“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.
– Rose Franken
Me: Excuse me Riley, I need to get something from the cabinet
<Riley moves, I open cabinet door, Riley looks in>
Riley: …it … opens…
Me: Cabinets do that.
Riley: <in her best George Takei impersonantion> oh my!
In many ways, Riley’s innocence is something we all share, and all too often it is lost too early.
Spring 2000. Y2K had come and gone with a whimper (where was the chaos I was promised?). My father had passed away the previous fall (miss you Dad!). And I had just returned to college after a nearly 4 year hiatus.
As a writer, I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. When I look around and see everything that there is to see, I can’t help but be in awe. When I discovered photography, I realized that I had the perfect opportunity to capture images that I can later use as source material for my writing.
While the following pictures are not the source of anything I’ve written so far, they are very much examples of the type of inspiring sights I search for.
I almost always take both a color and a black & white shot when I am out and about for two reasons:
- Sometimes, black & white can be more striking than a color picture, and vice versa
- Editing a picture on the computer somehow makes it feel less authentic (even if I’m the only one who knows)
This was an occasion where both are beautiful, and both convey the majesty of a small river in Texas.