After the upheaval of the past year — the personal, the collective, the political — I’m grateful for the turn of a calendar page, bringing a fresh tomorrow and a new year. It’s a chance to make whatever symbolic starts need to be made, and an excuse for a clean slate, even as the same sun rises over the same horizon, over the same cityscape dotted with construction cranes ... and the same [...]
** Wishing peace for all of us humans and nonhumans in 2017 ** I chose the peace sign because of how the artist originally conceived it ... and then transformed it, from a symbol of anguish to one of aspiration. The creator, Gerald Holtom, described it this way: "I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands outstretched, outwards and downwards in the manner of [...]
"Memorial Day is a day of opportunity to give thanks for all that we are blessed with. It should also be a day that we rededicate ourselves to our country and to America's living veterans and their families in memory of the sacrifices they and others have made. Veterans will gather to honor fallen comrades on this day -- friends with whom they shared a foxhole or a meal. Their time together may have been [...]
I'll be away from my usual nature haunts until the New Year, so I'm going to wrap up the year with a few Bay Area holiday lights . . . and an exploration of Itten's contrasts, inspired by a reading of a Michael Freeman book (The Photographer's Eye). If any shots grab my attention in between, I'll squeeze them in. Wishing you all a beautiful wrap of 2009 . . . and a healthful, happy [...]
Photo collage of wild turkeys in Berkeley. The photos were taken in the Berkeley hills and in Tilden Park.
A friend sent me this link to Little Steven's I am a Patriot . . . his tribute to patriotism, dissent, challenge, and truth.