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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

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Can you believe it

That sure was some heat yesterday. Cut the grass when the clouds hadn’t rolled in yet and got roasted and toasted. Then worked on the deck for a bit, a quick shower before the storms and 5 minutes to capture an image or two from the neighbors and our yards. So I did accomplish a few things except for the ride but I’ll squeeze that in today and hopefully grab a few frames around the county.

August fireworks.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Nature is so easy. The infinite palate of color and shapes. The stillness. Oh there is a butterfly. Difficulty increases, a moving target but one so effortless and patient with me that its like he was posing.

Color by nature.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I don’t think I would survive living in a city devoid of gardens, woods and wildlife.

Love the orange reflection under the wing.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Going to be another warm one today, be careful all.

The mother of Heather Heyer is a very well spoken, thoughtful and insightful person. I would also add strong to be so composed and articulate at what is the most difficult thing in the world I could imagine. A parent losing a child.

I have a new subject in the house today to photograph. Our grand dog.

To all the teachers in the world. We salute you as you begin another year.

President Kelly is making progress, just a loose cannon to contain.

Satisfaction = love of family and having it returned.

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You find the greatest settings, when your looking

Just strolled by a porch yesterday in Chesapeake City with an interesting decor. Almost like a painting so I grabbed a frame. Doing it with a camera is so much easier than making something like this. I’ve worked with a few artist over the years in the publishing field and they are truly wonders. That internal perspective, the use of line, lighting and color. I would love to be able to paint like I saw some watercolor works on display yesterday. I don’t have that talent or discipline yet. Its one I hope I do have some time to try to develop along with a number of other artistic endeavors.

Painting is much easier with a camera.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m getting to the point of where I’ve stopped beating myself up for what I haven’t done and just trying to do what I can in the time I have each day. I hope some of my work is getting a little beyond amateur. At least its starting to feel like that. I wish I had the time and energy to practice all the crafts I love, discover or rediscover.

Sometimes I ask myself should I be in the workroom practicing etching or out shooting or at the computer writing. Or maybe getting the pastels out and pad, trying to recapture my love of that media. So many opportunities, what a great gift to finally appreciate that I might be capable of making something original that might create enjoyment, knowledge or pleasure. A series of words, a photographic an etching or painting, a video, a thought. All it took was a little courage to get started and be willing to make a lot of public mistakes and learn from them.

As you can see I’m a slow learner but its the journey they say, right? At least its continuing to feel like a fun ride.

So my dilemma today is do I hurry outside to cut the yard before the storms, Go for a ride and do some shooting while the sun is out, stay inside from that oppressive heat and humidity and write in my A/C office? Well, as usual I’m going to try to fit in all 3. Wish me luck, Just wanted to make a post, being I’ve been slack recently.

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More reflecting

Yuck, what a washout. Not often I’m woke by rain, but today was one of them. Then the day went downhill till early evening when I started to feel better but then we lost power again. 2nd time in last 3 days. No problem, the next few days I hope to be out and about. Charging up the imaging equipment now and excited as hell about a number of things.

Photo by Mike Hartley

One of them is spending a day with my daughter this week. It’s our summer father/daughter day. Something that I always have these mental snapshots from. That’s my favorite photo library, the one of my family in my mind.

Mug Shot
Photo by Mike Hartley

I hope to unwind this weekend and appreciate the sheer joy of taking care of a pet again. Too bad people don’t have the unconditional love that animals seem to have.

Seems like I have a bit of a reflection theme going the last two days. Always good to reflect. I’m far from perfect. I have views and perspectives that might not be complete. I could do more for others. I could take better care of myself. I could be more sharing. Well that was interesting. Guess I have a lot more work to do.

Looks like the Donald stirred up a S Storm again. You know that foot injury he claimed to skip Vietnam might be true. Seems like a habit of shooting himself there hasn’t stopped.

The tide has changed today. Either I’ll need to take the trigger lock off and get more ammo or good people in this country will step up and lead us out of this difficult time and situation.

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Reflecting on Monday

What a day, drained is how I feel and its the only the beginning of the week. I’ll need to catch a second wind in a hurry. Keeping myself challenged and doing as much as I can for others and fitting in some me time is a tricky formula. Oh yeah the job and home responsibilities are also fun to balance. But that is just living and living is good. That is the easy part of life.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Getting along is the tough part. And it appears to be getting more difficult for us. Lots of cities have the potential for another Charlottesville. Small towns, big towns. I find myself getting more radical in thought. I heard someone say they fought in WWII and didn’t come home to see a Nazi flag being waved here. That really hit home for me. Many in my family fought in that war. And you know what, I don’t want to see that anymore either.

