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Dusk, Blackwater Pond

Dusk, Blackwater Pond

Blackwater Pond in the Cape Cod National Seashore, seen here at dusk last October, is rendered using computer manipulation of the digital file.  There was a time, and I can define that time more precisely: before my vision was altered with the series of retina operations, when I would seldom use obvious manipulation on my photos.  Oh, I was frequently tempted, but never had a clear reason to do so. Now, a full year a... Read More »

Seeing Slices

Seeing Slices

I am sometimes baffled by what I see. I will slap my face looking at a scene and wonder why am I not seeing what I expect to see.  The Tupelo tree (Nyssa sylvatica) in my front yard commands attention when it comes into fall color, and I expect to be amazed every year.  I expect to see a blaze of color, a shimmering collection of leaves. I didn’t see it that way this year because my eyes do not work together as... Read More »

Dawn at the Cape

Dawn at the Cape

Sometimes the less said about the creative process, the better.  Sometimes I just want to do my work and move on. If you like this computer altered photo of dawn at the beach in North Truro during my recent trip to Cape Cod, I will be most pleased if you stop reading now. Here is a larger size to better appreciate the alteration. Thanks for stopping by.  The photo should be appreciated for what it is.  Explaining it ... Read More »

Tapestry Swirl

Tapestry Swirl

Drifting through Beth’s garden in the quiet still morning I was unsure whether I would take any pictures.  I just wanted some time to appreciate her marvelous Oregon garden so full of choice plants and foliage textures.  Before you take a decent picture you have to see it; and I am unsure of my vision these days. My eyes are not right.  The cataract surgery went smoothly enough but I am still left with the pronounced... Read More »

A Blur is a Blur

A Blur is a Blur

I don’t know where the blurriness of my left eye has led me.  Did I “see” these blurry water reflections, or did I just get lucky ? Standing by the edge of this pond in Mettawa, Illinois late in the afternoon of a long day of shooting, I felt an unwelcome wind pick up and ripple the fine reflections I anticipated shooting.  Day is done, no more garden photos now. But wait, I can still take photos.  ... Read More »

Maple Seeds

Maple Seeds

It is somehow appropriate that I add to Mental Seeds with a post about seeds themselves.  Seeds hold the promise of renewal and after months of insignificant distractions and artificial deadlines I need to re-invigorate. My left eye continues to be blurry, now with a cataract resulting from all the surgeries for the detached retina.  In July we will finally know what I will see.  Now I just need to push onward.   Not... Read More »

Madrone Berries

Madrone Berries

The vision in my left eye is still quite blurry.  Unless I really concentrate on what I am seeing, my right eye dominates and I simply have a hazy sense of looming weirdness.  And unless I stick my head up real close to something, color washes out. So to see these Madrone berries I stuck my head right into the branches and let my blurry vision take over.  If I let both eyes see, there is only a small area in focus an... Read More »

Grace in Tapestry

Grace in Tapestry

As I was poking around my garden last fall, adjusting to my vision and letting the new wonders reveal themselves to me, I decided to keep my big smokebush, Cotinus ‘Grace’. It is a monster of a shrub, every year growing way beyond its allotted space in my mixed border.  Until last November I had decided it must go.   But as I stumbled around looking for new juxtapositions and inspirations for my photograp... Read More »

Back To Work

Back To Work

  I first posted this picture to my Gardening Gone Wild post Depths of Perception 2 months ago as I began exploring my new vision after the vitrectomy.  At that time, despite the worries over my eye, I was giddy with new photos.  I couldn’t wait to get to work on those photos to really convey some sense of what I was seeing. I have documented my setbacks elsewhere and will continue to update my previous po... Read More »

Retinal Tears

Retinal Tears

Retinal tears and fears of darkness, What DO I actually see ? Lightning strike laser; pain visualized, (how odd this queasy flash). The wet drops from my eye splashes my glasses, remembering the first rain and sprinkling Cotinus Grace. Update on Detached Retina It has been three weeks since I posted to Mental Seeds.  Begun with such enthusiasm.  Begun with such energy to actually follow through on new images and pers... Read More »

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