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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

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Going Green

This guy is way ahead of us in going green. I almost didn’t take this shot because he was walking up the back doorframe that I’d sanded a few months back, but not painted yet. But the reason I posted this is because it pointed to the simplicity and opportunity that my cell phone provides that my cameras didn’t.

Shot with my iPhone 13. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve always carried my cameras with me no matter where I went, long before cell phones and to this day. But I don’t walk around the house or everywhere with them all the time. But I seem to have my cell phone with me a majority of the time now and have that camera for quick captures like when you open a door and see this guy at eye level.

I never made much use of the camera on my old iPhone. I have a newer one now and I’m reading up on it and giving myself an education. And I’m finding it quite useful. The more I know the less of a novice I am. But then again, I have no issues with being called a novice or an amateur in my field now or when I’m retired.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • At one time in my life, I used to think the late 60s and 70s were a time of great uncertainty. Well, I think we may have topped that.
  • I miss having a cat fall asleep on me.
  • Seems like you develop more patience as you get older when it should be the other way around.
  • I see a pizza in the near future.
  • Most days it’s difficult to find two weather forecasts that even agree on the next 24 hours.

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Here we go again

Another fresh week is under way and I’m loving life this morning. Many accomplishments before the sun is barely over the horizon. Great way to start the week. There is a lot to fit in between now and the family cookouts for the coming holiday weekend.

I’m going to plant some wildflowers next year in part of my yard. Photo by Mike Hartley

I think I’ll celebrate a little extra. This is the last Labor Day I will be laboring at the job that pays the bills while everyone else is off. But that is next week and this is this week.

This week marks the return to school in our area, so just another reminder to please be careful on the roads. I believe more kids are walking this year from what I have seen reported in the Howard County news on busing.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A haircut always makes me feel better.
  • At some point in history, we have to stop passing down all this hate to the next generation.
  • I get more done when I break it into smaller pieces.
  • Tonight we pick up the pace.
  • The people demanding perfection from the school system on the first day aren’t living in reality.

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Wings and food

I thought I had an injured hawk but this guy was just working on a meal on the ground. I think one of the many squirrels about.

I believe this friend is a red-shouldered hawk. Photo by MIke Hartley

And yes the circle of life in nature is on display quite often being it surrounds me.

We had beef stroganoff. I’m not sure what was on this guy’s menu. Photo by Mike Hartley

All I know is I wasted an opportunity to shoot more today and I’m rather miffed at myself. So I’ll try to make up for it tonight with some more focus on displaying some images here at home.

He didn’t wait for me to adjust the shutter speed. Photo by Mike Hartley

I need a longer lens. Or a very tall ladder.

Caught this Osprey bringing dinner home. Photo by Mike Hartley

I can’t wait to get some shots of the eagles my friend has next to his home.

New socks can change your attitude. I recently got a new pair of shoes. Now for most of the human race that isn’t much of an event but I look at shoes like a car. I don’t own many and I drive them till they drop. But while I was making that purchase a set of cushioned socks caught my eye.

I’ve never really worn cushioned socks before but today is a good foot day and that translates to a few more smiles. Thank you Sketchers. I think I’ll try a walk tomorrow.

Almost time for me to get my own phone. Since a phone was mobile the employer has always taken care of that need. I was one of the last holdouts that had a flip phone. My iPhone is a 5 I believe so an upgrade will be nice. I think I’ll get one this fall and start the transition so it won’t be an issue when I do pull the plug on the job that pays the bills.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Every day needs a starting point.
  • Every wall needs a photo.
  • Every person needs to have a partner.
  • Every meal needs a little spice.
  • Every post needs an end.