Trimming the Tree


raindrops on pine needles

“And the needles of the pine trees, freshly washed to a deep, rich green, shimmered with droplets that blinked like clear crystals.” - Billie Letts

Autumn Rose

October 9, 2018 (292/365)

"When autumn darkness falls, we will remember small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose." - Jens Stoltenberg

A Good [Week] for Ducks

October 8, 2018 (281/365)

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen

October 6, 2018 (279/365)

“A mighty wind blew night and day and stole the oak trees leaves away...” - Johnny Ray Ryder Jr


August 6, 2018 (218/365) "Rain is Nature's way of adding sparkle" - Evangeline Duran Fuentes

Stormy Weather

July 1, 2018 (182/365)

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." - Willa Cather

A Lesson

June 27, 2018 (178/365)

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." -  Rabindranath Tagore

When I teach smartphone photography, I always start with this anecdote: "Once upon a time, a photographer was invited to have dinner at the home of a top chef. During dinner the chef praised the photographer for his work, saying 'Your photos are beautiful! You must have a great camera.' The photographer smiled and nodded politely. After the delicious dinner, the photographer complimented the chef, saying, 'That was an excellent meal. You must have some great pots and pans!'”

The point is that great photos are not just about having the best equipment; they require a skilled eye and often a little luck. I always say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Although I still wish I had had my "good camera" along as I walked Piper this morning, without my phone, I wouldn't have captured these raindrops at all.

Week 26 - Creative: High or Low Key

June 26, 2018 (177/365) • Raindrops on Roses: "Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." - Langston Hughes

Week 26 - Creative: High or Low Key (Low-key photography consists of shooting dark-colored scenes, and emphasizing natural or artificial light only on specific areas in the frame. This photographic style is usually used to create a mysterious atmosphere, that only suggests various shapes) #dogwoodweek26, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018


June 19, 2018 (170/365)

"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." - John Updike

Raindrops on Redbuds

May 14, 2018 (134/365)

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow