Art, Digital Image, forest, isolation, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography

The Chair, a broken fence and an ancient Oak

Photograph of a director's chair in front of a fence and an old oak tree.
…the fence blocks socialization, the tree doesn’t participate in any kind of conversation; I can only guess at its stories, its past, who visited before, the pain it must have felt when the fence was nailed to its side.

Isolation – it’s a bitch. In my next life, please, don’t let me be a tree.

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Art, Digital Image, Everyday, Gulf of Mexico, isolation, Landscape, Nature, ocean, Seasons, Travel, Weather

Dreary Winter Day on the Gulf of Mexico

Black and White photograph of the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama.There were a few people walking barefoot on the beach, but they were wearing their winter coats and avoiding the frigid water.

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Wading in the Fog

Fog on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama.Visitors wade in the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores, Alabama this afternoon. The fog added a kind of mystery to the beach that brought out a few explorers, including a Great Blue Heron almost lost in the mist.

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Record Breaking Cold

A frigid north wind blows the tops off waves rolling onto the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.Frigid north winds blew the tops off two to three-foot waves rolling onto the beach, and brought record cold temperatures to the Gulf Coast last night. Sandpipers, Seagulls and Pelicans didn’t seem to be adversly affected by the cold, but there were precious few humans anywhere near the beach.

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Art, Comment, Digital Image, Everyday, forest, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography, Seasons, trees, Weather

October Light

Warm October light illuminating a fence, trees and a small utility trailer.

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Light in October is different than in June or February. The trees, the fence, the little trailer; they all plead, beg…like me…to hold on to the warmth even after the sun goes down. There’s no need for begging in June – the warmth will hold on. In February, there’s just no point in begging. But in October, in the deep south, leaves are still mostly green, the light is warm in every sense, but after the sun drops below the horizon…

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Gulf Coast Beach in September

Family enjoying the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.

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We were here first. There’s plenty of room; do you have to sit so close? Or maybe the story is: Come! Join us we’ll all have a good time. But more likely it’s, “How’s the water, Mabel? What does George have in his hands?

I’ve often read that “great photos always tell a story.” But I don’t think a single photo can ever tell a complete story. Stories have a beginning, middle and end. A single photo can only capture a small fraction of the story. Without context, this is simply a photo of a group of people at a beach with a vast ocean of water in the background. Are they family? Friends? Recent acquaintances? Are they stranded on a desert island? What is the story?

 

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Art, Digital Image, Everyday, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography, Photoshop, Seasons, trees

Summer Fades

Black & White photograph of the Foley fountain at the Centennial Park in downtown Foley, Alabama, USA.

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The quality of light is changing, the air smells a little bit like autumn. Hardwoods are still in full-leaf, but they’re getting ready for the changing season. It’s difficult to put a finger on precise changes, but they are coming. Nature’s aromas are different, the air feels different, the light isn’t quite so crisp.

 

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Uncertainty

Photograph of flat water of Mobile Bay covered by a distant fog.

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…Then what should we work for?

Only this: proper understanding, unselfish action; truthful speech. A resolve to accept whatever happens as necessary and familiar, flowing like water from that same source and spring.

Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations” translated by Gregory Hays

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Gulf Shores Beach

Photograph of the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Took a drive down to Gulf Shores this morning to capture some photos for my Alamy collection. Surprisingly, it wasn’t overcrowded. A beautiful day, just right for being on the beach.

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Civil War Canon Protects Mobile Bay

Civil War Canon aimed toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

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Civil War canon at Fort Morgan, Alabama points toward Mobile Bay. The misty appearance is a result of condensation on the lens caused by taking the camera out of an air conditioned car into the very humid air of a tropical Alabama morning.

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