Painting Light

my digital palette

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This is one of my favorites. Shot with an Olympus Tough, using an 18mm, wide angle lens. I am inside a one-time, customary beach lodging, in Costa Rica. On the right is a clay oven. The smoke is rising through a roof ventilation.

I have painted, capturing light.

This particular camera was my constant companion for years. It cost 600 dollars, and the wide angle was another 100. You can swim with this camera. You can drop it and it won’t break. That’s part of their advertisement, and I can atest to the validity of that statement.

They say, it works well in snow. I don’t know, I haven’t been in snow in years. But everything touted about this camera, I found to be accurate.

My camera and lens are now retired. And I am proud to say, I wore it out.
specs I see this is a cheaper price than what I paid. Mind was Tough – 2. But that’s the way it goes.

Also, I don’t believe my Tough had RAW option. But, back then it wouldn’t have helped, because I didn’t know what RAW was and did not use Light Room.

If you want to travel with a versatile camera; a one pony of many tricks, this is it.

It’s also great for street photography. However, when choosing a camera color or a wrist attachment, it’s always best to go black.

My camera was black, with a red wrist, float attachment for when I was in the water.

In my photography life, “you can’t have it all.”

But don’t let that stop you.

Get the shot!

Go Tell God

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Q. Where are you going?  A. I don’t know. Q. Why don’t you know? A. Does anyone know? Q. Some people do. A. Really? You know your future? Q. Of course I do, I spend time planning. A. Raise you hand if you know you will be alive at midnight. Q. But we must plan. A. No, you must plan. I prefer not to.

The Night

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I was born in a Cross Fire Hurricane

But it’s Alright Now

I Have Never Seen a Wild Thing Feel Sorry For Itself

If you’re not familiar with these lyrics and this quote ~ look em up!

I once had a Science teacher, Mrs. Fowler. That poor woman. I was so disruptive to her class. I asked her every question that was in my head.
She always had the same answer, “Look it up.”

Once again, I’m writing in the dark. I can hear the insects. Crick it. Crick it Crick it. Sometimes with a missed beat. Sometimes with a roll. And out of nowhere a step-child will blllld-
bllld- bllld. They own the night.

I’ll let them have it….

No Coins

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No Coins
No coin-cidence-s
A Penny for your Thoughts
Are they worth that much?

It’s dark outside. I have the white, cotton curtain pulled back, so I will wake up when the sky begins to lighten. I’m laying in my single bed, under a yellow mosquito net. I can hear the churning of the ocean water. The fan drones on ~ right to left-right to left.

I can check this excursion off of my bucket list. I have been Surfing with Amigas.
I came here with no expectations. I have surfed and played in the ocean, like every person should. I took photos and talked and talked.

I always wanted to do something like this.

It’s been a very uptown, coastal jungle, surf experience.

It’s been a bit emotional. Women talk about their families a lot. Their parents and their children and me being the oldest, my grandchildren.

I miss my family.

All of that and five dollars, will buy me a cup of coffee.

Tragedy Strikes!

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I felt shock and dread last night, as I passed this dead deer on Atlantic Avenue. It had been hit by a car. It’s sad, however, it’s something that happens when nature meets development.

Deers don’t travel far from where they are born. I’ve been told, that they will live their life, within a one mile radius. I’m not sure if that’s correct. I’m not an animal expert. And I couldn’t tell you which side of the street that she lived on. I didn’t witness the collision. I don’t know who her survivors are. All I know is, there is one less beautiful deer walking the woods. Continue reading “Tragedy Strikes!”

Day 5 ~ Turtle Time

Several hundred residents of, and visitors to Amelia Island braved rain and wind and were on hand to bid farewell to Captain, released back to the sea today by the wonder-workers of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff after being hospitalized for three years with wounds to upper and lower shell and spine. Dr. Norton of the GSTC asked that all who walk the beach keep an eye out for Captain and make sure he/she made it back to the sea safely. Godspeed, Captain! 10/21/2013
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday, I tried to share a story about this turtle, Charlie. I had stumbled upon his release, by having my coffee at the beach and seeing a sign announcing his arrival, at 2 O’CLOCK.
It was a red carpet, ocean, sea and sand event. Charlie was paraded through the crowd of onlookers, who were held back by ropes. Cameras were everywhere. Charlie was elevated to the celebrity status that he deserved. He was going home.

Continue reading “Day 5 ~ Turtle Time”

Day 2 ~ A Butt Competition

Amelia is a beautiful city by the sea; but San Francisco it’s not. West Coast/East Coast….Big City/Small Town.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

However, I can always find something to do.
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Southerners take their Cook Offs very seriously, as you can see by the portable smoker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And their sitting around.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This-Cook Team Hilliard-had a great set up.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I am a sucker for old cars.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And nothing in town would be complete without Felix.

After walking around, smelling the food cook and listening to the good ole’ bluegrass; I walked home with my Olympus TG-2

When I envision all the money invested in this hobby. I don’t feel so conscience-stricken about my own endeavors. Everyone needs something to do that they enjoy. Something that maybe no one else understands, but those that invest in a similar enthusiasm.

Big butts/little butts-Good butts/bad butts ~ How do they judge?

Good photos/bad photos?

The only bad photo is the one you don’t take. I had to get out there to get these pictures.

It’s comparable to a good wave that comes to you and you don’t go for it. You have to charge!

I’m not in San Francisco or New York or even Atlanta, but I live on an island that’s culture is as important as any.

I’m right where I belong.