Memorial Day has special meaning to many. Here is the serious face of a small child with his hand over his heart. I could not resist the shot. As a photographer I sometimes exempt myself from the duties of a citizen, like hand over heart and standing at attention. Especially when I see patriotic training and forbearance has taken over and has been taught to our young people. These are the people of the future.
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There was a time this old boat was proud and glorious as it floated across the water carrying people with poles and oars. As you walk past it you can hear the laughing of the people who once enjoyed it. The quiet times it bobbed up and down with water lapping its side while fisherman waited with baited patience for something to jump their line.
Now it floats in a different way. Along side of a large pond as a beach decoration. No longer is it seaworthy, but still able to to produce enjoyment for onlookers. You can not walk past it with out noticing it. How strong it still is, how beautiful not just wood and remains, but glory and honor filled with pride of the long service it had to people wanting to do something, to go for a quiet ride on a foggy fall morning. It is not just an old boat but instead a view to the past and where we can go.
Taken from my apartment window when I lived in Franklin MA. Although the trees have a certain starkness, I felt a certain warmth as if I belonged to the forest I lived in. I used my Nikon 8008s for this shot. The lens was a a zoom set at 35mm. The scene only lasted a few weeks and then it was gone. Every morning when I got up I looked out that window and I paused to see what I was feeling and how things were going. Of al the places I have lived I believe I liked that one the best. Life there was very centered and relaxing. It was only a townhouse but a very large and elegant one. My bedroom had a wood burning stove in it for warmth. It was very cool, and if I was going to stay there I was going to convert it to a Harmon pellet stove like the one we used in another house. It is so clean and warm, much better than the oil or gas heaters around.
Taken with my Nikon 8008s in Hopkinton, MA. It is literally a road that goes nowhere which is very common in MA. I took about twelve photos this day but this was the one I liked the most. It reminds me of where I am in life and lets me understand that there is precious time to do the things I want to do. I worked for a very large company during this time and how fortunate I was to have many personal days to do just what I wanted. Of course, that was the whole purpose. I never minded going back to work. If I had stayed in MA. I would have worked for Bose forever. What a great company and what a great product.
Since I have been back to Illinois I have not found the same color in the trees. I think it is something in the air there.