That Green Lever is the Well in Winter

To end 2017 with self-improvement in mind, I decided to complete a free ten-day course with WordPress.  I have got a little better as a photography owing to the exercises I’ve done for the course, called “Developing Your Eye.”  I am a week late finishing it, but today I am doing the ninth day.


I was asked to select a color for today’s photo, one color, and show it in a photo, perhaps to create mystery about what the photo shows.  For example, a brightly-painted door in a citadel could raise the question of what is beyond the door.


I looked around a little, but it wasn’t too hard to turn the theme of the exercise into a photo, and what I did was shoot the pump of the water well at the cemetery where I work.  It is winter time here, but the point is that the pump is the color green, in a white setting (snowbound).  The question for someone seeing the photo might be, for example, who draws water in summer?

Water pump in winter

I am comfortable taking photos at the cemetery, and that lent to the confidence I had to take this picture.


The color green reminds me of a corporate décor, but in this case, the green merely points to the aesthetic of a well-kept cemetery.  It is behind the church which is at the front of the property.  Nothing about the exterior of the church is painted green.


I have been glad for the change of pace doing the course, even with the procrastination that challenged me when the holidays were here and taking up my time.  The winter weather has been extreme, as well.  Thank you for visiting my blog.


The Treasure that Reminds Me to Laugh

In personal ads, it’s not surprising to someone advertising GSOH–a good sense of humor. I see TV ads promoting services like eHarmony or Match.com. I know from the pace of those kinds of services that a gentleman needs to represent that he is a good guy in order to attract a mate.

To start the New Year with something new on the horizon, I have been doing a free ten-day course from WordPress called Developing Your Eye–I am a week late, but mostly on schedule. Today I’m doing the exercise for the eighth day of the course.

The theme of today’s photo is “treasure.” I reflected on this and realized I could take a photo both literal and figurative. I photographed a clown ornament at which I regularly gaze. The clown was given to me by a dear friend, and it both reminds me of friendship and to remember the humor in life. I admit I am not a keen fan of comedy nor see much mirth in day-to-day life, but some days the best times I have are when I again find a reason to laugh.

Clown ornament

The clown is playing the “world’s smallest violin,” that joke, and I think of that from my father’s perspective. As to make your bed and lie in it.

I realize the clown is a touch creepy, I suppose, but reflecting on “treasure” I think the ability to laugh is dear and also that if I have tried anything at an evocative decor the clown in the photo is among what I cherish most.

I’m not a funny individual, and I can’t put the abbreviation in GSOH across the Internet or in the newspaper.

Remember that the personals can sink you.


Doggedly Capturing Developing Your Eye Themes To Ring in the New Year

Happy New Year!  It is the beginning of 2018, of course.


To better myself a tad, I am doing a free ten-day photography course from WordPress, and while I am a week late, the timing isn’t too bad because I am literally ringing in the New Year with exercises in photography that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought to do.


Today’s exercise is to take a photo of something big.


To illustrate the theme, I thought of some symbolism.  You see, I went to the park, where there is a library, aquatic center, and playground.  You can see a Canadian flag flying as well.  The nation of Canada is, of course, massive, and that is one component of the symbolism of the photo.


A “big” park on New Year’s Day
  • The aquatic center is comprised of what is probably an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is a big space for water.


  • To a child, the playground in the park is “big,” for the reason that a child is small.  It cannot be reasoned the same with adult eyes, but I feel it helps symbolize bigness all the same.


  • Last but not least, the volumes of knowledge inside the library represent a massive amount of information, which I feel represents the idea of big.  In fact, as today is New Year’s Day, and folks are beginning the start of a resolution (or more), one suggestion you may wish to try is to resolve to read more in 2018.  If you aren’t a regular reader all ready, I would ask if you feel you waste time on social media.


This is not to say that social media isn’t a lot of fun; it is.


It is just that if you find you are wasting time with social media, you may wish to resolve for 2018 to trade the time spent on social media for time spent reading.  Whether to try something like that is up to you.


