Art, Nature, photography, Poetry, rivers

Trout Fishing

Photograph of the Muskegon River near Newyago, Michigan.

This is a photo of the Muskegon River, a couple miles upstream from Newaygo, Michigan. It was a favorite place to fish mostly because of its proximity to my home. This post is for my good friend, fly-fisherman, and poet, Bob Dahl, https://bob-dahl.com/

I know that feeling of great satisfaction while fly-fishing!

I’ve spent many days on trout streams catching absolutely nothing

After a long day it felt as if I had been there only minutes.

I would get lost in the craft of fly-casting,

in the nature of trees and water

wading against the unrelenting force of the river.

Those days were the most memorable – and successful – of my life.

It wasn’t so much about catching fish

as getting lost in the nothingness of myself.

 

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Abstract, Digital Image, photography, Poetry

Life is an Abstraction

Stack of music CDs back lighted in direct afternoon sunlight through a window.

 

Life is an abstraction
Lived between the values of black and white
            Softly … vividly … extremely
            In gradations of gray

But memories are collected
            In the nuance of color
            Between the depths of suicidal depression
To the euphoria of loves’ tectonic orgasms

The whys of divorce at the age of 74
            Are lost in the darkness of expectation
            Lost in radiant shades of love’s experience
There are no answers

When it’s over

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Art, Comment, Digital Image, Nature, photography, trees

End of the Season

Photograph of a Maple Tree in December with only a few leaves left hanging on skeletal branches.

This sunset photo looking skyward at a lone tree is a bit of a cliché, but still, filled with symbolism for the end of the year 2020. We can all hope for a sunrise on a New Year promising an end to the pandemic, a burgeoning economy, healthcare for everyone and reasonably priced education that every student can afford without sustaining overwhelmingly burdensome debt.

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Digital Image, Gulf of Mexico, Nature, Photojournalism, trees

Hurricane Sally Aftermath

Hurricane Sally damage at Centennial Park in Foley, AL.

Trees all over Baldwin County took a horrific hit. At Centennial Park in downtown Foley many of the majestic trees were destroyed.

Uprooted tree at Centennial Park downtown Foley, AL

An old Oak.

Debris from the Copper Kettle Teahouse in downtown Foley, AL.

Debris from the Copper Kettle Tea Bar in downtown Foley, AL

Fences down in Josephine, AL.

A picket fence destroyed in the community of Josephine, AL.

Dock and water slide pushed to the rear of a home on Perdido Bay at Bass Point.

A dock, water slide and other debris pushed into the backyard of a home on Perdido Bay at Bass Point, AL.

Debris lines the street at Bass Point, AL following Hurricane Sally.

Debris of all kinds line the streets at Bass Point near the edge of Perdido Bay.

Debris at streetside in Bass Point, AL.

Household debris at the side of the road in Bass Point.

Twin masted sailboat beached during Hurricane Sally at Bass Point, AL.

A twin masted sailboat washed ashore in the surge on Perdido Bay at Bass Point, AL.

Overturned power boat on Perdido Bay at Bass Point, AL.

Overturned power boat on Perdido Bay at Bass Point, AL.

Utility crews from Illinois work to restore power to residents in Josephine, AL.

Utility crews from Illinois work to restore power to residents in Josephine, AL.

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Art, Digital Image, Nature, photography

Toadstool From the Toad’s View

Close-up view of a toadstool growing in a lawn in south Alabama, USA.Fortunately for me, last night’s hurricane Laura landed well to the west of Gulf Shores.

Although heavy rain fell most of the night, this elegant toadstool withstood the downpour. This morning it was fresh, looking newly developed, but by late afternoon it began to droop; age is having its affect.

I believe this fungus is poisonous to humans, but the ants seem to be getting something beneficial from it.

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Art, Digital Image, people, Portrait

My Neighbor, Darrin

Head and shoulders portrait of an average American man.He’s the son of a Baptist minister, and a nurse mother. He’s a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Germany during the Cold War. He’s the father of a beautiful daughter, and he’s a soon-to-be grandfather. He’s a genuinely nice man and my friend.

Throughout most of my career, I took pictures of products, processes and places, but I began this job shooting weddings and portraits. Every now and again I feel the compulsion to create photographs of people. Darrin was an available and agreeable subject. I hope my portrait of him does justice.

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