Near the top of the second-to-last flight of stairs in the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri...
Just Enough -- Fort Collins, Colorado"For now, I don't need to know what lies ahead. For now it's enough just to be here."
-- Heather Vogel Frederick
Light can be magic. But it is almost always brief and fleeting. When I find myself in a moment of incredible light I often find myself wishing for the perfect scene and the perfect subject to go with it, and almost always wishing that I was better prepared. But sometimes, all you have is a few seconds and a leaf. And sometimes, just sometimes, that's enough.
Fort Collins, Colorado “Questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel." -- Richard Bach
This is a closeup shot of the tiny dew droplets on an aspen leaf in autumn, taken in my backyard.
Sunset at Third Beach, LaPush Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula...
A juvenile praying mantis keeps a close eye (note the tiny black dot in the rear of his left eye "capsule" - that's his eye) on the photographer, as he poses on a blade of grass...
I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Mr. Rico Suave here is much too handsome to eat in my opinion, but on the other hand he also sorta looks like he comes from a super intelligent (or at least super devious) race of imperious alien overlords. ;-) Regardless, I hope you enjoy your day however it comes! Cheers.
"He ne'er is crowned with immortality who fears to follow where airy voices lead."
-- John Keats
Wandering far off the path in the deep forest of coastal Washington, I spied this lone little mushroom from some distance, glowing in the forest gloom.
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”― Rabindranath Tagore
"An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic epiphany."
-- Nick Cave
The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“Nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create."
-- Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Sunset Sentinel -- A lone woodpecker perches atop a saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert...
A closeup shot of a large sycamore leaf lying in a sandy creek bed in southern Illinois...
Looking down on the deck of a utility barge from the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri...
Fort Collins, Colorado
"If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire."-- Charles Bukowski, Factotum
I Am Whatever You Make Me -- St. Louis, Missouri
"I am whatever you make me, nothing more. I am your belief in yourself, your dream of what a people may become.... I am the clutch of an idea, and the reasoned purpose of resolution. I am no more than you believe me to be and I am all that you believe I can be. I am whatever you make me, nothing more."
-- Franklin Knight Lane
This was taken in the rotunda of the old St. Louis Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Happy Flag Day! :-)
A Song That Only Some Can Hear
Beauregard The Backyard Birdseed Bandit -- Fort Collins, Colorado
This wily fellow can usually figure out how to get some birdseed no matter how cleverly I protect it for the birds. I have three different types of "squirrel proof" bird feeders, all of which Beauregard has learned to overcome (albeit with some pretty sophisticated gymnastics in some cases). He also gnawed his way through the plastic (thick, hard plastic!) bin where I store the birdseed. In the end, I resigned myself to simply buying extra bird seed and putting some out for Beauregard and company. Except, of course, when I'm in the mood to see some more squirrel antics.