Yesterday’s Echoes And Tomorrow’s Hopes

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Yesterday’s Echoes 52521” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The evening breeze delivers a faint scent that triggers a softening memory. That time when young lovers strode hand in hand along the neglected garden path in the days of long shadows and quiet conversations. The old property hadn’t been occupied for at least a generation and all that was left was the bent and broken wood and the roses. The untamed and feral bush had spread outside of its ordained spot and claimed all it could touch. In the days prior to the walk he’d pruned back the thorns to reveal a flagstone path that lead to the pond unseen just behind the bushes. There he labored feverishly to rebuild the old Victorian gazebo and its bench. And this is where he guided her. They sat down and in subdued voices they dreamed about what a life would be like in the old Victorian manor if it was rebuilt to its former glory. As dusk fell he lit the old kerosene lamp on the table and her eyes widened as the soft glow danced on the water. He turned to bench and retrieved the small box from underneath. The diamond was small but it captured the lamplight and she said yes. The work was hard but in no time the house was ready to become a home once more. The roses were now tamed again and in later years they would watch eagerly from the kitchen window as their own son lead his love along the flagstone path lined with the same roses.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

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A View From The Bottom Of The Lake

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Summersville Dam 60921bwa” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The sound of rushing water fills my ears as I approach the base of the dam. A family of otters playfully dart across the cool grass and glide into the rapids which they effortlessly navigate. The swift waters would quickly overcome most human swimmers but the otters don’t even seem to notice them. The highly oxygenated leg of the Gauley River is rich with crawldads and small fish and the otters will soon enjoy a buffet of all their favorites.

The earthen dam towers above me and I consider how depths swallowed an entire town just two years before my birth. I think about all the changes the mountains have seen. In the years since the lake was created we’ve gone not only to the moon but have sent robots to Mars. The latter being the science fiction of my childhood. I wonder what the next 55 years will hold? I wouldn’t be disappointed if it included submarine tours of the deep lakes. Perhaps I’ll get to see that monster catfish lurking in the submerged caves behind this giant stone wall one day. Or I might even see the descendants of those otters playing their games in the lake.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Family Heirlooms

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Enduring Memories 60921sbw” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Unsteady hands reach for shoebox on the top shelf of the hall closet. It sits on its shelf in a precise row along with others of its kind. Inside the shell of cardboard are kept the most cherished treasures of her life. She’s not impoverished. The safe in her bedroom holds plenty of gold and silver. But those are only trinkets and bobbles. The  real valuables are the treasures of her heart. She wipes away the thin layer of dust from the lid and begins to unload the box a piece at a time. The broken watch that belonged to her father. A necklace of plastic beads purchased from a tourist trap during a special weekend vacation. A little deeper into the box she finds the salt and pepper shakers her young brother gave her as a wedding gift all those years ago. They were very plain but he was a young teenager with no steady job at the time. So he walked the roads and picked up glass bottles to turn in and earn his own money to buy them with. She recounts the story of each item in vivid detail to her visitor. There were the love notes from her late husband that were folded neatly in an envelope. Finally she got to the odd cube shaped bottle in the back of the box. The glass seemed to be thicker than one would think a bottle that size would be. And the lid was fitted with a valve. Inside was a single rose. She told her visitor about how she and her late husband had purchased their first house. It was small and with a small yard but it had a gate and by that gate he’d planted roses for her. For a few years they struggled to get them to bloom and the rose in the jar was the first flower from that bush. She had cut it to adorn the dinner table for a few days but the next morning it was missing. Her husband was a science teacher and had taken it to work where he used the lab equipment to freeze dry it and vacuum pack it so it would last forever. With that her eyes glistened and she opened the valve slightly. The bottle hissed and the room filled with the fragrance of the rose. A few pumps of the valve at the top and the bottle was perfectly sealed once more. Her eyes twinkled again and she produced a second bottle that was similar to the first one except it was full of seeds. The second bottle was the seeds of that rose bush that had also been preserved in a vacuum. They had not been freeze dried, just bottled and the air removed from the chamber. The elderly lady opened the jar and poured out a measure of seeds and handed them to her soon to be married granddaughter. “These are for your first home.” She said as she presented her visitor with the seeds. ” Our lives are like roses. You’ll not always be able to avoid the thorns and it might take a while to get your rewards. But if you keep trying you’ll be successful eventually.”

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Small Wonders 61021” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Sunny days make for Sunny dispositions. Especially when that day holds no particular agenda. We all need a chance to simply exist as part of creation and fresh air in combination with sunlight is the best option. I’ve been told that it’s the little things that matter most in life. My mountains are full of little things. Things that often go unnoticed until we slow down a bit. Like the little yellow inch worm hiding in plain sight on a daisy. His camouflage is so effective that I didn’t spot him until I was processing the image. It brought to memory a poem written by a classmate in grade school. ” If you don’t see me it’s not my fault. I’m no bigger than a grain of salt. ” I wish I could remember who it was so I could give them credit. The assignment for art class was to draw a picture and write a poem about it. The poem was accompanied by single dot in the center of the page.

