A brief moment by the lake before the cool breeze pushed back, then the moment was gone.  But, for that moment, an opportunity to commune with the Great Lake, to listen to the song of the waves, to be touched by the fingers of wind as they move through her hair.  How many more of these moments exist for her, for any of us?


What Does The Eye See?

Along the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon is an area of softer volcanic rock that has been worn away by the action of water and spinning rocks, creating potholes.  This is a common feature along many rivers, including the St. Croix on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border. The interplay of shape and light tricks the eye into imagining most anything…so what do you see?


Keep Walking…

Sup_Hike20“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.”

Demi Lovato


Retrospective: “A Disturbing Pattern”

A visit to the veteran’s cemetery at Ft. Snelling in August, 2008, which is in Bloomington, MN, inspired this manipulation.  I was attracted to the pattern and and at the same time, depressed by the seemingly endless rows of headstones.  As I studied the image later, it occurred to me that flipping the image and stacking it with the original gave a better impression of the number of graves that would otherwise be difficult to show with a single image.  I appreciate how the image gives the impression the rows of headstones seem to go to on into infinity.


Canon EOS D60, ISO 200, 28mm, f/9.5, 1/180 sec, Manipulated in Adobe Photoshop

Things On The Beach, Pt. 2: A Closer Examination

My time at home in Duluth is drawing to a close and I took time to walk the beach on Park Point on a pleasant, late August day.  The last time I was walking on a beach, it was on Stockton Island which is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  On that walk, my focus was the large driftwood pieces lining the shore.  On this walk I chose to take a closer look at the smaller things that wash ashore.  Lining the beach is a combination of human-made, human-altered and natural debris.  It’s hard to know how much of the human debris ends up on the beach intentionally and how much is inadvertent, but it wouldn’t be hard to fill a trash bag on every walk with little bits of mostly plastic trash.  It also highlights the growing problem of plastic microbeads in the Great lakes, more on that here.  I realize that when we go for a walk, we want to be able to enjoy the time and the environment as we are walking and would rather not be distracted by trash along the way, so perhaps carrying a small trash bag and making a point of picking up a bit of human-made trash would go a long way in making future walks a bit more pleasant.