Pictures, Picture Collections and Stories

Practicing True Love

Practicing True Love : a 3 day mindfulness retreat at Claymont CourtDownload the pdf file for a pleasant viewing on your electronic device or send me an email to request prints. 

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Grandmother Oak

Click on image to view larger.. the way it should be viewedI'm back from a long silence on this website with renewed energy.  This image is of a very old and large oak tree at Claymont Retreat center outside of Charlestown, WV where Karen and I have been...

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Stuck

Click on image to view larger.. the way it should be viewedI'm stuck.  I can't seem to get things in line to write or to put pictures together to say something.  However, I do know that the longer I'm stuck the closer I am to getting un-stuck.  It may be I...

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May 2019

I've selected images I've made in May of 2019 so you can download and view in a PDF format.  All these are available in print.

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Caught

Click on image to view larger.. the way it should be viewed The weather had turned cool and windy.  I was falling. By the time I thought I could not fall further, I was caught by something I had never felt before.  How to get this Print:Send me an email...

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We’re all dry seeds, waitin for the rain…

Click on image to view larger.. the way it should be viewedSee below how to get this print.I was listening to music in the car this week when I heard the words - "We're all dry seeds, waitin for the rain". ( Bill Miller - Waiting for the Rain) I wasn't...

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Taking My Time..

Floating in Water and TimeClick on Image to see LargerAvailable in Platinum/Palladium as well as pigment on paper printsLast summer I did a series of photo shoots based on a loose notion of "floating".  I had about eight to 10 different subjects agree to...

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Not Knowing

Click on the image to see it largerThis Image is available now in print"Not knowing means entering a situation with openness and listening deeply. You don’t arrive with the idea that you’re going to fix something."-Bernie GlassmanI've been aware of "not...

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April 2019

I've selected images I've made in April 2019 so you can download and view in a PDF format.  All these are available in print.

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Where is Michael?

Click on the image to see it largerThe maple tree sits between Kwan-Yin and the Buddha.  What is this maple?  What is it made of?  Where did it come from?The maple tree is made of non-maple tree elements.  If you look closely you can see the water and...

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Back to the Present

Lake Ontario in NovemberClick on image to make largerSometimes I need to quiet my mind.  Stop the non-stop thinking.  When things are worried and hurried, an image like this can be a wake up bell to come back to the present moment and breathe.  If you...

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“That’s Never Happened Before”

Click on image to make it nicer and larger! Another study of Impermanence:I have been sitting with this statement for a couple of weeks now.  It started off as words spoken by an elderly lady's family member.  I've heard it many times before.  "That's...

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Textures

I'm continuously amazed at the lessons available in the natural realm as well as the human realm. (they are one.. of course!)  What might look and feel rough and uninhabitable is at the same time soft and full of life.   Our hearts can be like this tree...

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“Our” House?

We are leaving home for a handful of days and this morning I wanted to get a picture of the cherry tree in blossom.  I do this every year now for the 15 years we have been living here.  I thought about the maple trees and the camellias and all the other...

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Attachments

Much suffering is caused by attachments to “permanence”.  We don’t want things to change. We like things the way they are.  The new car is wonderful. We don’t want to grow old. When we attach to permanence we ignore the true nature of all things.Looking at...

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Life and Death at the Edges of a Salt Marsh

This is the title for a boxed set of fine art prints I'm giving to the Eastern Shore Literacy Council for auction at a yearly event.  They host a spelling bee yearly for perhaps the last 10 years.  Teams of two are selected and win bragging rights only. ...

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Images Made in March 2019

I've selected images I've made in March so you can download and view in a PDF format.  All these are available in print.

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Breathing Underwater

This picture was made 5 years ago.  The tree fell into the James River at Chippokes State Park.  I'm reminded of a poem I've attached to other pictures involving water and I'll share it here:BREATHING UNDER WATERI built my house by the sea.Not on the...

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Personification

Making images is an everyday affair for me.  For every image I post or display there are hundreds of others that exist only on an external hard drive.  Many are made only as an exercise and have no expectations or future attached at the time of...

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Tangle

When I first looked at this image I made and processed it and posted it on Flickr I titled it "Tangle".  Thoughts now drift around and I think of a tangle of hair that is brushed out by a mother while her child fights back and grimaces all the while trying...

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The Chief

About a year ago I went to see an aged man who had just left the hospital and had arrived at a rehabilitation center for more treatments and physical therapy.  His son was with him and had brought some personal items from home to make his room look and...

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Death Cafe

Karen and I made an overnight trip to Annapolis and among other things attended our first "Death Cafe".  Yes.. this is a thing.  They are happening all over the country.  Hearing the title for the first time might evoke any number of thoughts and cause...

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Death and Dying

Along the edges of the marsh there is an abundance of life and death.  Standing back and looking at the big picture, the dead trees are surrounded by the living.  Getting in closer and closer one sees there is much life in the decaying wood.  Closer yet,...

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End of a Week

Sunday is the last day of the week according to my schedule which has Monday as the first workday of the new week.  It is a good point to measure days.  I was outside doing yard work on this damp cold day.  I managed to pick up sticks and rake leaves. ...

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Froglessness

Last night in our local mindfulness meditation group a poem was read.  It was written by Thich Nhat Hanh.  I respectfully copy and paste this from the Plum Village website:FroglessnessThe first fruition of the practiceis the attainment of froglessness.When...

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What Am I Doing?

There is no one answer to this question:  What am I doing?  At one level, I"m typing!  I'm communicating.  I'm exploring consciousness.  For anyone who knows me you might be asking, "what are you doing with this website"?  Again, there are many answers.I'm...

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Down Close

I wasn't feeling 100% today but I knew I had to get outside.  The sun was shining and the air was cool and clean.  I mustered up some energy and went out to do some yard work.  I also got some work done on getting my canoe ready for exploring the marshes...

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Natures Wood Carving

I've been walking about a 3 mile circuit 3 times a week at a local Nature Conservancy area named Brownsville.  On my walks I'm collecting pictures.  Photographic assets.  Each time out I seek out what I know as well as new places.  I go back over and over...

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Images from Jan 2019

Here is a collection of images I made during January 2019.  While this is not a cohesive set of images, they are tied together by a month in the year 2019.

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On 13

On the Eastern Shore of Virginia the main road is Highway 13.  Many passing through never leave it.  There is a well known book written by a now deceased local author, Kirk Mariner, titled "Off 13".  In the book are descriptions and stories of places that...

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Stumpy Lake

In Chesapeake, Virginia there is a small park next to a golf course of the same name I believe called Stumpy Lake.  It is a visual treasure trove for image hunters like myself.  Here are a few images taken on a cold muddy walk in January.

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Doors

I read something Thich Nhat Hanh wrote about his memories as a novice monk:"One day, when I was a novice monk, my teacher asked me to do something for him. I was very excited to do it for him, because I loved my teacher very much. So I rushed out to do it....

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American Dreams

It was stimulated by a book I read about the photographic history of America and how it was presented in two very different ways. There was the Life and Look magazine track that was staged and carefully selected to present the best to the world and then...

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