Thursday, September 28, 2006
Breathe air, pump blood.
Wrap yourself up in now.
Stop the thoughts from running in circles.
Call back the dogs from their useless sniffing out the future.
Muzzle the memories, barking for the moon past.
This hour, this minute, will never come again.
Be here, look at it.
Warm wet earth meets crisp air. Rural, tranquil, filled with light.
On my way to school, I drive into the sun.
On my way home, I drive into the sun.
Sometime this makes things difficult,
but sometimes the beauty is
and brings tears
to my eyes.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Warm wet earth and cool morning air creates clouds of fog that sit tight to the earth, or layer themselves along the branches of trees, dividing the morning sun into slanted golden fingers that play where the sky comes down to the earth so that you can touch it and breath it and walk through it.
Or you could, if you didn' t have to go to school.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
After school, I took my camera and went hunting butterflies in the shorn field next to the orchard. Cally saw me lying on my stomach and assumed I was after prey. She came out to join in the hunt.
I have enough photos to upload for a week.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Winter seems so dominate in Michigan, with summer only a pleasant but short interlude. From November 1 to May 1 the trees are stark skeletons against a mostly gray sky.
Enjoy the moment, live in the now, don't think about something that is six weeks away, and about which you can do nothing.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Yesterday I received a Flickr email from a woman who said she worked for Popular Photography and Imaging magazine and was interested in featuring my snowflake photos on the “My Project” page. She asked would I be interested in working with her on this?
[visualize my jaw hitting the floor]
Popular Photography is probably the foremost photography magazine for serious hobbyists in the nation.
I answered that that sounded like fun.
As soon as I got home from work, I ran upstairs and dug up my August issue of Popular Photography. Sure Enough. This woman is listed as the copy editor and there is a feature called “My Project” that she writes.
The next morning she had already responded to my email, asking if we could schedule an interview soon. I emailed her back giving her the school’s number and telling her that my prep period was about 11:15 to noon, assuming that she would call in the next couple of weeks.
At quarter to noon, she called. I gave up a little of my lunch time to finish the interview, because being interviewed is more fun than eating a salad. I have done probably over a hundred interviews in my brief newspaper career, but this was the first time anyone had ever interviewed me. To say it was a heady experience would be and overstatement, but it was fun.
So anyway, the result is that the December issue of Popular Photography will immortalize my humble, amateurish snowflake captures.
If you would like to see them, go to my flickr site (www.flickr.com/piper) and scroll down the main page. On the right you will see my sets. Click on the “Snowflake Project” set.
Now I have to go calm myself down before God sends me something embarrassing to keep me from getting a big head.
You say, oh come now… God wouldn’t bother with that. Oh, yes, He would.
I’m his kid.