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Cabin Fever

It’s always cabin fever time for cats who aren’t allowed out when birds are at their feeders.

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White Christmas

A white Christmas in all its technicolor glory – all two colors in almost white out conditions most of the day. Lovely. Fascinating. Now if we could only move about when the snow quits maybe tomorrow morning. So many photo opportunities. However, given the lack of snow equipment to clear roads, we will likely wait until the thaw. Could be worse. Right now it’s definitely the best.

And the best of the season to all.

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Idle Shackles

Busy time of the year, right? So today I had no idle time –  at least need to pack to get on the road thing tomorrow. Hey, when the going gets hectic do something else. I hid and experimented with processing images. Kinda sorta like being at off at school and not packing until the last fifteen minutes before leaving for Christmas break.

Fortunately Dee approves of the results and has only stared me down with a you-are-going-to-pack-tonight-aren’t-you comment. Oh, yes. We have our rental car. For the of you who are familiar with the boater’s Enterprise rental car drill, the question of interest is: what did they give you this time? A dark blue Chevy version of the PT Cruiser. So much for trivia. We’re psyched. I’ll pack. And the holidays will begin.

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Remnants

While I was out yesterday making my acquaintance with the gnarly windlass, Dee was out using her gardening skills. Boaters scan on the horizon. Space cadets focus (if at all) somewhere beyond that horizon. Photographers can’t decide what to focus on. Gardeners look down because that’s usually where the action is. An ordinary dirt road is not ordinary. Dead leaves are not just ordinary remnants of last summer and last fall. They are an opportunity.

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Gypsy Blue

It’s not what is there but what one sees that makes an image. ‘Tis true. ‘Tis true. On the other hand, it helps to have boat yard with some age on it right next door – all sorts of interestingly decrepit equipment. It’s not about the camera but about the photographer. ‘Tis true. ‘Tis true. On the other hand, it helps to have a special purpose lens that throws part of the image out of focus in an artsy tartsy fashion.

Our next door boat yard has one gnarly old dude of an abandoned windlass rusting away in the breeze just waiting for a gentle light day and for someone to come along with that artsy tartsy lens. All I have to do is to aim in the right direction to get what I consider a rather nice study in color and texture.

May all your colors and textures turn out so well.

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Winter Beauty

The cold is abating as predicted by a colleague from Wisconsin who winters over on Marco Island. “The good news is it will be warm again on Friday…up north it will be warm again in May.” If the weather is improving so should my attitude and so should images I select to send out.

Let’s go from the ridiculous – yesterday’s junked up and perhaps abused image from last summer – to the sublime beauty of a cold morning up in the Georgia mountains.

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Aint No Summertime

Not even a North Florida winter. All Fall we chased emerging fall color as we ambled down from Canada. It was fun seeing touches of early color whenever we hit new territory. After the cypress swamps of South Carolina we ran out of color opportunities. OK, good – no cold so far. We can leave all that really cold stuff behind. It’s Florida. Well, I am not pleased to announce it’s damn cold. If it weren’t for the high winds, the thermometer here on the docks would read below freezing in the morning. Oh, lucky us. High winds and still really cold stuff. Who’s the bozo who turned off the heat?

All this cold destroys memories of last summer’s delights. Kinda sorta like an old photo that should be treasured and handle with delicate care but turns out to be stuffed in a drawer with all sorts of stuff. What happened? It got abused there. We are getting abused here.

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The Love of Craft & Craftsmanship

At the end of the year we all will be inundated with retrospectives, all sorts of the best & worst of lists. We have always been charge ahead folks so, for me at least, the current charge ahead list turns out to be an opportunity to reflect & review.

Charge ahead and reflect occasion number one comes with playing with experimenting with new camera gear. You folks got a sneak preview of a set of artsy tartsy lenses with the One Last Kiss Post Card. Other images and results are not ready for prime time. Rule Number One for sharing images: only show one’s best. We aren’t there yet.

Charge ahead and reflect occasion number two comes as we go back to old images to reprocess them. By now everyone should know that we process and edit every image sent out. We learn new techniques form other photographers giving us an incentive to go back into our archives to work and rework images. The result of this endeavor is at the ready – a winter scene. it will come out when next we get walloped by real cold as in this coming Monday.

Charge ahead and reflect occasion number three comes with the photo spread and article on the Wooden Boat School commissioned by Soundings magazine. I get to talk to compatriots from our time up there and to go back through images from up there. Today’s Post Card is that of a long time devotee of the school working to replace a cleat for the school’s launch. Pete has been at the Wooden Boat school almost every for twenty years. My Post Card title aptly applies to him. Maybe he should write the article.

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