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growing up

“What’s the hardest part about getting old?” the wolf cub asked. The dragon wrapped its long, scaly blue tail around the cub and lowered its massive head to rest upon its talons. It thought for some time, then breathed out a heavy sigh of white smoke from its nostrils. “Someday, little one, you’ll wake up […]

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The Red Mud

We recently spent two days at Douglas Headwaters Dam in Tennessee. I took several great photos, but the highlight of the visit was Walker getting to spend hours upon hours playing in the mud. Douglas Lake is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority flood control network. Nestled among the western fringes of the Great Smokey […]

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Captive Line

Along the same road where I photographed the power lines and spiderwebs, Walker pointed out a spot where a large limb (or small tree) has been cut down after growing around a line. The tree lay in a ditch, surrounded by poison ivy, so photographing it was a challenge. I ended up aligning the camera […]

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Dark Lines of Power

There’s nothing like a blank and white photo to really how off the shape and texture of a subject. Sure, color can be beautiful, but when you’re looking to really focus on shape, it’s black and white that forces you to really focus. And sometimes you take a color photo and the universe decrees that […]

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The Watery Orbs of Mars

Three weeks ago I left Maryland on a family vacation which would take us to West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I spent half an hour before we left Maryland wandering the street, taking photos of spider webs and trees weighed down by a heavy mist that verged on rain. That photo expedition is probably […]

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River Rock Rust Rainbow

Last weekend we took the kids into the woods to spend time with their great-grandparents and get away from technology for a little while. You can read more about that adventure over at In Such Times. While playing in the river, Walker found a rock which, when thrown in the way of eleven year olds […]

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dripping microvases

A few weeks ago, Alli’s mother requested that I try making some small vases which she could use for making small flower arrangements. Always happy to accept a pottery challenge, I sat down and threw a dozen little vases. For the most part, it went well. There were a few little vases that got all […]

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Shooting the Moon

The other night I stepped out to the dock to put away some paddles that the boys had forgotten in their enthusiasm to go to dinner with Walker’s dad… and thirty seconds later came running back into the house because I had to try and get a shot of the moon rising over the bay. […]

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month one

About a month ago I quit my job and decided to try and make a living entirely on the internet. Here’s a quick update on how that project is going. Stress: Mostly nonexistent.  Well, you know, other than the constant background radiation of COVID and Trump and the sort of anxieties about how to find […]

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coffee

I’ve been around coffee all my life. When I was a child, Christmas was not allowed to begin until my sister and I made a pot of coffee, poured cups of the steaming black liquid into heavy stoneware mugs, and delivered the drink to our groggy parents. My mother would send me into the Quick […]