Sunday, May 30, 2010

Don't Forget to Remember

Don't Forget

Freedom means more than a three-day weekend.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Over the Moon



Michigan Sun Dog


I love the little things.

And I love being around other people that love the little things. More and more folks are less and less impressed by the little things. They rarely give them a second thought. Or so it seems to me...

I thank God every day for giving me a childlike sense of wonder.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

She loves me, She loves me not...


When I originally posted this image, I posted it as "Untitled". I know - total cop out. I was about to leave town on assignment and wanted to get something posted before I hit the road. My mind was blank. I was tired and brain dead.

The next day, my friend Hindsfeet commented that it could be called, "He loves me, he loves me not..." What a brilliant idea. With her permission, I retitled this post, with a little tweek. I changed the "He" to "She".

Thanks, H. It couldn't be more perfect.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Morning with Farmer Murphy


I had the good fortune of photographing Farmer Murphy's magnificent barn two winters ago. The resulting photo has been one of my personal favorites.

In February, I gave Farmer Murphy a framed print. I could tell that he was pleased and proud that I recognized the beauty of his landmark. I asked him if I could photograph his barn a second time.....and this time I requested that he be in the photo. He agreed to it.

We finally got together yesterday. When I arrived, he greeted me with a firm handshake and I addressed him as "Mr. Murphy". He asked me to please call him, Dean. I agreed, but found out that "Dean" would not come out of my mouth. The only thing that would come out was "Mr. Murphy", or "Sir".

We walked and talked for about an hour before I ever took my camera out. We talked about life, farming and barns. And we talked about the likelihood that wooden barns will be gone in a few decades. In fact, Farmer Murphy is faced with a tough decision. He's torn between putting more money into the barn for necessary repairs or demolishing it. To maintain an old structure like this is very difficult and costly.

Times are tough for farmers. The need to buy seed, fertilizer, feed and to put food on his dinner table may soon outstrip Farmer Murphy's ability to keep the dream alive. Consequently, the days for his wooden barn or any wooden barn may be numbered. It's sad, but true.

Thank you, Farmer Murphy, for making my day yesterday. I've been so looking forward to spending time with you. In fact, I've been looking forward to it since that 9-degree January morning more than two years ago ... when you gave me permission to walk on your land and photograph your majestic landmark -- an American icon for hard work, a simpler time and a hard-wired connection to God's green earth.

May God bless you, Farmer Murphy .... and your difficult decision to come.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Outtakes #3


The Big Bang

Soooo...I was doing a little Four Generation thing in the studio for some dear friends, when the little guy decided to "turn one loose". I guess you could say we had a blast.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Outtakes #2


This photo was a total screw up on my part. I accidentally snapped the photo when the lens wasn't focused. Normally, I would have deleted this without a second thought. I was about to hit the delete button when I stopped cold. There was something about this image that I found intriguing. For me, sometimes it's what you CAN'T see that makes a photograph compelling. It leaves our minds free to wander.....


Monday, May 10, 2010

Outtakes #1


Sometimes my favorite photos are the ones that never make the cut. I suppose few people would ever opt for this shot, but I liked it instantly. (You know me: Road-Less-Traveled-Guy.)

It's real and it's honest.

How many times do we need to see the canned "say cheese" smile? Don't we have that one covered by now? I like how this picture tells a story. In this case, the "picture may be worth a thousand words" -- and I guess the 1000 words are mostly about evil Mr. Dan.

Can ya blame him?

He warmed up, however, and we had a grand time. What a cutie.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cotton Balls



Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday


It's a big week for Luci and Waldo. They celebrated their first year on May 5. They each received a rawhide bone about the size of a baseball bat. At 93 pounds, Waldo handled his like it was a toothpick.

On Saturday they graduate from obedience class.... or as I like to call it -- charm school. And I think they look pretty charming.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Smoke Signals


I needed some inspiration tonight. I knew it had been a couple days since I posted a photo and I was feeling uninspired. It's easy for me to go back in time and post an image of something I shot days, months or years ago, but that's an unfulfilling option for me. For me, it's about today...tonight...right now.

I walked out into the yard a couple hours ago and instantly knew something special was happening. I put a camera over each shoulder and headed out into the wheat field to what I call "The Tree of Life" .....about 200 yards from my back door. This is what I saw.

I'm sending some of God's smoke signals from me to you.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Face in the Garden


We're being watched...