I had always converted this image to a black and white. It just seemed to lend itself to that. It just invoked a sad look which is how this old tree made me feel.

An acquaintance of mine stopped me and told of how she always liked this image, it made her happy. I had to inquire as to how she felt happiness looking at an image of a dead tree. She told me that she had grown up in the town (Coyonosa TX) near the tree. There once was an old store next to the then living green leafed tree, offering perhaps the best nearby shade. Her and friends would buy their iced down Nehi’s and a box of Sugar Baby’s. Rest in the life that simply could not be any better!

Drink ’em if you got ’em, in the shade if you can.


“Photographs open doors to the past but they also allow a look into the future”                                                                                                                                  Sally Mann

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #854…Making a stand

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At first glance my thought was gez Louise, can’t we cut Jane some slack and just get over it. There seems to be such contradiction in all the messages, and are we listening to our Boss?

Add to that the truck was parked outside a local church food pantry, so the driver was either in line or serving the line.

At least he has an opinion and perhaps is working on change. As we all should be…monos en theos…jim


Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #755 – Even Barbie has bad days!

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Sorry for the delay in posts. As you can see from my new post, we have moved. It was a hard decision to leave the desert Southwest and a city that has been so good to us. But it was just time to get closer to family.

Denison in Grayson County is up north of Dallas almost to the Red River and Oklahoma. It is a very green area compared to where we have been the last twenty plus years.

I have done little by way of recording the new surroundings. Just been so busy unpacking, fixing and looking for items tucked away in boxes. Lots of little chores that take much longer than you think. This morning I awoke and just had to try to get back to what seems my truer purpose.

Not the prettiest of images. My wife, Susan, called it downright “FREAKY”. But it called to me and was the first images that I ran back to get a camera to record. My vision is still getting used to the area and the feelings of just being overwhelmed. I am sure it is in one of the still unpacked boxes and I await the happy feeling that comes when you find something that you have misplaced.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams


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“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt,and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”

John Steinbeck 

Dont be afraid of direct eye contact, you just might see into the soul of another . en theos †† jim