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Art Nature Photography

Iris

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Typical Iris

I have a friend who has been after me to post more of my botanical work, so here it is.

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Art Life Nature Photography Wildlife

Mattie’s Bush

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Mattie’s Bush

There is a Lantana bush in my front yard I call “Mattie’s Bush,” because my friend and wildlife photographer Mattie Bryant would spend hours photographing it from every angle.

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Life Love Motorcycles Photography

It Is My Birthday Today

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My New Victory

It is my Birthday today, I had planned to go riding on my new motorcycle all day as is my tradition.  But, that’s not the way it turned out.  I woke up this morning at 2:00 AM.  I am not sure why, but I did, and I could not for the life of me go back to sleep.  After three hours of not sleeping, I decided to get up and start my day.  I followed my normal routine of eating, exercise, bathing, and getting set for my day.  The only problem was, I was groggy, tired, just plain shot.

I had purchased a new Victory the day before, and because the process was so drawn out, I returned too late, and too tired to clean and prepare for the next day.  So, new plan, clean now, ride later.  It didn’t happen, I was just too tired.  The best I could manage was lunch with a dear friend.  After a late afternoon nap, I did manage to wash my new prize, and hopefully detailing will follow tomorrow.

If there is anything that could be called a sin, I have committed it today.  Hopefully, this post will correct my error, my sin.  What was my sin?  This entire day, I have yet to express my gratitude for all the wonderful things I have in my life.  You would think that I would be thrilled at the fact I have a beautiful new bike, no, I am complaining about how I am too tired to wash it.  I have had friends wishing me well from five different counties, Face Book wall posts, private messages, voice mails, phone calls.  But, did I stop and take a moment to feel grateful for their friendship, and love?  No, I didn’t, apparently I’m an ass.

In the past year, my friends have been there for me, supported me when my Mom passed, kept me going, and even assisted in my new enterprises.  Then there are the new friends I have made lately, wonderful, everyone.  One in particular, has had such a profound effect, I am amazed at my luck to have met her, and have her in my life.

So now I must attempt to correct my error, my sin.  Thank you for all the wonderful things I have in my life, my friends, family, every good thing that has ever come my way. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

T.

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Art Life Nature Photography

Early Morning Color

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Hibiscus on my back deck.

When I went into the kitchen this morning a flash of color caught my eye, a bud on my Hibiscus had opened.  I have had this plant for years, if memory serves, since 2005, it didn’t cost much, maybe $25 USD, you can find them for a similar price at any home center.  This is the same one featured in “On My Back Deck,” a post I had made some time back.  It’s not had an easy life, neglected, not watered, battered by the storms, frost bitten, etc.  In other words, it’s had the typical treatment a single man would give it.  I am amazed at how it’s “hung in there,” managed to survive, and bloom year after year.

I think we could all take a lesson from this simple plant, no matter how rough things get, how beaten up we are by life, we should stay resilient and keep in mind that someday soon, the sun will shine, and we will bloom once again.

T.

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Art Nature Photography Poetry Wildlife

Mattie’s Eyes

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Mattie’s eyes are of the deepest brown, they see.

Mattie’s eyes see.

The single drop of morning dew on a flower’s petal.

Mattie’s eyes see.

The glowing colors of a rainbow under cloudy skies.

Mattie’s eyes see.

Jewels on the beach cast up by a generous sea.

Mattie’s eyes see.

The full Moon set against a starry night’s sky.

Mattie’s eyes see.

The the fiery colors of the evening sunset.

Mattie’s eyes see.

The field of freshly mown hay, the mountain, the waterfall, the babbling brook.

Mattie’s eyes see.

All the beautiful and wondrous gifts of nature.

Mattie’s eyes are of the deepest brown, they see, her finger moves, the shutter and aperture obey her command. Frame by frame, we see the world as seen through Mattie’s eyes.

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Art Life Love Photography Politics Weddings

Goodbye 2011

In a few hours 2011 will be over.  I’ve had some mixed feelings about it, in a lot of ways it has been a rough year.  I have had two of my 2010 wedding clients lose their Mothers to cancer, both died too young, a friend lost his brother, and in the same month endured the devastation of a hurricane, adding to that, my own Mother passed away.  Our country has been through some hard times, the bad economy, literally every country in the world hates us, or at the very minimum does not respect us, and our leaders are so wrapped up in their own selfish desires they have forgotten that they are the trustees of our nation.

You might say I should damn this year to hell, but, I can’t.  In many instances of these “bad things,” I have had my friends and adopted family come to my aid and support in my time of need, for that I am so grateful.  In Law Of Attraction we say that knowing what you don’t want helps you to know what you do want, so you ask for the improvement, this year it has come in abundance!  With the asking comes the ways for the improvement, and expansion that is the way of the Universe.  So, I did the asking, and the ways came, and because of that, 2012 will be so much better, and so, for this past year I am grateful.

Some say December 21, 2012 will be the end of our world, that so many calendars end, I do not think it will be “the end,” but a new beginning for our world if we will only allow it.  They say that alcoholics and drug addicts need to “turn a corner,” or, “hit bottom” before getting help.  I think we are at that point as a society world wide, we need to ask for the help, to visualize, and ask for the improvement.  To ask, for example, not that our enemies are defeated, but that there is understanding, so they are no longer our enemies and there is peace so that all may prosper.  That is only one example, and just a suggestion, I’m sure you can think of more, just keep in mind, that in the asking, ask for only positive things based on love.  It may be hard at first to love an enemy, or someone you hate, and it may seem impossible, but move from it, bit by bit.  The hate, distrust, greed, all the negative things must stop if we are to survive as the human race. (HU the human element)  The best way to stop doing something is to start doing something else, so love, trust, and be generous with others.

What are you grateful for?  What is your asking for improvement in 2012?  And with the asking, are you ready to receive your desires?

T.

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Life Love Photography Weddings

A Summer’s Day

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We gathered on a midsummer’s day, friends, family,  joyous all.

The time had come, pledge for pledge, our promise of two lives as one.

Celebrating, we danced under evening’s magenta sky, we danced

till the stars came to bid us farewell and goodnight.

Today was our gateway, we now walk the path hand in hand.

T.

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Art Life Love Photography

Moonlight


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A Red Rose

Moonbeams shine in and caress my love.

Soft skin, pale as milk, glistens in the faint light.

Past dew covered hills I view a landscape of gentle beauty.

Her eyes are shut to all in the world but this moment.

Long raven locks dance on shoulders, cascading waves of perfume over me.

The sweet scent of gardenia and jasmine fill the air.

Fingers entwined, each for the other, eternity is not long enough for this.

Lips press mine and linger, hesitant to part.

Eyes meet in the moment of bliss, speaking the unspoken.

Love.

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Life Photography Weddings

2010 Wedding Giveaway

Suite at Turner Field
Photo Courtesy the 755 Club

Some of you might know this suite box view of Turner Field in Atlanta, some may wish you did.  So what is it doing on my personal blog?

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Art Life Nature Photography Weddings Wildlife

I Love Fall In North Georgia

A Happy Greeting
A Happy Greeting

Anyone that knows me will tell you I love my North Georgia mountains.  I had a chance recently to make a trip without my motorcycle and with my camera.