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Better Late Than Never…..A Belated Birthday Gift for Ed: An Afternoon on the Pecos River, November 2012

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, friends, Haiku, Idyllic, Infrared, Me, Nature, Pecos River, Photographic Commentary, Photography, Santa Fe, Solarization, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by sambissell
Pecos Flow

Pecos Flow

In early November 2012, I traveled down to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 4 days of celebration and the birthday of one of my oldest friends, Ed Gale. Ed and I went to high school together at Fountain Valley School, outside Colorado Springs, in the late 60s. Along for the ride were a couple of more high school chums, Kurt Swingle and Ernie Steck. We all arrived on Thursday, enjoying a wonderful dinner in downtown at The Shed, which I highly recommend, if you are down that way! I also recommend Harry’s Roadhouse, where we had breakfast the following morning, after which we ventured eastward to Cowles, which is little more than a sign post on a road with a smattering of cabins, here and there. That said, however, it was definitely a home away from home for our overnight. Once we had unloaded the truck and settled our gear, we took off for a scan of the river for Ernie, who had brought his fishing tackle, and for me, camera in hand. They found a likely spot for Ernie to return to and I caught this candid shot, the faces of the innocent kept in confidence:

Perusing the Rive

Perusing the River

We continued along our merry ways, whether it was Ernie donning his fly-fishing gear or myself continuing to shoot photos, as I am wont to do in a new environment. I traipsed about the shoreline as I studied the river and how various things got in its way to impede its course….that is, the rocks and boulders, felled branches and trees, detritus of one form or another, or whatever may be pushing it this way or that. While my concentration was the Pecos River itself, I was, occasionally, distracted by various ┬ábits that caught my eye.

Pecos Spanish Moss

Pecos Spanish Moss

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This Is For……… (another post to a friend)

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Infrared, Shimmering Silver, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by sambissell

Reaching Out To, Santa Fe, 2006

THIS IS FOR JESSICA.

I met you last night and one I hope that our friendship blossoms for a long time to come. In the brief moments we had to talk, we cut straight to the cores of things and connected in ways many people still have no clue about. So, consider these photos as a way to see a little deeper into me………..

Minions Reaching for Their Garden God, Edgewater, 2010

Getting Out of Hell, Edgewater, 2008

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One from Shoshoko

Posted in Botanical, Contemplative, Idyllic, Nature, Photography with tags , , on September 26, 2010 by sambissell

Columbine and Ponderosa. Shoshoko, 2008

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As Fall Approaches

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, Botanical, Buildings of Denver, California, Christmas, Contemplative, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Idyllic, Me, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by sambissell

DBG Pond and Changing Trees, 2005

These are photos I’ve taken through the years that reflect the oncoming colors that Autumn graces all of us with, in all of our different spots in the world. When I moved to Colorado many many years ago, I was told that there “aren’t any real colors, just lots of yellows.” Because I came from New England, where I grew up, and spent lots of time in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest during many of those same years, I was used to seeing a vast range of colors.

I didn’t think much of Colorado’s Autumn colors when I was in and out of college….I simply didn’t make note of it (if you can believe that!!). The more time I spent in the mountains, though, the more I came to realize… Continue reading

Jettison

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Contemplative, Electrified, Nature, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , on September 7, 2010 by sambissell

Jettison. DBG, August 2008

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From 2005……….

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Nature, Photography with tags , , , on August 27, 2010 by sambissell

Kiss of the Orchid

A process I never use anymore but used a LOT when I did!

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Seedling on the Forest Floor

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by sambissell

Seedling on the Forest Floor, 2006

An older photo using a process I don’t utilize anymore but which I used for quite a long time. I may have to go back and play with it a bit (the process, not the photo)…..b/c I miss it. Taken at Shoshoko, off the east side of Crystal Mountain, where many of my photos are shot.

A year later, I went back to check its progress, and found it coming along strong! I made this composite of the original photo blended with the new one; be sure to look closely for the “message”.

Seedling on the Forest Floor - Seedling Grows Up, 2007

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I’m Back……..I think

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, friends, Nature, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by sambissell

Friends of the Night

As was my last post, which was 11 months ago, these photos are for another friend, who shall remain nameless. We were talking on the phone last night about a few things…but mostly about my health, which has been a rollercoaster for quite a while. We also chatted briefly about the time it actually takes to write a blog and populate it with photos.

Fish out of Water

Much of the time, I try to upload an original photo with the variations I have made to alter it, then explain each photo or what have you. Although it doesn’t sound time-consuming, it really can be. With that said, I’m going to shift gears a bit with my previous blogs……. Continue reading

Another year ahead!

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Buildings of Denver, California, Contemplative, Electrified, Everlasting Love, friends, HDR, Horses, Idyllic, Love - plain and simple, Me, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by sambissell

As I do occasionally, I create posts for friends, who are special to me. This is one of those posts.

This one is for Gina V.

Because I just passed another year, the title of this blog has 2 meanings: I have found myself one more year forward and look forward to the one coming up.
The past year has had its ups and downs, as many do, but I like to base a year on the people I meet, more than anything. Events are one thing but meeting people who leave an impression are something entirely different. And while I have met quite a few people this year, meeting Gina has left quite an impression on me. I could list the reasons why but I won’t: she knows why, I think, and that is all that matters.

I consider the work included here some of my best work, either for personal reasons or because of feedback. The dates refer to the original date I took the photos.

So, Gina, these are for you….sort of a gift to you as I enjoy the entry of my next year on this planet. Enjoy!

Flame and glass

Flame and glass (2004)

Fading Tree Peony

Fading Tree Peony (2008)

Chance Meeting (2008)

Chance Meeting (2008)

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At Long Last: The Gardens at Jay Street

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Idyllic, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photographers, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by sambissell
Dwarf Tulips

Dwarf Tulips

This post is going to be virtually nothing but pictures, I’ve decided. To be precise, pictures of my yard, close-ups of some of the plants, blooms, etc in both the front and back yards as well as shots of groupings. Many readers either haven’t been here to the house or, if they have, have not been by this year, for one reason or another.
I’ll name as many as I can; I do know most and many I know only by their botanical name, not their common name, and vice versa. I’ll always label them from front to back.
If you want to write back and identify ones I haven’t named, feel free and I’ll add a note to the photos. And don’t be surprised if I add a few “shifts”.
In any case: ENJOY!

Fading Dianthus Bloom - Spiderweb Cactus BloomFading Dianthus Bloom – Spiderweb Cactus Bloom
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