Now I realize that in reality inch worms are pests in gardens and they damage our plants. Most notably the cabbage loopers that roll the leaves into little cocoons for protection. But in the innocence of childhood they’re so much more. And let’s face the facts. It’s fun to watch them as they undulat their way to wherever they’re going. I remember that more than once they were gently captured and placed side by side so they could race up the tree. One inch at a time. Or if found clinging to an article of clothing that it meant God was measuring you for your robes in heaven. Even today when I spot an inch worm I have the urge to stop and watch it do it’s thing.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

Waiting For Harvest

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Waiting For Harvest 529sbw” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The warm June air is full of the aroma of roses as the big blue truck roams the hills and valleys of my beloved mountains. The flowers that once announced the arrival of Spring have retired to gestate their fruit and seeds. Some have already completed the cycle and now lay as dormant roots below the duff of the forest. Missing from the air is fleet of green June bugs of my childhood. The shiny metallic exoskeleton seemed to glisten like gemstone in bright sunlight. A simple leash made from a length of thread would be tied around a leg and the large beetle would be a pet for the day and released at dusk. Aside from the cheap entertainment of having a large bug fly in circles around the yard the farm equipment would be prepared for the first cutting of the hay. Severe allergies prevented my participation in the cutting and putting up a store for winter but I was always fascinated by the equipment. In those days the bales were rectangular and in the season every farm had rows of giant organic Lagos in perfectly straight lines thanks to the rakes like this one. Whenever I see the tines all lined up like pinwheels I become a child again watching out the windows as the tractor pulls the tall grass into rows. Later in life years of shots allowed me to participate for a limited time but shortly thereafter the large round bales replaced the blocks but the rakes were still ever present.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️

A Few Thoughts About Light And Shadow.

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Cairn 42821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Overcast days are really the best days to work with natural light. The clouds add a soft diffused light that’s pleasing to the eye. Ultimately I try to work with what’s at hand and seek opportunities on all days. In some ways light flows like water. It either ebbs gently onto the subject like a mild tide or floods in like a raging river but it’s always an active component of every photo. The light is a living thing. It has moods and goals in my eyes. It bursts forth, warms, penetrates, subdues and fills. Science tells us that light comes in both seen and unseen forms. It energizes and drives. Light communicates. The very device you’re reading this post on uses radio waves which are a form of light. The servers communicate with satellites and beam data into a system which carries it to either a cell tower or a WiFi connection that sends invisible light through walls and into your device. In essence it’s all light. Light falls onto the plants and drives the chlorophyll that makes food and even if a person is a 100% carnivore they depend on herbivores that consume plants that contain the energy of light. In essence we feed on light.

But what of shadows? Do shadows not creep and grow? Do they not cover and stretch into the deep places? Or is it that shadows are the absence of light with only the illusion of living? Shadows both lay and lie. As a child I once became very frightened by shadows that seemed to move in my bedroom. But it was only an illusion caused by my own eyes trying to adapt to the darkness. ( A few experiments in my college life found that I can see slightly deeper into the infrared range than average. But I digress. ) Shadows drain energy and starve what they fall upon. And yet without them we don’t notice the light working in our lives. We couldn’t appreciate the texture of a stone or a reflection in the water. Sharp edges would be imperceptible and curves unknown.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

We also have the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe that is set up as a fully functional community. There you’ll not only be able to see and connect with me but you can also make your own posts and interact with each other.

I want you to join my group on MeWe: https://mewe.com/join/lloydslensphotographydiscussiongroup

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Hey Friends! Just a quick reminder that Lloyds Lens Photography is available for portraits!

To book me simply reach out using the Contact Page and we’ll set a date. If you’re within a 50 mile radius of Summersville West Virginia all travel fees are waived.

If you’re enjoying my blog and don’t want to miss a post then you can sign up for email alerts on my website.

WELCOME TO LLOYD’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you checked out the Zazzle Store?

I’m now using Zazzle to fulfil orders. What this means for you is a secure way to place an order, discount codes & a broader product selection! Simply use the contact form on my websiteand tell me which image you want and I’ll reply with a direct link to where you can place the order.

Clicking on the photo takes you tohttps://www.zazzle.com/lloydslensphotos?rf=238248269630914251Lastly, all of the photos and writings are my original work unless otherwise specified and are not to be copied or reproduced without expressed written permission from the photographerThank you again for your support of my page!♥️