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Monthly Archives: July 2010

I have to confess that most likely this isn’t a dew drop (as it has been extremely dry around these parts with no appreciable rain for weeks) but rather a leftover sprinkle from the morning’s watering via the irrigation system. 

"Dew Drop Daisy" (Yellow African Daisy) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 640

 Still, such a sunny little bloom for a sunny little saturday! 🙂

By popular demand request, I’ve put together a slideshow showing wider views of my garden landscape. You are welcome to stay as long as you’d like (and feel free to leave your generous donations by the side gate when you go). 😉

Enjoy! 🙂

Please Note: Unfortunately, I cannot control how quickly the images advance. If you hover your mouse over the slideshow area, a set of controls will display allowing you to STOP the auto advancement of the images. Then, you can use the forward and back arrows to scroll through the images at your leisure.

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Driving to a photo assignment this week, I passed a small cemetery in South Hamilton, Massachusetts (one town over from me) and just knew I’d end up back there at the end of the day to photograph the field of gravestones that had been adorned with American flags in preparation for Independence Day.

"The Price of Independence" (Decorated Gravestones, Hamilton Cemetery) Nikon D300, 34mm, F/13, 1/640s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, 'Old West' Toning Action

"Some Gave All" (Decorated Grave of 1812 War Veteran, Hamilton Cemetery) Nikon D300, 28mm, F/14, 1/500s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, 'Old West' Toning Action

Up until that moment, I’d been thinking of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend only in terms of days off from work, lazy afternoons spent poolside, backyard barbecues and fireworks. 

Standing in that cemetery amidst the quiet rows, I was acutely reminded of the everyday freedom I’d been born into and sadly, most often take for granted.

How often do you think of your freedom? Some probably more than others, but I know I don’t nearly enough. Perhaps it is because the thought that someone died so that I can wander freely about my country, go whereever I may, say whatever I feel and think whatever I want,

"The Cross They Bear" (Decorated Gravestones, Hamilton Cemetery) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/8, 1/320s, ISO 400, 'Old West' Toning Action

 is more than I can grasp on an everyday basis.

"Of Church and State" (Hamilton Cemetery and First Congregational Church) Nikon D300, 28mm, F/16, 1/8000s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, 'Old West' Toning Action

It’s a good thing then, there are designated patriotic holidays acting like the proverbial slap to the back of the head yelling, 

‘Hey! You know it wasn’t always THIS easy, right? SEE all those flags? Men and women actually fought and died for this country. For you. Think about that and for Pete’s sake, show some RESPECT!’

So, to the forefathers of this country who bravely gave all they had to declare our independence, and to all the soldiers and patriots who have since committed to protecting our national freedoms at any cost, I simply say ‘thank you’, knowing full well, it will never be enough. 

Happy Fourth! 🙂 

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