Distraction + Abstraction = Fascination

The more (and closer) you look, the shinier it gets.

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By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. —Christopher Columbus

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STUDGATE

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Sorry, no scandal here—not yet, anyway—merely the well-worn tailgate of a Studebaker pickup, found at a garden nursery where it enjoys a second life as Found Art.

For flat objects like this, orienting the camera to guarantee sharp details across-the-board is fairly straightforward… when you focus carefully. Most subjects aren’t flat, of course, and present different choices. This time of year, flowers are my favorites; their abstract, whimsical qualities invite selective focus, as these roses did yesterday evening.

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You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. —Mark Twain

 

Glimpses

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Surrounded as we are by forest, wildlife, birds, and flowers, it’s our good fortune to witness many fleeting moments throughout the year, every year, each offering the spice of difference that makes it new again.

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Catching the right fleeting moment, with the right focus, is a very difficult thing to do. —Ren Ng

Complementary Colors

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At the edge of Goldfield, Nevada, the International Car Forest of the Last Church is an eclectic canvas for cars and colors.

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Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.
—Bill Watterson

Long Term Parking — Next Right

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Being on Twitter is like having a fern. —Steve Martin

Local Color

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Local can be any place if you have colors for companions. These are from Tulelake, California, taken during my recent trip to the Southwest.

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I prefer living in color. —David Hockney

 

Earth Light

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There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
—Charles Dickens
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. —Theodore Roethke