Richmond Station

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Rail Station, Richmond, VA. © Steven Willard

As much as anything this was a test of my new Panasonic Lumix GX85 and the tiny Olympus 9-18mm lens. At 9mm I see just a hint of barrel distortion, but not enough for me to worry about. This was handheld at f7.1 and 1/30 of a second. The in-body stabilization has proven very effective. I’m happy.

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Backlight and Contrast

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Backlight and Contrast

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No Smoking

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Smoking can be hazardous!

Found in a corner of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, New York.

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Ol’ Glory

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Our Future Flag?

The colors of our flag have meaning; Valor (red), Purity and Innocence (white), and Vigilance and Justice (blue). More and more, though, it seeems to me black and white might be more appropriate. You choose what means what, and what it symbolizes to you. I promise, somebody else will disagree. Personally, I liked it better the old way. The fence? That can symbolize whatever you want.

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What would Magritte Say?

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What would Magritte say?

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Time Passes

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Time passes © Steven Willard

I was standing in a light drizzle, struck by the impression that the picket fence represented time; how on the right, up close, it’s easy to see each day-if each picket equals one day, but as it recedes into the past (distance) the days blur into each other. Can you see what I mean? And the grave markers merge more and more into each other the farther into the past they are. Isn’t that how time seems to us? We know that a day is a day, but the farther into the past the smaller they appear, and the more they blend into one another, even though we know that each day was the same. Likewise, although the grave markers seem smaller, to the people present at the time they were placed, they represented loss on the same scale as the more recent ones. The fact that the markers seem smaller in the distance doesn’t mean the loved ones the markers represent were mourned for any less.

The older I get the longer the line of pickets that merge into one another. The fact that I have a hard time distinguishing one day in the past from another doesn’t mean they were less important, or that the people I can barely recall were less important to me then, time just does that. See what I mean?

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Olympus OMD EM5 with 20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens.

My barber, not me

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My barber, Woodbury, Ct ©Steven Willard

I think barbers, like bartenders, must see just about everything. I didn’t know the guy getting the Mohawk haircut, but Tony has been cutting his hair for a few years. Turns out he’s a substitute teacher. Times have changed.

I Phone 5, and Snapseed.

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The Great Divide

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The Great Divide © Steven Willard

Separated by age, gender, point of view and experience; how do we find common ground? How do we prevent the over-loud voices from the extremes from drowning out the more reasonable dialogues taking place closer to the center? How do we keep a skeptical eye on the demagogues* without letting our attention on them become fixation?

We talk to one another.

*We don’t need a tweeting Cleon for our time.

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Useless

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Useless, Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Useless

Even a stopped clock

is right twice a day

A sundial in the shade

is useless

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40–150mm f2.8 zoom. Developed in Snapseed.

Lonely ?

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Lonely?© Steven Willard

I find a certain poignancy in images like this. Perhaps it’s because I have a tendency to grant trees human feelings-and why shouldn’t I ?  Recent research has revealed that trees do communicate*, and what is communication but a sharing of knowledge? And if trees can know things it’s not much of a stretch that they can feel things, too.

So, is it wrong for me to believe that his lone tree might actually be lonely?

*Please watch Suzanne Simard on TED Talks, August, 2016.

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