why people enlisted. Human behavior in general leads me to suppose – and I’m guessing history bears out the supposition – that many enlisted for reasons having nothing to do with slavery. I imagine that many enlisted simply because they wanted to protect what was theirs from Northern invasion, while others most certainly succumbed to peer pressure and enlisted out of perceived social duty. Surely, many who fought and died had not the means nor need to own slaves, but became caught up in the Zeitgeist of the undertaking and were sadly swept away.

"Resting in the Confederacy" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500 sec., 85 mm

“Resting in the Confederacy” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500 sec., 85 mm

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