WHERE MY CAMERA TAKES ME IV

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It has become harder to come up with a topic.  (Hey, I’ve done over 200; gimme a break!)

It also seems harder to find fresh images.  (Hey, I have about 46,000 in my off-line galleries and 3500* on-line.)

Yes, they may be fewer and farther between but there are still scenes that say to my camera, “Please take me home.”  I promise you something really different for later.  Meanwhile, here’s one I’ve admired over the years and finally brought home, The Girl on White Street.

 

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She lives on White Street across from the Robin’s Nest in Mt. Holly, and enjoys the sun and her flower box in all seasons.  I’m always happy to see her.

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NOW FOR SOMETHING NOT AT ALL DIFFERENT…

My friend, Barbara, and our friends, Bob and Nancy D. like to have a golf pro tune them up once a year.  This year’s choice was Shawnee on the Delaware, a beautiful course mostly on an island within the 1909 resort.  I’m not a golfer so I chose to wander around another old stamping ground: the Delaware River National Recreation area which includes Shawnee and runs on up to above Milford.

I photographed the area in 2008 and in 2014 (click here for that post).  Although it’s a beautiful area it’s hard to find a new way to photograph old friends. For this post my camera asked to do some video of Dingmans Falls.  Though it’s akin to watching grass grow here’s twelve seconds of it.

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NEXT:  HOW OLD PEOPLE AMUSE THEMSELVES

Those who have visited this journal will recall how my morning routine begins with coffee and music in my sun room.  My bird feeder is not in view from the sun room so I wondered if I could lure some of the birds into view.  I tossed a half cup of bird food on the deck table and sat down inside with coffee and camera.  The breakfast buffet yielded a number of fun shots.  This cardinal seems to be skeptical of the free lunch but he eventually enjoyed it.

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NO, MY AUTO-FOCUS WASN’T BROKEN.

April Showers.  When they paused the sun came out quickly and I was pulled from my town house by the sparkling.  I was pleased with this shot.  I like the purples and greens and the fact that the de-focused raindrops became milky glass marbles.  This previously appeared on Facebook but not everyone gets to see those images.

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AND OTHERWISE FROM THE WANDERING AND WONDERING CAMERA…

Here’s a friend from Sanibel last winter.  There are plenty of pelican images around but I thought this self-scratcher was different.  In their off-guard moments they’re human after all.

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This from a Chanticleer visit this spring.

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This next image was also seen on Facebook this spring but, again, not everyone gets to see those offerings.  For out-of-towners it’s the roof of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other great performances.  The architecture has called to me for years and a few colleagues have captured it well, notably as here by Denise Bush several years ago.  During  a concert intermission recently I looked up and saw what I wanted, particularly under an overcast sky.

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AND NOW FOR A RIGHT-BRAIN EPISODE

My right brain woke early one morning and for some who-knows reason got to wondering what I could do with overlaying some of my images.  I’m not getting as much satisfaction from my landscape work, and I’ve been trying to see things differently so maybe this would be productive.  A colleague, Doreen R., has done a lot of such creative work with software tools; she calls it “playing around.”  And so…….

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This is a software blend of two of my place mat images.  The goldfish were photographed in a tank at Petsmart.  The turbulence was captured during a workshop with Jeff Lovinger; it was a tidal stream near Provincetown.  It won’t appeal to all nor will it make it as a Christmas card but I was very pleased with the result.  Click here for a full screen view.

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* Erratum:  My original post said that I had over 16,000 images in my on-line galleries, and that’s incorrect.  There are some 3500 images in the public galleries which have enjoyed over 16000 views.  My off-line storage contains over 46,000 images.

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ANTIQUES AND A VALENTINE’S DAY TRAIN – 02/14/10

First, my Valentine’s Day Card(inal).

I drove up to Lambertville for a nice lunch and to browse the antiques shops.  I didn’t buy anything but I did find some fine engravings by Axel Haig which made me appreciate mine a little more.  It was a gift from a childhood friend whose father had acquired it while studying architecture in Paris.  ( Haig had been an architectural draftsman as well as an artist.)  It’s a scene of a gothic cathedral interior, signed and dated 1895.  Unfortunately it got  torn and, so, hangs only in my basement.  I’ve always liked it.

In crossing the bridge to New Hope I spotted this colorful holiday arrangement in the window box of the bridge tender’s office.

I then headed up Bridge Street in New Hope and crossed this snowy set of rails. 

I was able to park right there and as I got out to photograph the tracks, wow!…came the body-vibrating blare of a diesel locomotive’s horn.  What joy for a train enthusiast.   Here came the New Hope and Ivyland train returning from an excursion trip through the Bucks County Farmland.  Lucky Ducks!