Contrasts

January 12, 2020

BW photograph of debris on a walkway after a flooding.

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A couple of days ago, it was well below freezing, and we had several inches of snow.  Yesterday, and into last night, it warmed up considerably, into the 60s, and a powerful wind and rain storm blew through the area.  As is the norm with such short, heavy rains, there was evidence of localized flooding.

BW photograph of muddy leaves plastered against a bulkhead after a flooding.

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BW photograph of debris around a tree trunk after a flooding.

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The wind gusted in such a manner as to rattle windows.  The forecast had called for a potentially damaging thunderstorm to occur around 3:00 a.m.  Whether responding to that or to my cat’s incessant need for attention, I awakened shortly after that time, and there did not appear to have been a thunderstorm.  Clearly, though, it had rained, and quite hard.

This stands in stark contrast to Australia.  They are in the middle of a truly horrendous fire season resulting from climate change and drought that is genuinely catastrophic for the land, the wildlife, the citizens, and the global community.  Those fires are pumping tons of particulate matter and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as well, thus completing the feedback loop.  This puts a very sharp point on the viewpoints and policies of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Indeed, whether one is discussing Morrison, Trump, or Bolsonaro, the common threads are policies defiantly at odds with a need to quell a raging planet.

How much this plays into the upcoming 2020 election in the U.S. remains to be seen.

Take care.

Limelight

January 11, 2020

BW photograph of a fallen autumn maple leaf laying atop a rock.

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Neil Peart, the drummer from Rush, died earlier this week.  The title of this remembrance gets it exactly right.

2112 was the album that introduced me to the band, and with that, Mr. Peart’s lyrical and drumming prowess.  I did not have enough drums in my kit to accurately recreate his tones, but that really did not matter-I did not have the skill either.  Still, I would flail away as best as possible.  Mr. Peart’s quoting of Bob Dylan is certainly apropos.

Take care.

 

Off-Season

January 11, 2020

BW photograph of the Ocean City pier silhouetted against the morning sky.

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My favourite time to go to the shore is during the off-season.  The beaches are largely empty…

BW photograph of closed store fronts on the boardwalk.

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BW photograph of bikes parked on a boardwalk.

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BW photograph of some leaves gathered in front of a closed store.

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BW photograph of closed store fronts on the boardwalk.

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BW photograph of a downed sign laying amid some leaves.

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and there is a quiet elegance, a simplicity, to the boardwalk.  It is also possible to clearly hear the rolling of the ocean as otherwise there is very little sound.  There is no congestion and no distractions.  No sickly sweet smells of beach fare.  Just the air, the water, and the sound of one’s feet alighting on wood.

Take care.

 

Future

January 1, 2020

BW photograph of "The Future is Now" graffitti painted over on a closed shop door.

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I think there are many different ways to interpret the graffiti on this storefront.

Happy New Year!

Take care.

2020

December 23, 2019

BW photograph of a pair of prints in the snow.

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2019 is sliding away…and 2020 is around the corner.

BW photograph of a Santa hat laying in some leaves on a sidewalk.

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In many respects, 2019 was a difficult year-certainly for the topics most often presented herein.  I really do vacillate on the tone for this blog, and, most of the time, that ends up with info related to that with which I am most concerned: climate change, the proliferation of trash, the the social forces that continue to drive those issues.  As such, that means this is not often a bundle of grins to read.  I really do not see that changing in 2020 as I have never been a “glass half full” person…I call it being realistic.  (Others might say pessimistic.)  2020 is shaping up to be a very important year environmentally and politically, both separately and in the manner with which they intersect.  We will see how it goes.  Given that the new year brings with it the custom of making resolutions related to changes in behaviour, perhaps there will be more activity leading to a healthier planet and political system.

As an aside, for those who may prefer a more optimistic outlook, or at least a dose of optimism, there is this.  Please do read the “About Us” link once there.  I am also decidedly not being snarky about, or dismissive of, the need for cheerful info.  The media sources we choose, and the therefore the content we engage, are a very significant agent of socialization-a shaper of how we think and feel-the importance of which can not be overstated.  Sites such as that linked above can provide a useful counter-balance to the mayhem very much present in the world.

With that in mind, there is a photographic project for the new year that will create a bit of a different focus in both tone and subject matter for this blog.  There have been some hints at this in previous posts, but given what is written in the two paragraphs above, it is time to pursue it in a more consistent manner.  That is not to say climate change and politics will disappear from the blog, just that my intention is to level this out a bit.  We will certainly see how that goes.  As Bette Davis once said “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

It is hoped that those of you who have been following the blog will continue along.  I am much appreciative of your checking in and hope that the photographs and content of this site has been of use.

Here’s to the new year!

Take care.

Change

December 20, 2019

Bw photograph looling up at a pair of church steeples on a clear, sunny, day.

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Last Sunday was a bright, beautiful, if a bit chilly, sunny day.

BW photograph of a sunlit hotel exterior wall looking out from a window.

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It was a nice day for a walk before retiring later in the afternoon.  As the sun was setting, the weather was about to change.

BW photograph of a hotel courtyard after a snow-looking down from a room window.

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BW photograph of a snowy highway looking out and down from a hotel window.

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This was the scene about 17 hours later.  It is December…

Take care.

Harmony III

December 20, 2019

BW photograph of a dead fish after being washed ashore during a flood.

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Another of the points is that humans do fail to play nicely with others.  In addition to the examples from the previous posts, overfishing (here and here) is a major threat to the fundamental existence of some species.  Such action makes this all the more of an issue.  (Photographer’s Note:  the above appeared to have been washed onto a fishing platform by floodwaters.)

BW photograph of a church and cemetary enveloped in fog.

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Humans also do not play well with other humans-this is a defining example.

Webster’s (1995) defines “harmony’ as a “pleasing arrangement of parts”.  Such an arrangement does not exist when there is a disproportionate distribution of power, and some species wield so much more power than others.   Some humans, especially those in high offices around the world (the U.S. and Brazil, for example), use that power to extract the most short-term monetary gain from natural resources to the exclusion of the long-term consequences of a warming the planet:  uncontrollable fires, the melting of the icecaps, and sea level rise to name a few.  Polar bears, for example, stand not much of chance given the current circumstances.

However, put an unarmed human on the ice to equal the playing field (as it were), and the equation changes, doesn’t it?

Take care.