Ah the fun that an old man can have with the simplicity of a small piece of an already beautiful thing. How light reflects, creates shadows, small valleys and rises. The color, already vibrant, can be made to seem to make a solid into transparency. All with the simplicity of a bloom and a small maglite. Add the fact that in can all be done within the comfort of eighty degrees when it’s 101 outside.

It somehow seems a bit of cheating the mindful practice, using artificial means to achieve what used to take hours of waiting until the natural light became what you needed or wanted. I long to be of the nature like Ansel Adams. I had read of the lengths that Mr Adams would go (or wait) for the images to form to his liking. But then I read his description of the making of his haunting image: Moonrise over Espanola.

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From Ansel Adams, in Examples:

“We were sailing southward along the highway not far from Espanola(NM) when I glanced to the left and saw an extraordinary situation—an inevitable photograph! I almost ditched the car and rushed to set up my 8×10 camera. I was yelling to my companions to bring me things from the car as I struggled to change components on my Cooke Triple-Convertible lens. I had a clear visualization of the image I wanted, but when the Wratten No. 15 (G) filter and the film holder were in place, I could not find my Weston exposure meter! The situation was desperate: the low sun was trailing the edge of the clouds in the west, and shadow would soon dim the white crosses.

I was at a loss with the subject luminance values, and I confess I was thinking about bracketing several exposures, when I suddenly realized that I knew the luminance of the moon—250 c/ft2. Using the Exposure Formula, I placed this luminance on Zone VII; 60 c/ft2 therefore fell on Zone V, and the exposure with the filter factor o 3x was about 1 second at f/32 with ASA 64 film. I had no idea what the value of the foreground was, but I hoped it barely fell within the exposure scale. Not wanting to take chances, I indicated a water-bath development for the negative.”

Realizing as I released the shutter that I had an unusual photograph which deserved a duplicate negative, I swiftly reversed the film holder, but as I pulled the darkslide the sunlight passed from the white crosses; I was a few seconds too late!

Please do not think that I am comparing myself to “Da Man”, other than we both use the same tool (of sorts), the likeness fades like an under-fixed print…..Peace Out †††


Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #901 – Raindrops, So little raindrops


We had so much rain a month or so back that I never thought I would be asking for more. But it always seem we want what we don’t have, then whine when we don’t have it and whine some more when we do.

We can be so fickle!   ††††monos en theos † jas L

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #779 – MORNING DEW & MORNING TOADSTOOLS

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There was a heavy dew on our morning walk when I found a little colony of these almost glass-like little toadstools blooming amongst the dew. They were pretty from above, but the real view came laying in the wet grass at gnome level.

Get down at the level of your subject. A set of wet clothes is a small price to pay!  monos en theos…†…jim


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“Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn’t room for any other thought.”  
–  Sophie Scholl 

I do with that I could say the above saying applies.

But I have done little to slow and take time to just be.

I get wasted whiling time away

on things that seem important

that have to get the done today.

It can be such a burden

letting time, dew, and flowers

fly past, not stopping

just hurrying away!

stop and feel the dew! en theos monos † jim


IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #577- a morning mixed with dew and early sun

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I tried to just sit on the porch and do my morning readings and meditation.  But the sun was out for the first morning in a while and our field was reflecting that calling light off the morning dew. I just had to go and wander through it.

“The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.
Hunter S. Thompson

Get you feet wet with dew when ever you get the chance. ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas #536 – Raindrops on the heart

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“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
Langston Hughes

Baby the rain must fall, wish we had some now ††† en theos ††† jim work

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas #522 – A ladybug making her way over a Texas Thistle in the rain.

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How brave a ladybug must be!
Each drop of rain is big as she.
Can you imagine what you’d do,
If raindrops fell as big as you?
~Aileen Fisher

We had a good amount of rain and wonderfully cool temps today. I kept going outside between the heavy drops. I was flat out amazed at the bounty of bugland that was out a working in and around the wet.

Are there man ladybugs?  enjoy what you get today ††† en theos ††† jim work

Photos on the journey #474

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Okay, we got some rain this past week, a whole 1/2 an inch. Low & behold, as my wife was sweeping the patio, she found this toad under a pile of grass and leaves. We don’t get a lot of toads that don’t have horns (more of the lizard variety). I know for you guys in the humid part of the world this is not a rare find, but for me, I just had to invite him in for a sitting.

We had to go for a close up of those great eyes.

To the green in all of us…en theos ††† jlawrence