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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Details are important. That is why I try to read more than listen to sound bites or short clips or even news segments. Knowing details on the job has always been a strength of mine. Not that the big picture isn’t important, it’s just I’ve been on the doing things part of the job more than the management of it most of my career. Even when I was in management I liked getting into details of things.

I build my own toolshed of information and tips/tricks to make things happen or work. I’m looking forward to learning again in many ways. With my focus changing to things I’m far from an expert at, is going to take some time.

Loving nature. Photo by Mike Hartley

Details are easy to overlook and often are. From little stuff like getting that oil changed on the mower or adjusting the belt periodically. As I get more time to photograph and hopefully move into that sphere of work, I find myself involved in many details. Am I prepared when I go out? Things like knowing the environment and weather conditions. Are your tools ready to go and do you have all that you need? Do I know how to use my tools to the fullest extent?

When I shoot nature I’m always open to all my surroundings. Lots of time I might start out shooting some birds but end up focusing on the ground when I discover some fresh mushrooms growing from a rotted tree. Or maybe as I leave a wooded area how nature is interacting with man and his development. The examples are endless but it’s the tools/details you develop and thoughts that supply the inspiration for images.

I took a few minutes Thursday to detail and wash the go-cart a bit. That has been long overdue and I didn’t get to the engine compartment but the trunk and door and all the seams are clean. The interior could use some more work and will get it next week. Now that I have a cover for it life is good and that clean appearance can last a while.

Also went for a ride around the Ellicott City area. Probably one of the last, comfortable days (the mid-70s) with the top down and shorts/tee shirt and windows down. There will be many more days with the top down but the seat warmers and or heater might be employed. The windows might be halfway or all the way up. I rarely see people using the convertible option as late into the seasons as I do.

I’m not averse to throwing that top-down in mid-January if the temps go into the 50’s and it’s sunny. I think that wild hair comes from my motorcycle riding days where a mid-winter ride was needed for sanity. I’m so glad I got a convertible. I’ll never own another car without a drop-top.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I don’t mind long drives if its to the right destination.
  • I wonder if there is a day where I will get everything done I hoped to do when the day started?
  • If I had the ability to make time I’d be too busy to get to it.
  • I promise not to curse out loud if the temps stay above freezing. All bets are off below that.

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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