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Another of my attempts at photo impressionism. As with the ferris-wheel shot, this one was also taken during my recent afternoon at the county fair. Yes, it was loud, overstimulating, and crowded but the colors! :-)

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So I braved the unpleasantness of the Riverside County Fair yesterday strictly for the photo ops and to experiment a bit with slow-shutter speed and intentional camera movement. If you’ve followed this blog for very long you know I’m slightly obsessed with ferris wheels (despite having never been on one) and have posted countless photos of them over the years. Pictured here is my “photo impressionistic” take on an old favorite.

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New Year Poem

Let us step outside for a moment
As the sun breaks through clouds
And shines on wet new fallen snow,
And breathe the new air.
So much has died that had to die this year.

We are dying away from things.
It is a necessity–we have to do it
Or we shall be buried under the magazines,
The too many clothes, the too much food.
We have dragged it all around
Like dung beetles
Who drag piles of dung
Behind them on which to feed,
In which to lay their eggs.

Let us step outside for a moment
Among ocean, clouds, a white field,
Islands floating in the distance.
They have always been there.
But we have not been there.

We are going to drive slowly
And see the small poor farms,
The lovely shapes of leafless trees
Their shadows blue on the snow.
We are going to learn the sharp edge
Of perception after a day’s fast.

There is nothing to fear.
About this revolution…
Though it will change our minds.
Aggression, violence, machismo
Are fading from us
Like old photographs
Faintly ridiculous
(Did a man actually step like a goose
To instill fear?
Does a boy have to kill
To become a man?)

Already there are signs.
Young people plant gardens.
Fathers change their babies’ diapers
And are learning to cook.

Let us step outside for a moment.
It is all there
Only we have been slow to arrive
At a way of seeing it.
Unless the gentle inherit the earth
There will be no earth.

~ May Sarton (1912-1995)

 

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Well that was interesting. I’m not one to buy into the idea that a particular year can be cursed but this really has been one for the record (and history) books. May 2017 be a year of hope, courage, integrity, and equal rights for all. Happy New Year!

(Photo taken in downtown Yucca Valley, California with a Polaroid SX-70 and film from the Impossible Project.)

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Just a little something from last winter since it’s “Throwback Thursday” and all. It’s been raining here in the mountains all day (with more on the way) and, if the weather forecast is to be believed, this is what we will wake up to on Christmas morning. Happy Holidays to all!

(Photo taken with an iPhone 5s. For those of you on Instagram, I post iPhone images to my page there almost daily only a handful of which get crossposted here.  As much as I love my blog, Instagram has become my photographic “happy place” this past year and I’d love to connect with you over there if you are so inclined! )