Pause For A Few Moments Of Tranquility

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

The little alcove stands as a hidden world near the highway. Only a few short steps away the big trucks roar by with tons of wood, coal and steel with nothing but the white line to serve as the barrier. On one side of the line life flies by controlled by the schedules that demand to be met and bright yellow metals. On if which is merely reflective paint adorned by commanding black lines in bold clarity. The living things are bound to machines and hurled towards the goal by controlled explosion within the heart of a mechanical beast. The thunder of wheels echo loudly in a mimicry of living. But on the other side walls of ivy covered stone gaurd the secret sanctuary. Damselflies float in the constant breeze that follows a small stream as it cascades its way through ancient hills and spills into the pool. The drumming of droplets on the earthen floor envelopes everything that flies, floats or stands within the isolated realm of the pool. And those who free themselves from the exploding world of iron and asphalt can sit quietly by the pool and find a moment of tranquility inside the barriers of stone. Breathe deeply and know that you belong here for at least a few moments.

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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Lake Memories

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Sunset Over Summersville Lake 50821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Old Sol sinks slowly behind the mountain turning the waters of the lake to liquid bronze. The night birds begin their lullaby from unseen perches and all that’s missing is the dancing lights of fireflies along the shore. The cool May air is still in the fading light. The ancients spoke of twilight as the meeting of two worlds. The waking world needs no explanation but the dream world that lives under the cover of the velvety night sky is a place of wonder. Time loses all meaning here and the memories of the lake come forth to blend into the now. As I gaze across the water I see the time when a large log had beached itself beneath the cliff in the distance and I with a group of friends all managed to balance ourselves on the log and row it around the lake like a giant canoe. There was at least a dozen of us all moving in sync. I can’t speak for the others but I had Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant song running through my head the whole time. I thought that the movement of our arms resembled the oars of a ship as we slipped the log through the water. It may or may not have been against the rules to leap from the cliff in those days. But we did it anyway. I spent a lot of time climbing the rocks and cliffs around the farm. I figured I’d be good at it since I had a little Native American in my ancestry and was quite confident on the narrow ledges but that confidence evaporated the first time I jumped in the lake. I knew there were rocks beneath the water because even though I could see where they were in winter we swam around and double checked before jumping. We climbed up to trail and decided to jump but when my turn came around my legs got all wobbly and that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you look down from a high place begin to grow. Climbing a rock or walking around the edges was a lot different than purposefully flinging yourself into the air. But on the third attempt I managed to override my instincts and leave the earth behind. A jump from a high rock into a deep lake is nothing like the high dive at a pool. You have more time to absorb the feel of gravity pulling you into the void of space. For a moment I begin to wonder if somehow I’d broken gravity as I continued to fall. Things would be flying off into space and it would be all my fault because my large frame was just too much for the laws of physics. But then I finally hit the water and began to sink. I thought, “Aw man! And I was just getting the hang of flying too.” At first the water was warm from the sun but it got colder and I realized that the fall had plunged me deeper than I expected. I couldn’t just float to the top likeat thepool. I’d have to pull myself up. Which wasn’t really all that hard and before I knew it I was on the surface.

Such jumps are definitely illegal now. Some people have pushed the envelope too far and become injured and a few have died from jumping into the wrong spot or from too high and not understanding that above a certain point hitting the water is like hitting cement. But the experience taught me that a calculated risk has its rewards and I jumped from that spot every chance I had. It became a personal victory for me that in later years enabled me to take more calculated risks when playing it safe would have held me back from the reward.

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!♥️

And Then She Quietly Whispered Goodbye part 1

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Yesterday’s Dreams 32321a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The North Wind blows a little colder across the marsh as rusted tin flutters slightly. Almost immediately after my last post of the old barn at Muddlety Creek the once majestic structure finally succumbed to the effects of decades of neglect leaving behind only the echoes of yesterday’s dreams.

Image Titled “Cultivate Life” first published January 7th 2018.
https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/2018/01/07/cultivate-life/

The old barn has been a local landmark my entire life. It was also among the first photos I published when I decided to go professional with my photography. Since then it’s been my muse on many occasions. To me that old barn represented an entire culture. I can easily imagine an old sixties or seventies model truck backed up to opening of the barn while young men moved bales of hay and sacks of feed in or out of the barn. A family farm is also a family business. In my area that meant that you either trade in cattle, feed or both. The slaughterhouse was always local in those days and so was the butcher. The meat was raised, processed and sold locally. The barn was the very backbone of the economy. Even those who worked in the mining industry was dependent on the local farmers and ranchers. And there was often some overlap. A miner would work the mines while his family raised a few head of cattle. Some for himself and a few for the market. Mine closings and layoffs have always been a part of life in Appalachia. A small farm on the side is a way to hedge your bets in the down times.

