January 2010 Winter Storm 51

This reminds me of the shot I took of the way out down the driveway into Reflections as if I knew I was never coming back…this also reminds me when Buck slipped over the cattle guard crossing, tip toed along the side, during the big snow when I was either a junior or senior, hell, maybe even sophomore, that big snow, a series of them, actually, we had, 12 inches, 17 inches and 18 inches, I think.

This has that same feel.

January 2010 Winter Storm 49

I remember this sign, exactly, turned left here many times on the return from Charlottesville, 60 miles or so down I-64, then wind Route 250 to route 6, turn right at 631 and go to the end, cross cattle guard with sign “Reflections” and enter my childhood shangri-la that was so perfect as it seemed to me at the time (say from 4 years old til 22 when it was lost to me, geo-physically but even stronger in my dreams when I am in jeopardy in Los Angeles (guerrilla warfare on your career zeitgeist around the 30-mile zone from Bradbury Building down here, past Sunset Strip to Ave of the Stars, MGM Culver City, wrap around to hit Paramount, the southside of studio proper, Melrose between Wilton and Fairfax) and somewhere around an hour’s drive back home from college, a refuge, a preparation for loss, that never quite goes away, despite flicker and fading, the candle in the wind syndrome of memories, time, place and secrets we tell ourselves, caveats mid-stream, but turning left to Oilville, I made that turn so many times, it is a mood, a thought pattern, an anchor visual for me. So thanks for posting so I could muse on this subject, images provoke stories to me….

US 250 Straight Down?

US 250 Straight Down?

Originally uploaded by Will Weaver -Synthetic Dreamer-

I remember this well….

Temperance after Wheel of Fortune

Temperance following fortune, that about says it all about this life on the fringes and in the thick of it, trying to “entertain” people for a living; as my virtual fortune cookie warned: IF YOU CAN’T RIDE TWO HORSES, get out of the circus.
“Calm and balance. Need to have patience for events surrounding you as they play out. Moderation. Accommodation. Reflection on your life. Maturity. Draw emotions in and stop overreacting to outside forces. Contemplation and reflection on events, relationships and work. Be the calming force in chaos. Possible to overcome addiction to substance, people or relationships. Obsession passing. Order being restored. Bring calm to mind and behavior patterns. A time of peace is beginning. Let it wash over you.”

Al-alam Palace

Al-alam Palace

Originally uploaded by Salim Al-Harthy

Fantastic photograph for so many reasons! Thank you Salim Al-Harthy!

January 2010 Winter Storm 62

from Virginia photographer I admire of where I grew up
the light on this is spectacular, the lines of force of the little sprouts defying the snow and the line of trees standing guard — a perfect shot! And, if there’s one thing I probably admire the most — it’s a well-taken photograph. That and a good song.