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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

The best of that afternoon follows…………………………. Continue reading

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

Peter and the Snowflake Lights

Posted in Abstract, Buildings of Denver, Electrified, friends, Photo Drawing, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by sambissell
Reflection No Reflection

Reflection No Reflection

My friend, Peter Forss, and I went to a photo gallery, Rule Gallery, last week to see a large selection of collodion wet plates by Mark Sink (with examples here). Sink’s wet plates are absolutely exraordinary and actually give you a sense that they were taken in the 19th century, for the most part.

As we were leaving the gallery, Peter stopped to inspect the “snowflakes” in the window. My intent was not just taking a photo of Peter but of the buildings across the street. And then this woman strolled passed outside on the sidewalk and just happened to look in the window, presumably at Peter.

Seing Just Beyond

Seeing Just Beyond

What They See

What They See

Have an excellent week!

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Plugging a hole that slipped by in the last blog….

Posted in Nature, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by sambissell

Just a quick one here, folks……….. in the last post, I meant to give mention to another blogger, whose site I find incredibly enthralling, if not for the photographs she has taken, then for her prose. Anna’s Bee World is the work of buzzybeegirl, who is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. I’ve mentioned Anna’s blog before but her most recent one is about moths…excuse me, it’s about caterpillars and what they become. I highly recommend that you check out her work– incredible closeups — of these beautiful creatures. The beauty she exhibits in her closeups, I find, is just astounding. Take a moment or two and go see for yourself!

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

I sent her an email a couple of days ago, asking about a couple of run-ins I had had recently. Originally, I just thought they were butterflies…but, after I had seen her recent post, it seemed natural to assume they were moths. She concluded, of course, that they ARE butterflies.
The “run-ins” I had with these 2 butterflies came at a time for me, this summer, which meant a great deal to me. On somewhat of a make-shift “walk-about” in July, I discovered some very deep and intrinsic details about my inner core. I’ll leave it at that and let you read an explanation of the butterfly’s power, below.

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Simply put, butterfly symbolism is about transformation or, better still, the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. By determining where you are in each or in all of the stages — egg, larva, cocoon, or birth — you understand where you are and each symbol can teach you where you are headed for the next stage in your transformation. The clearest message of the butterfly is that you are either about to undergo, or are already undergoing, some sort of change in your life, whatever it may be. For a clear description of the symbolism of butterflies (or any of the other beings in Native American medicine), refer to the work of Jamie Sams.

Have an excellent weekend! I know I will!

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Lost Buildings of Denver (Pt 1)

Posted in Buildings of Denver, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2008 by sambissell

I am in a club of sorts. The 2nd Wednesday Club. There are 3 members: myself, my high school buddy, Dan, and a friend of his, Jerry. Our club, so far, has been in existence for only 2 months but I see it going a much longer time than that. I find that it is especially enjoyable to be a member of our small club so I can see how my compatriots shoot.

What Is Left-Childrens Hospital Demolition

What Is Left - Childrens Hospital Demolition

What we do is shoot for a word/idea each month, submit 3 images, which are uploaded to another site, and then we critique each others’ works (or define how we came to use a particular entry to the final cut). We choose our words by selecting 3 individually, send them to Dan, who tallies the words, then we vote from the list of words to determine the word we use. It’s a great system because we don’t know ahead of time what the word will be, which makes the way we “see” that much more interesting.
The last two months our idea/words have been “reflection” and “the end”. Take a look.

This month…that is, for the 2nd Wednesday in September…our word is “change”. Taking my chances that I won’t be trumped by my Club friends, I’ve decided to add a set of three, only one of which will make the final cut in a couple of weeks. Although these shots would have worked equally well for “the end”, they fit the present word, as well.

Where the Door Was

Where the Door Was

The Childrens Hospital in Denver closed its doors earlier this year after their new facility was built east of town in a new massive complex, where Fitzsimmons (the Vets) Hospital and CU Medical Center have moved also. All three of these hospitals HAD been in very convenient locations in the “heart” of the metro area. Where they are now is actually not very convenient at all. But that’s where they are and that’s the way life is, unfortunately.

When my son was a baby, my ex and I spent a LOT of time in the ER at Childrens when it was downtown. Our son had ear infections on a regular basis, among other babyhood maladies. So, it was with sadness that I took this photo on Sunday. Demolition started a few months ago and they are getting down to the end. As you can see, the three photos here are all the same one; I progressively changed them to suit my needs for invoking more and more of a “statement”. I expect you’ll figure out the statement I am trying to invoke.

Attack of the Bureaucratic Machine

Attack of the Bureaucratic Machine

In the future, I’ll be adding photos that aren’t my usual subjects of nature and the like. I DO shoot a lot more stuff than just flowers…but then I’m just getting going with this blog so we have a long way to go, you and I.

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