Rock

August 27, 2017

 

BW photograph of rock with steps and cracks.

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For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed the tactility of rock.

BW photograph of striated rock.

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Rubbing fingers across to experience the smooth or roughness.

BW photograph of striated rock with vertical cracks.

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Examining the striations (as in the case of those here), or the cubes, or whatever the geologic processes produced.

BW photograph of striated rock with one vertical crack.

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Feeling the heat or deep cold as absorbed.

I have deliberately eliminated any visual clues as to the size of these.  Sometimes it is best to let the mind wander and wonder…

Take care.

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Hurricane Harvey, Pt. II

August 26, 2017

BW photograph of Morgan Run rushing past.

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall last night.

BW photograph of a fallen leaf laying on a rock with a background of rushing water.

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This storm is forecast to produce prodigious amounts of rain-rain that is measured in feet.  That goes along with the hurricane-force winds and accompanying storm surge.  The damage produced in East Texas and West Louisiana will be magnified as Harvey will most likely meander around for several days rather than dying off.  While science indicates that climate change may not increase the number of storms experienced, those that do develop will be intensified-the warm waters of the Gulf and the ambient air temperatures have provided ample fuel as Harvey spun up.  These numbers are significant given that the current administration is bent on the increasing extraction and burning of fossil fuels, which makes sense given that the president has said climate change is a “Chinese hoax”.

Tell that to those in Harvey’s path.

It is also important to remember that the fossil fuel industry is quite active in Texas.

Take care.

 

Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

BW photograph of clouds.

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Hurricane Harvey sounds like the real deal.  Please keep those in its path in your thoughts and provide any assistance possible.  We are living in a time when the fractures in American culture are  widening-hurricanes care not a bit about that.  This is a time to put such differences aside and help as is possible.

In that, there is a powerful lesson to be learned.

Take care.

Silence

August 16, 2017

BW photograph of multiple rocks against a tree trunk.

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Pull into the parking lot, turn off the radio, turn off the engine.

BW photograph of side-lit pine bark.

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Silence. Total silence.

BW photograph looking south across Wolf Rock.

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BW photograph of Wolf Rock.

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While walking upon the trail, the distant buzzing of the highway traffic inserts itself and grows louder once atop the rocks.

BW photograph of side-lit pine saplings.

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That noise subsides as the rocks themselves become a barrier on the walk out.

Take care.

Time

August 14, 2017

BW photograph of an abandoned gas station.

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Time passes.

Over the years, I drove past this abandoned gas station with a degree of regularity, and each time I would literally say to myself “That is worth photographing-stop.”  Inevitably, I kept going by convincing myself that there would always be another time.

BW photograph of an upturned cigarello rack outside of an abandoned gas station.

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Eventually, there was (most likely) not going to be any more “times”, so I did stop.

BW photograph of an abandoned gas station.

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As often happens, the light itself on this particular morning was quite mercurial.

BW photograph of the "Site Available" sign in the abandoned gas station.

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Look closely at the juxtaposition of the two signs in the window:  “Grab Some Fun!” one shouts.  “Site Available” another proclaims.  Quite a contrast.  Hopefully, when this business was in operation, there was a time when it was fun for the owners and the employees.

BW photograph of a Marlboro sign laying in a parking lot.

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That time most certainly passed awhile ago.

It is helpful to recognize and enjoy opportunities when they are presented as they may not be available later.  Time does indeed move on.

Take care.

Rain and Sun

August 1, 2017

BW photograph of two trees during a rain.

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Rain…

BW photograph of two trees post rain.

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and sun.

BW photograph of trees during a rain.

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Rain…

BW photograph of a sunstar following a rain.

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and sun.

It is best to find enjoyment in each.

Take care.