Saturday, March 03, 2012


Yesterday it was almost warm enough to swim in the early afternoon. Tonight I had to put on my fuzzy jama-britches because the wind out of the north was cold enough to put goosebumps on my arm.
The weatherman said we could have frost tonight, so we brought all the plants inside from the deck. Now the great room resembles an indoor botanical garden.
We haven't had steak in months and for some reason the thought flitted across my mind this morning as I was making coffee.
Afterwards when we walked, Jilda said "Since we're staying in town tonight, we should get some steaks." I smiled at the suggestion.
This evening as the sun dipped below the horizon, I put on a sweatshirt and fired up the grill. When the coals settled into a slow easy burn, I poured a glass of red wine and headed out to do the man thang.
Off to the west a bank of clouds move eastward leaving a narrow band of light the width of an 80's belt, just above the horizon.  The color was halfway between butterscotch and a lemon bar.  I toasted the waning light as the steaks sizzled.
Life is made up of moments and because of those wacky laws of space/time, those moments are linear.
I think the reason I love still photography so much is because it captures moments in time.
Video is great, but if you watch it too long, it can be disappointing, because life moves on. Capturing a moment is great, but then someone belches, farts, or scratches themselves in inappropriate places which does not add to the moment.
A photograph, on the other hand, "gets it."  In that instant, you see the smiles, the color of the leaves, the stunning backdrop of color as the sun sets, and the smoke drifting from the grill.
Twenty years from now, when you look at the photograph, you can still smell aroma of mesquite and charcoal. You will remember the taste of the grapes in the wine, and what you wore.
Life is made up of moments and it will continue on like a video with no end, unless you stop and take a photograph.....even if you have no camera.


  1. Anonymous9:14 PM

    Excellent and well said!

  2. I agree about pictures - they hold a moment of time and memory for us that we might otherwise forget, sandie

  3. Those snapshots are the part of the legacy we leave for our descendants.

  4. Beautiful picture painted. I love photography too, and it can tell a different story to everyone.

  5. Oh I do love ye olde fashioned photographs. Ones made from rolls of film and kept in photo albums!

    Take care

  6. Nights like this make bad days endurable.

  7. I couldn't agree with you more Rick. I love taking pictures to capture that moment in time. And what's up with this cold weather last night and today? Brrrr.

  8. I'm with you on the photograph moment, Rick. I treasure especially the ones catching a special time of my children and grands. They will always be wonderful to me.

  9. Your post left a photo in my mind...I could almost smell that steak cooking! I love photography too. I think the best part of blogging for me has been the use of my camera to capture those special times that I put in book form at the end of the year. Have a great week with a ton of wonderful "moments".

  10. I love how your posts are always so insightful. I think that is the beauty of photography - the ability to capture a moment forever just as it was. I plan on getting a Nikon D3100 over the summer so I can capture those moments better. :) Though I must say that video is also very special to me because it captures movement as well as moments. I've got home videos from when my sister and I were younger, and I'm so glad my dad recorded them back then!


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