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The top of this weathered tree stump has an amazing texture, especially when amplified by the light of the low setting sun. With its deep concentric circles, it sort of looks like a sundial.

“Five O’Clock” (Top of Weathered Tree Stump) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/6.3, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

And if I’m reading it correctly, it is quittin’ time. Adiós, amigos! 😀

I’ve been having a very hard time of late, something akin to “writer’s block.”  I go out and shoot for hours in this cold, wet weather and yet, come back with very little to show for it. Oh, I take lots of pictures, mind you, but when I load them up onto the computer, I am, let’s say, less than enthused? 

What my heart is missing are the flowers. From the perennials in the garden to the unknown varieties growing wild in the woods, I miss them all. And I miss what comes with them – butterflies, bees, birds, moths, crickets, etc. In the warmer months, they are all around me, feeding my passion to the point where my heart is racing and I can’t photograph fast enough! 

Sigh. I long for those days.   

"Stumped" (Snow-covered Tree Stump) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/11, 1/200s, ISO 640

Today, again, I spent hours in the snowy woods, photographing what appeared at the time to be interesting forms – from downed trees, to peeling bark, to stumps, to lichens, to shadows, etc. May have been some other photog’s dream but for me? Eh. I just don’t get it.   

Perhaps I am trying to hard, expecting too much. I know inspiration will return, it always does. Let’s hope for tomorrow!

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