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New Years Eve

Spent the afternoon visiting my Mother in-law. She is at Encore rehab, assisted and nursing living. And is there for the rehab part and looks like she is doing fine. It was refreshing to hear her say “I’m not going to let this thing beat me.”  And said with determination and conviction. You need that kind of determination to heal both physically and mentally. And I’m proud of her attitude.

Dome at Encore Rehab facility at Turf Valley.  Photo by Mike Hartley

Dome at Encore Rehab facility at Turf Valley.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Don’t have time to pull an end of year review of my blog. Not really interested in going back but more interested in getting out and snapping a few hundred frames to start the New Year early on Friday morning. Yeah its fun to look back, because as they say “if you forget the past, your doomed to repeat it.” And that is the last thing I want to happen when the object of this blog is to keep it fresh and growing.

But I will look back at this year as the time my wife and I got much closer. I think crisis will to that or it can also tear apart couples. I’m personally glad it was the first. I’ll remember it as a year of personal and physical challenges. I’ll remember it as a year of professional challenges. And in another 3 hours I can say I made it through them all this year.

I also remember it as the year my Son got engaged. I remember it as a year where I really got busy with this blog. Even though I had started it in 2014, this year was the year it came alive. Yeah it wasn’t the consistent effort I had hoped for but with all the things going on I’m pleased with my effort and start. Mainly because I think this helps my health. I think sharing and applying myself to a task gives me purpose besides the job that pays the bills. This lets me be in charge. This lets me share my views or images. This lets me relax. Its kind of like my personal therapy session.

So tomorrow begins a new year with a new effort and new ideas. Can you smell what TME is cooking?


 

Random Thoughts for Thursday December 31st 2015

  • Wishing everyone a healthy New Year.
  • I don’t know at what age I stopped going out to tear up the old year and ring in the new one but it happened. I’m fine with being home and relaxing. There is plenty of good sports to keep me entertained. And its much easier to see, hear and hold my wife the way I would like at home instead of some loud and crowded party.
  • The only way to repay someone who has shown great love and devotion is to repay it in kind.
  • We did as any good Marylander has done this evening. We are eating crab cakes.


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Foggy hump day morning

Being we have so much darkness this time of year in the northeast US, I figured I had better start to brush up on my night photography. It’s something I’ve wanted to accomplish this year but time is short to make that come true so we carry this goal into 2016. But it does accomplish the start of my goal to try to do a shot in Howard County each day and post it.

3925 Folly Quarter Road front gate entrance on a foggy morning. Photo by Mike Hartley

3925 Folly Quarter Road front gate entrance on a foggy morning.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I was going to shoot some Christmas lights but wasn’t feeling up to snuff. But I see a simple gate in the fog along Folly Quarter Road and I turned the car around and grabbed a few frames before heading home. Actually this gate leads to a huge estate that is for sale for I think 7 million $$. I believe I’ll head out this evening and shoot some Xmas displays.

And what was that brief light in the sky yesterday? Something bright behind those clouds but it never appeared. Rumor is some used to call it the sun. Well even though it’s not supposed to clear today, I think I might take a walk by the Patapsco river later. That is so close and I’ve ignored it long enough.


 

Random thoughts for Wednesday December 30th 2015

  • Is Santa a spokesman for BMW or Mercedes? Looks to me he is double dipping to me in watching their commercials.
  • I have some great children. Take my word for it.
  • Wow, 2015 has not really been my year. Won’t be sad to see it go.
  • Few things affect my productivity more than pain.
  • You know one of the fun things I like to do on vacation is get up early, snack and relax and then return to bed.
  • I have cleared more wall space for photographs. So my color printer starts acting up as I get to work trying to fill it. As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say in a whiny voice “It’s always Something, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.”
  • It’s good to see families stepping up to take care of parents in their elder years. It’s sad to see those that don’t have that care.
  • Don’t forget, the Maryland game starts at 5pm today.
  • I started to eat more healthy yesterday. Wasn’t much fun, but living longer is. So I slowly change.
  • We are Grand-dog sitting on New Years eve. I’m so excited. Damn, did I just reveal my age?


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Busy Monday

Aren’t they all. Busy that is. One appointment or task or place to be after another. Such is life and I’ll never again complain about life or being busy. I believe busy is good. I know it is for the mind. And when I apply it to exercise that is good also. Wish I did more of the later.

Gourds on Main Street Photo by Mike Hartley

Gourds on Main Street
Photo by Mike Hartley

So I’ll post a few random shots from the weekend. That same weekend that was also very busy so I’m not thrilled with the limited selection. But in an effort to keep working hard on posting, sharing, photographing and writing each day. And by reading some others tips on blogging I’m learning to work and plan ahead more.

