Amateur Photographer

Thursday, February 26, 2009

More Wood

Once again, I find myself fascinated with dead wood. This time is had fungus on it. Cool!!

Ahhhhh. . . .

A view from the hill in Kingston, RI

A Tree for JP

Sometimes we run across something that just takes us back to another place in time. This tree did that for me. Seeing it brought a warm feeling and a smile to my face.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Law of the Garbage Truck

A great reminder for all of us today.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ode To A Love

Remember this place?
This place is ours forever.

I know that if we never forget this sky,
then it's never good bye.

Remember my face,
And I will always be here.
You belong to me here

And every year, I will come with the spring time.

I will always be here.

Remember the time we met?
The time when I found you. . .

The time all around you?

Remember the time to come?
One day when it's colder. . .
One day, when your older. . .

Remember. . . how green it was here?

One bare and brown November,
You made need to remember violets at the edge of the wood.

I'll remember them , too.
I'll remember YOU.

Remember today. . . ?


"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."

"Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself wanting to be lost again."

"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves."
-Latin Proverb

"I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes
After the day's great sun"
-Charles Hanson Towne

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Moon

I took these shots in pitch black and through the trees. It's pretty cool how the tree branches came out across the lit full moon. I wish I had a better lense though, so I could have zoomed in even closer.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A View From Above

The Old Carousel in the Harbor

This is a view of an old broken down carousel on the harbor in Baltimore behind a modern piece of art and a Asian sculpture amidst the snow covered landscape.

More Views of the Carousel

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Pirate Ship

I'm so excited at how this shot came out. I took this in Baltimore this weekend and when I pulled it up on my computer, the sun was so prominent it almost looked like it was drawn in. I'd like to say I planned this, but it was stictly by accident.