I’m nearing the end of four weeks without any serious shooting. I had some family things and some volunteer responsibilities and I’m getting pretty antsy. My last real expedition was to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim over a month ago.
They say that the best camera is the one you have with you, a sentiment not unlike Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With.” For many of us, that means the mobile phone.
|Out the window on final approach to Midway.|
Sometimes I can’t put my hand on the camera (like that unexpected out-the-commercial-airplane-window shot), or I deliberately didn’t bring it, like a day with harsh light or out for a walk or bike ride. Sometimes I think a phone snap is good enough because I’m unlikely to want to sell it, though I’ve been wrong on that assumption. Sometimes I’m just lazy.
It’s not the same as a real camera, at least not yet, but it’s serviceable in good light and its available. Lately I’ve been keeping an e-journal with photos on the Diaro app and have found that the exercise sharpens my way of seeing and is a whole lot of fun.
|Neighborhood Halloween spirit|
|On a walk at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix|
|Yarnell's Finest, Cornerstone Bakery|
The bulk of what I played with this month popped up on walks. My 12-year-old dog still insists that we go out every day. We do an hour and she glares at me when I pause to shoot.
|Clouds in Covington, KY (almost Ohio)|
|Eden Park, Cincinnati|
In Ohio for the fundraiser, there were some remarkable scenes.
|Spooky in the in-laws' backyard, Buffalo|
|Fire Escape, Buffalo|
We were in Buffalo with family. The area has remarkable contrasts between urban scenes and farmland. I didn't notice until putting this post together that I've rendered Buffalo in Black and White. Interesting.
|A little Franciscan humor|
|Good advice from the Franciscans|
|Saint Francis himself|
A Rotary International Grants Conference at the Franciscan Renewal Center here in Phoenix was busy enough to preclude any serious photography, though the place is full of potential. I did fire off a few shots.
I know you’re concerned, so I’ll put your mind at ease. My next road trip begins soon. Stay tuned for the report!