Soya green

soya green

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Rustic times

Rustic Times

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Forest fungus

Found in the woods.

 Forest_Fungus

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Why take pictures?

Jilly

She surveys her sward

It has been said that if you’re taking pictures for the “likes” or the “faves” you’re taking pictures for all the wrong reasons. Well, maybe. A while back someone asked me “why” I’m a photographer. At the time I responded with something trite like, “it’s fun” or my standard refrain, “I’m too lazy to work and too honest to steal.”

When I thought about the “why” of taking pictures, a few other feelings began to surface. And as I sorted it out, one thing stood out. I like to please people. Oh, photography is a tool in the survival toolkit and I do things to make a living so I can keep a roof overhead and some food around.

But a real trigger to keep taking pictures are the reactions people have. When someone looks at a picture and smiles; I like that. When someone looks at a picture and it brings a memory or story back; I like that. When someone looks at a picture and says, “That doesn’t look like me!” my heart sinks.

Not that a negative reaction is always bad. Back in my journalism days a picture that pissed someone off or forced an issue made me very happy. See, it’s the reaction that’s satisfying. The desired reaction, be it pleasure or something else, is motivating for me.

So when one of my images happens to trip the Explore algorithm, I get a nice kick out of the extra views, faves and comments. And I’m going to enjoy it.

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Sunrise, Wisconsin River

Somewhere near Lone Rock we crossed the Wisconsin River right at sunrise.

aerial_2014-3 #aerial Thanks for the many views and favs!

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Championship drive

Ben at the 2015 Stoughton Jr. Fair. He went on to win the championship that day with his Duroc barrow.

Ben #pig #hog #swine

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Beginner’s luck?

What happens when your daughter comes home for the weekend and you hand her your brand new, just out-of-the box camera? She wanders around the yard snapping pictures, of course. Then when I post a few to Flickr; guess what? Her picture gets Explore! Chip off the old block?
Jilly! Hey, I'm cute #Aussie #Explore 456

 
Aforementioned daughter later that day on the way to her wedding shower.
Country Girl 02

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Retrospective

Sometimes you need to take a look at yourself

Total Selfie #B&W

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Roll with the cute

Sometimes you just have to have a cute fix.

Spring? Up for that! #lambs #sheep

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Happy Pi Day!

Back in February went to the Kenosha lakefront to take pictures of frozen Lake Michigan. Snagged this picture of John Adduci’s aluminum sculpture “My Pi” there in Harbor Park. Saved it to have for 3.14.
Pi Day 3.14 #Pi #3.14

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