Color surrounds us. Photo by Mike Hartley

Color surrounds us.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I have to learn to transition from work, chore and responsibility time to creative time better. Lots of time, I’m mixing my shooting between family trips or events. Hell if I didn’t do that I’d never get a chance to get some practice.

But the transition I think about is one where I’m relaxed. Where I can think and slow down and see things I usually pass at light speed. Or hear sounds or take the time to look at a young child’s expressions.

For when relaxed and open, you are going to find things in life you didn’t know were there or were a quick blur seldom taken into account.

Anything can be interesting. Hell I could spend half my life photographing sand and I’d always be able to find something new. But I can only do that when I’m at peace. When I allow myself to turn some parts of  my life off.

I’m just glad I get the chance to spend a few minutes a day to think creatively. It’s a good contrast to the exacting computer work I do for the job that pays the bills. So I must continue this mission I’m on.

Along Marriotsville Road Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Marriotsville Road
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well, lets see if I can do better on Tuesday or if I’m forced to pull images from the vault. Who knows, maybe I’ll try to paint some images with words? Life is full of options if your open to seeing them.

A new family shopping on Main Street this weekend. Photo by Mike Hartley

A new family shopping on Main Street this weekend.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 


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Another back road drive with a few stops

I love just exploring the old roads of this county (Howard). Especially at this time of season. The only problem is there is absolutely no place to pull over in a lot of spots. I’m going to have to drag my better half along with me and let her drive so I can hop out and shoot more. Wishing it wasn’t so overcast this morning.

I believe I shot this on Underwood Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

I believe I shot this on Underwood Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m going to try to get back to one of my original goals which was to get out and shoot part of the county each day. Of course it’s fairly easy when nature provides the palette it does at this time. So the challenge will be to stay creative without the color.

Along Old Frederick Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Old Frederick Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s amazing how the colors change as the light/sun changes.

Too bad nature can't save a few of these for the dead of winter. Photo by Mike Hartley

Too bad nature can’t save a few of these for the dead of winter.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I could spend the rest of my life shooting various barns in this county and not tire of it.

So many Barns, so little time. Photo by Mike Hartley

So many Barns, so little time.
Photo by Mike Hartley

A bit of a breeze kicked up and started to ruffle this guys hair blow.

Breeze in the treeze. Photo by Mike Hartley

Breeze in the treeze.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wonder if I can capture any of the fall color at nights. Might be a thought to try this evening.

Corner of Old Frederick and Marriotsville Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Corner of Old Frederick and Marriotsville Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts for Saturday October 24th 2015

  • It has been a beautiful fall this year.
  • Only by getting out and experiencing life, can you enjoy it. There are more things than a keyboard and smart phone.
  • You know for two lenses that aren’t worth crap, they certainly give my photography a lot of mileage.
  • Dinner with my family this evening. What a wonderful treat. Celebrating my Son in-laws birthday.
  • I love learning new things or new ways to think about things.
  • I’m going to see if I can lose another 10 lbs by walking more often and longer.


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Random Color of early Fall

Took a ride to Brighton Dam today and grabbed a few shots. Had a wonderful lunch at El Azteca in Clarksville and ran some errands. But the best part of the day was spending it with my wife. After a long work week for both of us it was nice to spend a Friday, taking a walk, talking and grabbing a bite to eat. Just like the old days when we had some time to ourselves.

Looking north I believe from Brighton Dam. Photo by Mike Hartley

Looking north I believe from Brighton Dam.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m so in love with her. And at almost 35 years together, it just keeps growing. I knew I was in love with her when I met her. She is the best thing in my life and gave me the two best children I could ask for. Again I state for the record I’m a piece of work. One who doesn’t deserve such love and riches. And I thank her for sticking with me despite my many faults.

Sign at trail entrance. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sign at trail entrance.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But each day now I spend in thought about her if I’m not with her. If I am, I spend it looking deeply at her and holding her hand often. Or giving her a kiss or a hug. I’ve always told her I love her. I’ve even had my times where I have shown her my love in some very good ways. I’ve always been a good provider. Well I’ve kept us out of the poor house but were not swimming in wealth. Except in the kind of wealth where I have her and she has me.

Glad I got out today and was able to snap away. Photo by Mike Hartley

Glad I got out today and was able to snap away.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So as I head out to see some friends for a quick HH and then back home into my wife’s loving embrace, I think about what a great day its been. How wonderful it is to witness the change of season. How going out yesterday in the upper 70s and warm breeze to the brisk temps of 60 with a cool breeze today is reminding me we are in a state of change. But that is the human condition. Adapting to change.

