“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”
~ Joyce Kilmer
If you live in a location that’s been deluged with snow and cold, I hope that you’re safe, warm and have food to eat.
I’m using it…after almost deciding to put it on eBay!
I tried taking photos using auto/autofocus and find I have less difficulty using it on manual/manual focus. So, YAY!
i see a face
look down and see
a rose by any other name…
So the real learning process begins 🙂 Mr. Ansel Adams where are you? I did watch an amazing video of him and his assistant taking photographs in the southwest…need to do a little research and see what else I can find. I’m particularly drawn to black and white photography…sometimes color gets in the way of the emotion one wants to reveal 🙂
“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” ~ Ansel Adams
I like that taking photographs has made me more aware of what is happening around me!
A day to remind us of the horror that man is capable of inflicting on man.
Remembering the victims, the survivors and their families.
During WWII, my husband Don was with the 42nd Rainbow Division when they freed Dachau, I believe this more than anything brought home to me the ongoing tragedy of the holocaust. Don suffered from PTSD from 1944 to 2009…the memories of things he saw never went away.
I find that there are patterns, in my life, which have repeated themselves over and over again. Some good, some not. I rather like patterns though, perhaps because there is a certain safety in a pattern that repeats itself over and over. On the other hand, I have found myself over the years, rebelling against the orderliness of pattern, the sometimes monotonous repetition that almost demands that a square peg be put in a round hole. Or a contrasting color be spread across the canvas…such fun to shake things up a bit!
“I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint” – Little Richard
Frogs are interesting creatures and like all creatures living on this earth deserve a chance to survive. I’d hate to know that statues (like the ones in the photos) will one day be all that is left of this species of amphibian!
Wikipedia has information here! Following quote is from Wikipedia:
“Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura (Ancient Greek an-, without + oura, tail). The oldest fossil “proto-frog” appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is found in tropicalrainforests. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species. They are also one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders.”
Can you imagine it, 265 million years ago, and we’re destroying frog habitat and frogs in a couple of hundred years. It’s unbelievable and unconscionable!
Found these at my hairstylist ~ The Hair Jungle ~ and I’m thinking these look like the things (couldn’t remember what they were called) that the highway department used to use (back in the dark ages) to alert drivers to dangers along the roadway at night. And sure enough I was right, however, I’m thinking, “wow, they used to use these torches with open flames right out on public roads”…no way that would happen in this day and age…well not in the USA anyway.
While life was more risky years ago, it was also infinitely more interesting!
If you want to look up “kerosene road torches” you’ll also find them called: smudge pots, kerosene road hazard markers, kerosene road torches, etc. and if you want to own one or more you’ll find hundreds of them for sale on eBay 🙂
As for me, I found the above scene with the turquoise and chartreuse torches quite appealing!