Mental Seeds

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

A recent assignment took me to a very special magnolia in a very special, private garden.  The resulting photo was to be a surprise gift, and I was only allowed access during one afternoon when the owner was away. I previously wrote about this adventure on Gardening...

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...

Rosa ‘Apple Blossom’

It took 4 months to grow this picture; a single second in the garden to "see" it; and 8 hours of computer work to clean it up. The one second part is easy to explain.  Last Saturday was a garden day and when I walked...

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...

M’Eyes and The Goldfinch

"Between 'reality' on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there's a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is a space...

This Can't Be Happening

  Here's the deck behind my house, sideways and blurry. The very day I went to see the eye doctor, I shot a video of the deck after talking with an editor at Taunton Books about future projects.  I used the video feature of my G11...

Seeing ‘Roger’s Red’

Some days, simply venturing out with the camera is truly a tonic.  With full intent to go capture some photo or another, I escape the office, get out of doors, needing, indeed craving for photos to wash over me, allow me to click a...

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,...

M'Eyes

I have a very unusual optic nerve – my left.  I have often, rather flippantly, credited my career choice as a photographer to my optic nerve coloboma.  It has never been more than a fascinating curiosity to optometrists; until now, after the detached retina...

Tupelo Impressions, After the Fall

I have missed two entire months.  For the record, I fell off a ladder onto my studio floor on Aug. 30.  Six broken ribs, separated shoulder, fractured skull, and concussion.  Life can change in an instant. Much recovered by now except a residual paralyzed facial...