Brighton Dam Photo by Mike Hartley

Brighton Dam
Photo by Mike Hartley

So out again on Saturday to see if I can catch some more color. For the window for that will quickly close and that nasty winter season will be upon us. Photographically and physically my worst season of the year. I HATE COLD.

Not sure when peak color is, but its close. Photo by Mike Hartley

Not sure when peak color is, but its close.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Never hurts to slow down when crossing a creek and see what is upstream. When I first snapped this shot below, I didn’t think much of it till I got home and it kind of grew on me.

Stream crossing Brighton Dam road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Stream crossing Brighton Dam road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Just a few shots below with the old camera.

Another sunroof shot on Highland Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Another sunroof shot on Highland Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

A sunroof shot going down Brighton Dam Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

A sunroof shot going down Brighton Dam Road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Azalea garden in the fall. Photo by Mike Hartley

Azalea garden in the fall.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Gazebo looking over a beautiful fall day. Photo by Mike Hartley

Gazebo looking over a beautiful fall day.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Outside

Wow, what a beautiful day here yesterday in the northeast US. Reminded me how nice it is to be out and about. The changing of seasons and the colors. It’s a great day to be alive. I’m starting to appreciate all the small things I take for granted as I whip through the work days and chores in between the few moments of fun with family and friends.

I think I snapped this coming up from Danials area. I've got to start documenting shots better. Photo by Mike Hartley

I think I snapped this coming up from Daniels area. I’ve got to start documenting shots better.
Photo by Mike Hartley

This guy reminded me of what I’ll be doing in a few weeks out on the bay. Spending a sunny day on the water. Now while yesterday was in the 70s and this young man was going barefoot, I will most likely dress a bit warmer when its November. You never know what you’re going to get in this state weather wise.

Fishing at Danials Dam Photo by Mike Hartley

Fishing at Daniels Dam
Photo by Mike Hartley

I couldn’t decide which image I liked more.

Another shot fishing at Danials Dam  Photo by Mike Hartley

Another shot fishing at Daniels Dam
Photo by Mike Hartley

I only had a few moments to shoot yesterday but hopefully today will provide more opportunity. It’s a wonderful time of year if you like color. But one of the things I used to hate about this season when I rode a motorcycle was wet leaves. Being they are all over the road this time of year its a real safety issue on 2 wheels. Be careful bikes, if you get some moisture.

Amazing what a small stream can carry. Photo by Mike Hartley

Amazing what a small stream can carry.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I guess the water level was a bit higher to carry these trees over the dam. Photo by Mike Hartley

I guess the water level was a bit higher to carry these trees over the dam.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

Well, back out today to capture some colors of the season.

Rt 40 and Rt 99. Photo by Mike Hartley

Rt 40 and Rt 99.
Photo by Mike Hartley


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Kids, birds and thoughts

As we wandered the Columbia Mall this weekend, with the throngs of people who had the same idea and were tired of being trapped inside because of the weather, we came upon the play area for young children. What a joy to watch. Shear joy and abandon. I will never grow tired of watching the natural display of energy and emotion kids bring to play.

Columbia Mall play area. Photo by Mike Hartley

Columbia Mall play area.
Photo by Mike Hartley


I was just a hair off with my aim on this one. My back yard yesterday was a bird airport. I got lucky and caught a trio of blue birds. One on the tarmac lower left, one landing lower right and one just took off upper left.

Blue Bird Airport Photo by Mike Hartley

Blue Bird Airport
Photo by Mike Hartley


So now that the sun has returned, keep your head up and eyes open for that next great thing. And remember it isn’t in a lotto ticket or fantasy football bet or job promotion or new car or big house. It’s that next kiss and hug from the ones you love.

Robin, looking south I believe. Photo by Mike Hartley

Robin, looking south I believe.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So get off that merry-go-round of life that is focused on stuff and make it about experiences. And remember stupid. It’s about family and friends first. The only time you get on that merry-go-round is with your son or daughter on your lap. Riding a floor buffer with a friend is also acceptable.

Merry go round at Columbia Mall. Photo by Mike Hartley

Merry go round at Columbia Mall.
Photo by Mike Hartley


 

Random Thoughts for Monday October 5th 2015

  • You can not get back time you missed in your children’s youth. You can always earn more money anytime.
  • Management and I are on different planets sometimes. Now the only question is, which one of us left earth?
  • Management tip #1 Good communication solves issues before they become issues.
  • Eat well, Love well, Sleep well. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.