Old Friends

Last week, while looking for some family photos,  I stumbled upon a folder of unedited from a 2012 trip to Florida.  I remember what a great morning it was taking bird and nature photos.  Sadly, the next day I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the folder was put aside and forgotten.  I wrote these thoughts a couple years ago but, I…

Time Marches On

The forces of nature are powerful but, even they cannot withstand the test of time.  Nothing can.  It feels, too often, that time passes slowly when, in fact, time is fleeting.  We mistakenly assume there will be more time; another chance or another day.  Time is not on our side.  The clock and calendar move at the same…

Why

Years ago, during high school, I had a teacher who continues to influence my life today.  During English class he would often suggest that the only question needing to be answered in our work, or our lives, was “why”.   In photography the process of creating an image means first answering the questions of why as well.  Why that place.  Why that moment.  Why that setting. …

Have a Heart

There is no shortage of beauty in the world but, I do believe there is a lack of appreciation for it.  Every day, wherever we may go, our senses are assailed by beautiful people, captivating things, and stunning scenery but, sadly, too often, we do not take the time to absorb the value of what, or who, is…

Think Change Beach Gloucester

Think Change

The world is full of beautiful detail. Everywhere you go there is opportunity to enjoy expansive views that are stunning and inspiring. We tend to gravitate toward scenes that feature wide open spaces but, the landscape is full of small scenes with their own unique beauty. Always be willing to change your perspective. In photography…

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Thinking Spring

Forget Winter. Spring is still more than two weeks away according to my calendar but, the crocus’s blooming in my yard think otherwise. I am putting Winter behind me and jumping right into spring. I love to capture the feel of moving water. Some people may like a faster shutter speed to freeze action; others…

Don Toothaker Photo blog Time Alone desert

Time Alone

Solitude has seemingly become more and more difficult to find. The digital age and social media has shrunken the global map so much that there seems to be no more unexplored places. Perhaps now, more than ever, the solitude that we seek and occasionally need, should be reflected upon differently. Solitude comes from within. I…