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Another year – another winter’s day. We have been able to send out new year’s morning greetings with a new sunrise image from up in the Georgia mountains. This year the mountain morning image has already gone out and it was no sunrise. So, unable to continue a tradition, let’s get a start on the new year and get a start on goals for the year. Photography web sites are preaching ways to take stock and to set on a disciplined plan to improve. One suggests we think about what we are good at and to concentrate on developing that focus. Dee likes the more intimate scene, is good with them and so will follow this path. I am more contrarian. I want to work on weaknesses hence the image submitted. Need to get better at the complex image, the delicate image.

These trees (American Beech if I am correct) fit the bill. They add delicacy and color to upland deciduous forests as they seem not to want to release their leaves – and present quite a challenge. Our eye selectively focuses on the tree nicely tuning out all sorts of competing and distracting neighbors. The camera grabs it all, wanting to produce a busy mess. Maybe this roadside stand gave me the just enough clearance to work a scene for complexity and delicacy. Step one maybe.

In the meantime . . .

Happy New Year. May your wishes and plans and goals give you a good year.

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Euclid Over Georgia

It was a dark and stormy morning. Georgia got a touch of the mess that just swept up and across the country. Just wind and rain. And that had its advantages as we really haven’t been able to shoot the mountains with clouds from our hosts’ deck. Plenty of opportunities this year. And then the sun came out and I went off to shoot graffiti on bridge abutments. Just can’t seem to do what I am supposed to.

Ya gotta love the marketing geniuses at the Weather Channel who have decided to name winter storms. They will probably get away with it. Soon a big winter mess perhaps named Barnie will be as infamous as Andrew or Hugo or The Perfect Storm.

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