Friday, March 27, 2015

Grandmas Beautiful Backyard in Dorchester

 
My grandmother passed away last year. I lived with her for the last 5 years in Dorchester MA and I did not see all the value in everything she taught me.  I'll give you one example - the backyard. 
 
 
 
It was always so beautiful in her backyard.  The rose bush, the butterfly bush and what we referred to as the satellite bush were so beautiful.  It was an inspiration to her neighbors.  We also purchased several flowers every year to fill two pots on the back porch and several spots around the yard. there were flowers on both sides of the love seat and in between the twin round tables. 
 
During the summer months I would water plants everyday or every few days depending on the temperature. I was convinced all the watering was a waste.  After all, most of the flowers came up every year and I had never seen them do anything else. Everything had always been perfect.



Now that my grandmother has passed and I no longer live there all that beauty is gone.  The time I spent watering the plants I thought was worth little to nothing has proven to have made a difference. The flowers that came up every year did not return, did not bloom or appeared sick and quickly withered away. 


 
Now I do see that there was real value in what my grandmother taught me - not just with yard care.  But with everything she taught me about life.  One thing she would say to me all the time, "it's not those who have, it those who take care."  I feel she made that one just for me. 
 
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Walking Home Through the Night Photography


These photos were taken October 14th 2009.  At the time I was obsessed with my camera.  I was taking photos of everything no matter how late, how creepy or how long it would take. If I remember correctly these photos were taken on my way home from Andrew Station in Dorchester MA to the Upham's Corner area of Dorchester.

 

To make this night scene very luminous without the use of flash, I kept the camera shutter open for longer exposure.  To keep the camera steady I used a tripod and avoided touching the camera by using a remote trigger.  Nikon D80 10 Mega Pixels if you were wondering. 


I love the image above because you can see the prudential in the distance. It also illuminates the entire structure to the left.  However, I enjoy the softer blue illumination of the image below.


Finally I was almost home.  I can only imagine how chilly the October night was.


My passion for seeing the world in a different light is still here.  However, I'm not so certain I'll ever have a career in photograph.