Strawberry Moon

Wilmington North Carolina over the Intracoastal Waterway.

Strawberry Moon on 6.9.2017 @ 8:49PM

Strawberry Moon Wilmington NC 6.9.2017

f/2.8 ISO 320 1/10

50mm f /1.4 Sigma Art lens on a Nikon df

Handheld using a railing for stability.

.... Dirty has its charm.

I've had a relationship with Durham, NC since I was a baby because I had a set of grandparents that lived in Durham.

As life would have it for me - I later ended up living (and I still do) in their same house.

I moved to Durham as a single (divorcing) mother of 3. Into the same house and 'big city' that I visited as a child. ( Durham was a 'city' to us - because where we lived and where I grew up was decidedly not ... a city.)

In the not too distant past (and even still a little today) - Durham has had a 'local reputation'. A reputation that was at one time and in part - maybe deserved - but definitely not to the extent that was shared in the local news that flowed within some of the sister communities - in the bordering counties especially.

I've loved this sweet Southern city for all of my life and I've felt very lucky to be able to call it home most of my 'adult' (whatever that is) life. I moved to Durham from one of our neighboring communities...so I was familiar with the reputation. I managed my early fears of living here by just cancelling my newspaper subscription. Obviously - this was pre-internet - and newspapers were our major source of information on anything beyond our doorstep... so, I just rid my 'daily newsfeed' of the negative press...

However, I still had friends and a former family member or two that took it upon themselves to keep me informed of the reputation.

I always loved Durham. It was my home and me being me - I took the opposite stance and with great conviction I began touting its charms to anyone that would listen. And yes - one of its biggest charms was that one had to have an open mind to see them .... 

... an open mind

I love this place and it is validating to see others now realize the unique charms of Durham.

Flash forward 25 years to 2017...

Yes, I'll admit - it is sort of exciting to watch it grow (almost overnight it feels like), and become a destination...for unique people and diverse ideas.  We're a 'destination' that others seek out. .... be it for just a visit or for a new full time home...

I also have a niggling fear these days...

That Durham will lose too much of its 'dirtiness' ... a dirtiness that helps an open mind stay open.

I fear that it will lose the very thing that made it special and unique.

I hope we don't lose the soul of its charm in the name of growth and the almighty $$.

I hope the 'we' of Durham recognizes the value of grittiness and dirt in the process of creativity.

I hope the 'we' of Durham always remembers the value of diversity and character.

And that the 'we' of Durham nurtures and encourages and protects the creative souls within our borders.

I hope we always have an open mind.

#openmind

#keepitalittlebitdirtyDurham #dirtydurham #keepitdirtydurham #durhamnc #durham #durhamathleticpark #libertycafe #dap #baseball

Tis the season for silver and gold..

Silver and gold...and a bit of red and green.

Taking the dog's lead...

I adopted a dog about 3 months ago.

To say it is going well would be a huge understatement.

We walk every day - several times a day....

I've found that the simple act of stepping outside is one of the best things in the world.

Taking a minute to let the smells, sounds and feelings take me down memory lane.

It consistently reminds me of playing outside in the summer, getting dirty and scraped up...exploring the nearby woods ... building camps and tree forts..

Today I could smell the sunshine on the dirt after a summer rain ...

~ for a moment I was 9 again.. ~

#dogwalking #childhood

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BHPddWmAvHG3Od-BwanUXA31RzK0SwUrAhctBc0/?taken-by=shughesimaging

Tasting a different genre

A little something for two people that I admire and respect ...

Two fine folks that have done more for my photographic journey than they will ever truly know.

Rocky and Chester | June, 28, 2016

Rocky and Chester | June, 28, 2016

What exactly do I do when it comes to photography?

It is very difficult to define it - even to myself....

I do keep coming back to the light ..

drawing with light...
"Etymology[edit]
The word "photography" was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φῶς (phōs), "light"[2] and γραφή (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing",[3] together meaning "drawing with light".[4]" 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography

To see where we're going...

Communications ...current Curricula and social media

I continue to see blog posts, articles, speeches, nay-sayers, etc. expounding on the evils and detriment of life - regarding social media and specifically Facebook.

Can we also accept that this 'new' communication medium is here to stay and has increased our sphere of influence, our life experience...deepened relationships and opened new doors?

..there is tremendous value in that.

If you want to see where we are headed, pay attention to what is being taught to our children...and their children.

Go ahead...Google "College curriculum communications"

See what comes up.

(Photo taken at the Frankie Lemmon Center in Raleigh / Open house Thanksgiving. An organization devoted to children with special needs)

Curriculum Definition: "The subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college"

Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning "to share" [1]) is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions or commands, as by speech, non-verbal gestures, writings, behavior and possibly by other means such as electromagnetic, chemical or physical phenomena and smell. It is the meaningful exchange of information between two or more participants (machines, organisms or their parts).[2][3] (Wikipedia)