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Quiet Afternoon

Looks like a quiet summer afternoon with clouds maybe building up for an afternoon shower. Yes it is January but not by outward appearances or temperature. Tan marsh grasses and a creek with buffleheads, mergansers, wood ducks, and loons pleasantly tells us it is winter fishing season for birds.

The afternoon has its own little story. We went down to Beaufort to hang out with friends. As they were napping when we arrived we had an excuse to enjoy the creek from their dock. For a while at least. There is no real winter relief from bugs around southern marshes. Just briefly after a hard freeze. That’s OK. The fleeting nature of the sun, the clouds, the experience makes it all the more memorable.

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Morning Mists

A quiet morning in the mountains. Nice theme for a new year if we allow images to have suggestive powers. Perhaps I remain influenced by my brief time in Japan. New Year’s is a quiet time for family and reflection. Soft morning light, gently dissipating mists seem quite appropriate to the occasion.

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Remnants of 2011

We do love our life cycles particularly those we conjure up out of nowhere. What’s so special about resetting a calendar? Does it have more import than the sun bouncing off the bottom a couple days ago or than messing with clocks and our biorhythms back early November? Not at all but we insist on trying. Journalists let us know what was important perhaps to remind us of their importance. Photographers trot out their ten best of the year – definitely to remind us of their presence. English majors spin a couple rooting apples into a metaphor for the great metaphysical forces at work as this year wanes. One apple resists rotting as another hurries along. Weeds tells us no deep freeze has visited. It aint over yet. The discerning eye knows the one visbile twig is actually a pruned branch. The trees above are ready for a new year.

The only certainty here is that the year will end, the world will not end (that’s for next year) and it will all start again in a couple days.

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Ghosts & Other Delights

I provide the ghosts. I trust you folks will have your own choices for seasonal delights well in hand.

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Things Fall Apart

Things fall apart; they wear out. We don’t like it when boat systems or car systems or household systems fail. Frustrated? Tired of a new problem all too often? Grab a camera or hang out with your favorite photographer. Deterioration, decay, rust, mold represent – photographic opportunities and challenges. The Folly Beach city manager may have at some point evaluated my groin. How much will it cost to rebuild? Has it done its job? Should the city rebuild it?

I have other issues. What length timed exposure will soften the background without blowing out the exposure? When will shadows line up with its axis? Will the tide bury it under water? Will the sky co-operate with some texture? Do I even know what I am doing? Not really but that’s no impediment. A little practice (maybe 8 to 10 hours), three trips to the beach and a dozen shots to dial in the exposure and to get a selection of background variations.

Then life is in proper perspective. It’s not about me and the old groin and the challenge. It’s about the image – looking out, enjoying the what a gray day can do for us and the moment created by the image. We have always said the underlying principle of our sharing Post Cards is the premise: the world out there is fundamentally more interesting than we are. This old groin’s deterioration fits the bill – certainly more interesting than mine. Enjoy.

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