Real Daffodils

Today, I found real daffodils.

Silver Dollar Plant

Yesterday in the art building I saw this silver dollar plant. It reminded me of my mom.  
We had one of those plants at home and it was a gift to my mom from an older couple at church, Evrett and Lera Dollar. I am always surprised when something so simple can take me back in time. 

[photo notes- Nikon D3s with Nikon 55mm F3.5 , practicing my manual focus skills with an old manual focus lens. ]


Flowers and fakes

I noticed these early blooms on a tulip tree outside the Claude Rodgers Lee  building as I was leaving the Bison basketball games Saturday afternoon.  After shooting several frames I headed down the street between the Lee building and the Mabee building and my daffodil radar went off. 
These were fake daffodils thanks to some plumbers with yellow duct tape. 


Photo Quote-Robert Mapplethorpe

"there is only one angle that is right for each flower."- Robert Mapplethorpe


Slowly creating a time machine

"Making sports photographs is a historical act. It’s like slowly creating a time machine."
 -Rob Tringali

I took these photos as the Bisons played University of Arkansas Monticello last night at the Rhodes Reaves Field House..  I wonder how these images will look to others in 50 or 100 years

Great article by Rob Tringali on the American Photo web page about making historic sports images. 



2 minutes, 3 steals, 4 points ....watching Jalen play @hawildcats basketball....Priceless!


Photo Quote-William Klein

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." ~ William Klein

I love photo quotes. I found this one from my Photo Quotes iPad app. I sometimes take so many flower photos that I worry that I am stuck in a rut.  The truth of the matter is I love flowers and I am passionate about them and I feel like that is a recipe for doing my best work. This is not my job this is my personal photography so as I start blogging again you will probably see a good number of flowers.

[Photo notes-Nikon D750 with a 105mm macro lens.]


Blogging Again

Well it is 2016 and I am going to try blogging again. I moved my blog to Tumbler in 2014 because Instagram would publish directly to Tumbler and I was going ages between posts. I still will let Instagram post to Tumbler but I have missed the richer experience of blogging my thoughts so here we go again and let's see how it goes this year. 
This photo was taken yesterday as I drove to Memphis for Montgomery Christmas
I always see more things to photograph driving across hwy 64  from Bald Knob to Marion than I ever have time to stop and shoot. 
Josie got pressed into service as Uncle Kelly's helper grilling the steaks. 
The steaks were goo too. 
The Taylor made Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes were amazing.  

Papaw was pretty excited about his new umbrella.
Lots of card games for the girls. 
Jalen was the ping pong champ of the day although I did beat him twice he beat me three times. 

We we're not all together yesterday, but the ones of us that were had a good time. 
Jenna, Josie and Jalen went straight back to Searcy but Jackson was going back to Grandmother and Grandaddy's house to help them put up all the Christmas decorations.  Jackson wanted to drive by the house I grew up because he had been looking at it on Google maps. We drove out to Raleigh and I told him all kinds of stories from my childhood. We drove all around Kennedy park where we would play ball and ride our bikes as kids. The 7/11 where we would go on Friday afternoon and by baseball cards and Slurpees. I also showed him the house down the street that had the kid with the drum set that drove my mom crazy. That was important because my favorite Christmas song this year was Ray Stevens The Little Drummer Boy Next Door. I don't know how long that song has been out but I haven't heard it until this year. We then drove the route I drove to Harding Academy in Memphis. I told him about the rainy morning that I slid into a car at Perkins and  Walnut Grove  and before the police got there the traffic helicopter flew over us and reported the fender bender on the radio for everyone in the city to hear. Jackson thought that was hilarious. We drove around Harding Academy and I told him lots of stories from high school.  It was really enjoyable to spend that time with Jackson and to remember all of those stories. 

I dropped Jackson at the grandparents and drove back to Searcy listening to The Candid Frame which is my favorite podcast. I listened to interviews with William Neill , Pete Turner and Joel Meyerowitz.  I got stopped by the State Police at a sobriety checkpoint just outside of Bald Knob. I was wearing my seatbelt and I convinced the trooper that my Coke Zero was only Coke Zero. Watched the Ball drop at midnight and called it a day.  If you are still reading....Happy New Year!

[Photo Notes-  I have used a Fuji X-100s camera with an Eye-Fi card over the Christmas break and all photos were processed with Snapseed on an iPad. ]


My blog has moved

I have neglected this blog for far too long.  I  haven't stopped taking photos or posting but technology has changed for me.  Instagram will post straight to Tumblr and so I started a Tumbler.  I don't want to go away from blogger as we are old friends but the sad truth is I haven't posted here since March.
I have posted 156 photos since January of 2014 on Tumblr.  Please reset the link to my blog to the link below and thanks for stopping by and looking at the photos.



3-11-2014 Eagle

I have driven by the water treatment many times and today I finally saw an eagle.

Blog Note- I have not forgotten how to blog and I have some really good things to share that have happened in the past month.  So as my good friend, Noah Darnell, says……stay tuned.