Once again, happy new year.  I am glad I am able to share it.  Have a bountiful 2018!


Solitude I Can Justify

Not to be idle, and also to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018, I am doing the free WordPress course, ten days long, called Developing Your Eye, to help me get a little better as a photographer. Honestly, I am a week late, but there has been holiday fun, the intense winter weather, and other reasons to procrastinate.

To complete the exercise for Day Six of the course, I took to the idea of solitude. How I thought to illustrate solitude is to show the vantage point of a walking trail up the street from where I live, between an elementary school where some of my education took place when I was little, and a gospel chapel on the other side of the trail.

A gospel chapel the last day of the year

While I don’t attend the chapel, this point of origin symbolizes for me the distance between my home now, to the road to where my parents live, and where I spent my teenage years and most of my twenties. Down the street I live alone. The solitude is having left where I resided in my younger years.

On the path beside the gospel chapel

In 1978 DC Comics gave us the big screen adaptation of the Superman comic starring the late Christopher Reeves–I realize the film belongs to a generation older than mine. Superman, reflecting on his power, travels north to his Fortress of Solitude to find answers about his fate and his obligation as a hero.

The silver screen images of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude became so iconic that even in the present Henry Cavill version of the Superman saga the recreated Fortress of Solitude in his films strongly resembles the design of the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve. The nineteen seventies Fortress of Solitude has been translated to the current Superman films with a similar design that remembers Superman on film in the seventies and eighties.

Why does the caped superhero require solitude? Solitude can permit a person to approach life with his own direction, unimpeded by the feedback of others.

The town here is small but it is a city–it is never that lonesome. There is contact with people each and every day.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t cultivate an attitude of preserving solitude, and I imagine it shows in the style of the blog I write and in the appearance of the photos I take. I imagine many humans likewise treasure their solitude, particularly in that as adults there are so many demands and requirements for living in a Western culture that we have little choice but to conform.

When there is an opportunity for solitude, in contrast to what we are tasked with doing in the course of day-to-day work, solitude becomes extremely valuable, at least in small measures. In other words, silence is golden.

I realize it is ironic I am writing that when blogging can be seen as a search for a community (and WordPress is an inclusive community). Blogging is a given in this day and age–if you have even a basic amount of computer literacy, it is not surprising if you are blogging.

If you are doing business, and you personally have some computer literacy or otherwise a member of your team is computer-literate, you should have a blog. Even as I assert my blog is not making me money, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to pursue it. I suppose I am trying to have my cake and eat it, too, but I have the solitude that I think makes me truer and I am likewise active at participating in the Internet, which is millions and millions of others.

I don’t think foregoing solitude is the answer, but I respect those people for whom blogging is not just satisfying as an opportunity to make discoveries, but who profit financially by being business-savvy with the blogging that they do.

You can find my church at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited


Narrowing Down How People Interrelate

To improve my photography, I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress, Developing Your Eye.  Although I am an entire week late, I am proceeding much more closely to schedule now and today’s theme for a photography exercise is the idea of “connection,” however it’s interpreted.


Millions and millions of people have connected to the Internet.  It is incredible to think how much goes on that so many styles of content are unique to specific demographics and outside the range of what you are yourself encountering when you use the Internet.  You may even find yourself extolled to forego these channels of communication and return to the physical realm of real interpersonal networking and socializing.


One example of connection is what happens in a coffee shop, clearly.  So many creative types find themselves drawn to coffee shops for the conversation, but they appeal to many, many others regardless of the propensity to show up as creatives or not.  In some coffee shops you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, as well, so if you are not there to read materials like books or newspapers, or to take advantage of the opportunity to eavesdrop, you could be there for the purpose of availing yourself of the Internet in a public atmosphere as well.


I took a photo of a coffee shop from the vantage point of just outside the drive-through lane, where you can see people getting their wares to go while inside the restaurant is very busy and active.  I hope you like it.


