Monthly Archives: August 2005

Gary Sharp photographing on the boardwalk

Gary shooting a field of ivyGary and I had a great walk around the boardwalk in White Memorial park. Unfortunately the only time we had free that day was in the middle of the day and it was hot. And, the wildlife was under cover so few birds and other animals. However, plenty of foliage and of course, the wild “photographer” was a good subject from time to time. Here he’s shooting a field of ivy. His shot turned out great, mine sucked so I’m posting one of his back instead.

Gary shooting swampNotice that Gary is using a tripod and yours truly left his at home. His pictures came out great, mine so so. Duh.

Gary photographing grassPhotographers will go to any length to get a good shot, braving tall grass and the wild animals that might be living in it.

Gary on the boardwalkAll in all we had a fun time. Yes, we were sweaty when we got home but it’s great fun to go out photographing with a friend, especially one as knowledgeable and generous and kind as Gary Sharp. I learned a huge amount just watching him work and of course, he had plenty of suggestions to help me make better pictures.

Photo walk after rain

Nasturtium leafJust took a walk around after a rainy morning. Shot about 80 pictures and only a few turned out. I love these nasturtium leaves and took 20 pictures of them. This highly cropped image is all I’ve got to show for that effort.

I never noticed this “love” clover before. I’ll have to press one into a valentine for next year.

Erin on the rock

Erin on the rockThis is my granddaughter Erin. We had a family “do” yesterday to welcome our friend Gary who’s visiting from Oregon. Erin has seen him each year since she was born and even though she sees him once a year she remembers him well.

We have a big rock in our backyard (anyone want it, free if you come get it) that Erin can now climb up on on her own. It gets her about four feet higher than she’d be otherwise and if you’re a little kid (4 years old) the difference in view is new and fun and addictive. She was up and down on and off this rock all day and Gary and I documented it well.

Here’s she’s feeling quite proud of herself being up there on her own.

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoesThis has not been a great year for tomatoes in our garden but we were able to pick enough for a nice salad tonight. Somehow it seems like a weird summer: rained a lot early on and now it’s dry as a bone and the stream is dryed up and the pond is low. It’s also getting cooler at night, a sure sign that summer is over and fall is on the way. Dang, I’m not even revved up for summer yet.

George W. Bush is the worst president, ever

We were driving to Boston yesterday and my wife saw a decal/bumper sticker that read:

George W. Bush is the worst President, ever

I have to say that I agree with this statement although I’m not a US history scholar. I can say that from my viewpoint he’s the worst president in my lifetime.

I googled that headline and found a very well written essay by Stephen Pizzo at AlterNet called: Bush: Worst President Ever?. I think Pizzo does a good job of cataloging not only most of Bush’s liabilities and he’s an excellent writer. The comment string is rather wild but read that only if you want a laugh.

Seriously folks, Bush is only part of the problem. The major part of the problem is that he was clearly elected for a second term by a slim but still a majority of Americans. That is the deeper problem. Bush represents a viewpoint that is not unpopular in this country and those of us who think he’s the worst president ever are a marginalized minority.