On seeing what others do not

‎"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius ...more

Branch needs a name

Such a faceLondon, ONAugust 2015To share your own monochrome Thematic, head here Occasionally we see things that make us do a double-take, and this forlorn remnant of a once-vibrant tree would easily qualify.It sits just off of a busy bike path, and while I stared at it and wondered what kind of animal it looked like, more than a few cyclists stared as they rode past, probably wondering what I had been smoking. A couple of them even doubled back after a few minutes - I'm sure they thought I was up to no good. The doubts of strangers aside, I had to stretch a bit to get this shot ....more

The perils of jailbreaking your iPhone

Do you have an iPhone? Do you know what jailbreaking is? That's geekspeak for a somewhat shadowy technique used by some adventurous owners of iOS devices to circumvent Apple's rather rigid controls over how software is installed on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches and Apple TVs ....more

On the joys of being in too deep

"If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" T.S. Eliot ...more

Thematic Photographic 348 - Monochrome

Life awaitsLondon, ONAugust 2015 I did something yesterday that I haven't done in a while: I grabbed my DSLR and after dropping the kids off at choir, instead of heading home for the couple of hours until they were done, I took a long photo-walk around the bike paths that wind through the area.The humidity was well into icky territory, and I had rather stupidly not prepared well for the experience - no hat, no water. But I had a camera with lots of battery and free space on the memory card, so I figured I could tough it out in the interest of some long-overdue exploratory photography.It didn't take long before my brain shifted into a delightful Zen-like state as my eyes wandered from scene to scene and the squishy grey matter struggled to process it all. Nothing else mattered as I absorbed the lovely scenery around me and tried to turn the experience into workable pictures.I found myself digging into the camera's menus as I realized it had been ages since I shot in monochrome ....more

On leaving the past behind

"Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you."Chuck Palahniuk ...more

On the power of the mind

"Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think."Neil deGrasse Tyson Wouldn't it be neat if we could hack into the "crawl" that scrolls horizontally across the bottom of most newsy television broadcasts and add quotes like this one into the mix?I'm sure there must be an app for that ....more

Pink bike in a blue studio

There's only so much fossilized leftover dinosaur juice to go around. And even if the planet had an unlimited supply, burning it contributes to global warming and a host of other eco-unfriendly side effects. So I try to take the bike whenever time and logistics allow ....more

On location, location, location

‎"A good photograph is knowing where to stand." Ansel Adams ...more

Yay dogs!

‎I'm a dog person. I'm married to a dog person. Our kids are dog people ....more