Coffee shop on a wintery Saturday

I took a second photo, as well, because while a public spot like a coffee shop is a tangible meeting place to “connect,” I don’t want to overlook the fact that in the same plaza where I took the first photo there is a camera shop, which I couldn’t resist photographing given that I am participating in a photography course.  I am sure they sell high-end cameras in there, although I have never traversed the premises except to walk by.  You can see, though, the highlights of their gear on the sign hanging above it, and that idea reinforces what is often the end result of connections forged:  the image captured.


Camera store sign

Particularly when smartphone images go straight to social media, when a noteworthy moment has occurred, it goes almost without saying that these are the tools of the Internet, and I wanted myself to quickly capture the photo and return to blogging.


The first five days of the exercise were delayed mid-course by the arrival of Christmas and by the extreme winter conditions, as well as my general procrastination trying to think how best to tackle the course.  The course is written for beginner-level photographers, and I am a beginner, but a little more seasoned than that, I think, as I have been taking photos consistently since the beginning of 2013.  It is five years of taking photos, so perhaps I should own up and admit that I have put a little work into the hobby of photography, however much I admit I’ve never been schooled.


Connections are formed on the Internet on a nonstop basis and while the minutia of examining the human trait of connecting can be evaluated in a myriad of scopes and designs, the connections that consistently strike me as the most interesting among humans are the way people intently gravitate to assigning their lives to the Internet and presenting themselves on social media and elsewhere in a way that has never been done, where individualism and self-representation have never been done in such an unchecked manner.


The Silver Screen in the Storm

I am extremely late working on this free course from WordPress to help me get better as a photographer.  With the extreme winter, the busy holidays, and the relative difficulty of thinking how to proceed, at last, I am ready to make a post with the next exercise in photography at the ready and on the Internet.  Day Four of the beginner-level WordPress course “Developing Your Eye” asks participants to reflect with a photo about bliss–this is what I have for you.


Landmark Cinemas at the Pen

One of the cool things I got to experience when I was a boy was watching a film, and for a long time, we didn’t have cable television in our house (I suppose it’s lucky we had electricity–joking, of course, we certainly did)… but I did get to visit the movie house and it opened what I expect will be a lifelong cycle of happiness creating memories that contain a component of elusive bliss.


I can remember without being aware of much else famous movie titles that I got to see, and I suppose the end result of a childhood like that is an adulthood rich with “geekdom”–that movies continue to light a casual passion in my life and I remember to enjoy them.  They light a bit of freedom that should be cherished amid the changing times that sweep by all.  The movies remain an institution of great cultural impact and richness.


My photo today is of the exterior of the commercial cinema in the mall in the other end of town, and, as previously mentioned, the winter weather so far this year is fierce–you can see the swirling snow.  I nearly came home with less clothing than I’d worn.


Blogging with WordPress is an amazing hobby–I am consistently impressed by the visitors who leave “likes” on the posts which are of a passing grade.  I hope that by the end of this course in photography I have improved as a photographer and I hope blogging takes me into 2018 with aplomb and continues to serve as a communication tool by which excellent connections are forged.  Thank you!


Splashes of Shape In a Light Winter Snow at Christmas

To make improvements in my photography I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress which is helping to get me a touch better at snapping pictures. I am a day late today but I want to go back to yesterday’s instructions which were to think of water and try two orientations with your photo, horizontal and vertical.

The vertical photo is better than the horizontal photo because it is like a piece of experimental photography. The little touch of color which are blurred Christmas lights give the photo the best element of visual appeal it possesses. The horizontal photo is blurry, which is normal across the board for cameras–sometimes a blurry photo is effective if you think of a blur being a selling point for what you might coin art photography (art).

In this case, mine is more butt art–more effective when I reached beyond my stride than when I tried something that would work for me. I’ll show you both photos.

Water Between Snowbanks
Water Between Snowbanks Vertically