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Homer Wheels


These cable wheels caught my eye while I was poking around the bouy area on the docks on the Homer spit.  The Coast Guard was looking like it was making preparations to get underway and had a few of these on the main decks also.  I didn’t try any stealth boarding attempts on the Coastie but I did overtly photograph these without fear.  The seaside in general is a wonderful place to receive a bounty of visual stimulus and a dock area is really icing on the cake with all of the goings on there.

Chased By the Light


Chased by the Light is an absolutely excellent book.  Maybe it is so popular that you have heard of it and own it already, if not it is worth taking a look at.  The photography is excellent because of what it is a part of, taken in context of the project all of the images become special.  I think that is what a lot of photographers try to communicate to their viewers with stories of how they suffered and endured to make a particular photograph, that sense of context.  Context is there when I view a photograph of mine because I was there, it is not there for you the viewer except for what you can draw from the image and add to with your imagination.  It is a dilemma that is perplexing for a stand alone piece of work for an artist; will the viewer “see it”.  Well…back to the book, Jim in writing this book does an excellent job of completing the missing contextual information and out comes a superb book that is revealing, inspiring, and thought provoking.  I have enjoyed it immensely, take a look.



I seem to always struggle with the season between Winter and Spring.  I guess it is not a season, but the couple of weeks of it sure make it seem so.  This, we will call it a “shoulder” season, is a time of what I tend to want to call…..ugliness.  The snow is dirty and rotten, the trees are bare and broken, the garbage is out all over, the junk in the yard is exposed, ugh.  So what’s a photographer to do?  I typically play catch up on my film development and bury myself in maps waiting for some “good weather” to get things going again.  Unfortunately I always seem to slip past that two week period of spring where the leaves have just started budding and they catch the light in the most amazing ways.  Backlit, freshly sprouted leaves are some of the most intriguing eye candy and I seem to get so busy on inside projects that I miss it.  Well, here’s to not missing it this year.  In the mean time had to make an run up the Glenn to escape the “tweener” time.  I must say I enjoyed the ride…

Buoys Awaiting Service


I am continuing this Homer Spit/Maritime theme for a bit because, well, I like it.  This is another set of buoys being temporarily stored on the docks at the end of the Spit.

Homer Buoys


We were out on the Homer Spit and the Coast Guard was getting (somewhat) ready to put these buoys out.  Some were freshly painted and some were apparently waiting for their upgrade.  Very colorful and the lines were inspiring.  The Homer Spit is not just a tourista trap, you gotta look around a little.