Needles Highway and the rest of 2018

So it’s obvious to see that after my last post about the Badlands in September, my website was really neglected for the rest of the year. And that’s probably because of several things:

  1. School
  2. Cross Country Season
  3. Birthday celebrations
  4. Burn out
  5. The annual time of the year that I start to ask again, “Why the heck do I even blog?”
  6. Then Halloween
  7. Then Thanksgiving
  8. Then Christmas
  9. Then…. New Happy Year!

And so here we are. Over the last 12 years I’ve published 5 different blogs (including this one) and have written the same sentence over and over again that reads similarly as: “Hi Everyone, Sorry I’ve been away so long!” But I’m not writing that this time. The concept and the reasons for blogging has changed over the years so it’s not always the back and forth conversation happening like it used to. That’s what Facebook is for.

However I would still like to keep this site going again. It’s my home base for all my photographs and current information on art exhibits, works in progress, and ambitions. But to start the year 2019 with a bang, I have to close up 2018. There were lots of photographs I hadn’t published here yet in the later part of the year, so without further ado, here they are on digital and film….

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All photos shot on iPhone, Canon DSLR, Pentax K1000 35mm

I Spy Something Green

After a 2 year hiatus (which was needed), the garden is back alive (after lots of freakin’ work!). There is still weeding and working to do (and that’s what you get for ignoring your gardens for 2 years), so this is still a work in progress. Here are the first pics of 2018. Definitely more pics coming through the summer as everything grows.

It’s funny though, Why does a young Jersey chick who grew up in an urban setting enjoy planting vegetables and flowers as an adult so much?? I don’t know, but all I know is that I love the feel of the dirt in my hands, the sweat on my neck, the reward of watching vegetables grow from seeds to something I chew on – it’s wonderful!

I haven’t posted all the pics of the garden yet so here’s a sampling. But here is what I planted this year: green bell peppers, habanero pepper, tomatoes, basil, arugula, chives, lavender, snap peas, catnip, lettuce, pumpkins and in the perennial garden we have strawberries and raspberries, a blueberry plant, peonies, roses and some random plants throughout the front and back yards. Oh and Andrew also planted his own seeds of bachelor button flowers. Can’t wait to see them grow! So happy to see him so enthused to plant something.

Also, in this new season, make sure you patronize your local farmer’s market!

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Chives

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Tomatoes

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Strawberry

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Lilac

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Lettuce

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Peony

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Snap Pea

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All photos shot on a Canon Rebel xsi

Exploring the Streets – Columbus OH 4.28.18

Last weekend I went to a tour headed by the Young Preservationists Society and learned lots of more info on this fair midwest city of Columbus. Of course it was also a great opportunity to take some shots in some usual and unique locations – from the State House to an old historic building during construction.

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The Selfie!

All shots taken with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 6.

 

 

 

Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC

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I had no idea that last June, when I took a serendipitous drive to a park to take some shots of the sunset, that it would change the course of my work this year. On a whim I submitted this photograph to a juried exhibition late last year and this January I found out that my photograph was selected. Ecstatic that I got in, I also immediately started to take stock of what the heck I was going to do with all these photographs that I take and maybe it just felt like the right time to go full tilt.

Over the years I haven’t done anything with them. Mostly out of a lack of confidence, a lack of time or money to invest, or personal derailments, I’ve never really valued my art. And maybe all it took was one photograph to be discovered or to change my perspective.

Sometimes my passion is writing, sometimes it’s making paper, sometimes it’s crafts, sometimes it’s working with animals, but over the years I have always come back to photography. And there must be a reason for that.

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Locals! Opening Reception for Depth of Field: MetroParks at the MAC is coming soon! Meet me there on Thursday, March 22nd at 6-8pm. There are 40 works in the exhibition.

Moonville Tunnel

A couple weeks ago when the boys had the day off of school, I was able to get them off the computer with the promise of a cool destination. All I knew is that the place sounded really cool: Moonville Tunnel.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. The closer we got to Moonville, the more scrappier and dilapidated it became. We saw lots of characters and lots of broken down houses on the way: we saw a road rage incident with a guy in Army fatigues, small children playing in a swamp, and we saw lots of chicken, horses, goats and all kinds of trash.

After the day ended we agreed that we couldn’t decide which was more interesting – the actual tunnel or the sights on the way.

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All photographs shot on Canon Rebel xsi and iPhoto. Edits on Photoshop and Snapseed.

Rural Ohio #2 – More Horses

Looking through the SD card again more photographs were worthy of another post. Because the horses were just so darn pretty.

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All photographs shot with a Canon Rebel XSI with a 55-250mm lens.

Rural Ohio

Even though I’m not a fan of winter I’m a fan of shooting during or after the snow. Yesterday our area was blanketed with about 4-5 inches of snow so the schools were closed and the roads were a little slushy but it’s hard to miss a weather event by not taking at least a few shots. So I drove to a somewhat rural area, about 15-20 miles north of my home to see what I could find.

Desolation was what I was looking for. And I found it. And just when I was done with the desolation and ready to drive back home I came upon the most gorgeous creatures on the side of the road just wanting for me to take their picture. And of course, I obliged.

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All photographs shot with a Canon rebel XSI and an iPhone.