A Lesson in Tough Love

Although Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is best known for his classic The Little Prince, he authored other books that merit attention. One of these, Night Flight, also a classic, is set in the early years of airmail delivery connecting far-flung cities in South America with daily flights from Buenos Aires to France. Written in an eraContinue reading “A Lesson in Tough Love”

Smell the Roses, Then Shoot Them

It’s no secret that I read a lot of books in an attempt to enhance my skill as a photographer. Many of these have been written by Harold Davis, one of my favorite authors on things photographic. His latest volume, Creative Garden Photography, is one of his best, if not in fact the very bestContinue reading “Smell the Roses, Then Shoot Them”

Following Dreams, 2021 Style

The transition between the old year and the new is a time long recognized for both looking back at what has passed and forward to what might become. January is appropriately named for the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god who simultaneously looked both to the past and to the future. It is a timeContinue reading “Following Dreams, 2021 Style”

From Waste to Wonderful

One of the most exciting photo books I’ve read recently is Lisa and Tom Cuchara’s Create Fine Art Photographs from Historic Places and Rusty Things. These outstanding photographers, whom we might call denizens of the dusty, frequent abandoned factories, prisons, and asylums among other neglected places in search of creative and often iconic images. InContinue reading “From Waste to Wonderful”

Wise Words for Grown-ups

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the early French long-distance pilot and author, is most famously known for his enduring classic, The Little Prince. But he wrote many other books, mostly drawn from his flight experiences in Africa, South America, and during World War II, when he ultimately died during a reconnaissance flight. The Little Prince is famousContinue reading “Wise Words for Grown-ups”

Birth of an Elephant

The opportunity to safari in Kenya was a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and photograph big-game animals in their native habitat.  Early on our first morning out in the Land Rovers, we chanced upon a herd of elephants in a state of considerable excitement. During the night a baby elephant had been born to a youngContinue reading “Birth of an Elephant”

For the Love of Trains

There’s something about a train that’s hard not to love.  Many of their features are worth noting, but to my way of thinking, it’s the wheels that are most iconic.  This is especially true for the drive wheels of steam locomotives.  They were, after all, the motive power that moved heavy loads across miles ofContinue reading “For the Love of Trains”

Ode to a Bookend

Now the lion roars in silence Haunting phrases bound in covers, Mane on paws unsharpened resting, Stoic stillness never broken.   Solidly he lies in waiting, Words unseeing, deaf to meaning, Yet in majesty he lives, Bringing joy to one who watches.   Will that one the words uncover, Will the lessons he discover, OrContinue reading “Ode to a Bookend”