At Rest

The countryside was quiet as I went out with Max for his evening walk.

There was no wind.
None.
The moon and stars shone. Silently.
There was no droning traffic on the highway.
One jet made a roar that it seemed to be coming from years past. Then it was gone.
No tree frogs.
No birds.
No barking dogs.
No crickets.
A couple of gnats circled and banged into my flashlight.
I turned it off.
They disappeared.
The only sounds were my feet stroking through the grass,
and Max almost inaudibly sniffing the ground where a squirrel or rabbit had passed.
It seemed that the whole world was at peace for the moment.
It was not a creepy, deathly silence.
It was this little patch of earth, resting.

 

 

Steaming Snow – 52° on January 11

We’ve had a warm-up in Central Indiana in the middle of our cold, snowy winter. Much of the snow is already gone. But as I looked South from my home this morning, I saw steam billowing up from the snow that remains in the shade of the nearby woods. It seems to be rolling quite high – 50-60 feet high is my estimate. I believe the tallest trees in the woods in the background are about 100 feet. The weather report for today predicts a high of 59°. Won’t be much snow left tomorrow.

Have you seen anything like this in your region this morning?

steaming snow

Steaming Snow in Indiana

BONUS photo:

It was sprinkling lightly this morning. The obvious threat of more rain made me wrap up my little photo adventure. This photo documents the water level in the farm ditch as high as I’ve ever seen it in the 10+ years we’ve lived in our current home.

farm ditch at high level

Farm Ditch at High Level

Orange Beach 2012 – Gallery 1

Here’s a gallery of recent photos from an Orange Beach/Gulf Shores AL trip. This gallery includes higher-quality pics than the previous post.

Along with shots from the beach and from our condo, we also took a short hike on a paved trail in Gulf State Park.

There will be more photos coming soon. I hope you enjoy these. I especially like the last photo of the night fishermen.

Orange Beach Pics October 2012 (Preview)

Forgive the quick  post – wanted to show a couple of nice sunset shots from my phone. I’ll post some shots from my camera soon. Enjoy!

Work as a Photographer Can Be Rough #sarcasm

Black Swallowtail on Flower

Click the photo for a larger view.

Now and then, while shooting Real Estate photography in Indiana, I get to capture a simple, beautiful scene like this one. It’s my version of stopping to smell the roses.

Wet Webs Gallery

On Sept. 4,2012, the area was enveloped in thick fog throughout the morning hours. The dense humidity clung to every spider’s web on our property, turning it into a Halloween-esque fantasy world for my camera. Some of the webs withstood the weight of the water, and others did not, as you will see.

(Note: The first image, #0727, shows a single strand of web that stretched between two trees that stand about 60 feet apart.)

How To Keep Up On Your Blogging

Helicopter Keeping Up with Boat Race

Can You Keep Up?

A common blog article topic usually comes forth on the InterTubes as “What to Write About When You Don’t Know What to Write About.,” or “How to Overcome Bloggers Block.” The most common suggestion I have seen is to keep a file or folder of ideas for future articles. When inspiration comes, write down as many topics or specific ideas as you can. Then, you’ll have numerous ideas for future dry spells.

You should definitely do that.

But to boost your output even more, I’m going to take a different angle on that idea today. This particular strategy takes some work, but the payoff is double, compared to the “idea bank.” Continue reading