December 12, 2019

BW photograph of a mum.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

There is nothing that humans create, from the Sydney Opera House, to the bass line for “Baba O’Riley”, to a Pink Floyd audio/visual show, that compares to the elegant harmony produced by nature.

BW photograph of a 3-pronged pine needle caught in the bark of a pine tree.

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Humans, though, do most certainly have the ability to upset that harmony, which is reflected in the decline/destruction of species population and habitats throughout the world-this and this are examples.

Nature does have the remarkable ability to adapt and rejuvenate-witness the Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl.  It did take a powerful lot of human intervention to mediate the result of the meltdown-efforts that would not have been needed were it not for the arrogance of those (and the system) that precipitated the explosion.  For details about that, please read this and watch this.

Yes, as Neil Young sang, and this is a paraphrase, “we have Mother Nature on the run”…only now it is almost fifty years hence since he wrote “After the Gold Rush”.

Yet, there are ways to restore that balance, that harmony.  We just have to have the wisdom, the will, and the political fortitude to make it so.

Take care.

BW photograph of California poppies.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared that the five-year drought in California was over.

BW photograph of a billboard in Los Angeles saying "Loving Water Means Saving Water".

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The question now becomes how much these efforts to conserve water will remain going forward.  California’s experience over the last half-decade provides hard lessons well-learned in the age of climate change-lessons that would be well-applied locally, nationally, and globally.  Of course, one definition of learning is “Any relatively permanent change in behaviour brought through experience” (Lahey 194). The operative words there are “relatively permanent change”.  Arguably, not much will have been gained if folks return to previous patterns of water use and consumption.

Time will tell what learning has actually taken place.

Take care.


February 24, 2015

A daisy.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

When it is bleak and so very cold, it is useful to find some bright, warm colour.

Hope this helps…

Take care.

P.S. Yes, this is the colour version of the flower used in an earlier post.

The Culture of February 14th

February 13, 2015

BW photograph of an orange and yellow daisy.

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Tomorrow is February 14 (unless you are in a part of the world where it is already the 14th).  In the United States, February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day.  As it turns out, this day has a very interesting history, as reported by NPR.

Many mark this day with a gift of roses to those who are considered special-the photograph above is decidedly not a rose.  However, given the symbolism involved in the giving of roses, it is not surprising that the cost of roses for Valentine’s Day is often markedly higher than other days of the year, as discussed here.  While one would probably do well to not try to put a price on love, that is essentially what appears to happen.  From a purely economic perspective, such pricing makes sense as this is an opportunity for various retailers, not to mention the countries from whom the roses originate, to capitalize on the emotion of the day.  Florists, of course, are not the only companies to benefit from such a holiday:  greeting card companies, candy manufacturers, and restaurants also provide products that can be used to demonstrate one’s affection.

Discussing Valentine’s Day in business terms does seem to remove some of the lustre from the day.  However, it is just as important to note that for many, Valentine’s Day can be a time of loneliness, sadness, and depression, which are decidedly unpleasant emotions for one to feel.  It is certainly hoped that if such feelings occur, one can find a way to take care of oneself so as to make it through the day and beyond.  Community organizations, places of worship, and mental health centers may be able to provide immediate and longer term assistance.  Sometimes taking a walk helps.

In Finland, February 14 is celebrated as National Friendship Day.  Hearing that on NPR this morning provided a different perspective and is one that seems a bit more inclusive.  I like that.

Take care.

The Remains

January 24, 2015


BW photograph of an old yellow rose.

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It is important to stay focused on the subject when working, whether making photographs or writing.  One of the fundamental elements of photographic composition is anything that does not add to the photograph is distracting and, therefore, needs to be removed.  There is no doubt that this is an old rose.  However, the original colour photograph was converted to B&W and the background dropped out so as to leave a study of shape and texture.  Colour can sometimes be a distraction all its own and is one of the reasons some prefer to work with shades of grey.  This rose was old and somewhat brittle, so when being moved about, some of the petals eventually fell prey to gravity and ended up on the floor.  They had, in fact, removed themselves.

BW photograph of petals and leaves that had fallen and were swept into a pile.

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There were other flowers in this particular bouquet that had also begun to shed some parts.  While sweeping up the debris, it became readily apparent that what is initially discarded can often be used in another context and might be just as aesthetic and, perhaps, even more poignant.  It is worth asking the question, which image encourages more thought?  The photograph that leads the post is fairly straight forward.  The second photograph, I think, provides a bit more with which to work in terms of alternative narratives.

It is worth noting that the film used in the opening scene of Apocalypse Now was found in the trash bin as it had been cut and thrown away.

Take care.

Time Continues

November 15, 2014

BW photograph of a dry, withered rose in a vase.

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It is difficult to logically justify this current fixation/preoccupation with time.

Perhaps it is because the House just voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and that Mary Landrieu has lobbied for the Senate to do the same.  Maybe it is because the Allman Brothers Band gave their final concert toward the end of last month.  It might be because the end of this semester is rapidly approaching.

The roses above were once soft and brilliant and are now brittle and aged.

Time can take its toll…

Take care.

A Bit of Difference

July 18, 2013

Asiatic Lilly

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Trash has dominated the posts lately, so this is going in a different direction.  The rain that we have had lately has done wonders for the flora in the area.  The current heat wave?  Not so much, but that too shall pass.

Take care.