Poverty, and Roses by The River

  Petaluma, California was once a very active commercial river town. In fact at one time in this city’s history there was more money in the banks here than anywhere else in the state. Nowadays things have changed and this little city’s waterfront is no longer the center of its economic activity. The river is badly in need of dredging and poverty is settling…

The incinerated dream of Jack London.

  I would rather be ashes than dust.  I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.  I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.  I shall not waste my…

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…

Front Yard Extravaganza!

Sometimes in our travels we run across some pretty amazing things that are worthy of comment and contemplation And then again….. Sometimes not.

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…

I Saw A Hanging Tree Today…Have You Ever Seen One?

They grow slowly in the back of our minds often silhouetted against a stormy night sky of our own creation. I saw this one on my walk in the hills above town today and walked by it loudly whistling a John Philip Souza march. I find that helps a lot.

The Vulture

In the sky over my head a vulture is flying. Circling silently on the winds of a gathering storm. It’s waiting to feed on the helpless, the dead or the dying. This big black bird is an omen of the harsh end that come to creatures whose luck has run out. On the ground up close, it looks ugly and cruel as it gorges…