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A morning ride

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Felt great to get out this morning and thankfully it was nice enough for the top to come down on the car. With both cameras beside me and in a relaxed frame of mind I was really feeling alive. I’ve noticed a difference when I head out to take some images. First is my interest and senses are raised. I feel like my head is on a swivel that doesn’t want to miss a thing. Like my first shot that was kind of behind me as I came down Woodstock Rd. Being most of it is closed for construction and traffic at the morning hour was none, I turned my head and caught the sun just trying to peak over the morning clouds. So I pulled into the snowball stand parking lot and got out for this.

The first shot of the morning.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I pointed the car west for a bit and the richness of the countryside came out. I used to enjoy cruising this county for miles but now it seems you can’t go any distance without a new development of homes that start in the upper hundreds of thousands of dollars, dotting the landscape.

A pair.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s still a county filled with beauty. I tend to look more at the natural parts of it than our cities. So I’m going to try to balance that a bit better and force myself to shoot some in Columbia as well as the small towns. Which also makes me think I had better get busy doing more photography in DC before they put me out to pasture at the job that pays the bills.

Insert moo here.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s nice to see these (Farmland Forever) signs. Oh, another point I’d like to make signs. Allan K. You have enough signs up.

Speaking of farmland, the Howard County Fair will be coming up soon.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh deer, and there are too many of these around this year. Time to thin the heard.

You looking at ME?
Photo by Mike Hartley

These two were playing and horsing around as I came by. I make a u turn, park and they both stop, see the camera and put their heads down. Talk about camera-shy.

Camera shy.
Photo by MIke Hartley

Life is about balance. I guess I had to get my fill of country this morning before returning to the concrete jungles, elevators and parking garages of the city.

How now black cow?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Being that I didn’t get a shot I liked much this morning, I’m going to try to do some more shooting today. Practice makes perfect. Well at least acceptable.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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