She Said

I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever
I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever

If we have lunch together
It don’t mean nothing
Don’t mean a thing
You don’t need to call me
And we’ll just split the bill

I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever
I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever

Tell me ’bout the books you read
Though I’m not
Much of a reader
Just want to hear your voice
To imagine the places you go

I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever
I will never leave you
And I’ll love you forever

Can I walk you to your car
And tell you
How much I really like you
If I kiss you on the street
Will you run away from me?

She said
Never say never
And forever is a longtime
She said
Never say never
And forever is a longtime

She said

Wedding day- September 19, 1981 – Presidio Park, San Diego, CA

Photo – Point Loma Lighthouse Interior – Lensbaby

Is Too Far A Waste of Time?

Perhaps I have ADHD, ADD, WXYZ, or something, I don’t know. We know that when we endeavor into an artistic genre, we will aim at “traditional.” Once that is known (fully or otherwise) sometimes we ask ourselves, “what can I do with this? It’s nice, but how do I make it my own?” Our thinking drifts in and out of ideas. So how do we work it out?
For me, the first step is to take it too far. Sometime that works, sometimes not. When I first started using intentional camera movements in my work, I was elated! My assistant reviewed some of my work and honestly stated, ” it hurts my eyes.” With that, I came to understand that something new and exhilarating to me is meaningless if it does not convey a meaningful message to the viewer.
It was not failure, it was learning and with learning comes maturity.
So here we are again. The decision to gear up for bird photography in February has brought me here. Processing a color image, save, process a B&W rendering, save, process a B&W image and remove the colors that make the water go to black. Stack that black image over the color and reveal the color through masking.
Kitsch? Perhaps. But I will embrace kitsch if it leads me to new knowledge. Anyway, it makes for an interesting desktop background.
During this process of editing and video creation I have come to remember why I love photography so much. A few hours spent outside of myself. No cares of the world bearing down on me. Looking for beauty and story. What a lovely privilege. Watching and appreciating nature is a treasure to the heart.
In all of that discovery, I see the direction to go. To explore and work. To fail and succeed. To live.

Finding the Light

It is the telling
That wears us out
So we run to places
Where semblances
Of light
Still reside

The gold of morning
Gives us hope.
There is no talking here
Only instinct
And the basic will
To survive.

A place for flight
And grace
Strength and weakness.
It waits for no one
And moves through us all.

An unending story
Waiting to unfold
Waiting
To be told.



The Jetty

Heartbeats
Rumble in

Pulses
From across the world

Wild saline
A mother’s touch

Irresistible
Irreversible
Irreconcilable
Irrevocable

Iridescent transformation
From life to life

A little time spent by the ocean fixes many broken connections
I live an extraordinarily boring life, and I’m good with that.

27 minutes of ocean speak:

Lettuce Give Thanks

Today, it will be 90 degrees Fahrenheit. A few weeks ago, it was cool and rainy. So much for the Southern California spring!
Here are 2 minutes of a rainy scene in our garden:

The garden has changed a lot since then. We have many lettuce plants that are doing well. They will want to bolt if it stays hot for too many days in a row.

The photo is a cropped/stitched image of some breakfast radishes from the garden of last year.

They are sometimes bitter
And grow up too fast
But underneath
They really are sweet
And love to blend in

Sorry for the title!