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He goes by the nickname “Krakonoš”, after the Czech mythical mountain deity who protects the wilderness. It’s because of his hat and long beard – the style is identical to that of the deity himself. He’s been confined to a wheelchair for many years, having lost both his legs to diabetes-related gangrene. He lives on welfare and panhandling, although he is no longer homeless, and in the past he served an 8 year prison sentence for manslaughter after killing a man who’d assaulted his wife. Some years ago he also saved an abandoned infant from certain death in winter after he found it in a refuse container, unceremoniously wrapped in newspaper by its heroin-addicted mother and left to its fate. He says he cannot tolerate violence to women, children or animals. Despite his diabetes, he still drinks heavily, and is often difficult to understand – brief periods of lucidity are interspersed with mumbled, disjointed apocalyptic prophecies and stories of his experiences with Jesus Christ back in the day. I haven’t seen him in a few months now and hope he’s doing alright.
Fujifilm X-T4 and XF 55-200 OIS lens
The weather was gorgeous on October 21 so my husband and I put the pups in the car and headed to Ocean City, MD to walk the boards and eat Thrasher’s French fries. The boardwalk was active but not crowded, people were enjoying themselves while staying safe and the smell and feel of the salt air were invigorating.
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A nod to 1940s screen star Veronica Lake. If you aren’t familiar with her work I suggest “The Blue Dalhlia” with Alan Ladd which was released in 1946, the year I was born.
Olympus OMD-EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.
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