Staying with the boat theme from the last couple of days, thought I would include a view that most people do not see. This photograph is of a diesel engine, one of two that power an old tug boat in the Florida Keys. Engine rooms are very interesting spaces, usually crowded with large mechanical units with just enough room around them to inspect and maintain them. For a photographer, the lighting is always a challenge, but adds to the aura of the place as does the ever present smell of oil.
The human heart of steel;
Pulling our heavy load
Patiently to the dock of our destination… Nannette
Tug Boat Diesel, Florida Keys, Feb 2013
It is shrimping season in South Carolina… Thought this would be a good follow up photo from yesterday. There are shrimp docks throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia. It is however an industry that has been on the decline for many years, caused by cheap imported and farm raised shrimp, high fuel costs and fisheries that are not producing as they once did (potential causes are most likely pollution and not over fishing). Fishing is like farming, some years are better than others, and you have got to like it, because you probably are not going to get rich doing it…
Love at first sight…
I will rest by your side in the calm waters.
And in the perfect storm pray I return to you…
I am in you and you in me.
We remain each other’s reflection
In both the still and stormy waters
Love is not blind, it seas…. Nannette
Shrimp Boats, South Carolina, Spring 2013
Thought I would stay with the stone wall topic, but in this case, it is the wall of an old mill in Maryland. Photo shows an interesting mixture of stone work capped by bricks with a door the goes to nowhere and an old broken window.
What was is no longer…
When, Why, How, did it all end…
Mind shifting and slipping away.
What was is no longer…
Unable to enter back in,
All access denied…. Nannette
Old Mill Stone Wall
The stone walls of the Northeastern United States dwarf in their combined mass the great pyramids of Egypt. These walls were constructed around farm fields, particularly in New England from the stone found in the fields themselves and new stone pushed up by the spring thaw grew in the fields almost as regularly as the crops. Many of these walls today bound long deserted fields that have reverted back to woodlands. I enjoy exploring these old walls in the woods, but find them very hard to photograph successfully. I will be sharing my efforts hopefully in the next few months as I attempt to record some of these wonderful structures.
6-23-13 Stone Wall
Come close to me, sit with me, sing to me,
Dance with me and touch me…
Feel me and tell me your heart’s desire…
Walk by my side and listen to the many stacked stone stories,
stories born out of the blustery autumn breeze, the gentle spring showers, the beating summer sun and the bitter winter snow…
Come to me as the earth and water, the air and fire once came close to me and let your story be stacked within mine, left transformed by Nature’s Way… Nannette
Stone Wall Study No. 1
I am continuing this series and intend to take some more photos today and have not yet edited some I took Thursday. This is one that I have taken advantage of the infrared look and Nannette added an interesting take on interpreting the photo.
Can this study be the start of a warm moist summer solstice in the north, or the beginning of a cold crisp winter in the south….
Move from the edge and enter into these waters, naked and vulnerable or heavily clothed and protected,
But enter your must, into the warm or cold season of your soul…. Nannette
Pond Study In Infrared No. 3
I have been taking regular walks up to the pond recently and took this photo a few days ago after some heavy rains, thus water coming over the dam.
The dam does not break but overflows,
like the heart so full of love, unable to hold back,
it pours forth powerfully and purposefully,
tumbling onto the rocky reality of life. Nannette
Pond Study In Infrared No. 2
This is a pond close to where we live. As I have expressed before at some juncture, that I like infrared photos because of the great contrast that can be achieved in black and white, particularly in the sky. Also I prefer photos that are not obviously infrared, where the greens are not a harsh white, although they all have their place. The deserted cabin adds contrast to the jet trail in the left portion of the sky.
After I posted this photo, I received this wonderful thought from Nannette Pierson:
We rush to cross the skies,
to places far away,
to capture a moment of peace and tranquility,
while a cabin,
on a pond in paradise,
remains as empty as one’s soul…..
Pond Study In Infrared No. 1