Tag Archives: nature photography

POP’S DOOR

Pop’s Door
” WHEN WORDS BECOME UNCLEAR, I SHALL FOCUS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS. WHEN IMAGES BECOME INADEQUATE, I SHALL BE CONTENT WITH SILENCE. “

-Ansel Adams-

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Christopher Creek Lodge: The Winter Flow

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” THERE ARE ONLY TWO MISTAKES ONE CAN MAKE ALONG THE ROAD TO TRUTH; NOT GOING ALL THE WAY, AND NOT STARTING. “

-Buddha-

 

 


Putting off Living?

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“ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HUMAN NATURE IS THAT ALL OF US TEND TO PUT OFF LIVING. WE ALL DREAMING OF SOME MAGICAL ROSE GARDEN OVER THE HORIZON INSTEAD OF ENJOYING THE ROSES THAT ARE BLOOMING OUTSIDE OUR WINDOWS TODAY.”

_Dale Carnegie_

 

 

 


In the Shadow of the City: Papago Park

A DESERT IS A PLACE WITHOUT EXPECTATION.

_Nadine Gordimer_

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NO PLACE FOR OLD MEN

Congress Pioneer Cemetery

No Place for Old Men:

The F-150 made the slight turn off Ghost Town Road leaving the comfort of gravel for the soft dirt.  Just off to the left a few hundred yards you can see the outline of the Congress Cemetery not to be confused with the Old Historic Congress Pioneer Cemetery which is found about a half mile around the bend; tucked tight to the hillside.

“Be prepared as there are several children’s graves.  They’re the toughest.” rang the words from the woman who ran the little antique store down the road on Hwy 89.

She was right, one where a toy cowboy pistol had been placed on the small one foot by two foot plot, the plastic handle now bone-white from the Arizona sun.

Almost noon the wind was soft and cool giving a visitor time to dream of life back in 1884 Congress after the first gold discovery.  The cemetery followed in 1887, a reminder of a tough way of life and early death.

It is said the mine produced just over eight million in gold into the mid-1930’s.  For the most part overshadowed by the gold strikes in California it was said that the mine was visited by Grover Cleveland, the US President of the time because of it’s consistent offering of wealth.

Another tiny wood marker beat by the weather; just tall splinters held vertical by dirt and rock.  The wind is warmer and the dust is kicking up as I close the metal gate.  I’m only reminded of the old saying that “God protects fools and children.”…I’m guessing surly miners too.


A Spoon of Salt:

” LET YOURSELF BE OPEN AND LIFE WILL BE EASIER.  A SPOON OF SALT IN A GLASS OF WATER MAKES THE WATER UNDRINKABLE. A SPOON OF SALT IN A LAKE IS ALMOST UNNOTICED. “

-Buddha-

Pleasant Lake, Arizona 2012


The cave of intuitive Wisdom….or not?

“In the cave of intuitive wisdom I sit, absorbed in the silent trance of the Primal Void, I have obtained my seat in the heavens.”

-Sri Guru Granth Sahib-

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Emerge from the Cave:

Fern takes what sun it needs from the cave walls. Ice Cave at Sam’s Point Preserve, Ellenville, NY.

“What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?” 

-Desiderius Erasmus-


Leica M-3 series eight: A return to black and white film

” A FOOL CAN THROW A STONE IN A POND THAT ONE HUNDRED WISE MEN CAN NOT GET OUT. “

-Saul Bellow-

Stonykill Farm, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series seven: A return to black and white film

” I DON’T DIVIDE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING; TO ME THEY ARE ALL ONE! “

-Luis Barragan-

Peppers, Wappingers Falls, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 90mm Elmarit; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series six: A return to black and white film

” CHANGE COMES LIKE A LITTLE WIND THAT RUFFLES THE CURTAINS AT DAWN, AND IT COMES  LIKE A STEALTHY PERFUME OF WILDFLOWERS HIDDEN IN THE GRASS.”

-John Steinbeck-

Wildflowers, Ft. Montgomery, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 90mm Elmarit; Tri-X



Leica M-3 series five: A return to black and white film

” ALL DOORS OPEN TO COURTESY.”

-Thomas Fuller-

I can’t be certain of the attraction to this cabin door on Hook Road.  Maybe it’s because I can make up my own stories about life in it.  I’ve photographed many time over the last three years but this is the first and final, but with film.

The cabin on Hook Road. Hopewell Junction, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 90mm Elmarit; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series four: A return to black and white film

 IN THE WORLD THERE IS NOTHING MORE SUBMISSIVE AND WEAK THAN WATER. YET FOR ATTACKING THAT WHICH IS HARDAND STRONG NOTHING CAN SURPASS IT. 

-Lao Tzu-

Fishkill Creek, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series three: A return to black and white film

” A MORNING-GLORY AT MY WINDOW SATISFIES ME MORE THAN THE METAPHYSICS OF BOOKS.”

-Walt Whitman-

Stoney Kill Farm. Fishkill, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X


Leica M-3 series two: A return to black and white film

” IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHRE YOU ARE, THEN CHANGE IT…YOU ARE NOT A TREE. “

-unknown-

Former factory, Beacon, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X



Leica M-3 series one: A return to black and white film

“DON’T PRAY WHEN IT RAINS IF YOU DON’T PRAY WHEN THE SUN SHINES.”

-Satchel Paige-

Ice on Fishkill Creek, Hopewell Junction, NY. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron: Tri-X

 


Niagara Falls II:

“SKILL IS SUCCESSFULLY WALKING A TIGHTROPE OVER NIAGARA FALLS. INTELLIGENCE IS NOT TRYING.”

-unknown-

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Niagara Falls:

From the U.S. side, the American Falls can be viewed from walkways along Prospect Point Park, which also features the Prospect Point Park observation tower and a boat dock for the Maid of the Mist. Goat Island offers more views of the falls and is accessible by foot and automobile traffic by bridge above the American Falls. From Goat Island, the Cave of the Winds is accessible by elevator and leads hikers to a point beneath Bridal Veil Falls. Also on Goat Island are the Three Sisters Islands, the Power Portal where a huge statue of Nikola Tesla can be seen, and a walking path which enables views of the rapids, the Niagara River, the gorge, and all of the Falls. Most of these attractions lie within the Niagara Falls State Park.


Pigs or Ballet?

” IT’S NO GOOD RUNNING A PIG FARM BADLY FOR 30 YEARS WHILE  SAYING,

 Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.

 BY THEN PIGS WILL BE YOUR STYLE.

-Quentin Crisp-

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I came from dirt:

” I CAME FROM A DIRT FARM, NOW I’M FILTHY RICH. “

-Larry Holmes-