March 2007 Archive

 

 

A New Day --- Carpe Diam!!

 

 

 

 

"Homeless under Road"

March 2007

Early morning walking around the city.

The next time a street person asks for a little helping hand, perhaps think twice before ignoring them and their plight. We all make our choices, and yes I know, to some people it's a crutch..........but you know, I'll not pass judgment, and if a few bucks help them in any way, I'll rather give it than not. A homeless person here in Springfield died on the steps of the City Hall, from exposure. City Hall of all the places.......Imagine, dying in the middle of the city, surrounded by so much....for lack of something as a little warmth. What a travesty, here in our country, home of the bounty.............

We make the world We want to make.......

 

 

 

I remember the moment still..........when my eyes locked on his.....through the camera.

Such a haunting .............. so desperate a stare...............

I remember a feeling of guilt.....taking the picture...but I had to.........afterwards....we still stared at each other in silence......as I passed by......

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

"Men on Bench"

March 2007

 

 

 

"Walking in Rain"

March 24 2007

 

 

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From "My Trip Out West" ------March 07

 

On a long and lonesome highway, East of Omaha,
You can listen to the engine moaning out his one note song,
You can think about the woman or the girl you knew the night before.
But your thoughts will soon be wandering, the way they always do,
When you're riding sixteen hours and there's nothing much to do,
And you don't feel much like riding, you just wish the trip was through.

 

Here I am,
On the road again.
There I am,
Up on the stage.
Here I go,
Playing star again.
There I go,
Turn the page.

Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road.
And you feel the eyes upon you as you're shaking off the cold.
You pretend it doesn't bother you, but you just want to explode.
Most times you can't hear 'em talk, other times you can.
All the same old clichés, “Is that a woman or a man?”
And you always seem outnumbered, you don't dare make a stand.

Out there in the spotlight, you're a million miles away.
Every ounce of energy you try to give away,
As the sweat pours out your body, like the music that you play.
Later in the evening as you lie awake in bed,
With the echoes from the amplifiers ringing in your head,
You smoke the day's last cigarette, remembering what she said.

I've always loved Bob Seger's Turn the Page. It seems so honest and open and you almost feel you can understand him. The song for me is as if you're there for a day with him. Traveling on the road for a while is so different from being in your own normal comfortable environment.Your senses are so much more alive and your mind wanders at a level much different from your everyday.

 

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To reach and behold earth's wonders, no easy path can lead

They are not so easily won.

To know and find them leave roof and comfort behind.

Traveling light and spare

To challenge odds,

You shall win by sweat, laughter and delight.

 

 

 

 

"Tetons & Clouds"

March 2007

 

 

 

To walk alone, behold the earth's wonders

Canopy of stars, as ceiling

To move in light and clouds

No roof to shut the moon.

To see mountains arise

From the evanescence of dawn

To see , and feel, the first light

First ripple in stillness and darkness.

Storms to arise, batter and deafen, to exult in them,

To revel in tumultuous delight.

To climb, and behold creation

No words to describe

to tell what you have done.

.....................................................................J Alan

 

 

 

"Sierra Nevada"

March 16, 2007

Lone Pine, California. Another early morning at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range looking west. The sun was coming up behind me as I composed and took this picture. The moon was off to my right and couldn't include in the picture as it was just to far off . The largest mountain, center right, is Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain, 14,444 ft., in California, is part of the Sierra Nevada 300 mile mountain range. The smaller "hills" at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas is called the Alabama Hills. I think it was named by Confederate sympathizers in the area as a reference to one of their warships called Alabama.

 

 

 

"Apocalypse"

March 2007 Utah

The scene, composition and all the physical elements of the image are straight (see "The River" below). I twisted the tonality to create a surreal image. A departure and an experiment for me. I like what I see but I can't or didn't previsualize this image in my mind as I was taking the picture at the location. Perhaps that is why I can't seem to connect with this image at some emotional level. I like abstract art but for me it's not abstract, only in a metaphoric sense, hence the name "Apocalypse".

