Caged:  Turkey Time

Caged: Turkey Time

“The turkeys were chunky
With smiley, beaked faces,
And they greeted the children
With downy embraces.”

― Dav Pilkey

During Monday’s trip to the zoo, I took a path I haven’t traveled before into the barn.  I enjoyed looking at several of the farm animals until I stopped at the cage for the

Caged:  Water, Wind, and Light

Caged: Water, Wind, and Light

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”
― Confucius

Monday I had the opportunity to spend a morning at the zoo to work on my current personal project, Caged.  When going to the zoo, I always sign up for the first time available so I can beat the crowds and leave before many people begin arriving for the day.  The result of my early arrival Monday led to not many animals being out and about.  Since there wasn’t much going on with the animals first thing,

Caged:  Exploring Low Key

Caged: Exploring Low Key

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

During the past couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to spend several mornings exploring the zoo with my camera.  I chose Riverbanks Zoo as the location to work on my current personal project, Caged.

In the past, I preferred overcast days for photographing animals at the zoo.  During my recent visits, I have been intrigued by

Caged:  In the Aquarium

Caged: In the Aquarium

“An aquarium is just an echo of the ocean.”
― Ben Caldwell

I always wanted to scuba dive.  When I was in my forties, I had the opportunity to take a resort diving course while on vacation.  My experience with the resort course and first dive was

Caged:  My Next Personal Photography Project

Caged: My Next Personal Photography Project

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”
― Rumi

January 1, 2021 not only ended an extremely fulfilling career in education, but also my personal photography project to create photographs everyday at work for the final years of my career.  I worked on this project for three and a half years.  Closing the chapters on both the career and the project

New Year, New Learning

New Year, New Learning

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

More than six years ago, I received some lighting equipment as a gift.  It was a gift that I requested.  Since that time,

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carrol

Of all the places I visit time and time again, Roan Mountain is a location that

Appreciating the Past, Anticipating the Future, Living in the Present

Appreciating the Past, Anticipating the Future, Living in the Present

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
― Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

Thirty-three and a half years ago I began my career teaching on Edisto Island, South Carolina.  Each teacher at my school was a first-year teacher.  We all commuted an hour each way from