Friendship and Photography

Friendship and Photography

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”
― Irving Stone

Friendship is one of the most important things to me.  I am so fortunate to be married to my best friend, Randy!

Many of my friends have shared life’s ups and downs with me

A Special Place

A Special Place

“I believe that each person has a favorite place, a tree, a mountain, or a beach which they want to come back to, even if the return can only take place in the boundaries of their imagination.”
― Sana Szewczyk

I have several places that I return to again and again to photograph.  Roan Mountain is one of those very special places.  One of my favorite times to visit Roan Mountain is

Walking Through the Light

Walking Through the Light

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have spent a great deal of my time recently walking through the neighborhood with my camera.  Taking the same route each day helps me look more

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Spending time in the natural world has already given me a sense of peace.  The sounds, smells, and sights of the natural world

Leaf Litter

Leaf Litter

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
― Emily Bronte

So many times I feel the need to drive for hours to get to a perfect location for making photographs.  Saturday I took a look closer to home for fall images.

I went to a spot in Charlotte

Rocks of Michigan

Rocks of Michigan

“The whole world is, to me, very much “alive” – all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can’t look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life – the things going on – within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.”
― Ansel Adams

I have always been fascinated with the beauty of rocks.  This summer, I was delighted to find so many gorgeous, colorful rocks to photograph along the beaches

Michigan Through My Lens

Michigan Through My Lens

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
― Pablo Picasso

One of the things I love the most about summer is the gift of time.  Time allows me to slow down and get more in touch with

Petra

Petra

“Petra is one of the densest palimpsests of human history. Layer upon layer of archaeological remains provide evidence of a fascinating story that stretches back for thousands of years. It is a masterpiece of human achievement, an aesthetic and architectural marvel, and the source of a huge amount of inspiration since the 19th century.”

― Charles River Editors, Petra: The History of the Rose City, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

My first experience of Petra, at night, filled my head with wonder of what I would see when visiting during the day.  Since I only really saw the pathway, lit by luminaries, and the Treasury lit,

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

“The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.”
― Tom Hanks

After crossing the border from Israel into Jordan, my friend, Larry, his niece, Rebecca, and I went to the place where we would meet our guide for a three-hour tour of Wadi Rum.  Wadi Rum is

Exploring Markets and Found Art in Jerusalem

Exploring Markets and Found Art in Jerusalem

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
― Gustave Flaubert

In June, I was able to go on the trip of a lifetime to visit my lifelong friend, Larry.  Larry is currently living in Jerusalem, Israel.

Larry has been living and working in Jerusalem for more than three years now.  He has created his own business,