 

 

 

 

"Over the Mountains and Valley of the Moon"

March 2007 Utah

Early morning walking the in the valley of mountains in Utah as the sun was just coming over the mountains. Started to light up the tip of this mountain just as the moon was rising from behind. Long telephoto shot (400mm)for maximum compression and aligning the elements to the previsualized size in relationship to each other.

 

 

 

 

"Garden of the Moon"

March 2007 Utah

 

 

 

 

 

"Sunrise"

March 2007

Eastern Wyoming

 

 

"Snake River"

March 2007

Ansel Adams once made a great picture of this scene in the 1940's. His picture shows the graceful snake river before all the trees and vegetation choked up the river. Plus there is a flat area at the base of the mountain now which almost seems man made. It cuts my photograph in half which to my mind is distracting. It is virtually almost impossible to presently see even the most preserved areas of our country as our forefathers must have seen them. To me the beauty and perfection is no longer quite there even though it is an extraordinary place. An airport is only a few miles down the road! I've often wished to see, work and live in an environment at the turn of the last great century before man brought in pavement, wires, signs, buildings............urban sprawl. I guess that is what some call progress..............

Nevertheless, I feel privileged to have seen such beauty and grandeur in my trip

 

 

 

"Teton Ranch"

March 18, 2007

Along the snake river and the Gand Tetons is an old ranch. Early morning 7 O'clock just as the sun was coming up behind me. The snow doesn't look that deep but it is, around 2 ft of snow. It was very cold and most of the time I skimmed over the hard upper crust but would fall through when it didn't hold my weight. The walk out to the field in front of the ranch wasn't to bad. I got there when it was still dark and prayed for an alpine mountain glow in the sky.

 

 

 

"Tornado Ranch"

March 18, 2007

 

 

 

"Wyoming Sky"

March 17, 2007

 

 

"Sierra"

March 15 2007

 

 

 

"Sierra Moonrise"

March 15

Owens Valley California. I had arrived in the California Valley east of the Sierra mountains the afternoon before this photo was taken. I scouted around the area and saw this ranch in the foothills of the Sierra mountains and asked the rancher if I could come early the next morning to take some pictures. He was really friendly and told me to go ahead and make myself at home. Next morning I got up at 5 AM and arrived at the ranch, climbed the fence with my camera and gear, went into the field where there were some horses. It was pitch black and I set up the tripod in the area I saw yesterday afternoon.which seemed promising. I waited around for about an hour before the light started to change. It was pretty cold out and was wishing for a cup of coffee. During this time some horses came by to check me out. One horse kept on sniffing my hair and started to rub my head with his nose. After a while they left me alone. I kept on praying a horse would move away from me and go closer to the mountains and I thought none of them would but eventually the horses did move. Just as the sun was coming up behind me the beautiful moon (it was huge!) came up over the Sierras. I couldn't have asked for more. I changed lenses a few times to get the right perspective for my visualization of the scene, took several images before the light changed and started to really lighten up. I think this image is best of my trip.

 

 

 

 

 

"The River"

March 13, 2007

 

 

 

"Rte 66"

I stopped for gas and saw an image in my mind across the street. Waited for a passing car and took a 2 second exposure which resulted in the red and amber beams of light as the car passed me by.

 

 

"Mountain Sky"

March 13, 2007

Camping out under the stars. It was a cold, clear night and I saw all the stars out like you don't see often here in the east. Decided to try for a long exposure as it was pitch black. I composed as best as I could and took a 15 minute exposure. It looks like the stars actually orbit in a big round circle from the reference of the earth.

 

 

"White Sands"

March 11, 2007

 

 

 

"White Sands Sunrise "

March 11, 2007

 

 

"Dune"

March 11, 2007

 

 

"Desert Trees "

March 11, 2007

 

 

"Church"

March 9, 2007