Fish-Eyed Refection

While walking Katie yesterday we passed by a newly installed barber poll.  This little barbershop opened for business on our street a little over a month ago.  He seems to be doing well so far.

While walking past I noticed the fish-eyed reflection at the bottom of the poll.  I pulled out my phone for a quick snap.

A little bit of editing in Snapseed + quick bit of erasing in Procreate = a little snap to share
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If you look closely you can see me, my son, & Katie in the reflection.

Have a great week!
Mike

Random Photo & Thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are now living downtown.  Our dog, Katie, is an older lady of 13 years.  She stays indoors with us and we walk her about a block and a half a few times a day so she can fertilizer the vacant lot (turned city park) down the street.

As mentioned, she is older, so her pace is not exactly swift and like most mature beings she prefers to take her time and not be rushed as she sniffs out the ideal spot to make her contribution to soil enrichment.

The other day while patiently waiting for her to determine the epicenter for her next event I noticed the evidence of a former doorway in the building adjacent to the park.  I wondered about what had been there in the past, what use or contribution to society the building may have served in a past life.  I noticed the contrast of the old facade next to a wooden post that now served as a power distribution point for park events.  I decided to pull out my phone for a bit of #iPhoneography.

img_0099 If you look closely, you can still make out the oak timbers that framed the opening.

Have a great day…perhaps I will notice more on a future outing with Katie.

Mike

Sunday Snap 05.26.19

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Backyard Visitors…

This morning I hosted a trio of visitors in my backyard.  I noticed them as I was pouring my coffee.  I grabbed my camera and snuck out the front door, carefully making my way towards the backyard.  I didn’t want to startle my unexpected visitors.

I shot these photos at a distance, the deer were standing at the edge of the woods in a heavily shaded area.  I was standing in bright sunlight.  The bulk of the shots were too blurry to post.  I did manage to steady my camera enough to get at least one decent shot.  As I stated before I was standing a good distance from them.  This photo was shot with my Canon 75-300 “kit” lens so the image quality isn’t the best.

Sunday Snap 05.26.19

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

Bonus photo…

This photo is blurry but, there is something about the composition that appeals to me, so I thought I would share it with you guys.

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Sunday Snap 04.28.19

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Unexpected Magic During The Morning Commute…

As I’ve mentioned before I live in a rural area in the Foothills of northwestern North Carolina.  Each weekday I commute about 35 miles south to a nearby town for work.  The drive takes about 40 minutes and takes me through mostly rural farmland.

As commutes go, I consider myself lucky to have such a peaceful and often scenic drive.  I only travel on 2-lane country roads, that I occasionally share with farm machinery, or, the occasional deer.

This photo was taken a few years ago during my morning drive to work.  At that time, I was just beginning to become interested in photography.  This was shot with an inexpensive Canon point-and-shoot camera which was my only camera at the time other than my mobile phone.

There are many technical errors in this photo, however, I still like the image.  I pulled behind a small volunteer fire department to get this shot.  The sun was rising and the morning fog had settled into the valley.  I thought the scene was well worth documenting and a great visual delight to start the day.

Sunday Snap 04.28.19

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

 

Southport Waterfront

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As I mentioned in my last Sunday Snap post, we recently returned from a trip to Southport, NC.  This is a charming seaside town with good photo opportunities.  During this past trip, we walked along the waterfront near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and I took the opportunity to snap a few photos.

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A footprint in the sand and a sweet older lady combing the beach for seashells

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I captured this little guy just as he lifted off the sand.

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This must be the local morning hang out spot.  The bird in black is obviously trying to impress the ladies in white.  However, I’m not sure if it’s working.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed these quick little shots.  Have a great day – Mike

Sunday Snap 04.21.19

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Southport Bench Warmer…

We recently spent a few days in one of my favorite seaside towns, Southport, NC. Southport is a charming community located in the extreme southeast corner of North Carolina.  The town has a lot of history and has appeared in many television and film productions.  We try to visit every spring.  The town is not heavily commercialized at all and therefore, retains its charm as a sleepy, but welcoming, seaside town.

