Conversation with a Tree

I roamed the night looking for the fog.  I could only steal a glance as he whispered away whenever I reached out. The tree was rooted and though he had passed years before, he stood tall and embraced my reach.


This is a beautiful old tree that “progress” is gaining on.  I wanted to stop and catch it at least once before the inevitable bulldozer barrage.

I have a bit of editing to do on the roll but this is the first image for me to play with.

Have a beautiful day!


just a couple more shots:



The Amendments

(continuation of the Constitution project)

I am straight copy-pasting these.  I have already started reading through them but am not through yet.

Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion) 13

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The Constitution Project


I had always thought that I should read the Constitution.  Sure, I have read bits and pieces here and there and memorized sections for school tests, but I have never really sat down and paid attention.

The best way I could figure to motivate and hold myself accountable was to type it out.

I started typing it on Twitter and made it to Article II.  That is where this post picks up. Most of the rest of this is just an exercise in making sure I read something I took for granted.  I am not correcting every mistake I make while typing, because it does not really matter with this exercise, and it will also keep me from being tempted by copy/paste :).  My goal is to finish….

Article II

The executive Power shall be vested in a POTUS of America.  He shall hold his Office during the Term of 4 years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an office of Trust or Profit under the US, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for 2 Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and the number of Votes for each; which list they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the US, directed to the President of the Senate.  The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificated, and the Votes shall then be counted.  The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an Equal number of votes. the the HOR shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the list the said House shall in the Manner chuse the President.  But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by the States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from 2/3 of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice.  In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest number of votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President.  But if there should remain 2 or more who have equal votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by ballot the Vice President.

The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the day on which they shall give their Votes; which day shall be the same throughout the US.

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the US, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of 35yrs , and been 14yrs a Resident within the US.

In case of the Removal if the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the VP, and the Congress may by Law provide for the case of removal. Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and the VP, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a Continue reading

Bridge to Heaven

Bridge to Heaven

I have been playing with some photos from a recent trip to St. George Island off Florida’s panhandle.

May I present to you, the bridges to heaven and hell…


Her Now heavens bridge-publish



Her Now Hells bridge


PSA: Please be very careful about the time of year and where you are when using any white lights near the beach.  Baby turtles can get confused by artificial lights and lose their way.

Playing with Filters

I knew my schedule was taking me back near the bridge from the last post.  I wanted a crack at it with more filters and a tripod.  The neutral density filter that I used before came with 2 friends that I layered on top before loading the camera in my bag.  I did not have much time, because, well, I was still “working.”  I parked, grabbed by bag and my tripod and hustled back to the bridge.  

On the way out, it was apparent that a few storms had been by since my last visit.  The water was higher.  There was more debris.  It was a little creepier.

The photos all came out with a red tint. Maybe it is because I did pretty much pick the filters by size and price only.  Luckily, tint can be largely corrected with the magic of LIGHTROOM.  I was able to take longer exposures before light blew out the image.





the other side of the bridge


No tint correction


Where the Black Water Rolls

Where the Black Water Rolls

The first 2 views on the page were taken with a new toy I am playing with.  It is basically a low cost neutral density filter. I got the idea from Richard Bernabe.  He does some fantastic work and his blog has some great tips and information.

The insects were fussy today.  I just could not get them in focus.  The blue guy had 2 buddies but they were so fast I basically just popped it in sports mode and hoped automatic fire could catch them.



This is the song that kept coming to mind as I walked on the path surrounded by black water. Warning-Bluegrass sound.