Image Titled “Yesterday’s Echoes” and was first published on February 6th 2018.
https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/2018/02/06/old-barn-on-muddlety-creek/

Although I never personally worked in this barn every time I stopped by it the memories of my grandfather’s barn would come flooding back. When I was young I couldn’t tolerate the hay due to severe allergies. But as I grew out of that I spent quite a bit of time in barns. Even just passing an old barn on the highway allows me to relive the smell of grain and hay in the humid August sun. I can still see the rusted ox shoes and a single tree yoke in the corner behind a wooden barrel of grain. A metallic syringe type tool that was designed to help a cow swallow a pill. The barn was also an animal hospital. Today I work with computers and high technology. It’s frustrating when you have a major update trying to load and your whole system refuses to cooperate. But compared to trying to give an 800 pound animal a pill when it’s determined that you’re not going to get its mouth open it’s a breeze. My computer has never broken a single bone in my body. ( Neither did the cows but there was a few narrow escapes. )

Untitled Image of the old barn on Muddlety Creek first published November 10th 2018.
https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/2018/08/01/very-old-things-and-the-secrets-they-hold/

Places where voices gather in love and friendship seem to hold those voices for a long time in my imagination. When I go to a place that feels familiar I can almost hear the indistinct conversations of people as they work. It’s more so with manual labor than office work. When you’re working with your hands a certain amount of banter is almost obligatory. It also involves a fair amount of teasing in most cases. Occupation of the mind distracts you from how tired you are or the new blisters you earn. In a good team the conversation can even carry a rhythm that helps the work flow. I’m using the term conversation loosely. It’s not really unusual for it to simply be an imitation of a quarterback yelling “hike” as a fifty pound bag of grain is hurled across the room.

Image of the inside of the old barn was taken with a long lens from outside of the structure. At this point it was far too dangerous to actually step inside

That’s it for tonight friends. We’ll have a part 2 tomorrow night. In the meantime, Good night 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!♥️

The Ancient Witness

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Ancient Witness 32321a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The ancient tree stands alone on the vacant hill. For centuries it has witnessed the world from its vantage point. It is among the last of its kind. When it was young there was only forest. Trees as far as the eye could see! All of them were giants with strong roots that held deep in the earth clinging to a millenia of foundation. The time came for them to yield up their timber to build a new nation and because it was a just cause the forest agreed requesting that one be spared to hold their history. As the decades progressed the tree grew and saw many wonders. The new nation flourished and soon it oversaw the people as they lovingly worked the rich landscape both above and below the mountains. Often churches gathered beneath it’s branches in fellowship and worship and the tree thrived as the people were blessed. War returned to landscape and yet even amidst smoke of black powder and the thunder of cannons the observed that there were times when the guns fell silent and the men gathered together in worship of the same God. Then peace returned and once again loving hands worked in soil and tended to the animals. In those times the congregation gathered in fellowship and worship but also to play a new game. The game was baseball and at times it bore a resemblance to war except that it ended in laughter and a bonding of the people. By this time a strange buggy rolled over the mountains with a puttering noise and loud bangs that frightened the animals. The people called it a Model T. More decades passed and this time there was two more wars but those were in other lands where the tree couldn’t witness. The only way that the tree even knew that there was war was by the yellow ribbon and special services beneath its boughs. Afterwards, the time of plenty returned to the landscape and the people were generally happy. There was no more war for a while. Only what the people called conflicts. The ancient tree supposed that was better but didn’t really understand the difference. The world was changing rapidly now. There had been devices in space and worldwide communications. The loud Model T had been replaced numerous times with sleeker and quieter buggies. However, all but a few gathered around the tree to sing hymns or play games. The old tree found comfort in the sheltering of the animals and the gentle voice of the farmer who cared for them. Time had remained the same but the speed of life had gotten so fast that the ancient witness was dumbfounded about how to recall it all. And yet it still stands in it’s ancestral home with it’s branches stretched out in welcome and in faith that the people themselves will gather in fellowship once more. Even if it’s only in their hearts.

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

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/

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.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

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=238248269630914251

Lastly, 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 photographer

Thank you again for your support of my page!

March Wanderings

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “March Wanderings 30420” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The cool night air is filled with the chorus of the Spring Peepers as the mists fall gently on the mountain. The water condenses and pools into tiny rivers that criss-cross the hillside. Soon afterwards the sun breaks over the ridges to unveil the new world left behind by the gently falling water. It’s a good day for wandering around. All throughout the mountains the peepers songs have awoken tiny sprouts with only 1 or 2 small circular leaves. The soft green moss seems to have a new vibrancy as it slowly covers the stones and logs. The change is still in the air but in not too many days it will settle on the ground like the rain and our forests will be green again.

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

Click the link below to jump to the Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/guide-to-mewe/

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.

https://lloydslensphotographyllc.com/

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=238248269630914251

Lastly, 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 photographer

Thank you again for your support of my page!