While there we strolled around The Southport Spring Festival which features arts & crafts from regional artisans.  That’s where I spotted this gentleman on the bench, I assume he is waiting on the missus to finish exploring the festival while he sits patiently and observes.

Sunday Snap 04.21.19

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

 

Sunday Snap 04.14.19

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Rainy morning with a bit of rambling…

This morning is starting out lazy and peaceful.  I am content as I sit in the room I use as a studio space/study.  Outside the rain is really coming down.  Today’s forecast calls for a significant chance of thunderstorms.  I’m hoping we get at least one good storm today.  I enjoy a nice spring thunderstorm, the sound of rolling thunder is somehow comforting to me.  I guess it is a reassuring reminder of how small and helpless we really are.  Perhaps that may sound like an odd thing to say, but I’m glad we are still at the mercy of nature.  That’s the way it is intended to be.

In this room is where I typically start and end each day.  It is located on the far end of our house and therefore, somewhat sheltered from distractions such as TV, an enthusiastic child, etc.  I spend a lot of time here throughout the week.  I do all my drawing at the drafting table to the left, edit photos and compose blog post at the desk to the right.  You can’t tell in the photo, but, the window offers a view of our backyard which becomes dense woods once you reach its limits.

The rain has slacked off a bit now and I can hear the song a single bird.  The sky is still threatening and I believe this break in the rainfall is only temporary.  More birds are joining in now and their interim concert is starting.

I plan to begin and new sketch this afternoon, for now, I am content just to sit here for a while and ponder about life.

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

Sunday Snap 04.14.19

Sunday Snap 03.31.19

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Chaotic Comfort…

This is a photo of my wife’s workspace.  She is very creative, thrives in a chaotic environment, and always has multiple projects in various stages of completion.  She enjoys creating acrylic pour paintings and several of her pieces decorate our walls.  She also enjoys making earrings and pendants for necklaces.  When I noticed the “Hippie Place” pendant this morning, I thought it would be fitting for today’s Sunday Snap.

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

Sunday Snap 03.31.19

Seeking Solitude in Nature

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

There was a break in the weather.  A crack in winter’s grasp, spring has begun to gain a foothold, It was time to get out into nature for an afternoon.

Last Sunday afternoon I took a few hours for myself.   I took a 40-minute drive to Stone Mountain State Park to seek some healing solitude in nature.  My intentions where modest, simply to take a short walk to Wolf Rock & Cedar Rock and then back to the parking lot.  I chose this route hoping to avoid crowded overlooks within the park.  For the most part, I was successful.  I only met a handfull of other nature seekers on the trail.

Along the trail, I was also keeping my eyes open for photo opportunities.  The only camera I carried was my iPhone.  The idea was to travel light and have a device that I could slip out of my pocket easily to capture a quick snap while walking the trail.


The first composition that caught my eye were these fallen trees.  I liked the mix of old and new,  a life cycle within the forest.  The two mature trees that were more than likely blown over now serve to enrich the forest soil for the younger saplings and vegetation that will take hold.

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Not much farther up the trail, I noticed lichen growing on this tree along with this stringy vegetation.  I’m not sure if it is a species of moss or something else all together.

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I paused to take this photo of the trail bed, with it’s winter covering of leaves.

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Now, nearing Wolf Rock, I noticed the moss growing on a low hanging tree branch as I ducked to pass below it.

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My primary destination, Wolf Rock.  Before walking out onto the rock, I paused to shoot this puddle with it’s reflecting light.  Wolf Rock is a large gently sloping rock outcropping that can easily be walked over most of it’s surface.  I was hoping to have it all for myself, but, I initially had to share it with one other gentleman.  so, I’m not complaining.  I found a nice spot and sat for a while.  I listened to the wind blow through the trees and mountains, I watched the clouds pass by overhead, I observed a few soaring birgs, and I sat, still & quiet, just soaking it in, letting the experience of nature wash over me.  I would have stayed longer if I could have.

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Thanks for reading my words and viewing my photos,  I hope you have a great day. – Mike