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…

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…

Higher Learning

Higher Learning I still love books.  Despite the internet, tablets, and electronic media there will always be a need for books.  I love how they look, feel, and smell.  More importantly, I value the wealth of information they contain and the imagination they inspire.  Learning and exploration is only a library away. I remember as…

Doomed

Nature, in the midst of its many beauties and wonders, features daily struggles for survival. Wildlife endures many injustices of sickness, cruelty, and suffering. So do we The People. Often it is difficult to understand nature’s cruel paths but, it is even more difficult to witness fate in action be it in nature or on…

Winter Guest

I doubt they will join us for the winter with the same bountiful presence that they did last year but, even to see one of these beautiful birds is thrilling. Found this guy just perched on a dune waiting, and watching, and waiting, and watching. I shot some still images but, decided to make a…

Cold Fall

Beauty, comfort, and peace can be as fleeting as an autumn leaf. Quickly, and sadly, sweet colorful warmth is too easily replaced with cold disregard. Seasons change and lessons get learned: or so we like to think. We live in such a beautiful world but, sadly, ugly history repeats itself, every day, around the globe,…

Eye Contact

I appreciate all wild animals but, for me, some are a bit more exciting to see than others. Seeing a wild animal in its natural environment and observing their behavior is thrilling to say the least. Getting to photograph them is an even greater thrill. Last week the stare of a beautiful owl reminded me…

Fallen

To everything – turn, turn turn There is a season – turn, turn turn And a time to every purpose under Heaven October is brilliant. Autumn arrives after months of anticipation but, the seasons’ finest moment, October, is fleeting. Each year, for as many years as I can remember, there exists in me a heightened…

A Revealing Fog

Over two hundred years ago our fledgling nation stood, bravely, against the mightiest empire on earth and declared its independence. Needless to say it was a murky period in our history that was ripe with uncertainty and fear. Defeat seemed a far more realistic conclusion than freedom but, conviction is a powerful thing. This past…

Night Light

Most often when I want to take pics of my kids, they see me coming with my camera and run in the other direction. So, I was in total shock yesterday when my 12 year old daughter asked me to take some portraits of her in downtown Haverhill like we did one time last summer.…