The Rembrandt Tulip

The painterly quality of a shallow depth of field can turn a simple photo into a canvas - appropriate, considering tulips have long been popular with artists, and some varieties have even been named after them. The Rembrandt Tulip, featured here, was popular in Holland during the tulip frenzy of the 1600's, even though the Dutch painter is not …

35mm in the Springtime

I have wanted to upgrade my camera equipment for quite some time, but I'm not what you'd call a "professional", just an enthusiastic amateur who gets little pleasure from making money off of my photography. I know! Crazytown. So, being that the IRS considers what I do a hobby, I didn't feel justified spending thousands of …

Baby Daffodils

There are a few activities in life that require a person to assume a strange position. For example, this afternoon Andy walked out of his condo and found me laying on the sidewalk looking up at these little daffodils. "I know, this looks strange," I said, "but it's the only way to get the view …

Roses in Sepia

The red of the roses was deep and perfect.  Perfectly boring - just like most things that are too pretty.  The sepia added a bit of nostalgia and interest for me.  Plus, I wanted to play with "dodge and burn" in Photoshop, and I liked the effect better on the sepia. I don't know why …

I’m Back!

After struggling to keep up with my blog for several months, I had to admit defeat and step away for a time.  But, I'm happy to report that I've successfully completed another quarter, and I'm taking the summer off!  No more teachers, no more books.... So, back to blogging!  There's a lot I want to …

Thoughts on Love

  Love is an explosion of life and beautiful expectation. Every second is quiet rapture.  The wrong person can elicit feelings of trepidation.  While it's good to take chances, not every threshold is meant to be crossed. There are some people I'll love my whole life, no matter how many years pass and no matter what rises and falls …

May Flowers

There's that old expression, April showers bring May flowers.  Well, we got the flowers, but the showers decided to overstay their welcome.  I don't think we've had more than a couple of days of pure sunshine this entire month!  Don't be deceived by my sunny posts...those days were the exception! My friend Sarah and I …

A Flower Falls

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.  ~Dogen There's something about Jess's wilted flowers that I have grown to appreciate.   They're a gentle reminder of the capacity of the heart to heal despite the greatest hurts - that new life can grow from death. …