december 6, 2018

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“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” ~ Sydney J. Harris

 

nightline (camera +)

 

I left my allergist’s office this evening and realized that the row of houses on Limestone street in front of the downtown skyline remind me of the row houses in San Fransisco known as The Painted Ladies. The difference is that there’s a park across the street from The Painted Ladies, where a parking lot sits across from the Limestone Street houses. Many years ago, when we were touring California, there was a European magazine (I think) that set up a photo shoot with us in that park across from The Painted Ladies. I never saw the photos or the finished article. Somewhere out there are photos of a really young me with those beautiful victorian homes and the San Fransisco skyline as a backdrop. 

september 25, 2018

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“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ TinyBuddha

 

standing around 1

 

They’re construction a building across from Rupp Arena that’s butt up against a six-story parking structure. That alone isn’t anything to write about, but I’ve never seen a wall this tall that didn’t have support beams. When I saw it from the corner of Maxwell and Broadway (top) I thought there must be support on the other side, though I couldn’t imagine how that looked since the other side is practically in the road. But, no. There are no support beams there either. What the what? I’m not sure I will ever trust this building. Ever. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty cool look.

 

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august 16, 2018

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“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

got the trots?

 

There was no way it wasn’t going to rain last Saturday before the weenie dog races, but we had time to watch the warm ups and the lightning. It was interesting that they warmed up going the opposite direction of the race. But, ya know, everything else about harness racing was new to me, so why not? <snort> Changing gears, a note on Aretha Franklin’s passing today. If God had a voice on this earth, it rang out through Aretha’s songs. What a glorious gift she shared with the world. I was so lucky to live during the era of great music and she was leading the pack. Interesting that she and Elvis both died on the 16th of August. And Madonna turned 60 today. I now feel sufficiently aged, but boy, have I been lucky to be on this planet at the same time as these three and so many other pivotal artists. 

 

gathering storm

may 11, 2018

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“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” ~ Marianne Williamson

 

cheapside

 

This is Cheapside. It used to be a thru street between Short and Main, but today it’s used as a pavilion and outside courtyard of sorts. This is where Lexington’s Farmer’s Market meets on Saturdays during warm weather months, and this corner bar, today known as the Ruddy Duck, was Cheapside Bar and Grill for decades. I played there more times than I can remember. To the left of this image is the courthouse currently undergoing extensive renovation. In Antebellum Kentucky, this area was also called “cheapside.”  However, it wasn’t an entertainment hot-spot and it’s market wasn’t vegetables. It was the largest slave market in Kentucky, and one of the largest slave markets in the South. Just to drive the point home, not far from this spot was a whipping post where slaves were publicly beaten and kept in pens until Court Day trading. It seems strange to look at this area and see beauty knowing so many lives were destroyed in this very spot. Yet, it is a nice place in downtown Lexington and offers a vibrancy that many downtowns lack. I will always enjoy Cheapside, but I will never forget its history. That seems the least I can do.

 

into the sun

april 3, 2018

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“Note to self: My current situation is not my permanent destination.” ~ Unknown

 

april front (snapseed)

 

I said today was going to be a tumultuous weather day. Lexington has been spared, so far anyway, but north of here got slammed pretty good. Boy, it sure made for a beautiful sky when I left work, and it was so nice to see the students studying out in the sunshine. I feel sorry for them. They’ve been stuck inside for months. Today was the first day it has been really warm enough to bask in the sunshine. Of course, they’ll be back inside tomorrow what with the forty degree drop overnight. Nevertheless, here’s to basking in warmth and staying out of harm’s way.

 

warm (snapseed)

february 17, 2018

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“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

 

cold day, wet road

 

This is a photo from January of Short Street near Upper. It was a beautiful morning despite the frigid temps. Today was not like this at all. It poured a cold rain most of the day. That gave me plenty of time to read and relax. Last week was one of the most technologically frustrating and taxing weeks of my career. I needed today to be rainy and gloomy and slow. I needed today to be analogue. I love our technological advances, but not as much as I love the old ways of being. I want to read a book made of paper and play a drum that makes a lot of noise. And if I had space for a darkroom, I’d be shooting film, too. Well, two out of three will have to do, I suppose. I’m good with that.

february 4, 2018

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“You yourself are your own obstacle. Rise above yourself.” ~ Hafiz

 

northwest

 

Again, last week, we were treated to beautiful winter sunsets. This one didn’t come with remarkable clouds exactly, but it’s radiance was unmistakably gorgeous. The view from the top of the Limestone Street garage begged for a pano. Alas, I did not oblige, but I did snap a few. I have never regretted taking the time to stop and watch a sunset. I doubt I ever will.

 

directions

january 19, 2018

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“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

self

 

Some reflections are interesting. Some not. Prowling around downtown Lexington provided plenty of fodder for the lens. I wish I’d had more time to explore storefront reflections a bit more. They offer so much possibility, and such variety. Maybe when it’s warmer I’ll give it another go.

january 18, 2018

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“Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love & free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth.” ~ Scott Stabile

 

west

 

Winter skies offer subtle sunsets. They also tend to remind me of Doctor Zhivago. I don’t know why, but there you have it. Anyway, I remember the first time I heard thunder snow. I was six or there ’bouts. We were living at Malone, out in the country. A big snow had come through earlier in the day. At the gloaming, a deep, low rumble sounded up the valley toward Caney. It was both lonesome and ominous and it seemed to go on forever. I remember so clearly standing in the yard waiting for something to happen. I don’t know what I thought it would be, but I knew thunder in winter was unusual. It was weird enough to warrant something spectacular, surely. Nothing happened. I got cold and went inside. Now, I’ve got a hankerin’ to watch Doctor Zhivago, which has absolutely nothing to do with thunder snow. Just go with me, people. Some days are just this convoluted and funny.

 

downtown

january 17, 2018

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“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

 

from here

 

There’s this place on Limestone between two buildings where you can see both Christ Church Episcopal and First Presbyterian Churches. On Monday, as Stacy and I were walking from Lowell’s, I stopped to snap a pic. I’d seen this view before, and I think I even snapped a pic, but it didn’t do anything for me, so I didn’t share it. This composition still doesn’t do it for me, but I love the reflecting colors of the buildings. One of these days I’m going to have the right lens with me at the right time of day in the right season and the way I see this scene from the sidewalk will magically appear as an image. Until then, I’ll keep practicing.

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