It’s surprising we didn’t see more carnage. Did you see all the guns at that event. Only a matter of time before that could be the next step.

I wish people would get outraged and appalled each time racist incidents happen. Seems like other incidents including where people get killed or maimed are just so much part of the daily news cycle. Life that visiting student at the University of MD.

I don’t have the answer, just love your fellow-man is all I can add.

There are few things on earth like seeing a child’s face when they catch a home run ball.  Shear joy.

Hostess orange cupcakes are like crack.

I love the look of pine trees. I just hate them on my property.

Looking forward to a wonderful Tuesday.

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Saying goodbye or hello

I feel like this photo. I don’t know if I’m saying goodbye or hello. Its Sunday night so I know I’m saying goodbye to a weekend. I know my wife has just returned from a few days away with our daughter so I just said hello recently. Well I guess I’ll get my barring sometime soon. It’s just not tonight. But later this week I’ll get thing straight.

Hello or goodbye?
Photo by Mike Hartley

For this week I’m going to do some fresh shooting around the state. Can’t wait to get some fresh images. Took a few this morning but wasn’t feeling on top of the world so-called it quits early. Such is life, every once in a while its good to be reminded how lucky you are when feeling fine.

You have seen the start of hostilities. Now can we stop it from moving forward.

It’s important to remember that not everyone is capable of change.

I get to dog sit soon. I love dog kisses.

When your children are happy and thriving, there isn’t much that can ruin a day.

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No more please

I don’t have the answers. I don’t know if the right plays will be made. But I do know my father is telling me not to add more Korea’s to any more headstones other than those who have fought there before. So Donald if you’re listening TONE IT THE F DOWN. All I do know is we all better be paying close attention because this could get out of control quickly with someone with no sense of history in charge. You don’t think he is going to send his sons into harms way do you?

From Dad’s headstone.
Photo by Mike Hartley

On the positive side the sun is trying to break through this morning. Would be nice to catch a few rays today before late storms which are just part of summer, so I’ll be ready for them later today. Sort of mirroring life now isn’t it.

Can you believe I had 3 different wood working tools out today.

This is an exciting baseball season. As I watch the Yankees rally late over the RedSox.

Would you still go, if you had your vacation planned in Guam?

Well, time to get out and about. Because it’s never to late to create.

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Love of state or is it a state of love?

All I know is I love this state of Maryland from the shores to the mountains. I recently saw post from a former Marylander and he really trashed the state. Yes its changed, yes in places not for the better depending on your perspective. But if you’re lucky enough to be able to travel the state, it’s still a wonder to behold and in many ways better. Has the population continued to explode? Yes and in some very unmanageable ways.

Our front porch.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But the state itself is like this wetland of grass. There is a wonder behind each blade. A state with all seasons. Big cities along side country and wilderness. Rich history and passionate sports. Schools and opportunities. Freshwater lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean. And for the most part, there are a lot of good people here. Yeah you can find a lot more that aren’t than you used to. And that is an issue for lots of us old timers.

Green waves.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But this state is home and I feel it always will be. That is unless one of those lotto tickets I picked up affords me a nice vacation home that I could be tempted to spend time in away from the winter months here. But as long as my family and friends are here, so shall I be.

I hope to explore Maryland more fully the remainder of this year. To take some roads I’ve never traveled. To explore towns I’ve never visited. I’m hitting one next week called Chesapeake City. No matter where I go in this state though it seems you can pull down any side street and see a welcoming porch like this.

Front porches that say welcome.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So when you see someone on a porch, wave, yell hello. It’s good to be friendly and get to know people. And in this state most will greet you warmly. We just need to take the time to connect again. Once were all talking again, things will work out. Trouble is we are so far down the rabbit hole, I’m not sure we can get out.

I want to go pick up a new printer but I’m not sure it will fit in my car. I’m so old school I keep forgetting I can usually have it delivered for free.

My Fathers old desk is far from practical. But it sure is personal to work from.

I have to start doing more good deeds. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. So maybe a trip to the shelter tomorrow morning.