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A Red Remembrance

“Love for the beauty of the soul.
I shall love you always.
When the flower of life has gone,
ever I shall find you.
When all is lost and winter comes,
I shall be your spring time.
And memory fades and wilts then,
I shall always find you….
I shall always find you….”
― Laurel A. Rockefeller,
The Ghosts of the Past

The bromeliads by my front porch are in bloom and they remind me of my grandmother. She would always get so excited when they bloomed; she loved the big red cones of color this particular species puts out. They last only a few days in the Florida heat, but I enjoy every minute they make the path to my door a little brighter. I hope you like the photo.

"A Red Remembrance", Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/250sec., 300mm

“A Red Remembrance”, Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/250sec., 300mm

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A Creation of Twisted Textures

“To every Armageddonist, every earth lover must keep saying with all the sincerity and affection we can muster, “May God make this world as beautiful to you as it has been to me.”
― David James Duncan, God Laughs & Plays; Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right

[Note: Following the publication if this blog post, I learned the plant in the photograph is called a Ghost Plant.]

"A Creation of Twisted Textures", Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/16 at 30.0 sec., 60mm DX micro

“A Creation of Twisted Textures”, Nikon D800 in DX mode, ISO 100, f/16 at 30.0 sec., 60mm DX micro

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Grow, Reform, Change

“Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Clinging for Life" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 85 mm

“Clinging for Life” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 85 mm

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Grateful For The Extras

Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/20, 50 mm

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
― Iris Murdoch

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Poppies … Poppies …


Along with the tulips (which I love) come the poppies. They don’t last very long, but their large blooms and vibrant colors are terrific subjects for flower photography. They can sometimes be a challenge to capture, however. Because the flowers are so large, light and delicate, the slightest wind will send them swaying – and we’ve had quite a few windy days here in Salt Lake City as of late.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/2500 sec, 120 mm

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means
that we are less alone,
that we are more deeply inserted into existence
than the course of a single life would
lead us to believe.

John Berger

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/2500 sec, 120 mm.

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Would You Please Grow A Pear?

I love pears. In fact, they are without a doubt right up there next to pineapple as my favorite fruits. So I bought a red pear tree a few years back and planted it in the yard. A couple of years went by without any blossoms. Then the next year I got a few blossoms, but the fruit didn’t form. Last year, I got more blossoms and a half-dozen fully mature, juicy and delicious pears. But honestly, it was just enough to qualify as an impolite tease…

This year, she’s loaded. There are handfuls of blossoms on every branch. I’m pleading with her to make me a proud pear tree papa.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/500 sec., 200 mm

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Photography’s Hidden Costs

Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/640 sec

It really doesn’t bother me that people look at me strangely when I suddenly lay down on my stomach on a public sidewalk to be able to get the angle I want for a photograph. When you’re serious about photography, you do what you’ve got to do to get the shot. We’ll ruin shoes, clothing, withstand inclement weather, get up at ridiculous hours, drive for miles, and even sit patiently waiting in the hope some perfect moment occurs.

Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes you go home disappointed. But you keep doing it because you love it.

So here’s a plea for some honest feedback:
Today’s shot came at the cost of a close encounter between well-camouflaged, fresh, organic, canine variety fertilizer and my favorite comfortable shirt.

Was it worth it?

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