Color Gives Us Positive Emotional Context

  We usually take the color of our physical surroundings pretty much for granted and don’t often think about how powerful an influence their color alone can be on our emotions. We live in Maine and currently have fled to California for a while to escape the worst winter New England  has experienced in years. Just before we left, I took the above photograph…

Do you see snow, moss or loneliness?

When you look at this black and white photograph do you really care that what looks to be snow is actually an infrared rendering of a woods scene redolent with brown leaves and brown grass as well as some very green moss on the trees. I would hazard a guess that what first struck you was the small figure in the background that looks…

Communication Addiction

These things look so old-fashioned now don’t they? Imagine making a call on one. How do you do it? You need a pocket full of change to pay for getting connected don’t you? Is there an operator available?  Hard to imagine now, especially for the kids, but these devices used to be all we had to talk to each other and if we were…

I Admit It, I’m A Rain Fan

  It’s hard around here not to cheer for rain.  Today we have had a series of short showers, some soft, some pelting. But each time it happens one can’t help but feel happy for the parched soil that is in such desperate need of moisture. So today it’s putting on a jacket that I may or may not need and being grateful for…

Dreams of Gold

Here in northern California, land of the gold rush and the dot-com booms, there seems to be a hovering sense, especially among the young, that fortune lies shining just over the next IPO hill.   Yet as real estate prices soar and the web crackles with news of the “next big thing”, the land around here grows arid and the lakes dry up. One…

Beauty Disguises Our Drought

  Walking our usual bird watching route along the perimeter of Shollenberger Park last evening the darkening sky created a lovely scene. But the silver etched edges of the pond’s low waterline were a beautiful reminder of how badly this part of California needs water.

New York’s “Too Damn Many People” Blues

The “Big Apple” can certainly be beautiful sometimes, especially at night when the lights of the traffic jams below me paint lovely colors on the streets. However, I find as I get older, I need space around me and New York, or any big city for that matter, just doesn’t have enough room. You can talk all  you want about its “exciting vibrancy”, to…

A Drop In Your Bucket

Think of it this way, there are approximately 363,360 drops of water in the average 4 gallon bucket. Therefor, taken by itself,  you’d think a drop doesn’t amount to very much. HOWEVER: Our blood is 83% water.  Our brain is 75% water.  Our muscles are 76% water.  Our liver is 70% water.  Our kidneys are 82% water.  Our skin is 70% water.  Our bones are…

Don’t Walk Through Those Easy Barn Doors

All my life I have had the tendency to “go with the flow” and follow the path of least resistance. After a lot of years doing things this way I am finally beginning to learn that when I make things easy on myself I often learn less and get inferior results.  Take photography for instance. Diane Arbus once said that when she takes a…